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.

Board and Committee Meeting Schedule

Extracted from the full City Council calendar.

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

September 24 to September 28

Mon, Sept 24 7:00 pm



City Council

Finance Committee

Zoning & Planning




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


  • 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


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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