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 16 – March 20
|Mon, Mar 16||6:00 pm
|Public Safety & Transportation||zoom.us/j/184491813|
|Tues, Mar 17||6:00 pm
|Newton Housing Partnership||205
|Wed, Mar 18||7:00 pm
|Thur, Mar 19||7:00 pm||School Committee||NewTV broadcast|
- Public Safety and Transportation: discussion on facial surveillance technology and street crossing near Memorial Spaulding, full agenda
- School Committee: Budget discussion re: instruction, no public comment, submit public comment questions for 3-19 public comment meeting to firstname.lastname@example.org, full agenda
- City Council: Items to be acted upon include Temporary suspension on landmark designation, Mixed-Use at Riverside Special Permit, $1 mill of Community Preservation to Newton Housing Authority to acquire CAN-DO Housing Portfolio, Request to eliminate parking minimums, full reports docket; Items referred to PS&T a discussion with the Administration about Vision Zero strategy to eliminate all traffic fatalities, Referred to Z&P Adoption of Open Space & Recreation Plan Update, full docket
- Newton Housing Partnership: Northland, Armory, Dunstan & Riverdale updates, full agenda
- Zoning Board of Appeals: Dunstan East public hearing, planning memo with independent environmental review, Urban Design Commission and Conservation Office reviews here
- Public Facilities: agenda
- Programs & Services: agenda
- 3-4 Public Facilities Report with discussion on Sidewalk Obstruction Ordinance, Countryside SOI, and limiting fossil fuel infrastructure
- 3-4 Public Safety Report, Committee members choices on priorities for term:
Better constituent interface for traffic calming. It is necessary to make traffic calming easier
to find on the website. Explain the process, how rankings are conducted, how can constituents
make a request and explain the status making traffic calming more transparent. It is important
to place an updated traffic calming list on the website.
Neighborhood parking plan for the Newton South High School area.
Vision‐Zero. Adopt a date to assist with better making decisions and to address safety
issues. To assist with crossing guard issues, it is necessary for children to walk, bike and travel
alone to school safely.
Abolish parking minimums.
- 3-4 Programs & Services Report including discussion of extending special police age limit to 75 “If these special officers are only on traffic detail, why do they need to carry guns? Chief MacDonald answered that this is because while on detail the officers maintain full police authority.”
- 3-5 Land Use Report on Riverside, esp Storm water plans
- 3-9 Zoning & Planning Report on with presentation on Residence Districts and Building Types, and Councilor Wright’s presentation on proposed Courtyard Cluster zoning using real world examples
- 3-9 Finance Report with discussion on likelihood of getting State Funding for Countryside or Franklin School “the City is still in the project close out phase for Cabot, which makes it less likely for Newton to be chosen by the MSBA for another project.”, and enforcement for sidewalk obstruction “Approximately 10% to 20% of the offenders are non-compliant which causes ADA issues and there was an intersection where sight lines were severely impacted. The proposed changes will allow the Public Works Department to send out a written warning and after 30 days there will be $50 per day fine.” Currently there is no fine.
- 3-10 Land Use Report including discussion of 180 Wells Ave, CAN-DO portfolio, public comment on 27-unit multi-family dwelling at 1114 Beacon Street (neighbors’ opposed)
- 3-14 Planning Memo re: Zoning Redesign on Determining Building Types derived from Pattern Book
Draft Council Orders
- Regarding Deed Restriction on 180 Wells Avenue “The Council finds that granting the specific amendment to the deed restriction to allow for the expanded parking facility proposed for 180 Wells Avenue will not diminish the safeguards for which the restriction was implemented, including floodplain management and watershed protection.” and Transportation Demand Management Plan.
- Special Permit Modification for 180 Wells Avenue includes “The petitioner shall not use salt or associated chemicals on roadways and parking areas.” and “The petitioner shall implement a transportation demand management program to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Planning and Development, which program shall encourage the use of public transportation, promote the use of bicycles by provisions of lockers and shower facilities for cyclists, promote ride sharing, and assistance in the organization as well as participation in a shuttle service for the Wells Avenue Office Park.” full order
- 3-17 @ 7 pm, Zoning Board of Appeals: Dunstan East, notice
- 4-1 @ 7 pm, Zoning Board of Appeals: Riverdale Ave, notice