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 23 – March 26
|Mon, Mar 23||7:00 pm
|Zoning & Planning||zoom.us/j/484531654|
|Tues, Mar 24||7:00 pm||Land Use||zoom.us/j/789503846|
|Wed, Mar 25||7:00 pm||Zoning Board of Appeals||unknown|
|Thur, Mar 26||7:00 pm||Traffic Council||zoom.us/j/295270496|
- Zoning & Planning: Discussion of Open Space and Rec Plan update, draft zoning ordinance, and eliminating parking minimums agenda
- Finance: $250,000 MassDot Workforce Transportation grant for a shuttle for Wells Avenue innovation district and UMass Amherst Mount Ida campus; $1.1 mill CPA funding to Newton Housing Authority to acquire CAN-DO Portfolio (Land Use approved 7-0) full agenda
- School Committee: Budget discussion and straw vote agenda Send Public Comments to email@example.com 48 hours in advance
- Land Use: Union Twist pot shop on Beacon and Riverside Building Design Guidelines, agenda
- Zoning Board of Appeals: agenda
- Traffic Council: agenda
- 3-19 Planning memo on Open Space and Recreation Plan Update: “The current OSRP has not been a very valuable tool for the Conservation Office or the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department. The “priorities” are general and do not outline clear actions for the City to undertake. The Plan lacks information on trail systems, aquatic resources, and athletic fields in Newton. … three focus categories for action: (1) Stewardship (maintaining and preserving existing open space and recreational resources), (2) Connectivity (creating safe and accessible connections to all of Newton’s resources including open space and recreation), and (3) Protection/Acquisition (increasing legal protection on open space and acquiring/creating more equitably distributed open space).”
- 3-20 Planning memo including redlined proposed Zoning ordinances for Residence Districts, General Standards and Use Regulations
- 3-20 Planning memo with City’s Design Guidelines for Riverside’s Buildings, including pictures of buildings and layout
- 3-20 Riverside Developer’s responses to Councilor Comments: “Comment 7.17 Please explain what, if any, ability there will be to expand parking if ridership on the T increases. Response: Typically, the current MBTA surface parking lot sees a peak utilization of about 63% (+/- 630 spaces). The proposed garage includes 1,000 spaces dedicated to MBTA users which has been demonstrated to be more than adequate in the event additional parking is needed.”
- 4-1 @ 7 pm, Zoning Board of Appeals: Riverdale Ave, notice