City Council Meetings for the week of April 2

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

April 2 to 6

Mon, Apr 2 6:45 pm

7:45 pm

7 pm

City Council

Planning & Development Board

School Committee

Chambers

204

Ed Center

Tues, Apr 3 7 pm

7 pm

7 pm

CPC – rescheduled from 3/13

Land Use Committee

Human Rights Commission

204

Chamber

211

Wed, Apr 4 8 am

7 pm

7 pm

 

Fair Housing Committee

Public Facilities Committee

Public Safety & Transportation

Programs & Services – canceled

205

204

205

 

Thur, Apr 5 7 pm Conservation Commission 211

Reports:

  • 3-22  Traffic Council:   The City Council recently approved an Ordinance change such that Traffic Council has no authority over traffic calming measures.  ALD. KALIS, requested a change Blue Zone signage to make parking more available to parents who need to enter the school to pick up children. HELD 5-0   full report here
  • 3-26 Finance Committee 5-year Financial Forecast available here
  • 3-26 Zoning & Planning:  Zoning & Shared Parking Pilot Program discussion, public meeting on Needham St Vision April 23, full report here

Agendas:

  • 4-2 City Council:  Zoning Redesign presentation followed by items to be acted upon including – authorization to appropriate and expend $500,000 for the purpose of developing an actionable plan for the Washington Street Corridor; Discussion and adoption of Needham Street Vision Plan; Zoning Amendment for Shared Parking Pilot Program; Review/Acceptance of 5-year Financial Forecast; Amend overtime parking ordinance (note – opposed by NN Chamber of Commerce letter here) docket here
  • 4-2 School Committee:  FY19 Budget Hearing
  • 4-3  CPC:    Crescent St. new proposed budget and PUBLIC HEARING on proposed revisions to funding guidelines in Newton’s Community Preservation Plan, including:
    • the percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land)
    • principles for prioritizing projects that are CPA-appropriate as well as CPA-eligible
    • expectations for matching, non-CPA funds in different project categories full agenda here  April 10 CPC meeting is canceled
  • 4-4 Public Safety:  Discussion regarding preparedness for automated, electric and shared vehicles COUNCILOR ALBRIGHT, COTE AND DOWNS, requesting a discussion with the Director of Transportation for Planning.   full agenda here
  • 4-5 Conservation Commission:  Discussion of wetland decisions  full agenda + here

Docket Digest for the Week of March 26

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

March 26 to 30

Mon, Mar 26 7 pm

7 pm

7 pm

Finance Committee

Zoning & Planning

School Committee

211

205

Ed Center

Tues, Mar 27 7 pm Land Use Committee 211
Wed, Mar 28 7 pm Public Hearing:  Newton Power       Choice Chamber
Thur, Mar 29 Community Preservation Program Funding Deadline  

 

Agendas:

  • 3-26:  Zoning & Planning:   Zoning Amendment for Shared Parking Pilot Program.  DIRECTOR OF PLANNING requesting amendments to Chapter 30, Newton Zoning Ordinance, to allow for a Shared Parking Pilot Program as an accessory use in commercial districts. Discussion of ideas and issues focused on Zoning Redesign Event: Building Shape, Size, and Form in Neighborhoods and Village Centers.  Full agenda here
  • 3-26:  School Committee:  FY2019 Budget Discussion and Straw Vote
  • 3-28:  Invitation to the Power Choice Public Hearing here

Docket Digest for the Week of March 19

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

March 19 to 23

Mon, Mar 19 7:45 pm

7 pm

City Council

School Committee

Chamber

Ed Center

Wed, Mar 21 6:30 pm

7 pm

7 pm

 

Charter Subcommittee New Time

Public Facilities

Public Safety & Transportation

Programs & Services Cancelled

211

204

205

 

Thur, Mar 22 7 pm

6:30 pm

School Committee Budget Review

Economic Development Strategy

Ed Center

85 Wells Ave

 Reports:

  • Public Facilities:   Solar power – an analysis of cost savings noted that the solar at Rumford generated more in five months than all of the other Phase I and Phase II projects. The expected net revenue from the Solar projects for 2018 is $522,854.77. Expected total kWh for 2018 is 4.38 million, which is approximately equal to 21% of the City’s electricity use.  Discussion of Phase III solar projects, other energy efficiency projects and Newton Power program outreachfull report here
  • Zoning and Planning:  Inclusionary Zoning Discussion with RKG Associates minutes and powerpoint here beginning on page 4
  • Solid Waste Commission:  Name changed to Sustainable Materials Management.  Composting collection pilot program to start March 21 with 200 households.  Newton’s recyclables showed a contamination rate of 18%.   The City is now being charged an extra monthly fee. November through January, the extra charges amount to $21,740.74.  Major contaminants of recycling carts continue to be plastic bags and film, food and beverage contamination and textiles (clothing).   The City was not eligible in 2017 to earn one Recycling Dividends grant point because Newton ordinances do not require private trash haulers collect recycling from all their customers.

Agendas:

  • 3-19 City Council Items to be Acted Upon:  Ordinance amendment for licensing and criteria for lodging houses, Appropriate funds to develop an action plan for Washington Street Corridor,   Impose local sales tax on recreational marijuana  full docket here
  • 3-21 Charter:  Discussion of Articles 1 (incorporation), 3 (executive), 5 (financial) & 6 (administrative)  full agenda here
  • 3-22 Planning:  Newton Economic Development Strategy Event Series: Camoin Associates will give preliminary findings and ask for community feedback. Residents and business representatives invited to give their input and feedback on the strategies recommended for Newton. More info on Camoin at www.economicdevelopmentstrategy.com
  • 3-22 School Committee:  FY2019 Budget Review

Docket Digest for the Week of March 12

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

March 12 to 16 

Mon, Mar 12 5 pm

6:30 pm

7 pm

7 pm

Needham St Vision Plan

Programs & Services New Date

Finance Committee

Zoning & Planning Com

27 Christina St

205

211

205

Tues, Mar 13 7 pm

7 pm

Land Use Committee

Community Preservation Com

Chamber

211

Wed, Mar 14 7:30 pm Public Facilities New Date Chamber
 Thur, Mar 15  6:30 pm Zoning Redesign – Buildings Library

 Reports:

  • Draft Budget Calendar 2018 here

Agendas:

  • 3-12 Finance:  Planning Dept. memo detailing “rationale for contracting services” for Washington Street Corridor  begins pg 54 of agenda here
  • 3-13 CPC:   Public Hearing on proposed revisions to CPP:  Revisions proposed:   the percentage of funding targeted for each CPA-eligible resource (affordable housing, historic resources, open space/outdoor recreation land)   principles for prioritizing projects that are not only CPA-eligible but also CPA-appropriate   expectations for leverage: the proportion of costs covered by non-CPA funds, in different project categories  agenda & pre-meeting packet here 

Docket Digest for the Week of March 4

A weekly summary of City Council agendas and actions highlighting items of interest to the LWVN, extracted from the Friday packet.

Key to color coding: CPC, Planning, Environmental, Finance, Charter/Elections, Housing.

March 5 to 9 

Mon, Mar 5 7 pm

7:30 pm

7:45 pm

School Committee

Finance Committee

City Council

Ed Center

211

Chamber

Tues, Mar 6 7 pm

7 pm

Land Use Committee

Human Rights Commission

207

106C

Wed, Mar 7 8 am

7 pm

7 pm

7 pm

Fair Housing Committee

Programs & Services Committee

Public Facilities Committee

Public Safety & Transportation C

205

211

Chamber

205

 Thur, Mar 8  7 pm UChan Housing Series  Elliot Church

 Reports:

  • 2-27 Land Use: NEWTON HOUSING AUTHORITY petition for SPECIAL PERMIT/SITE PLAN APPROVAL  to remove 26,366 sq. ft. of land from the existing lots at 83-127 and 106-128 JFK Circle to develop 55 affordable elderly housing units.  Held.  full report here
  • 2-26 Charter Subcommittee:  Intends to produce a report of recommendations by end of spring to bring to Programs & Services Committee full report here
  • 2-26 Zoning & Planning:  Feedback on the Zoning Redesign Event Series on Transportation and Art.  full report here
  • 2-21 Public Facilities:  Crescent St Housing and Ford Playground Redevelopment Project, held, pending revised housing and/or funding plans.  full report here

Agendas:

  • 3-7 Public Safety & Transportation:  a discussion with the Chief of Police to explain to the City Council how “community policing” works  full agenda here
  • 3-7 Public Facilities:  Presentation on energy supply contracts, solar energy, and municipal energy use, update on Newton Power Choice full agenda here
  • 3-8 UChan Series:  Financing for Various Types of Housing at the Eliot Church (474 Centre Street). Presentations from Nancy McCafferty of Massachusetts Housing Partnership; Bart Lloyd of Preservation of Affordable Housing, a developer of large projects (more than 100 units); and Dan Violi, a consultant to developers of smaller projects (less than 50 units).

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