City Council Meetings for the Week of January 14

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.

January 14 – January 18

Mon, Jan 14

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm


Zoning & Planning

School Committee



Ed Center

Tues, Jan 15 7:00 pm Land Use Chamber
Weds, Jan 16

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Committee of the Whole

Blue Ribbon Commission





  • 1-14 Finance:  Funds to cover the cost of a vision plan for the Riverside MBTA property; Appropriation of $600,000 for rehabilitation of Allen House; Appropriation of $30,000 from CPA funds for holding conservation restrictions; Amendment to increase income eligibility for clause 41A tax deferral program; authorization to transfer $100,000 from Current Year Budget Reserve to fund increased costs of processing recyclables Public Facilities Approved 6-0-1 (Leary abstaining) on 01/09/19; agenda
  • 1-14 Zoning & Planning Discussion relative to the Washington Street Corridor Action Plan: The Committee will be reviewing the Newtonville and Crafts Street; Discussion and adoption of Economic Development Strategy Plan; Draft Zoning Ordinance, the Committee will be reviewing the Village Districts section; Discussion of a visioning process for land surrounding Riverside MBTA station  agenda
  • 1-14 School Committee agenda
  • 1-15 Land Use The presentation for Northland relative to Transportation. The petitioner is making a shuttle bus from the proposed TDM available on Homer Street from 6:00 – 7:30 pm. All interested parties are welcome. agenda
  • 1-16 Committee of the Whole Authorization to enter into lease negotiations for Solar Phase III project sites agenda with sites
  • 1-16 Blue Ribbon Commission agenda


  • 1-14 Draft Economic Development Strategy Plan;   Revised draft with Village Sidewalk repairs moved to High Priority
  • 1-11 Riverside VisioningPlanning Consultant Services Scope of Work and list of consultant teams contacted
  • 1-11 Newtonville and Crafts St. Sub-Areas of Washington Street Vision Plan
  • 1-11 Consultant Cost of Washington St Vision Plan
  • Northland Project Transportation Engineering Peer Review:  The proposed project will have significant impacts on study intersection operations as identified above with degradations in LOS (loss of service) and increases in delay, even after the completion of the planned MassDOT improvements along the Needham Street and Winchester Street corridors. The absence of any information on fares makes it impossible to assess the long-term effectiveness of the four routes and their ability to attract and sustain ridership; at a minimum, starting assumptions need to be made regarding the fare and costs. These include:
    • What is the base fare; will it vary by peak/off-peak; by distance; by weekday/weekend; by resident/non-resident?
    • Transit services almost always require a subsidy; what is the source of the subsidy and what is the long-term commitment to continuing the subsidy?
    • Capital costs for the fleet will be substantial; what is the long-term commitment to acquiring/leasing the fleet? 
    • Recommend assessment of the traffic operations at the Newton Highlands (MBTA) Station should be provided that describes the proposed shuttle bus operations and potential conflicts with traffic, pedestrians, and bicyclists.  Full report here

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • 1-22, 7 pm, Chambers Stormwater Use Charge Ordinance
  • 1-24, 7 pm, 72 Columbus St (Woman’s Club), Community Outreach meeting regarding Marijuana sales at 24-26 Elliot St.      
  • 1- 29, 7:00 PM in the Council Chambers, Planning & Development Board Public Hearing- Northland Sustainability & Stormwater
  • 2-11, 7:00 PM in Room 205, Joint ZAP/Planning & Development Board Public Hearing – Inclusionary Zoning/Washington Street Draft Plan #2


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