City Council Meetings for the Week of September 24

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

September 24 to September 28

Mon, Sept 24 7:00 pm

Following

Following

City Council

Finance Committee

Zoning & Planning

Chamber

211

205

Tues, Sept 25 7:00 pm Land Use Committee Chamber
Weds, Sept 26 8:00 pm Election Commission 205

 

Charter Sub-Committee Meetings canceled on 9-26

Agendas:

  • 9-24 City Council: public hearings (see below)
  • 9-24 Finance:  Ordinance amendment to divest of funds from fossil fuel companies; Review of compensation of elected, management, and non-union salaries; Report on developers’ profits on 40B projects  full agenda here
  • 9-24 Zoning & Planning:  Public Heaing on zoning amendment to regulate marijuana establishments, discussion and adoption of Economic Development Strategy Plan (see reports below)  A discussion with Camoin Associates regarding the Economic Development Strategy Plan will follow the public hearing in Room 205.
  • 9-25 Land Use:  Elliot St. Marijuana dispensary, Northland project, agenda here
  • 9-26 Election Commission:  Approve Nov 6 Ballot and text for Mailings.

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • September 24, 7 pm, Chambers
    • re: amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance to regulate the use of land, structures and buildings for recreational marijuana establishments
    • amendment to Newton Comprehensive Plan with the Economic Development Strategy Plan 
  • September 25, 7 pm, Chambers
    • Special Permit for Medical Marijunan Dispensary at 24-26 Eliot St.  project memo here
    • Special Permit to all mixed-use development for Northland on Needham St.  project memo here

Reports:

City of Newton Draft Economic Development Strategy, July 2018  

  • The five main goals identified through this planning process include:
    • Goal 1: Take steps to pursue development sectors that make Newton both commercially successful and a great place to live, work, and play.
    • Goal 2: Focus redevelopment efforts on key parcels and corridors in Newton
    • Goal 3: Support the start-up, growth, stability, and vitality of businesses and entrepreneurs in Newton
    • Goal 4: Make the development process more predictable and efficient including community consensus and refinement of the review process.
    • Goal 5: Maintain and enhance the special qualities of Newton while improving transportation throughout the City for residents, businesses, and visitors.
  • Consultants’ Economic Development Action Plan begins on page 12 here

City of Newton Climate Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation and Resiliency Action Plan, August 2018

  • Contains predictions, recommendations, esp.  for stormwater and flooding, and a wide variety of residential and demographic data  full report here

City of Newton Street Design Guide, adopted July 2018

  • Guide is based on a “Complete Streets” approach to street design that ensures the needs of all users are met, including people walking, biking, taking transit, and driving.   Full guide here

 

 

 

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