Meeting schedule extracted from the full City Council calendar.
Key to color coding (see below): CPC, Charter/Elections, Education, Environmental, Finance, Housing, Planning.
August 10 – August 14
|Mon, Aug 10||7:00 pm
|Tues, Aug 11||7:00 pm||Community Preservation||CPZoom|
|Wed, Aug 12|
|Thur, Aug 13||6:00 pm
|Committee of the Whole||CWZoom|
- School Committee: fall planning, full agenda
- City Council: reports docket, docket
- Community Preservation Committee: Joint Public Hearing with Planning & Development Board on Golda Meir senior and homeless housing proposal, final report on Allen House, full agenda
- Committee of the Whole: Authorize $2,808,500 for the classroom addition at Oak Hill Middle School, agenda
- Zoning & Planning: Discussion of draft Zoning Ordinance, impact of outdoor fuel burning, full agenda
Draft Council Orders
- 7-31 Planning Memo on Zoning Redesign with links to Current Drafting Status page with pages for each article and FAQ page:”Since that time , the City has been slowly leading a comprehensive Zoning Redesign effort to achieve several goals. Most recently in April 2020, the Council Zoning and Planning committee reasserted the primary goals of the Zoning Redesign:
- Housing: A zoning code more responsive to a demand for housing that serves a range of incomes; Promote sustainable community development patterns
- Sustainability: Environmental stewardship, fiscal strength and meeting community needs
- Context: Preserve and protect what we like in our neighborhoods; Encourage new development to fit in the context of our neighborhoods and villages.
- 8-7 L. Baker memo on Zoning Redesign ” I believe the third goal is very different from saying that our goal in our zoning work is to “respect and control the physical character and scale of existing neighborhoods and new development according to adopted visions.” This distinction is important as adding density to established neighborhoods is one of the concerns that we have heard from constituents about moving forward with the new ordinance.”
- 8-7 P. Harrington memo on Zoning Redesign “The new plan is to adopt a form based zoning law. Newton has a unique, eclectic housing pattern developed over three centuries. The proposed form based zoning is the antithesis of our Newton housing style.” Plus a questionnaire for the ZAP.
- 8-4 ZAP memo on Zoning Redesign ” the committee discussed and by unanimous straw vote reasserted three primary goals” (in 7-31 Planning memo)
- 8-7 ZAP review of Residential Zoning Redesign with visuals and redlined draft ordinance
- 8-7 ZAP memo on Rezoning of Takings to Public Use (Webster Woods, Cabot School)
- 7-22 PS&T report discussion with interim police chief re: Tim Duncan incident
- 7-28 Land Use report on Riverside including summary of changes, timeline and mitigation conditions “The School Department has informed the Council in recent years that enrollment is decreasing, and the Riverside project should not impact capacity needs at the Williams School.” “Regarding the trail work, Atty. Temple explained that if the petitioner and/or the Newton Conservators cannot get DCR approval, the funds will return to the City. … Newton Conservators did not want responsibility over care of the trails. He noted that the Newton Conservators believe that a better option would be the DCR Urban Parks Trust fund. Mr. Chapman explained that the $50,000 through the Newton Conservators is earmarked to support ongoing maintenance of the trails as a supplement to DCR.”
- 7-22 Programs & Services report Discussion on moved polling locations, “The (Urban Tree) Commission does well at planting new trees, but it needs to improve its preservation of median age trees. One reason for this discrepancy is that most of the watering and pruning was done on overtime and all the overtime has been cut.”