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.
August 12 – August 16
|Mon, Aug 12||7:00 pm
- Land Use Committee agenda
- Joint Finance and Public Safety Committees agenda
- City Council Zoning amendments for short-term rentals, full agenda, Docketed items to refer to Committees, Real Property Reuse Committee “recommending that the West Newton Armory … be evaluated for the purpose of leasing the property for redevelopment as 100% affordable housing or for municipal uses pursuant to Ordinance Section 2-7.” docket
- 7/15 Zoning & Planning, Short-term rental ordinance, & Short-term rental ordinance with fees “The owner must reside in the property 9 months out of the year, with the potential allowable rental period of no more than 30 days. STR’s could potentially impact 32,000 properties throughout the City. Nationally, there is an increased level of concern on whether STR’s is taking properties out of long-term housing for potential residents. ” Zoning & Planning Approved as amended 6-0-2 (Councilors Baker and Kalis abstaining) Amendment: “Item B-7: The maximum number of bedrooms on the site that can be rented to overnight or short term guests is 3 and the maximum number of guests is 9.” full report
- 7/19 Programs & Services, Public comments on the Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations on Compensation for Mayor, City Council and School Committee “The LWVN is concerned that it appears Committee discussion on this topic had approximately spent only a total of 90 minutes without arriving at a solid recommendation. Therefore, they were surprised a vote of the full Council could happen by September, to enact increases for new City Council starting in January 2020. This was extremely disappointing to the LWVN, as it appeared there was a general agreement in place to begin the increases, prior to the vote.” full report
- 7/29 Zoning & Planning Discussion on Washington Street Vision Plan “Many Councilors suggested that there will be future deliberations on the usage of the Armory and the options for which it could be transformed/reused. Councilors would like to see more general language in Armory descriptions.” Proposal to amend ordinances by creating a temporary suspension on landmark designation held, “The Chair pointed out that the Planning Department has agreed to begin the work of reviewing the landmarking and demolition delay ordinance immediately thereby possibly reducing the need for a suspension of landmarking.” full report
- Sept 4, Programs & Services, Compensation, Blue Ribbon Commission Recommendations
- Sept 11, Land Use Committee, Northland Development Project Transportation