City Council Meetings for the Week of March 11

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.

March 11 – March 15

Mon, Mar 11 7:00 pm

7:00 pm


Zoning & Planning



Tues, Mar 12 7:00 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Land Use

Community Preservation

Solid Waste Commission




Wed, Mar 13 Blue Ribbon Commission Canceled
Thur, Mar 14 7:00 pm Land Use Chamber



  • 3-11 Finance Ordinance rescind the acceptance of Section 22F of Mass General Law Chapter 40 which authorizes certain municipal boards and officers to fix reasonable fees for the issuance of certain licenses, permits, or certificates; amendment to divest of funds from fossil fuel companies full agenda
  • 3-11 Zoning & Planning amendments to the Inclusionary Housing provisions of Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to increase the required percentage of affordable units; to require that some affordable units be designated for middle-income households; to create a new formula for calculating payments in lieu of affordable units;  full agenda
  • 3-12 Land Use  Northland site design agenda
  • 3-12 Community Preservation Committee Historic Burying Grounds & City Hall Exterior Stairs agenda
  • 3-12 Solid Waste Committee Discussion on future trash and recycling contact agenda
  • 3-14 Land Use Conceptual Review of Proposed Riverside Station Mixed-Use/Transit-Oriented Development agenda


  • 3-14 Riverside Development Concept Plans 
  • 3-8 Planning Dept Riverside memo
  • 3-11 Zoning & Planning memo on Draft Zoning Ordinance Key Questions to Consider:
    1. Should some portion, or all, of the Special Permits currently considered by the City Council be shifted to the Zoning Board of Appeals or the Planning Board?
    2. If the City Council retains only those special permits deemed to be of Citywide significance, what size project constitutes Citywide significance?
    3. Should all non-conformities have the right to alteration and expansion? If only some non-conformities are entitled to alteration or expansion, which ones?
  • 3-11 Zoning & Planning memo on Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Main takeaway from roundtable discussion with housing advocates: “Don’t reduce the existing IZ requirement at the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels; Let’s push the market in an effort to increase the number of affordable units required per project; DHCD’s QAP Index of $389,000 should not be used as the basis for the cash payment and fractional cash payment calculations”
  • 3-12 Land Use memo from Planning Dept on Northland Site Design Changes after public hearing “These changes include:
     Parking for Buildings 5 and 6, formerly above grade, has been pushed below grade allowing the massing of these two buildings to be broken down into smaller, individual buildings separated at grade by “residential scaled laneways,” a change that also creates additional open space within these blocks and opportunities for circulation.
    • The size of Building 4 and the surface parking lot behind Building 4 have been reduced;
     The total number of parking spaces has been reduced from 1,953 to 1,595;
     The “Mobility Hub” has been relocated to the center of Building 7;
     The Village Green has increased in size as previously proposed parking and general vehicle access along its perimeter has been eliminated;
     The community building and playground area (which has been expanded and is now identified as a “neighborhood park”) have been relocated adjacent to the Greenway near the intersection of Pettee Lane and Main Street;
    • A location for a dog park has been identified in the north end of the site west of Tower Road Extension.

Upcoming Public Hearings

  • 3-21 6:00 pm, Barry Price Center, 25-27 Christina St,  Climate Action Plan more info here


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