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).

Docket Digest for the Week of February 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.

February 26 – March 2 

Mon, Feb 26  

6:00 pm

7:00 pm

Finance Committee – Cancelled

Charter Review Subcommittee

Zoning & Planning Committee

 

205

205

Tues, Feb 27 7:00 pm  Land Use Committee Chamber
Wed, Feb 28 5:00 pm Zoning Redesign Drop-In 106 

 Reports:

  • 2-13 CPC:  voted unanimously (8-0) to commission a review of the Crescent Street project’s financials by an independent, expert consultant. Work is underway to finalize the scope of work and identify the consultant. The project’s $2,575,000 CPA funding request for final design & construction remains pending.
  • 2-20 City Council:  Approved a Director of Transportation Planning position in the Planning Department;  to increase the salary of the City Clerk/Clerk of the Council; the West Newton Square Enhancements Project to improve safety for bicyclists, pedestrians, and motor vehicle operators; and to allow cooking facilities in lodging houses Accepted a $25,000 grant from the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs to include stormwater guides in the Street Design Guide.   Referred to Finance Committee:  Accept MGL C. 64N Sec 3 to impose local sales tax on recreational marijuana; Postponed: Zoning Amendments for Recreational Marijuana Establishments vote to refer to Zoning   full report here

Agendas:

  • 2-26 Charter Review Subcommittee:   Chair Baker: “My sense of our work is not to redo the work of the Charter Commission.  …  our task is to identify:  A.  Technical amendments as to form to update the Charter…  B.  Amendments which involve clarification or modification about which there is no controversy.  C. Amendments about which some discussion in the full P&S Committee is warranted, as they constitute minor policy changes that were not adopted by the Voters. D. Amendments likely to require full Council deliberation as major policy issues are involved.”  agenda/memo here
  • 2-26  Zoning & Planning agenda here
  • 2-27 Land Use:   Newton Housing Authority petition 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  more information here  full agenda here

Public Hearing Notices:

  • March 12 at 7 pm re:  Northland Development requesting to amend  Newton Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30, Section 4.4.1 to allow parking facilities, accessory and non‐accessory, single and multi‐level in the Mixed Use 1 District by special permit.  full notice here
  • March 13 on petition to allow 18‐unit multi-family dwelling at 189‐193 Adams St/19 Quirk Ct.

Docket Digest for the Week of February 19-23

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.

February 19-23 

Mon, Feb 19 City Hall Closed for President’s Day
Tues, Feb 20 7:45 pm City Council – Mayor’s Address Chambers
Wed, Feb 21  

6:30 pm

7 pm

Public Safety & Transp – Cancelled

Public Facilities

Programs & Services

 

204

211

Fri, Feb 23 CPC Funding Deadline

 Reports:

  • 2-12 Zoning:  Temporary moratorium on marijuana establishments – Approved; Limited cooking facilities in lodging house units – Approved; $500,000 for Washington St plans – Approved;  Director of Transportation position – Approved
  • 2-7 Public Safety & Transportation:  West Newton Sq Enhancements Projects – Approved
  • 2-7 Public Facilities:  Public comments on Crescent Street project here.
  • 1-17 Programs & Services:  Increase in City Clerk salary – Approved;  Discussion on outreach to elderly residence – Held  full report here

Agendas:

  • 2-20 City Council:  Mayor’s State of the City address.
  • 2-21  Programs & Services:    Discussion on an amendment for licensing lodging houses to establish criteria, licensing requirements, and fees for lodging house owners and resident supervising agents.
  • 2-21  Public Facilities: Discussion on placement rights for utility poles.    Agenda includes memo from Councilor Albright on PF’s workload and city spending priorities: “Recently, I discovered that there are no outreach services for seniors over 85 living on their own homes, and while the senior population in Newton is nearing 30% less than 1% of our budget is dedicated to this population.”  full agenda here

Documents:

  • Zoning & Planning memo on Garden Remedies exemption from marijuana moratorium.  “If we allow GR to begin the process of applying for a license from the CCC and commence its recreational operation on July 1, we would receive a projected (by GR) estimated $284,000 (3% host agreement and 3% sales tax) from July –Dec 2018. This revenue would be lost if GR is not exempt from the moratorium.  memo here

Docket Digest for the Week of January 22-25

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.

January 22-25

Mon, Jan 22 5 pm

6:30 pm

7:00 pm

7:00 pm

Needham St. Vision Plan

Council Training – Budget

Finance Committee

Zoning & Planning Committee

Barry Price

211

211

205

Tues, Jan 23 7 pm

7 pm

CPC – rescheduled Jan mtg

Land Use Committee

204

211

 Thur, Jan 25  7 pm U-Chan –Housing Needs in MetroWest Elliot Church

Reports:

  • Traffic Council actions taken 1-18 are here 
  • Planning Department  Highlights of transportation improvements in 2017 are here  List of streets to receive traffic calming is here

Agendas:

  • 1-22-18  Planning/Needham Street Area Vision Plan, Barry Price Center, 27 Christina St., more information at http://www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/current/devrev/hip/needhamstreet.asp
  • 1-22-18 Finance:  items to be discussed include add a full-time position in the Planning Department, Dir of Transportation Planning, & Appropriate funds to develop an action plan for Washington Street Corridor full agenda here
  • 1-22-18 Zoning & Planning agenda
  • 1-23-18 Community Preservation Committee: – Rescheduled from the original date of January 11th.  2 affordable housing proposals – Jackson St/Haywood House and Crescent St, full proposals at www.newtonma.gov/cpa
  • 1-23-18 Land Use agenda
  • 1-25-18 U-Chan (United Citizens for Housing Affordability in Newton):  An Overview of the Housing Needs in the Metro-west Region, Clark Ziegler, the Executive Director Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP) speaker, Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street  more info here

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