City Council Meetings for the Week of Nov 5

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.

November 5

Mon, Nov 5 7:00 pm

7:45 pm

Programs & Services

City Council



Tues, Nov 6 Election Day!
Weds, Nov 7 8:00 am



7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Fair Housing Committee

Charter Sub Committee – canceled

Programs & Services – date change

Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transportation






Thur, Nov 8 7:00 pm Land Use Committee Chamber



  • 11-5 City Council Items to be acted upon: Adoption of the Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan, Discussion and review relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance, full docket here
  • 11-7 Public Facilities Complete Streets update,  progress update on Phase 3 solar projects, full agenda here
  • 11-7 Public Safety & Transportation Complete Streets Update; discussion to differential parking pricing and end winter parking ban in parts of Ward 2 & 3; full agenda here
  • 11-7  Fair Housing discussion of Inclusionary Zoning Amendment, full agenda here 
  • 11-8  Land Use request to Withdraw without Prejudice Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow off-site relocation of the inclusionary zoning units as well as 24 additional units at 219 Commonwealth Avenue, full agenda here 


  • First Draft of the Zoning Ordinance here
  • Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment and Action Plan here
  • Zoning & Planning 10-22 Committee Report discussion of Climate Change VAA Plan and Draft Zoning Ordinance here
  • Finance 10-22 Committee Report Ordinance to Divest from Fossil Fuels held, the Committee would like a member of the Investment Advisory Committee to attend the next Committee discussion of this item, full report here
  • Programs & Services 10-17 Committee Report Discussion of handling of trash and recyclables by private haulers, COUNCILORS LEARY, CROSSLEY, GREENBERG AND DOWNS requesting discussion and adoption of best practices, including a mandate to separate recyclables from trash and include recycling pick up to meet Massachusetts Waste Ban regulations for private haulers doing business in the City of Newton. Held 5-0 (Councilor Baker not voting); COUNCILORS DANBERG, ALBRIGHT, NORTON, CROSSLEY, LEARY AND KALIS requesting a prohibition on polystyrene-based disposable food or beverage containers in the City of Newton if that packaging takes place on the premises of food establishments within the City. Programs & Services Held 6-0,  full report here

Upcoming Public Hearings:

  • 11-7 @ 6 pm @ Newton Free Library – Massachusetts Department of Public Health hearing on Proposed Closing of the Waban Health Center
  • 11-14 @ 7 pm @ City Hall – Zoning Amendment for Inclusionary Zoning to increase the required percentage of affordable units from 15% to up to 17.5%; to expand the scope of the inclusionary zoning requirements to apply to all residential and mixed-use development that includes seven or more new residential units; to introduce three tiers of affordability for the inclusionary units, including units to be designated for middle-income households earning from 81% to 110% of the area median income (AMI); to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units and fractional cash payments; to add a required percentage of affordable beds of 5% for all elder housing with services
  • 11-15 @ 7 pm @ City Hall rm 207 – Newton Zoning Board of Appeals hearing on affordable housing at 160 Stanton Avenue (Golda Meir)
  • 11-17 @ 7 pm @ City Hall – to hear public comment on and to solicit recommendations from the public on how the Fiscal Year 2019 City of Newton property tax levy shall be distributed among the residential, open space, commercial, and industrial classes of property.  Individuals not able to attend the public hearing may direct written comments and recommendations to City Council.
  • 11-27 @ 7 pm @ City Hall rm 207 – to discuss and adopt changes to the City of Newton Rules of the Zoning Board of Appeals


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