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.
June 29 – July 2
|Mon, Jun 29||7:00 pm||Zoning & Planning||ZPZoom|
|Tues, June 30||7:00 pm||Land Use||LUZoom|
|Wed, July 1||8:00 am||Fair Housing||virtual|
- Zoning & Planning: Draft Zoning Ordinance re: residential districts, Rezoning Webster Woods for Public Use (memo with images of areas to be rezoned), eliminating parking minimums, full agenda
- Land Use: Riverside Mixed Use/Transit Oriented Development, agenda
- Fair Housing Committee: not yet posted on Electronic Posting Board
- 6-17 Public Safety & Transportation Report on Defund the Newton: “Captain Geary explained that civil service lists work as a residency preference list. Newton Veterans and family members of police officers or firefighters who were killed in the line of duty are at the top of the list. Then the list descends with Newton residents, non-resident Veterans and civilian residents … when the department conducted a civil service open house twenty-four people attended. Four people were minorities but were not from the City.”
- 6-26 COVID Emergency Housing Relief Program Update Metro West estimates that of the 240 applicants on the lottery wait list, 150 will receive assistance in the month of July. From their review of applications thus far, the median rent across these households is $2,000.”
- 6-26 Real Property Reuse Report including West Newton Armory Joint Advisory Planning Group extension to Nov 20, 2020, the consultant is unable to complete a feasibility analysis by June 30,2020; the date in which the City has to decide whether to purchase the Armory. As a result, Planning Staff has communicated with the Department of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), … to extend this deadline until at least the end of the calendar year.”
- 6-26 Zoning & Planning Report on discussion on draft Zoning Ordinance and notes for upcoming 6-29 meeting on aligning draft Zoning Ordinance to Climate Action Plan goals “This means developing a zoning code that not only protects that which makes Newton wonderful, but also facilitates the transformation of Newton neighborhoods to better achieve environmental stewardship, fiscal strength, and meet community needs.”
- 6-9 Riverside Sustainability Strategic Plan (begins page 19) “Mark Development is committed to be a leader in sustainability in the Newton community and pledges the following commitments for the Riverside Development:
1. Passive House design principles for the residential portions of the project, including certification of three residential buildings.
2. Electrification for the residential portions of the project to reduce fossil fuel dependence.
3. Embodied Carbon analysis guiding material selection.
4. Solar PV serving a portion of the common area load for the Passive House certified buildings and Solar Ready design for on all building roofs. The parking garage will
pursue solar installation through the MBTA garages
5. Rainwater Reuse for Irrigation and substantial Groject parking spaces aeen Stormwater Infrastructure
6. Electric Vehicle Charging stations for 10% of the prnd provisions for future Electric Bus charging”
- July 8 @ 7 pm Zoning Board of Appeals, Dunstan East, notice