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牛頓市議員馬惠美- council meeting notes 10/1



Good Morning Newton Residents,
  

Happy October!!  

Please note:  the Planning Department will be hosting Zoning Redesign Drop-In sessions. Drop-In on TONIGHT, Monday, October 2nd and Wednesday, November 15th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. For more information, please contact James Freas by email at:  jfreas@newtonma.gov or at:   zoningredesign@newtonma.gov with questions.

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission Meetings.

 

Development Review Team Meetings – Week of October 1st

The Development Review Team will meet this week and discuss the following potential projects:
  • 330 Walnut Street – Possible special permit for existing bank to expand into
    adjoining space (BU1)
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 1st

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, October 2nd, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  public hearing and discussion of a proposal to develop 83-85 West Street as a housing development project by the Newton Housing Authority and will hear a presentation and hold public comment on the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY2017.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at: 617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov
School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center Frasier Room 210.  The Notice of the Meeting can be found here and the agenda can be found here.
Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  Recap of the Community Meeting, Property Management, Project Budget, and schedule.  The agenda can be found here.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th the Committee will meet at 8:00 a.m. in Room
205 to review the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for FY2017 draft and discuss amendments to the inclusionary zoning ordinance. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at:  617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.
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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 1st

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will hold a special meeting TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 to review a petition for a grant of location on Carlson Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to legalize third unit and non-compliant lot area per unit in the existing
non-conforming two-family at 69-71 Cherry Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct three additions including a mudroom, a second floor addition over an existing porch and extension of a kitchen, further extending the nonconforming FAR from .40 to .44 where .39 is allowed at 715 Commonwealth Avenue, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 764 sq. ft. rear addition to allow for new living space and creating an FAR of .60 where .44 exists and .46 is allowed at 115 Nonantum Street, a request to rezone five parcels at: 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2), 275-281 Needham Street (Parcel 3), 260 Needham Street(Parcel 4), 160 Charlemont Street(Parcel 5) to BU4 from MU1 (NORTHLAND petition), and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level
parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2) to serve the existing office building at
156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow nonaccessory parking on a lot separate from the principal use, waivers to allow parking
within setbacks, waivers to dimensional requirements for parking stalls, waivers to the
maximum width for entrance and exit drives, waivers for perimeter screening
requirements for parking facilities, a waiver to interior landscaping requirements for
parking facilities, waivers to lighting requirements for parking facilities, and waivers to
the requirement for curbing, wheel stops, guard rails, and bollards at 156 Oak Street
and 55 Tower Road.  The agenda can be found here. Please note that other items on the agenda have been postponed. Also please note that the Planning Department has issued a memo regarding developing a Vision for Needham Street which can be found here.
Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, October 3rd in Room 211 at 8:00 a.m. and will review Chapters 17 and 20 and other fees and fines. The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 and then in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Ethan Tieger to the Newton Commonwealth Foundation, re-appointment of Bethel Charkoudian  Arthur Magni Peter Kastner, Byron Dunker, Andrew Stern, Richard Tucker, Patrick Palmer, Jack Neville, Michael Clarke, and Sam Figler to the Newton Parks and Recreation Commission, and will hold public hearings on the following:  citizens petition requesting requesting a Resolution from the City Council acknowledging the scientifically documented benefits of a later school time and supporting the Newton Public Schools to take action to delay high school start times and a citizens petition requesting adoption of measures ensuring the City Council on deal with local issues.  In addition, the Chair will entertain public comment on a request for an amendment to the City Charter to reduce the size of the City Council to 16 – 8 at-large and 8 Ward only should the Charter Commission’s proposal fail.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to locate a pole on Windsor Road, update on progress and design of the Washington Street corridor (will meet jointly with Public Safety and Transportation) request for approval of the “City of Newton – Public Buildings Department – Building Design and Construction Sustainability Guidelines, request for a resolution from the City Council in support of H.2683/S.1845 that seeks to protect consumers from leaked gas while providing economic incentive to providers to repair infrastructure so as to reduce methane leaks into the environment, request for a discussion on how the City currently charges residents for sewer extensions and a re-appointment of Marian Rambelle to the Solid Waste Commission.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 4th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  update on progress and design of the Washington Street corridor (will meet jointly with Public Facilities), and a request for a discussion with the Fire Department and ISD on how he city may implement a policy and/or ordinance, which clearly states when a sprinkler system is needed in any new construction projects. The Chair will entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following items:  a request for a discussion of and possible ordinance change regarding fines associated with a) reducing the fines with parking at a curb cut and  b) increasing the fines when parking at a fire hydrant, and a request for a letter in support of for the redesign of the Auburndale, West Newton and Newtonville Commuter Rail stations. The agenda can be found here.
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City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee met on September 19th and discussed an amendment to the Reuse Ordinance to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed. The item was held.  The report can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, September 25th and voted to approve the following:  request from the Community Preservation Committee to appropriate $300,000 for historic rehabilitation and $677,700 for affordable housing for a total of $977,000 from the Community Preservation Fund, to the Planning & Development in Newton (CAN-DO), to create 8 units of permanently affordable rental housing at 236 Auburn Street, Auburndale, including 5 units in a congregate home to be owned and operated by the Barry L. Price Rehabilitation Center, and a request for special legislation to increase the number of years the City of Newton is authorized to lease the Weeks House from the current period of sixty-five years.The report can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met jointly with the Finance Committee on Monday, September 25th and voted to approve the following:  a request for special legislation to increase the number of years the City of Newton is authorized to lease the Weeks House from the current period of sixty-five years.  The report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, September 25th and voted to approve the following:  request to amend the zoning of certain residential parcels related to school building projects including 1316, 1330, and 1338 Beacon Streets for the Zervas Elementary School Building project, 23 Parkview Avenue for the Cabot Elementary School Building project and 15 Walnut Park for the Aquinas School Building Project, re-appointment of Jane Ives, Stephen Feller, Howard Barnstone, Joyce Plotkin, Phillip Plottel, and  Peter Kai Jung Lew.  All other items including the request for the estabishment of the Newton Highlands and West Newton Local Historic Districts were held.  The report can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, September 26th and voted to approve the following:  request for withdrawal without prejudice for a special permit/site plan approval request for to use a portion of the legally nonconforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops, further extending the nonconforming use to manufacturing at 966 Watertown Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct three new dormers and increase the size of one existing dormer, exceeding the allowable size of dormers and increasing the FAR to .48 where .46 is required and .42 exists at 18 Meredith Avenue, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to  to create a third commercial space for ground level health club use and to allow a waivers for 15 parking stalls or to allow required stalls off site at 60 Needham Street.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
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City Council to meet on Monday, October 2nd

The Full City Council is scheduled to meet on TONIGHT, October 2nd at 7:45 p.m.  The Reports Docket can be found here , the New Docket can be found here and the Docket Addendum can be found here.
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Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4
I hope you had a great back to school week! I can't believe how fast the summer went by!  Tuesday is the Preliminary Election for Mayor of Newton to narrow the field of candidates from 7 to 2.  Please go out and vote!  Polls open a 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  Polling locations can be found here.

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission Meetings.


City Council Meetings – Week of September 10th

The following City Council Committee meetings will be held this week:
Zoning & Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 11th at 8:00 p.m., in Room 205 to discuss the following:  a proposed zoning amendment for the lodging houses; a proposal to amend ordinances to add licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses;  a proposed ordinance to allow food trucks on Wells Avenue;  and a proposed discussion of the proposed economic development strategy. The agenda can be found here.  Please contact James Freas by phone at:  617-796-1137 or by email at:  jfreas@newtonma.gov.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Finance Committee  on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and discuss the following: request by the City Clerk to place the  question of the new proposed charter on the ballot, a request to appropriate $6,400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s report, and a request to increase the number of years the City is authorized to lease the Weeks House.  The agenda can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee on Monday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request by the City Clerk to place the  question of the new proposed charter on the ballot, a request to appropriate $6,400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s report, a request to increase the number of years the City is authorized to lease the Weeks House, a request to accept and expend the Assistance
to Firefighters’ grant, which is a 90/10 reimbursable grant in the amount of seventy-six
thousand ninety-one dollars ($76,091) for the purchase of Personal Safety/Bailout
systems, a request to accept and expend the Green Communities Grant in the amount of $196,157 for energy  efficiency improvements to the Franklin, Underwood, Williams, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools, a request for approval of the following mentioned sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments; said betterments to be levied under the provisions of MGL Chapter 83, Sec. 26, authorizing the assessment of betterments for construction, a request for authorization to accept and expend a grant of up to $147,500 from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation offered as part of their Complete Streets Program, recommendation for appropriation of $300,000 for historic rehabilitation and $677,700 for affordable housing for a total of $977,000 from the Community Preservation Fund, to the Planning & Development in Newton (CAN-DO), to create 8 units of permanently affordable rental housing at 236 Auburn Street, Auburndale,
including 5 units in a congregate home to be owned and operated by the Barry L. Price
Rehabilitation Center, as described in CAN-DO’s proposal submitted to the Community
Preservation Committee in May 2017, request to enter into an up to 5-year contract
for ambulance services, re-appointed of Rosemary Larking as a member
of the Newton Taxation Committee for a term of office to expire April 30, 2018, and re-appointment of Doris Breay, as a Trustee of the Horace Cousens Industrial Fund for a term to expire June 1, 2020. The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of September 10th

The Development Review Team will meet to discuss the following proposals:
  • 2 Wells Avenue –  Special permit to install secondary sign larger than allowed
    by-right (LM)
  • 458 Woodward Street –  Special permit to modify non-conforming single-family
    dwelling by enclosing rear porch (SR2)
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 10th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, September 11th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
Licensing Commission:  The Licensing Commission will meet on September 11th at 8:15 a.m. The agenda can be found here.  
Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on September 12th at 4: 00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be foundhere.
Preliminary Election:  Yes – an opportunity to vote for me!  The Preliminary Election will be held on Tuesday, September 12th.  Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.  The Notice can be found here.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.
Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. The agenda can be found here.
Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room of the Library and will discuss the Crescent Street Housing and Reverend Ford Playground Expansion Project.  The agenda can be found here.
Committee on Community Preservation:  The Committee on Community Preservation will meet on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will have a pre-proposal discussion on 1615 Beacon Street – $600K request by the Suzuki School of Music for historic rehabiliiation, a discussion on – request to apply a portion of remaining unspent CPA funds to expanded scope of work by Historic Newton for the Historic Burying Grounds and  will have a discussion of potential revisions to funding guidelines and a review of current CPC proposal forms & instructions.  The agenda can be found here.
Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, September 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, September 14th and will discuss the following:  request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install two additional skylights on rear roof for property located at 2 – 4 Shawmut Park, a request for feedback on a proposed second story addition and second story balcony for property located a 7 Hale Street/336 Elliot Street, and a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a shed and install a front walkway for property located at 109 High Street.  The agenda can be found here.
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Remember to vote on Tuesday!!


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Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Happy Labor Day! I hope you all enjoying this last week of summer and having a great weekend and for those with children, getting ready to go back to school!

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission Meetings.


Charter Commission – new language for ballot question

The Charter Commission met last week and voted to amend the language summarizing the proposal on the ballot from:  “Effective with the 2019 municipal election, the City Council will be reduced from 24 to 12 with one member representing each of the 8 wards and 4 members who can live anywhere in the City.” to “Effective with the 2019 municipal election, the City Council will be reduced from 24 to 12 with one member from each of the 8 wards and 4 members who can live anywhere.”  The new language can be found here.
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Full City Council to Meet- Tuesday, September 5th

This week, the City Council will meet on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new Docket can be found here.


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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of September 3rd

The following City Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:15 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss the following:  grant of location request to install two poles – one at a the corner of Needham and Christina Street and another pole #604/5-1 with guy and anchor on the northerly side, 40’ northerly of pole #604/5; grant of location request to relocate five poles (#604/1, #604/2,
#604/3, #604/4 and #604/5) laterally in a southerly direction on Christina Street, grant of location request to install conduit in Needham Street to a proposed
relocated Pole #113/31 across from 300 Needham Street and to install conduit
southwesterly in Needham Street from Manhole # 47/301 thence turning
northwesterly on to Oak Street to proposed relocated Pole #25/1 on Oak Street, and a Mayoral re-appointment of Seth Parker to the Solid Waste Commission. The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, September 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  request to recognize September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Mayoral appointment of Karl Munger and reappointment of Edward Marple and John Schwartz to the Biosafety Committee, Mayoral appointment of Julie Norstrand, Chryse Gibson, and Donna Murphy to the Council on Aging, Mayoral re-appointment of Dana Hanson as a Library Trustee, and a request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the to construct a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility
to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard.  The agenda can be found here.
Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, September 7th in the Council Chamber and is expected to hold public hearings on the following:  petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to use a portion of the legally nonconforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops, further extending the nonconforming use to manufacturing at 966 Watertown Street, Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, a request for a Class 1 Auto Dealer License by Flaherty Equipment Sales Corporation, and a request for a Class 2 Auto Dealer License by the City of Newton, request for a Consistency Ruling regarding modifications to an existing right of way for 103 Court Street, request for $977,000 from Community Preservation funds for an 8- unit affordable housing development at236 Auburn Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Approval to replace the existing non-conforming detached garage with an expanded, connected garage, continuing the non-conforming front setback of 11.4’ where 25’ is required at 155 Monadnock Road. petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to expand the existing auto service business to allow the sale and service of up to ten used cars and waivers to requirements for parking facilities at 454-458 Watertown Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a second story addition over an existing sunroom on the side of the house, extending the non-conforming side setback at 191 Grant Avenue, (or here) petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to  construct a three-story rear addition, further increasing the non-conforming three-story dwelling where 2.5 is the maximum allowed by right at 170-172 Sumner Street, petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a three-story building, up to 36’ high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to allow parking in the side setback, waiver to allow parking within 5’ of a building or structure containing dwelling units, waivers to allow a reduction in the parking requirement to 1.25 per dwelling unit, relief from parking facility landscaping, and a waivers to the lot area per unit in a multifamily dwelling by 25% to allow for an affordable unit at 386-394 Watertown Street,petition for Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend Board Order #437-03 to create a third commercial space for ground level health club use and to allow a waivers for 15 parking stalls or to allow required stalls off site a60 Needham Street The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs ad Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  Mayor’s Request to increase the number of Library Trustees from 5 – 7 members, request to allow food trucks in the City of Newton – initially at Wells Avenue, request to place a non-binding question on the ballot:  “Do you support rezoning village center to allow 4 and 5 story mixed use buildings near public transit with retail on the first floor and apartments above as the City is recommending in to update Newton’s Zoning Ordinance for future growth?”, a public hearing on a citizen’s petition to discuss and repeal the Welcoming City Ordinance, Mayoral re-appointments to the Parks and Rec Commission  for the following members:  Bethel Charkoudian, Arthur Magni, Peter Kastner, Byron Dunker, Andrew Stern, Richard Tucker, Patrick Palmer, Jack Neville, Michael Clarke, and Sam Figler. The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  Mayoral appointment of Brita Lundberg to the Solid Waste Commission; five public hearings: petition for grant of location to install conduit in front of 25 Maple
Avenue,  petition for a grant of location to install conduit to a pole at the corner of
Newtonville Avenue, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to upgrade the existing service at 413 Hammond Street, petition for a main drain extension in Park Avenue to a proposed manhole located in front of 94 Park Avenue, and a petition for a main drain extension in Suffolk Road to a proposed drain manhole located in front of 46 Suffolk Road; and an update on the FY2018 Accelerated Roads Program. The agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.

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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of September 3rd

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
  • Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and will review a proposed amendment to Kesseler Woods special permit and will discuss next steps for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton.  For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov. The agenda can be found here.
  • School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, September 6th at 8:00 a.m. at the Ed Center, Room 210.  The agenda can be found here.
  • Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission will meet on Thursday, September 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and discuss the following:  Request to remove 4 dead trees from landscaped slope, lower yard, & front yard at 57 Kingswood Road,  request to demolish parts of an existing single-family home & rear deck/stairs; construct 1 and 2-story additions and new deck/stair and include mitigation landscaping at 64 Selwyn Road, request for demolition of an existing single-family home to construct a duplex with drainage, landscaping,grading, and 12” culvert at 73 Beaconwood Road, and a request for a Certificate of Compliance for an addition, deck, mitigation plantings at 20 Parsons Street.  The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.
  • Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, September 7th at 7:30 in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to expand driveway and replace curbing for property located at 161 Lowell Avenue and request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to replace a fence and gate for property located at 47 Prescott Street. The agenda can be found here.
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I hope you all had a great week!  I just returned from dropping my daughter off to school!  I was so moved by the President's Lee Bollinger's Convocation speech to the Class of 2021.  I am proud to be an alumna of the University and very proud that my daughter and the Class of 2021 will have an opportunity to learn and grow under his leadership!

There are no City Council meetings this week. Below you will find a listing of other city boards and commissions and additional announcements for this week.
  
 

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As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.
Enjoy the rest of your summer!!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Charter Commission to meet Tuesday, August 29th

The Charter Commission will meet this Tuesday, August 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  After the Commission reviews and approves the minutes and receive public comments, the Commission will take up the Ballot Question Summary.  The agenda can be found here.
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Additional Notices

Election Commission Ballot Testing:  The Election Commission will conduct testing on the ballot machines for the Preliminary Election beginning on Monday, August 28th through Wednesday, August 30th in the Basement in Room B09. The Notice can be found here.
Cabot School School Building Committee and Design Review Committee:  There is a Cabot School Building Committee and Design Review Committee meeting scheduled for August 31st.  The link for the agenda will not load.  Please contact the Public Buildings Department for more information by phone at:  617-796-1600.
Planning Department Notice of Intent to Release Funds:  The Planning Department issued a Notice of Intent to Request to Release Funds as part of their management of the Housing Rehabilitation and Development program because they are required to do an environmental review for each project and may require consultation regarding existence and removal of lead paint.  Written Comments will be accepted by August 31st and then the City of Newton will submit to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development  which will accept comments up to 15 days following submission.  The Notice can be found here.
August 31st Deadline to submit Comments on Proposed NStar rate increases: The deadline to submit comments regarding  the proposed NStar Rate increases is August 31st.  Written comments and petitions for leave to intervene or to participate should be addressed to:
Mark D. Marini, Secretary, Department of Public Utilities, One South Station,
5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. Receipt by the Department, not mailing, constitutes filing.
In addition to the above filing requirement, one (1) copy of all materials flied with the
Department should be ·sent to- each of the following: (1) Marc J. Tassone, Hearing Officer,
Department of Public Utilities, One South Station, 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110;
(2) Cheryl M. Kimball, Keegan Wedin LLP, 265 Franklin Street, Boston, Massachusetts
02110 (counsel for the Companies); and (3) Joseph W. Rogers, Assistant Attorney General,
Office of Ratepayer Advocacy, One Ashburton Place, Boston, Massachusetts 02108.
Further, in addition to paper filings with the Department, all documents also must be
submitted to the Department in electronic format using one of the following methods: (1) bye-mail attachment to dpu.efiling@state.ma.us and the Hearing Officer,
Marc.Tassone@state.ma.us; or (2) on a CD-ROM. The text of the e-mail or CD-ROM must
specify: (1) the docket number of the proceeding (D.P.U. 17-05); (2) the name of the person
or company submitting the filing; and (3) a brief descriptive title of the document. The
electronic filing should also include the name, title, and telephone number of a person to
contact in the event of questions about the filing.
Documents filed with the Department will be available for public inspection at its offices during business hours and through its website by looking up the docket by its number in the docket database at: http: I /web 1. env. state. ma. us/DPU /File Room/ dockets/bynumber (insert 17-05).
A copy of the Companies’ revised rate design proposal is available for inspection
during regular business hours at the following locations: (1) the Companies’ offices,
24 7 Station A venue, Westwood, Massachusetts 02096; (2) the· Moise’ Institute Library,
14 E.Central St, Natick, Massachusetts 01760; (3) the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston
Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116; (4) the Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway,
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138; (5) the Sturgis Library, 3090 Main Street, Barnstable,
Massachusetts 02630; (6) the New Bedford Free Public Library, 613 Pleasant Street, New
Bedford, Massachusetts 02740; (7) the Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street,
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02360; (8) the Berkshire Athenaeum, 1 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201; (9) the Springfield City Library, 220 State Street, Springfield, Massachusetts 01103; (10) the Vineyard Haven Public Library, 200 Main St, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts 02568; (11) the Greenfield Public Library, 402 Main Street,
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01301; and (12) the Department’s offices, One South Station,
D.P.U. 17-05 Page 10 5th Floor, Boston, Massachusetts 02110. In addition, ·the revised rate design proposal is also available on the Department’s website at:
http://web1.env.state.ma.us/DPU/FileRoom/dockets/bynumber (enter·”17-05″).
Notice can be found here.
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Mailing address:
Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

Happy end of August!  For those of you taking your kids off to college - wishing you good luck!  Sending my daughter off this weekend!

Below you will find a listing of the City Council Committee Meetings for this week as well as meetings of other city boards and commissions.
  


Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.
Enjoy the rest of your August too!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


City Council Meetings – Week of August 19th

There are no City Council meetings scheduled for this week.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 19th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
The Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 22nd at 4 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following requests for full demolition:  2163 Commonwealh Avenue, 31 Jacobs Terrace, 46 Exeter Street, 121 Arlington Street, 85 Waban Hill Road North,5 Harwich Road and 189‐193 Adams Street.
The Commission will also discuss the following requests for partial demolition:  85 Otis Street, NR, 185 Franklin Street, 432 Cherry Street, LL and 16 Fountain Street, NR.
The following requests for a waiver to be heard includes:  5 Chester Street and 240 Otis Street.
A detailed agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. inthe Planning Department’s Conference Room (B10) and is scheduled to discuss the following sign requests:  55 BoylstonStreet – The Container Store, 335 Boylston Street – Newton Surgery, 335 Boylston St – The Spiegel Center, 290 Centre St – Newton Dental Group, 300 Boylston St – Dana Farber, 97M Union St – Erin Gates Design, 790 Beacon St – LYMBR, 105‐119 Elm St – Constantine Place, Two Wells Avenue – Two Wells Avenue, 4‐6 Lincoln St – Grape Leaf, 200 Boylston St – Precision Running.  The agenda can be found here,the packet of information can be found here and the staff memo can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at:  617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov .

Upcoming Events

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Ellison Road Meet and Greet with Amy Sangiolo and Anping Shen for School Committee

Saturday, August 5, 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
55 Ellison Road, Newton Centre
Yongqi Deng invites you to a meet and greet with mayoral candidate Amy Sangiolo and Ward 3 School Committee candidate Anping Shen at his home at 55 Ellison Road, Newton Centre. Please join us to meet Amy and find out about her vision for Newton’s future. We look forward to seeing you there! Saturday, August 5, 3:00pm
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Briar Lane Meet & Greet

Wednesday, August 16, 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
7 Briar Lane, Newtonville
Fred Arnstein and Pamela Geib invite you to a meet and greet with Amy Sangiolo at their home at 7 Briar Lane, Newtonville. Please join us to meet Amy and find out about her vision for Newton’s future. We look forward to seeing you there! Wednesday, August 16, 7:30pm

Good Morning Newton Residents,

Good Morning Newton Residents,
  

Happy Summer everyone!  Crazy weather but hope you're having fun!

Below you will find a listing of the City Council Committee Meetings for this week as well as meetings of other city boards and commissions.

Please note:

  • The Planning Department will be popping up at local Farmers Markets and will be at the Cold Springs Farmers Market on Tuesday, August 8th from 1:30 - 6:00 p.m.Find out more about the new Accessory Apartment ordinance,  the upcoming Zoning Redesign events, and the new street designs for West Newton and Walnut Streets! 
  • The Department of Public Works has released a list of City streets listed alphabetically containing the length, width and PCI - all in preparation for an update that will be provided to the Public Facilities on this year’s road maintenance program and their 5 year plan on September 6th.
  
 

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4
Happy mid-August!  

Below you will find a listing of the City Council Committee Meetings for this week as well as meetings of other city boards and commissions.
  

 

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.
Enjoy the rest of your summer too!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

 

Announcements

Please note the following:
Picnic and Play in the Park:  On Monday, August 14th from 5:30 p. m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Newton Centre Playground , 69 Tyler Terrace, for the launch of Newton: A City Built with History, A Future Built with Vision.  Family friendly event! Free Cabot’s Ice Cream! For more details visit our website at www.newtonma.gov/vision.
Zoning Redesign:  The Planning and Development Department is continuing with their Zoning Redesign Drop-In sessions this summer. Drop‐In on Wednesdays, August 16th and August 30th from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., Newton City Hall Room 106 to share your ideas with staff and ask questions about the City’s project redesign the zoning ordinance. All are welcome. On September 27th, 2017 the “Zoning Redesigning Event Series,”  a nine-part series will
launch and will run to May, 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. You can find the series online and RSVP at http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning.  For additional information, please contact James Freas by email:  at jfreas@newtonma.gov org or zoningredesign@newtonma.gov .
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City Council Meetings – Week of August 13th

The City Council will meet tonight, August 14th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.
Please note:
The Programs and Services Committee and the Finance Committee will meet jointly tonight on August 14th at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the submission of the Charter Commission’s Report, request for $6400 from Budget Reserve to mail the Charter Commission’s Report, request to place the question of the proposed new charter on the ballot, recommendation to approve the Neighborhood Area Council’s election date to November 7th, Mayor’s request to reappoint Jan Huffman to the Election Commission, Mayor’s request to to reappoint Marjorie Butler to the Election Commission, President Lennon’s request to reappoint Carl Cohen to the BioSafety Committee, and a proposal to place a non-binding advisory question on the ballot – “Do you support rezoning village centers to allow four-and five- story buildings near public transit with retail on the first floor and and apartments above, as the City is recommending to update Newton’s Zoning Ordinance for future growth?”.  The agenda can be found here.  Please see the City Clerk’s memo to the Council regarding the various docket items – here.
The Public Facilities Committee will meet tonight on August 14th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a petition for a grant of location to install a pole in front of 559 Centre Street and an anchor guy 100’+ in a northerly direction to upgrade existing service and a petition for a grant of location to install and maintain 200’+ of conduit from a pole to a manhole in Needham Street.  The agenda can be found here.
The Recodification Committee will meet on Tuesday, August 15th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following:  Review of Chapters 17 and 20 and other fees and fines and any other business.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee has scheduled a site visit on Thursday, August 17th at 8:00 a.m. at the gate just past 50 Tower Road (Bigelow Oil) to review the special permit application filed by Northland to rezone five parcels and to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road to serve the existing office building at 156 Oak Street.  The Notice of the Site Visit can be found here.
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City Council Committee Reports

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:
Land Use Committee: The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, July 11th and voted to approve the following:  a request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, July 12th and voted to approve the following:  request for a grant of location to install a pole in front of 559 Centre Street and one anchor guy 100’+ in a northerly direction to upgrade
existing service, request for a grant of location to install 60’+ of conduit from
manhole 9423 in a westerly direction to provide new service to house 111 Bigelow
Road, request for a grant of location to install 37’+ of conduit in Walnut Street from manhole in a westerly direction onto Austin Street and ending at a proposed manhole in front of Philip Bram Way, and a request for a grant of location to relocate a oik approximately 57’+ westerly as part of the undergrounding of existing service, request to approve a taking of an easement at 19 – 33 Needham Street. The Committee voted No Action Necessary on the following items:  request for an update on funds acquired from voluntary contributions from Special Permits in Newton Centre, which can be made available to complete a safe pedestrian crossing at 714-724 Beacon Street via
Special Permit Board Order #1-15, and a request that the Department of Public Works provide an update on the creation of a strategic plan for the improvement of streets and sidewalks in the City. The report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee Report:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, July 17th and voted to approve the following:  Mayor’s Appointment of Katherine Cade to the Conservation Commission, request by the Director of Planning and Development for a technical amendment to the Newton Zoning Ordinances regarding restoration of density bonus zoning incentives related to an increase in inclusionary units for residential use in Business and Mixed Use Districts which was indavertently left out of the revised ordinances.  The Committee also voted No Action Necessary on a request to restructure and increase for permits charged by the Inspectional Services Department, the Planning Department and the City Clerk to ensure that the fees are sufficient to cover the costs of the services provided.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, August 8th and voted to approve the following:  a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story addition and porch to the rear and side of the house and rebuild the existing front porch, continuing the non-conforming front setback and increasing the FAR from .54 to .64 where .48 is allowed at 11 Fairview Street. All other items were held or postponed.  The report can be found here.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings

The following other City Boards and Commission will meet this week:
Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on August 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 16h at 6:30 p.m., on Kingsbury Road to conduct a site visit to review the existing road conditions and the options for
berms and curbing. Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors will meet on Wednesday, August 16th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission originally scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 16th has been rescheduled to August 24th.
The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District will on Thursday, August 17th, the Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m., in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for a Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install curbing and edging at property located at 109 Old Orchard Road, a request  to install a fence at 314 Hammond StreetBoston College, and a request to demolish the basement wing and replace a garage at 152 Suffolk Road.  Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission meeting originally scheduled for August 17th has been cancelled.

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Additional Information

The Law Department transmitted the following to the City Council regarding a Special Permit/Site Plan approval made on June 6, 2017.  Please see this memo for more information.

City Council Meetings – Week of August 6th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers and is scheduled to hold public hearings on the following:  request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a single-story rear additional extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to use a portion of the non-conforming wholesale site to cut and fabricate stone countertops and further extending the nonconforming use at 966 Watertown Street, Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend a previously approved board order to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a two-story addition and porch to the rear and side of the house and rebuild the existing front porch, continuing the non-conforming front setback and increase the FAR from .54 to .64 where .48 is allowed at 11 Fairview Street, request for a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct a 3-story building up to 36 feet high, allow an FAR of 1.5, waivers to parking and waivers
to the lot area per unit in a multifamily dwelling at 386-394 Watertown Street,  request to rezone land currently zoned as MR 2 to Business 2 and a Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to construct elderly housing with services in excess of20,000 sq. ft. of gross floor area, consisting of 85 living units in a 4-story structure not to exceed 48’ in height and Floor Area Ratio not to exceed 2.0, and extend the existing nonconforming front setback and construct a retaining wall greater than 4’ in a setback at 431 Washington Street, 29 Hovey Street, and the adjacent unnumbered lot to the north on Hovey Street, and a request to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increase in the number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 6th

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, August 7th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will have a discussion and vote on Zoning Ordinance Technical Amendments (#204-17) to restore reference in the Newton Zoning Ordinance for the density bonus incentives related to an increase in inclusionary units in Business and Mixed-Use districts. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at:  617-796-1125 or by email at: rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Auburndale Historic District: The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, August 8th, at 7:00 p.m., in Room 205. The agenda includes a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install two 70-foot tall stadium light poles at 70 Studio Road, and a request to install parking lot lights at 204-220 Woodland Road, Lasell College, requesting a Certificate of Appropriateness to install parking lot lights. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1126 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov and Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission: The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, August 8th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  updates from the Economic Development Director, the Economic Development Commission Chair, discussion of draft food truck ordinance and discussion of expiring membership terms and re-appointments. The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at:  617-796-1122 or by email at:  Kellis@newtonma.gov.
Community Preservation Committee: The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the New Art Center project and the pending proposal for the Newton Cemetery’s Whipple-Beal Cast Iron Fence and will hold a Public Hearing on the Newton Housing Authority’s $2 million request for its Jackson Road New Senior Housing (Haywood House)
project in Newton Corner. The agenda can be found here and the packet of information can be found here.  For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at: 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.
Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 9th, at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber, Room 207 and discuss the following request to change the details of the projects authorized by a previously issued Comprehensive Permit to Waban AA Realty Ventures LLC for the construction of 8 rental units (6 market rate and 2 affordable) located at 1521 Beacon Street. The proposed
change is a change from rental to ownership. The purpose of this public hearing is
for the Board to review the change and make a determination on whether the project may be approved with the change. The agenda can be found here.  Please contact Adrianna
Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.
Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Library Trustees Room in the Newton Free Library and is scheduled to discuss the current preliminary design for the Crescent Street project.  Notice of the meeting can be found here and the agenda can be found here.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 10th at 7:00 p.m., in Room 205 and is scheduled to review a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to nstall two additional
skylights on rear roofs for property located at 2-4 Shawmut Park and a Certificate of Appropriateness to install a fence section, arbor, patio, retaining walls and walkway for property located at 20 Shawmut Park.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Valerie Birmingham at 617-796-1132 or by email at:  vbirmingham@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of August 6th

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week to discuss the following potential projects:
  • 36 Cummings Road – Special permit to extend the nonconforming use by
    constructing an addition (SR2)
  • 18-22-26 Goddard Street –  Proposed subdivision/redrawing of lot lines into two lots
    (SR3)
  • 21 & 25 Gardner Street –  Special permit to create four attached dwellings (MR2)
  • 82-84 Needham Street –  Possible medical marijuana facility (MU2)
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Happy Summer!

There are no City Council meetings this week but there are a few Board and Commission meetings.
  
 
A few highlights:
  • The Department of Public Works recently presented the Accelerated Pavement Management Program to the Public Facilities Committee July 12th.  The presentation can be found here. There is also a list of Preventative Maintenance Roads, a notice about the different treatment that will be used to address our roads and information on the Crack/Seal program.
  • I am EXTREMELY PLEASED to Announce the City will be piloting a curbside organics pick-up program!! YAY. General information can be found here and the presentation on the curbside program by Waneta Trabert can be found here.
  • The Planning Department will be "popping-up" at our local Farmers Markets this summer. This is your opportunity to get information about the new Accessory Apartment zoning rules,  details on the upcoming Zoning Redesign event series, obtain information on how West Newton and Walnut Streets will have street safety makeovers and connect with economic development resources. They will be at the West Newton Farmers Market on Elm Street on Saturday, August 5th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.and at the Cold Springs Farmers Market on Tuesday, August 8th from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m. (A great place to meet candidates, too!)
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 30th

The following City Boards and Commission will meet this week:
Fair Housing Committee: The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, August 2nd t 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and is expected to review a proposed amendment to the Kesseler Woods special permit and remove all affordable housing units to a new location on Commonwealth Avenue and will discuss the next steps for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at:  617.796.1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.
Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, August 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  to install a landscaping wall and irrigation, to replace the front walkway, to install steps, and to change the driveway at 142 Lowell Avenue. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

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I hope you all had a great week!  The St. Mary of Carmen Festival was fun.  Went with family to the carnival and enjoyed the music and then went back this afternoon to march in the processional and then again tonight.  We also enjoyed another great concert in Newton Center!

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission meetings.
  

 

Please note:  There will be a  Zoning Redesign Drop‐In on Wednesday, July 19th, Please to share your ideas with staff and ask questions about the City’s project redesign the zoning ordinance. Everyone is welcome!  Contact James Freas at jfreas@newtonma.gov with questions. For more information on Zoning Redesign visit http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning or email zoningredesign@newtonma.gov.

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

 

City Council Meetings – Week of July 16th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  appointment of Kathryn Cade as an alternative member of the Newton Conservation Commission, public hearing on a technical amendment to a zoning amendment to restore a reference to a density bonus incentives to an increase in inclusionary units for residential units in a Business or Mixed Use districts that were apparently inadvertently omitted from the ordinance (see Planning Memo), proposed zoning amendment to expand the definition of exempt lots to include lots changed in size or shape as a result of an adverse possession claim (see Planning Memo), discussion to consider mix of uses at Wells Avenue (see Planning Memo) and a request to restructure and increase fees (Note:  Committee likely to vote No Action Necessary).  The agenda can be found here.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 16th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Lasell Neighborhood Council:   The Lasell Neighborhood Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 17th the Council will meet at 8:00 a.m. at Lasell College – Irwin Annex, 5 Cheswick Rd. The Council is scheduled to discuss the following:  parking, construction updates, litter clean-up initiatives, supporting green initiatives in the neighborhood, community participation and support. For more information, please contact Barney Heath by phone at: 617-796-1120 or by email at:  bheath@newtonma.gov.
Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 7:30 p.m.  The agenda can be found here.
School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center located at 100 Walnut Street and will meet in Executive Session to discuss the TAP MOA Agreement.  Notice of the meeting can be found here.
School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Tuesday, July 18th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center located at 100 Walnut Street .  Notice of the meeting can be found here.
Newton Biosafety Committee:  The Newton Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Conference Room 106c and is expected to discuss the following:  an rDNA permit application, the rDNA amended ordinance, review of applications and procedures, and setting an annual meeting date with community representatives in September or October.  The agenda can be found here.
Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108 at City Hall and is expected to discuss the following:  approval of the 2017 Exemption and Abatement Report.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
SEPAC Meeting:  The SEPAC will have an open meeting on Wednesday, July 19th from 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center, 100 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Dept Conference Room (B10) and is expected to discuss the following sign requests:
  • 55 Needham Street – T‐Mobile,
  • 55 Needham Street – B.Good,
  • 275-281 Needham Street – New England Mobile Book Fair,
  • 1637 Centre Street – 7‐ Eleven,
  • 55 Boylston Street – The Container Store
The Commission will also conduct a conceptual design review for 392-404 Langley Road and also discuss Zoning Redesign (Zoning Reform Phase 2).
For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone a:t 617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov .
Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Room 207 and will discuss and review the following petition: #01‐16, 1521 Beacon Street, LLC’s request, to change the details of the project authorized by a previously issued Comprehensive Permit to Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC for the construction of eight rental units (6 market rate and 2 affordable) located at 1521 Beacon Street. The proposed change is a change in the tenure of all eight units from rental to ownership. The purpose of this public hearing is for the Board to review the change and determine anew whether the project may be approved with the change. For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov .
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to vote on the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:
  • 109 Old Orchard Road, to approve curbing installation; to install a gate; Kingsbury Road, to install asphalt berms;
  • 44 Old England Road, to replace fence and install mesh;
  • 135 Essex Road, to replace fence; and
  • 20 Malia Terrace, to repair garage and fence.
For more information, please contact:  Barbara Kurze at 617-796-1126 or bkurze@newtonma.gov.

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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 17th

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week on the following proposals:
  • 58 Rochester Road:  Special permit for floor area ratio (FAR) relief to expand single-family dwelling (SR3)
  • 336 Elliot Street:  Special permit to extend nonconforming residential use (BU1)
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I hope you all had a great week and a great Fourth of July!  I brought my pug, Frank, to the Pet Parade at the Newton Center Playground, and then it was a full day meeting so many wonderful residents at Albemarle.  The fireworks were spectaculor - as always!!  Last night, I brought my 92 year old mother with me and my husband to the Newton Center Green to enjoy the music of Jah Spirit.  My mother LOVED the music, the crowds and the dancing!  Thank you Newton Community Pride!  To find out about upcoming events, please go here.

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission meetings (there are a lot of other Board and Commission meeting this week!).
  

 

FYI:  The Citizens Petition requesting the City Council to pass a Resolution to our Federal legislators urging them to support an impeachment investigation on our President will be before the Council tonight.

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy, and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

 

Accessory Apartment Information Session – July 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Post 440

Accessory Apartments Informational Session: To learn more about accessory apartments – how to create one and available financing to renovate or bring one up to code, the City’s Planning Department staff will hold an informational session on Thursday, July 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post 440, 295 California Street.  You can RSVP at:  accessoryapartments@newtonma.gov.  More information on the new accessory apartment ordinance  can be found here.  An informational brochure can be found here.
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City Council to Meet tonight, July 10th – 7:45 p.m.

The City Council is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Council will take up the Citizen Petition request for a resolution for Presidential impeachment investigation which was chartered at the last full Council meeting.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new Docket can be found here.
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Two Council Committee Reports – now available

Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, June 26th and voted to approve the following:  Mayor’s appointment of William Winkler to the Urban Design Commission, Mayor’s appointment of Doug Cornelius to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s appointment of Ellen Katzto the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s re-appointment of Jeffrey Zabelto the Newton Conservation Commmission, Mayor’s reappointment of Ira Wallach to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Susan Lunin to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Judith Hepburnto the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Dan Green to the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Norm Richardsonto the Newton Conservation Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Richard Alfredto the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Patricia Baker to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Patricia Bottomley to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Nancy Grissom to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Nancy Grissom to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Peter Diamond to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Laura Fitzmaurice to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Ellen Klapper to the Newton Historical Commission, Mayor’s reappointment of Jean Fulkerson to the Newton Historical Commission, and Mayor’s reappointment of Mark Armstrong to the Newton Historical Commission. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on Wednesday, June 21st and voted to No Action Necessary on the following items:  request to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus to construct a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and an appeal of Traffic Council Decision of new yield sign on Walnut Hill Road – stop sign on Woodcliff Road, southbound.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
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Council Committee Meetings – Week of July 9th

The following Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 10th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request to settle a claim for $9,120 from the Law Department’s Judgments and Settlements Account as settlement of a claim against the City for extensive damage to a fence that occurred during snow clearing operations, request to appropriate $338,397 from previously declared Overlay Surplus to cover the costs associated with Eversource undergrounding utilities associated with the Austin Street Parking Lot Redevelopment Parking Lot, request to appropriate $375,000 from previously declared Overlay Surplus and transfer $500,000 from the Publc Works Full-time Salaries Account and Public Works Street Department Health Insurance Accounts, and a request to transfer $10,000 from Budget Reserve to Veterans’ Benefits to provide funding for the final month of this fiscal year.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit and site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-14 to allow a swing set on Lot 40 at 93 Bellevue Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story addition and porch to the rear and side of the house and rebuild the existing front porch, continuing the non-conforming front setback and increasing the FAR from .54 to .64 where .48 is allowed at 11 Fairview Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to tear down and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increased number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way, and request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue.  The agenda can be found here.
Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 205.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. and will hold public hearings on the following:  petition for a grant of location to install one pole in front of #559 Centre Street and one anchor guy to upgrade existing service, petition for a grant of location to install conduit to provide new service to house #111 Bigelow Road, petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Walnut Street onto Austin Street terminating at a proposed manhole in front of Philip Bram Way, petition for a grant of location to relocate a pole as part of the undergrounding of existing service in Austin Street.  The Committee will then discuss the following:  request for authorization to take a non-exclusive easement from UBC Equity Partners, LLC over and upon a portion of the property known and numbered 19-33 Needham Street, Newton for the purpose of providing passage consistent with the use of the Upper Falls Greenway as a rail-trail, request that the Department of Public Works pilot a curbside food waste collection program, request for an update and discussion with the Department of Public Works and the Solid Waste Commission on the current status of Newton’s solid waste management and recycling program operations and performance objectives, future goals and objectives, staffing, program challenges, and survey data due to be submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection, request for an update from the Department of Public Works’ about the Roads Program Strategy, and a request for a discussion with the Inspectional Services Department to explain the development of short and long term plans to identify and correct buildings, sidewalks, playgrounds, etc…that do not conform to American Disability Act (ADA) standards.  The Committee will entertain a motion for No Action Necessary on the following: update on funds accrued from voluntary contributions from Special Permits in Newton Centre, which can be made available to complete a safe pedestrian crossing at 714-724 Beacon Street via Special Permit Board Order #1-15,  update on the creation of a strategic plan for the improvement of streets and sidewalks in the City.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 9th

The following Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204.  In addition to approval of its previous meeting’s minutes, the Commission will discuss the following:  CDBG Report, identify locations for potential FY18 CDBG funded access projects, discuss potential project(s) for FY18 Municipal ADA Improvement Grant , hear reports on HP Fines , and reports from the Treasurer and the ADA Coordinator and discuss a request for a MAAB Variance for 219 Commonwealth Ave.  The revised agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet tonight at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss and possibly vote on the following:  Sunrise Development Rezoning Petition – Request to Rezone 29 Hovey Street from MultiResidence 2 to Business-Use 2 and 236 Auburn Street Housing Development –CAN-DO/Metrowest.  The Board will also discuss the Northland Rezoning petition and have an update on the Zoning Redesign project. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at:  617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Zoning Board of Appeals: The Zoning Board of Appeals is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  appeal of the March 31, 2017 Zoning Violation Notice issued by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for a violation of the storm water management ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at: 617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.
Auburndale Historic District Commission: The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness: request to replace wood gutters at 84 Grove Street, request to replace front porch railing system, decking, column bases, and fascia board; to repair soffit and steps, and to install roof heating coils at 304 Central Street and receive an update regarding landscaping to be installed to mitigate vinyl fence for 304 Central Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204. According to the Planning Department’s Friday Report, the EDC is expected to receive updates on the following:  N2 Innovation District, Washington Place Special Permit, Economic Development RFP, the Northland Proposal on Needham Street, the West Newton Square/Walnut Street Streetscapes, Wells Avenue Property Owners Meeting, and Zoning Redesign. The Chair will provide updates on the rDNA Ordinance and EDC Openings. There will also be a Wells Avenue Presentation. For more information, please contact Kathryn Ellis by phone at: 617-796-1122 or by email at:  kellis@newtonma.gov.
Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to discuss the following:  debrief on the Pride event, Hate Crimes, Student Reports, Programming for fall, the December Human Rights Award event, the April Genocide exhibit, and co-sponsoring an upcoming event -How to talk about Race in 2017 with Ray Rickman, Thursday, August 10, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Druker Auditorium.  The agenda can be found here.
Charter Commission: The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will receive public comments and will then discuss the following:  draft of letter to City Council, Ballot Question summary, and presentation to City Council.  The agenda can be found here.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 12th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following: discussion of City Hall inaction regarding new members,  review of proposed amendment to Kesseler Woods special permit, discussion on current and other relevant events, discussion about next steps re auditing of housing discrimination in Newton, discussion regarding events/training and publications, and a discussion re Zoning Redesign.  The agenda can be found here.
Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee meeting previously scheduled for July 12, 2017 has been CANCELLED.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace roof on house and shed and install skylight at 2-4 Shawmut Park, and request to expand the front bump out and build a rear addition and a shed at 969 Chestnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at: bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of July 9th

The following potential projects are scheduled to be reviewed by the Development Review Team this week:
  • 432 Cherry Street:  Special permit to convert existing office building into six dwelling units and construct additional structure with three dwelling units on-site (BU1)
  • 1224 Boylston Street:  Special permit for accessory apartment in existing detached structure (SR3).
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Good Morning Newton Residents,
  

I hope you all had a great weekend!  It was a hot one - but enjoyed visiting Nonantum and Newton Center this weekend!

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission meetings.
  

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Happy Fourth of July!
Please stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Additional Announcements

Happy Fourth of July!
July 4th Celebration in Newton
Kids’ Morning
http://www.newtonma.gov/images/cultural_affairs/Cute_Kid_July_4_take_2.jpgsmall.jpgTuesday, July 4, 10am – Noon, Newton Centre Playground at Tyler Terrace.
Free event for children ages 3 – 12 years. Children and families are invited to join in the Grande Pet Parade, Decorated Doll Carriage Promenade, Teddy Bear Parade and Foot Races. Free ice cream, candy and drinks complete the morning celebration – courtesy of Cabot’s Ice Cream. Cancelled in the event of rain.
Afternoon/Evening Events
Tuesday, July 4, Noon – 10pm – Albemarle Field/Halloran Sports Complex
The fun continues with kiddie amusement rides, craft vendor booths, food vendor booths, face painting and other childrens’ activities. The entertainment at the Gazebo is provided by Constantine the Magician, the YCCA Band and a Caribbean performance by D’Allegro Band from DESFOB, Inc. Then, the fun moves over to the main stage, with more free music and dancing from 6 – 9pm. Bring lawn chairs, try out the delicious food from the many food trucks and pick up your light-up novelties.  At 9pm, don’t miss the grand finale…a fantastic fireworks http://www.newtonma.gov/images/cultural_affairs/Winiker.jpgsmaller.jpgdisplay! Visit www.newtoncommunitypride.org for details.  In the event of rain, the band and fireworks will take place on Wednesday, July 5th. 

Accessory Apartment Informational Session:  Learn about the new zoning changes that were made to allow the creation of Accessory Apartments by-right (without a special permit) on Thursday, July 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at American Legion Post 440, 295 California St., Newton. RSVP accessoryapartments@newtonma.gov

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City Council Meetings – Week of July 2nd

There are no City Council meetings scheduled for this week.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 2nd

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following: request to streamline routine maintenance and repair to City infrastructure including roadways, sidewalks, drainage pipes, stormwater drains, sewer and water lines when conducted in compliance with a generic Order of Conditions (OOC) for maintenance on roadways, sidewalks, drainage pipes, stormwater drains, sewer, and water lines at various locations throughout Newton;  request to repair and excavate a failing foundation and walkway at 351 Parker Street; sewer service repairs and other site improvements at 300 Hammond Pond Parkway; addition to a single family home at 42 Hyde Avenue; demolition and construction of a single family home at 5 Vaughn Avenue; demolition of existing garage and handicap ramp; construction of new handicap ramp at 515 Walnut St;Demolition of single family home and construction of duplex at 73 Beaconwood Road. The agenda can be found here and packet documents can be found here. For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.
Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on on Thursday, July 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  approval for work done on side entries for property located at 182 Lowell Avenue. Violation. Continuation.  For more information, please cntact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.

I hope you enjoyed this past weekend!  I had the honor of serving at the Feast of the Falls and if you haven't had an opportunity to participate - please do!! It was a truly wonderful event!!!

Last Monday, evening, the City Council approved the Orr Block/Washington Place proposal by a vote of 17-7 -1 for both the zone change and the special permit.  The special permit granted was for 160 units but allowed flexibility for the developer to reduce the project to 140 units if the developer was able to work out an agreement with the direct abutters. Please note:  that the developer had previously needed to obtain a supermajority vote of the Board because the abutters had submitted a protest but with a reconfiguration of the lots and the zoning relief requested, the developer was able to provide a buffer strip which may have eliminated the direct abutter's right to protest (This may be litigated in court).

Also, Four City Councilors - Jim Cote, Lenny Gentile, Rick Lipof and Allan Ciccone exercised a 4 person charter which ceased discussion of the Citizen's Petition to Impeach President Trump and prevented the Council from calling a special meeting to discuss and act on the petition within 3 months as called for in the City Charter.  Section 10-2 provides:  

Sec. 10-2. Group Petitions; Action Required. The city council or the school committee shall hold a public hearing and act with respect to every petition which is addressed to it, which is signed by at least 50 voters, and which seeks the passage of a measure. The hearing shall be held by the city council or the school committee or, in either case, by a committee or subcommittee of either the city council or school committee and the action by the city council or school committee shall be taken not later than 3 months after the petition is filed with the city clerk. Hearings on 2 or more petitions filed under this section may be held at the same time and place and the city clerk shall mail notice of the hearing to the first 50 certified signers whose names appear on each petition at least 48 hours before the hearing. Notice by publication of all such hearings shall be at public expense. (Referendum of 11- 04-75.)

The resolution will be taken up at the next regularly scheduled Council meeting on July 10th.

Below you will find this week's City Council and other Board and Commission meetings.
  
 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 25th

The following City Council Meetings are scheduled for this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet Tonight at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  appointment of William Winkler to the Urban Design Commission, Mayor’ appointment of Doug Cornelius to the Newton Historical Commission, appointment of Ellen Katz to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Jeff Zabel to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Susan Lunin to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Judith Hepburn to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of of Dan Green to the Newton Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Norm Richardson to the Conservation Commission, re-appointment of Richard Alfred to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Patricia Baker to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Pat Bottomley to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Italo Visco to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Auburndale Historic District Comminssion, re-appointment of Nancy Grissom to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Peter Dimond to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Laura Fitzmaurice to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of  Ellen Klapper to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Jean Fulkerson to the Newton Historical Commission, re-appointment of Mark Armstrong to the Newton Historical Commission, request for an amendment to the City Zoning Ordinances regarding lodging houses, and an amendment to the ordinances regarding licensing requirements and criteria for lodging houses.  The agenda can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Finance Committee has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The regularly scheduled meeting of the Land Use Committee has been cancelled  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.
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Other Boards and Commission Meetings – Week of June 25th

Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessor will meet on Monday, June 26th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108 to review Clause 18 Applications for FY 2017.  The agenda can be found here.
Crescent Street Working Group:  The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 4:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  RFP for Property Management, pro-forma and open discussion. The agenda can be found here.
Elections Committee:  The Elections Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  Approval of minutes of the May 31, 2017 and June 13, 2017 meetings and mailings for the November 7, 2017 Election.  The agenda can be found here.
Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:   Department Head and City Councilor submissions for corrections.  The agenda can be found here.
Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals on will meet on Tuesday, June 27th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following items:  ohn Reis of 11 Edgefield Road, appealing the March 31, 2017, Zoning Violation Notice issued by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for a violation of the storm water management ordinance (Notice improperly issued), and the Comprehensive Permit previously granted to Waban AMA Realty Ventures LLC to construct 8 rental units (6 market rate and 2 affordable) located at 1521 Beacon Street, Newton, Massachusetts. This item will be heard for the purpose of considering whether changes to the Comprehensive Permit are substantial or insubstantial. The proposed changes include changing the tenure of all 8 units from rental to ownership and transfer of the permit to 1521 Beacon Street, LLC. The agenda can be found here.   For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.

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Development Review Team

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week and discuss the following potential development projects:
  • 499 Winchester Street – Special permit to allow rear lot subdivision (SR3)
  • 19-21 Bonwood Street – Special permit for dormer addition increasing existing nonconforming FAR (MR1)
  • 1084 Chestnut Street – Special permit for accessory apartment greater than 1,000 square feet (MR1)
  • 27-33 Greenwood Street –  Special permit to allow rear lot subdivision in conjunction to the creation of four single family homes (SR1)
I hope you all had a great week!!  Wonderful events, including the Newton North and Newton South High School graduations (congratulations - students, families, and teachers!), Pride parade, the Oak Hill Neighborhood Association's picnic (complete with an egg toss competition), Firefighter's Memorial Service, Newton Highlands Village Day and wonderful campaign kick-off event for my dear friend, Anping Shen who is running for School Committee!!

A few things to note:  The Land Use Committee voted to recommend approval of the Orr Block/Washington Place proposal which included a Council Order which permits the developer to construct 160 unit project or a 140 unit project - at the Developer's discretion.  That Council Order can be found here. The Land Use Chair, Marc Laredo, reported the vote out of Committee but asked to postpone the vote of the full Board until the next meeting - June 19th. A number of questions were asked and the Law Department provided a response memo here and a revised site plan can be found here.

Below you will find this week's City Council Committee meetings and other board and commission meetings.  

  

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


City Council Meetings – Week of June 11th

The following City Council Committees are meeting this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is scheduled to discuss the proposed amendments in order to update guidelines and procedures to regulate rDNA technology and remove the requirement for special permit requirement for labs and facilities that utilize rDNA research or technology (see Planning Department memo) and will hold a public hearing on a recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District Commission in West Newton (see Planning Department memo).  The agenda can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12hth at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:
  • request for authorization to transfer $45,000 from the Law Department’s Full-time Salaries Account to the Law Department’s Claims/Settlements Account to provide funding for claims filed against the City,
  • request authorization to transfer $340,000 from the full-time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request authorization to appropriate $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton,
  • request authorization to make transfers from the full-time salaries accounts in various departments to fund system enhancements to Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP), improvements to the Storage Area Network, and enhancements to the City’s fiber infrastructure (Executive Full-time Salaries $30,000 Assessing Full-time Salaries $20,000 Treasury Full-time Salaries $10,000 Human Resources Full-time Salaries $50,000 IT Full-time Salaries $100,000),
  • request authorization to appropriate and expend $57,676 from E-Rate reimbursement funds to purchase technology for the Newton Public Schools,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School,
  • request authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor,
  • request authorization to accept and expend a grant in the amount of $4,981 from the State Historical Records Advisory Board to support the Newton Talks Project,
  • request authorization to transfer the sum of $15,000  from the following accounts to the Public Building Department for the development of a public information plan regarding the site cleanup at the Horace Mann School for an oil leak that occurred in 1998,
  • request authorization to appropriate the sum of $450,000 from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street,
  • request approval of sidewalk/driveway apron and/or curb betterments – 10 Kilburn Road, 888 Beacon Street, 184 Ward Street, 538 Ward Street and 139 Winchester Street,
  • request for an amendment to Section 29-80 Sewer Use Charge of the City of Newton Ordinances by adding the following sentence at the end of Paragraph (a): Notwithstanding the foregoing, seasonal water takers not eligible for an outdoor meter under said Section 29-24, shall pay a charge for the use of sewerage works in proportion to water consumption,
  • request for authorization to transfer $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation,
  • request rescission of Council Order #280-16 authorizing the City to borrow $165,000 for the Elliot Street Bridge Project and rescission of Council Order #271-65 authorizing the City to borrow $530,000 for the Washington Street @ Harvard Street Signalization Project,
  • request authorization to appropriate $71,000 from Free Cash for the purpose of construction an observation deck on the greenway walking corridor,
  • request authorization to appropriate $350,000 from Overlay Surplus for the purpose of funding the construction of a new combined Parks & Recreation and Police Department facility to be located at the Elliot Street DPW yard, and a
  • request for a discussion with the School Department and members of the School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget as outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016. The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is expected to discuss the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to rezone five parcels at: 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2), 275-281 Needham Street (Parcel 3), 260 Needham Street(Parcel 4), 160 Charlemont Street(Parcel 5) to BU4 from MU1, to develop off-site, non-accessory, single-level parking on the parcel at 55 Tower Road (Parcel 2) to serve the existing office building at 156 Oak Street (Parcel 1), request for a special permit/site plan approval requiring a waiver of 84 parking stalls, a waiver to allow non-accessory parking on a lot separate from the principal use, waivers to allow parking within setbacks, waivers to dimensional requirements for parking stalls, waivers to the maximum width for entrance and exit drives, waivers for perimeter screening requirements for parking facilities, a waiver to interior landscaping requirements for parking facilities, waivers to lighting requirements for parking facilities, and waivers to the requirement for curbing, wheel stops, guard rails, and bollards at 156 Oak Street and 55 Tower Road (Northland) (see Planning Department memo) ,and a request to amend Special Permit #102-06(15) at Kesseler Woods to allow relocation of the inclusionary zoning units by use of the Off-Site Development Option in conjunction with the rehabilitation of the apartment building at 219 Commonwealth Avenue resulting in an increased number of affordable units from the approved site of 179 Kesseler Way  (see Planning Department memo). The agenda can be found here.
Recodification Committee:  The Recodification Committee will convene on Monday, June 12th at 6:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commissions

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Monday, June 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: CDBG Report, potential locations for FY18 CDBG funded access projects, issues regarding access at Newton Wellesley Hospital, Handicap Parking fines, Treasurer’s Report, MAAB Variance –Adams & Clinton Curb Cut, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Accessible (HP) parking space request, Ruderman Foundation. The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley at phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.
The Newton Housing Authority:  The Newton Housing Authority Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:30 a.m. at 82 Lincoln Street. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here.
The Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  discussion and vote on the proposed amendments to the rDNA ordinance and will join the Zoning and Planning Committee for the Public Hearing on the recommendation by the Newton Historical Commission to create an Historic District in West Newton.  The agenda can be found here.
School Committee:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 to discuss Elementary School after school hours. The Notice of the Meeting can be found here. The School Committee will meet on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  The agenda can be found here.
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install a fence at 119 Windermere Road, request to replace the bulkhead  and basement windows at41 Hancock Street, request to renovate house; replace windows, siding, gutters, rear roof, garage roof and rear patio; install fence; expand rear dormer and change rear entry area at 33 Hancock Street, request for approval of front retaining wall and other changes to front and rear site plan at 74 Grove Street, (work was done without permission – Violation). The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Election Commission:  The Election Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 13th at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to have a conversation with Representatives of the Charter Commission and Law Department regarding required mailings for the November 7, 2017 Election.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Board of Assessors:  The Newton Board of Assessors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Charter Commission:  The Newton Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The Commission will receive public comments, review a draft letter to the City Council, review the Ballot Question Summary, and review Educational Materials.  The agenda can be found here.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following applications for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to replace fence and add fence sections for property located at 19 Reservoir Avenue, request to repair roof slates, replace gutters and install snow guard for property located at 30 Chestnut Hill Road, request to install fence at the front of the property for property located at 119 Old Orchard Road, request to build single-story rear addition with roof deck; change rear grading, existing railing, and garage doors and openings, remove chimney; and replace all existing windows and the roof for property located at 46 Chestnut Hill Road, request to change windows at front and side of house, to remove all shutters and to replace rear addition for property located at 41 Chestnut Hill Road, request to revise window program and garage connector and to install lights on the front for property located at 34 Beacon Street, and continuation of a discussion for a request to pave driveway and to install front parking space, front walkway and landing area for property located at 413 Hammond Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:   617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Newton Conservation Commission:  The Newton Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to review the following:
  • Request for Determination of Applicability to perform final grading within the 100 foot buffer in order to accommodate for an addition to a single-family home for property located at 76 Webster Park,
  • informal discussion regarding a request amend a planting plan for property located at 55 Wayne Road,
  • informal discussion regarding a request to add a deck that will stick into the 25 foot buffer zone for property located at 31 Harwich Road,
  • Notice of Intent filed by the MBTA to cut and prune trees adjacent to the railroad Right of Way (ROW) within jurisdictional areas and buffer zones. (Note:  There are 59 trees within wetlands jurisdiction proposed to be cut or pruned:  38 – Con Com land, 12 – Parks and Rec land, 7 – private land, 2 – MBTA land. Many others are tagged to be monitored). The affected properties include:  Webster Conservation Area, Webster Pk, 109 Allerton Rd, 1445 Centre St, 34 Renee Ter., 21 Beacon Heights Dr., 29 Beacon Heights Dr., 46 Suffolk Rd., and 32 Suffolk Rd.
  • DCR’s park building used for AA meetings has formalized lawn parking
  • Cutting at Ware’s Cove under the guise of “invasive pull” by a private citizen – A 20’ swath was completely cleared of trees, shrubs and vines, right to the water’s edge
  • discussion of whether there is interest to consider adopting a Vernal Pool Protection Bylaw
The agenda can be found here and the packet documents can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.
I hope you had a great weekend.  Lots of activities and events - including the Cabot School Fair, Nonantum Village Day, the Police Memorial Service and Scholarship Ceremony.

Below you will find this week's City Council Committee meetings and other board and comission meetings.  Please note:

The Programs and Services Committee will be taking up a citizens petition for a resolution to support impeachment investigations against President Donald Trump on June 7th.

  
 
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Congratulations to the Newton North and Newton South High School Class of 2017!!

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Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


City Council Meetings – Week of June 4th

The following Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and is scheduled to discuss the following:  petition for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use for property located at 893 Watertown Street, special permit/site plan approval to convert the existing detached truck storage structure into a residential unit and continue the office use in the front structure, constituting two uses on site at 46 Farwell Street, special permit/site plan approval to amend Board Order #229-13 to allow bank use at 170 Needham Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace a two-family structure and allow a 4% reduction to the required lot area after combining lots at 19-21 Beaconwood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to construct a new attached garage at basement level, family room on first floor and bathroom and closet space on the second floor, extending the nonconforming front setback increasing the nonconforming FAR from .52 to .61 where .41 is allowed at 208 Homer Street (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish a portion of the rear dwelling, front porch and detached garage and construct a two-story rear addition and attached garage for more than three vehicles and in excess of 700 sq. ft. increasing the FAR to .28 where .27 is allowed and .19 exists at 164 Highland Avenue (see Planning Department memo, special permit/site plan approval to allow parking within 5’ of the street, in the front setback at 54 Lakewood Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to expand units at the two family dwelling, claiming basement space for the first floor and attic space for the second floor by adding dormers, increasing the FAR from .90 to .93 where .58 is allowed and relocating a noncompliant deck, further decreasing the existing nonconforming open space at 15 Ricker Road (see Planning Department memo), special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Department memo) , and an appointment to the BC Neighborhood Council. The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed ordinance to require notice on gas station pumps that informs consumers that burning gas contributes to climate change, ordinance amendments to update guidelines and procedures regulating recombinant CNA technology. request to appropriate $57,676 from e-Rate funds to purchase technology for schools, request to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations to the library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other first floor improvements, citizens petition to adopt a resolution or other measure, such as the Model Local Resolution calling upon the U.S. House of Representatives to open an investigation into the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, and a resolution to recognize June as Immigrant Heritage Month.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 in Room 205 and will discuss the following: report from the Police Department of semi-annual semi-annual taxi license/public auto licenses for review, request to appropriate $450,000) from bonded indebtedness for the purpose of funding additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street, request for authorization to transfer the sum $340,000 from the full‐time salaries accounts in various department to fund Police and Fire Department overtime, request to appropriate and expend $80,477 from Cable TV Capital Franchise Fees and $69,523 from Cable TV Operating Franchise Fees for the installation of video cameras on approximately 30 traffic signals in Newton, request for annual renewal of the Boston College Bus Licenses.  There are no changes proposed to last year’s licenses,300 Boylston Street, requesting one (1) new bus license, , appeal filed by Councilor Kalis regarding the Approval of TC19‐17 Traffic Council Decision on April 13, 2017:    TC19‐17 YIGAL AGAM, 198 Woodcliff Road, requesting a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders, , re‐appointment of a the resident member of the TRAFFIC COUNCIL.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, June 7th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Greenwood Street from the to an existing gas main next to #4 Sevland Road, (joint meeting with Public Safety) request for authorization to appropriate the $450,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund additional costs for the Dedham/Nahanton/Brookline Streets Intersection Improvements Project including the relocation of utilities and the realigning of Carlson Avenue and Brookline Street (see memo), recommendation by the Mayor that the City of Newton take an easement on property owned by Mount Ida College at the southeast corner of the Dedham Street and Carlson Avenue intersection in order to realign the Dedham Street/Brookline Street/Carlson Avenue intersection (note:  that Mount Ida College supports the taking of the easement), a request to approve the abandonment of a portion of a City drain easement in the side and rear properties at 36 and 46 Tamworth Road,  a request for authorization to alter and widen portions of the Homer Street right of way in order to proceed with several safety improvements including  curb extensions, rectangular rapid flashing beacons and crosswalk relocation, request authorization to appropriate 350,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund the replacement costs of the Mondo Track at Newton South High School, request to authorize a transfer of $150,000 from the Public Works Department’s Snow and Ice Control Account to the Public Works Department’s Processing Recyclables to cover costs of removing several years’ worth of soft yard waste in preparation for the Rumford Solar installation, a request for authorization to appropriate $500,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund renovations at the Newton Free Library to include expansion of the Children’s Room and other improvements to the First Floor, and a request for authorization to appropriate and expend $250,000 from the Override Capital Stabilization Fund to renovate the space on the 1st floor of the Ed Center which has been vacated by the relocation of the Pre-K Program to the Aquinas site to house the Central High School Program, additional professional development meeting space, and general office space.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meeting – Week of June 6th

The following other City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: Rezoning of Washington Place – Hearing Continuation/Vote; Board of Survey items pursuant to Estate Drive (Kessler Woods LLC) and Farewell Street (VTP Associates); Discussion and Vote of the Reprogramming of CDBG funds from the FY16 Architectural Access Funding Pool to FY17 Curb Cuts; CAN-DO/MetroWest Presentation on the organizations’ Financials and 2017 outlook; Public Hearing and Possible Vote on 236 Auburn Street by CAN-DO/MetroWest;  Discussion and possible vote on a request to Rezone 29 Hovey Street from Multi-Residence 2 to Business-Use 2.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email:  at rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  updates on the following:   N2 Innovation District, Washington Place Special Permit, Economic Development Strategy Funding Request, Northland Proposal on Needham Street,  West Newton Square/Walnut Street Streetscapes, and the Wells Avenue Property Owners Meeting – Zoning Redesign.  There will also be an update from the Chair on the following:  rDNA Ordinance Change (June 7 @ 7:00 p.m. City Council Programs and Services, Rm 211 June 12 @ 7:45 p.m. Public Hearing @ City Council Zoning and Planning) – Food Trucks Ordinance Introduction, and the Commission will hear a presentation from the Northland Development.The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barney Health, by phone at 617-796-1000 or by email at bheath@newtonma.gov.
Solid Waste Commission:  The Solid Waste Commission will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 6:30- 8:30 p.m. at the Newton Free Library in Room B.  The agenda can be found here.
Health and Human Services Advisory Council:  The Health and Human Services Advisory Council will meet on Tuesday, June 6th from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. The agenda can be found here.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 7th the Committee at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 to discuss the Orr Project/ Washington Place and resources for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-79611149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to build one-car garage for property located at 10 Cliff Road, request to replace windows for property located at 48 Pettee Street, request for approval for demolition on barn that exceeded scope of work approved by the Commission (note this was a violation) for property located at 23 High Street and a request to install retaining walls and hardscaping for 23 High Street. The agenda can be found here.  Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee will meet on Thursday, June 8th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following: proposal (housing and historic preservation for property located at  236 Auburn Street to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI) – working session & potential CPC funding vote, pre-proposal discussion of Jackson Road New Senior Housing / Haywood House – Newton Housing Authority for $2 million for 8 rental units affordable at 30% AMI, 24 units affordable at 60% AMI, and 10 units affordable at 80-99% of AMI.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Alice Ingerson by phone at 617-796- 1144 or by email at aingerson@newtonma.gov.
School Committee:  There will be a special meeting of the School Committee on Thursday, June 8th at 8:00 a.m. to discuss the Policy Manual update.  The agenda can be found here.
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Development Review Team – Week of June 4th

The Development Review Team will meet to discuss the following potential projects:
  • 392-396, 400 and 402-406 Langley Road – Discussion on possible increase of units and zone change to MR3 (MR2 & BU1)
  • 70 Crescent Street –  Preliminary discussion on redevelopment of Parks & Recreation site with 8 dwelling units (four affordable) and expanded adjacent playground (PUB)
  • 9 Crofton Road –  Possible home office in detached structure (SR2) 3 Newbury Terr Special Permit to exceed allowed FAR with addition to single family dwelling (SR2)
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AuburndaleMA 02466

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Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of May 28th

The following  City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center and will discuss the following:  brief staff overview of program finances, public hearing on a CAN-DO/MetroWest Collaborative Development/Barry Price Center project to create 8 rental units affordable at up to 50% of area median income (AMI): 3 family units and 5 units in a congregate home for adults with disabilities, by combining modular new construction with rehabilitation of a historic 1860s Italianate home for property located at 236 Auburn Street and hear a pre-proposal for Newton Cemetary/Whipple Beal Historic Railing to restore/reconstruct 1850s railing around the family plot containing the cemetary’s first burial.  The Committee will then brief staff updates on current proposals and projects.  The agenda can be found here. For additional information, please contact Alice Ingerson, Program Manager, by phone at 617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.
Elections Commission:  The Elections Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  interviews and selection of interns for the Fall of 2017, Neighborhood Area Councils Elections for the Fall as well as other commission business.  The agenda can be found here.
Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room, Basement City Hall and will discuss the following:  update on Farm Operations, Depreciation of buildings, potential changes to the Chicken Coop, event parking waivers and general business and announcements.  The agenda can be found here.For more information, please contact Adrianna Henriquez by phone at 617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.
Newton Biosafety Committee:  The Newton Biosafety Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. and is scheduled to discuss the following:  STC Biologics application for an rDNA permit, and an update on the rDNA ordinance.  The agenda can be found here.
Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following:  presentation by Segal Consulting regarding new draft funding schedules, new applications for superannuation retirement, financial reporting for March 31, 2017- April 30th, 2017, PROSPER Account approval application, expense warrants, pension overpayment, an amended supplementary regulation re: school employee enrollment, current status of a pending disability retirement application and current status of pending appeal cases.  The agenda can be found here.
School Committee Meeting:  The School Committee will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 31st at 5:30 p.m. in Room 304 at the Ed Center to discuss Special Education (see Meeting Notice).  There will be no public comment taken.  The School Committee will recovene at 7:00 p.m. in Room 210 at the Ed Center.  After Public Comment, the Committee will discuss the following:  vote on School Choice, discuss and vote on policy working group recommendations, update on elementary math, updated on security cameras, discuss elementary arrival procedures, EDCO update, approve minutes and discuss communications as well as finish the meeting with a final public comment period. The agenda can be found here.
Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to expand a rear deck for property located at 70 Page Road, request to install a fence for property located at 51 Page Road, request to demolish a garage and build a deck connection for two porches for property located at 26 Page Road, request for approval of two side entries (violation) for property located at 182 Walnut Street.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Amy Mah Sangiolo
389 Central Street
AuburndaleMA 02466

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I hope you had a great Mother's Day weekend!

Below you will find a listing of this week's City Council meetings and other City Board and Commission meetings. The Council will spend the next few days discussing and voting on the proposed FY2018 Budget and Capital Improvement Plan as well as setting the Water Rates.
  

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

City Council Meetings – Week of May 14th

The Full City Council will meet tonight, May 15th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers. The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here. Prior to the Full City Council meeting, the Council will meet in Committee of the Whole at 7:00 p.m. with Finance presiding to complete its discussion of the FY 2018 Water, Sewer and Storm Water Rates. The agenda can be found here.
The Full Council is also scheduled to meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to deliberate on the FY2018 proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan.  The docket can be found here. The proposed budget can be found here.  A compilation of budget reports can be found here. A memo from Council President Lennon can be found here and memo from the Administration regarding amendments to their submitted budget can be found here. Proposed budget resolutions can be found here (looks like most of them were filed by me!)
The Full Council is also scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers to deliberate on the FY2018 proposed budget and Capital Improvement Plan.  The docket can be found here and the agenda can be found here.

Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, May 8th and voted to approve the following:  request to transfer of $45,000 from the Municipal Building Full-time Salaries Account to the Municipal Building Maintenance Repair-Maintenance and Public Building Administration, Consultants Account, a transfer of $15,000  from City Hall Operations Full-time Salaries and $5,000 from the Library Building Maintenance Part-time Salaries account to the Public Building Administration, Consultants Account to provide funding for the Public Buildings Department do additional work including the City Hall computer room air conditioning and window insulation, installation of an HVAC unit at the police annex, plumbing repairs, and solar energy consulting services and a transfer of $5568 from the PC Hardware Account and $18,629 from the Municipal Building Maintenance Full-time Salaries to FY 17 Operating Budget Vehicle Account to purchase a craftsperson vehicle, a request to transfer $75,000 from the Planning Department Full-time Salaries Account to the Planning Department Consulting Services Account to develop a Complete Streets Guidebook, appointment of Emma Watkins to the Newton Taxation Aid Committee and a re-appointment of Matthew Chao to the Newton Taxation Aid Committee.  All other items were held.  The Report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, May 8th and voted to approve the following:  a request for a technical amendment to the Newton Zoning Ordinance to edit incorrectly transcribed language pertaining to the time periods for special permit lapse and extension.  All other items were held but note there was a discussion about the rDNA technology and research facility siting to remove the requirement for a special permit and a discussion about rezoning the Stanton Avenue Water Tower Site that was declared surplus by the City from Public Use to MR3.  The report can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on Tuesday, May 9th and voted to approve the following:  the request to withdraw a request for a special permit/site plan approval to rectify an already built garage for property located at 129 Cabot Street, request to withdraw a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a 3-story, 6 unit multi-dwelling for property located at 39 Herrick Road, request for an extension of time to exercise special permit  #2-15, granted on April 6, 2015 to repurpose an existing vacant building into a mixed-use commercial facility including general office, medical office, laboratory, retail uses, and restaurants for property located at 300 Boylston Street, request to withdraw request for a special permit/site plan approval to alter the use of the existing nonconforming detached barn by converting it into a residential unit, creating a three-family in two structures for property located at 62 Walnut Park, a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single family dwelling, extending the structure vertically within the nonconforming front setback for property located at 37 Troy Lane, and a request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story rear addition, increasing the nonconforming two-family use and nonconforming FAR for property located at 49-51 Clinton Place.  All other items were held. The report can be found here.

School Committee Reports and Info now available

The following reports and documents have been forwarded to the City Council:

Other City Board and Commission Meetings

The following other City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:
School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 15th at 5:45 p.m. at the Ed Center in Room 304 and will go into Executive Session to discuss a Memorandum of Agreement with the Newton Teachers Association on coaching stipends.
School Committee:  The School Committee will meet on Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center Room 210 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Discussion and Vote on a Memorandum of Agreement with the Newton Teachers Association on coaching stipends, discussion and vote on CORI Policy for the Newton South High School Challenge Course, discussion of the CIP for 2018 and 2019, Fiscal and Operations Update, Facilities Update, discussion of long and short-term space needs, and a vote on grants.  The revised agenda can be found here.
Parks and Recreation Commission:  The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet on Monday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  Commissioner Reports on Programs, Forestry and Maintenance, and the Nahanton Park Conservation Restriction, the bridge at Nahanton Park, and will hear Committee Reports:  Community Preservation Committee, the Farm Commission, the Cabot Redesign Committee, the Commonwealth Golf Course, the Off-Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG), the Crystal Lake Working Group (CLWG), and the Nahanton Park Committee.  The agenda can be found here.
Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, May 16th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
Human Rights Commission:  The Human Rights Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 106C.  The agenda can be found here.
Youth Commission:  The Youth Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th at 5 p.m. in Room 6156 at Newton South High School.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission: The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, May 17th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room (B10). The Commission will review the following:
  • 1‐27 Boylston Street – Ronsky’s;
  • 1214 Chestnut Street – BrickFire Pizza Co.;
  • 300 Boylston Street – Atrium Wellness Center;
  • 203 Adams Street – Shaking Crab;
  • 200‐220 Boylston Street – Chestnut Hill Square, Bon Me;
  • 55 Boylston Street, Suite 5568 – Barry’s Bootcamp;
  • 320 Washington Street – Social Restaurant & Bar;
  • 1365 Center Street – Shell;
  • 782 Beacon Street – Puzzle Break;
  • 131‐181 Needham Street – Newton Nexus;
  • 386 Watertown Street – Conceptual Design Review for Mixed-Use Design Project.
For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at 617-796-1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission: The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install solar panels for property loctaed at 32 Clovelly Road, request to modify previously approved rear elevation and mudroom and to replace second story wood railing with wrought iron railing for property located at 109 Essex Road; request to install radon venting system and  to replace bluestone patio and walls with granite terrace and steps; install counter, barbecue and fireplace and replace walk by garage for property located at 355 Hammond Street; request to build single-story rear addition with roof deck; change rear grading, existing railing, and garage doors and openings, remove chimney; and replace all existing windows and the roof for property located at 46 Chestnut Hill Road; and a request to change the roofline for property located at 34 Beacon Street. There will also be a project update regarding curbing installed at 109 Old Orchard Road. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov

Development Review Team Meetings

The Development Review Team is scheduled to meet this week regarding the following potential projects:
  • 767-769 Watertown Street – Special permit to increase nonconforming two-family use and create a three-story structure (SR3)
  • 349 Dedham Street – Special permit to amend Board Order #106-07 to increase day care enrollment to more than 16 children (SR1)
  • 1615 Beacon Street – Possible location for Suzuki School of Newton (SR2)
  • 0 Plainfield Street – Potential frontage variance and special permit for rear lot subdivision (SR2)
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Good Morning Newton Residents,

Wow!  What a weekend!  Jam packed with tons of events: tree planting with Nonantum Road neighbors and the Newton Tree Conservancy, Swap Day at Rumford Avenue, the Climate March on the Boston Common, the METCO 50th Anniversary Celebration, the Rodney Barker Appreciation Gathering, Scotch Tasting event at the new Wellesley Bank and a fundraiser for the Family Access Program at Union Street.  My Sunday was busy too, starting with a welcoming for the Newton Serves program at the War Memorial, a Mayoral Forum sponsored by the Neighbors for a Better Newtonville Association, mulching at Williams Elementary School, a League of Women Voters Meeting regarding the Charter Commission's recommendations and then Ice Cream at City Hall!  

Below you will find a listing of this week's City Council meetings and other City Board and Commission meetings. 
  

 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

 

Announcements

Zoning Redesign: The Planning Department will being hosting bi-weekly Zoning Redesign Drop-In Sessions on May 3rd, May 17th and May 31st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.at the Health & Human Services Conference Room at City Hall.
On Thursday May 11th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. the Planning Department will be presenting the full draft of the Pattern Book, a data‐driven analysis of Newton’s built environment at Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton.  The come to the Zoning Redesign Workshop at Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton, 234 Herrick Rd., Newton. The Planning Department will present the full draft of the Pattern Book.  The event is an opportunity to learn more about the future of zoning in Newton. For more information on Zoning Redesign visit http://courbanize.com/newtonzoning or email zoningredesign@newtonma.gov.
FY18 Draft Consolidated CDBG/HOME/ESG Annual Action Plan:  The deadline for submitting comments on the draft report is dated May 2, 2017.  The draft can be found here.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.


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City Council Meetings – Week of April 30th

The following City Council Committees are meeting this week:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will discuss the following:  Consistency Ruling related to 15 South Gate Park (request for a change to reorient the garage door and driveway), request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use for property located at 893 Watertown Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists for property located at 1016 Centre Street (see Planning Memo), and change of zone request and a request for a special permit/site plan approval for the Orr/Washington Place project (see Planning Memo).  The agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following departmental budgets:  Senior ServicesHealth & Human Services, City Solicitor and City Clerk.  The agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The regularly scheduled Public Facilities Committee meeting has been cancelled.  The next meeting of the Public Facilities Committee will be on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. with the Finance Committee.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 30th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board will meet on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss the Northland Redevelopment project and as the Board of Survey to discuss the Carlson Avenue‐Mount Ida College subdivision. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at 617-796-1125 or by email at: rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to hold the second of two hearings to address the April cycle of submittals. The Commission will review the following partial demolition request and waiver requests:  Request to add rear and side addition, bump up roof at property located at 10 Pillion Court, request to waive demo delay for property located at 40 Fernwood Road, request to waive demo delay for property located at 65 Chase Street, request to review unpermitted work for property located at 39 Stanton Avenue, request to waive demo delay 16 Dalby Street, and a request to amend waiver for roofing material for property located at 36 Walnut Park. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
Transportation Advisory Committee:  The Transportation Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 2nd at 4:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  receive an update on crash reports from the Newton Police Department, learn more about the West Newton and Walnut Street/Newtonville design proposals, and receive an update from the Transportation Department.  The agenda can be found here.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee will meet on Wednesday, May 3rd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and discuss availability of resources for auditing for housing discrimination in Newton and a review of the FY2018 Annual Action Plan suggestions that provided during the comment period. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at 617-796-1149 or by email at:  mlucas@newtonma.gov.
Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  Discussion with the the MBTA about cutting trees on Conservation properties (Houghton Garden and Webster Conservation Area) in wetland jurisdiction along the MBTA right-of-way, discussion with MBTA about cutting trees on Conservation properties (Houghton Garden and Webster Conservation Area) in uplands and discussion with Off Leash Area Working Group (OLAWG) regarding possible use of paved/disturbed portion of Norumbega Conservation Area as an off-leash dog park.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at 617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.
Newtonville Historic District Commission: The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, May 4th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to install fence for property located at 51 Page Road, request for approval of side entries and other changes for property located at 182 Walnut Street, request to replace three windows and install one new window for property located at 72-74 Page Road, and a request to install triple windows and skylights for property located at 70 Page Road. Please contact Barbara Kurze vy phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov
Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission’s meeting originally scheduled for May 4th  has been cancelled. The next regularly scheduled meeting is June 1, 2017. For more information, please contact  Adrianna Henriquez by phone at:  617-796-1133 or by email at:  ahenriquez@newtonma.gov

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Updated list of Anticipated FY2018 Anticipated Capital Purchases

The Updated list of Anticipated FY 2018 Capital Purchases can be found here.
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City Council to meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. prior to Full Council Meeting

The City Council will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 1st at 7:00 p.m. prior to the Full Council meeting to conduct a Public Hearing on the Mayor’s proposed FY18 Water & Sewer Rates and Storm Water Fees, the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Plan and the Supplemental Capital Improvement Plan. The agenda can be found here.
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City Council to Meet on Monday, May 1st

The City Council is scheduled to meet on Monday, May 1st at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber.  The Reports Docket can be found here, the Reports Docket Addendum can be found here,  and the New Docket can be found here.
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City Council Committee Reports Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now available:
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on April 19th and voted to approve the following:  request to appropriate and expend $528,423 from the Energy Stabilization Fund to a dedicated account for the Newton Public Schools’ Energy Efficiency Projects.  The Report can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on Monday, April 24th and voted to approve the following:  request to appropriate and expend $600,000 from Overlay Surplus to fund revaluation and litigation cost, request to appropriate and expend $185,000 from Overlay Surplus to cover construction administration and contingency costs associated with the Newton Highlands Playground renovation project, a request to appropriate and expend $528,423 from the Energy Stabilization Fund to a dedicated account for the Newton Public Schools’ Energy Efficiency Projects, and a request to appropriate $539,887 from Overlay Surplus to the Rainy Day Stabilization Fund. All other items were held. The report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on Monday, April 24th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to transfer $75,000 from Full-time Salaries Account to the Planning Department Consulting Services Account for the purposes of developing a Complete Streets Guidebook.  The report can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on Wednesday, April 26th and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $185,000 from Overlay Surplus to cover construction administration and contingency costs associated with the Newton Highlands Playground renovation project.  The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on Wednesday, April 27th and voted to approve the following:  petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Chestnut Street at the Corner of Collins Road, petition for a grant of location to install conduit in Beacon Street at Windsor Street, petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main at Maynard Street from an existing main at Emmons Street, petition for a grant of location to install and maintain a gas main at near 63 Old Farm Road to 41 Old Farm Road, petition for grants of location to install and maintain gas mains in Adams Street from 163 to Wiltshire Road, and in Jones Court from a main in Adams Street, and petition for grants of location to install and maintain new gas main in Adam Street to Wiltshire Road, and new gas main from Adams Street to existing main in Lincoln Street, new gas main from Adams Street to existing main in Middle Street, new gas main from Adams Street to existing main in Clinton Street, and new gas main from Adams Street to tie into Quirk Court.  The report can be found here.

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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of April 30th

The Development Review Team is expected to meet regarding the following proposed projects:
  • 386 Watertown Street –  Special permit to replace existing one story structure with a 3-story structure with two floors of residential over commercial space (BU1)
  • 21-25 Gardner Street – Special permit to replace existing one-family dwelling and adjacent two-family dwelling with four single-family attached dwellings (MR2)
  • Newton Commonwealth Golf Course – Proposed construction of accessory maintenance structures (PUB)
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Executive Summary – Elementary School Projects – March 2017

The most recent Executive Summary on our Elementary School Building Projects  is now available and can be found here.
Happy Patriot's Day and Happy Marathon Monday!

First, here's the info on Road closures for today:  

  • 8:30am from the Wellesley Line – Washington Street to Beacon Street
  • 8:00am from Beacon Street at Washington Street to Washington Street at Commonwealth Ave
  • 8:00am from Washington Street at Commonwealth Ave to the Boston line)
Parking Restrictions will also be in place along the Marathon route, Commonwealth Ave - Carriage lanes and portions of streets that feed into the Marathon route.
Please note that this year’s event will have added security and all bags and coolers are subject to be searched by Police. 
Last week, I alerted you to a meeting regarding the Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility Project - organized by State Rep. Kay Khan.  Unfortunately, because MassDOT people could not attend, the meeting was postponed.  My sincere apologies if you went and no one was there.  I tried to head off folks who were looking for the meeting - including Councilor Fuller, Transportation Planner David Koses and a representative for Board President Lennon.

However, State Rep. Khan recently announced that the meeting has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 20th at 10:30 a.m. 
in the State House, Room 348.  According to Rep. Khan:  "This meeting is meant to serve as preparation for my upcoming meeting with Secretary Pollack about Auburndale Station. I want to be sure that I am able to bring all of your thoughts and concerns about the station to her. If you plan to join us at this meeting, please RSVP to myself or to Max (Maxwell.Geist@mahouse.gov)"
Please contact Rep. Khan's office for more information.  
 
Below you will find a listing of this week's City Council meetings and other City Board and Commission meetings. 
  

 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy, be happy and most of all, please be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

 

Budget Calendar and Budget Memo from Finance Chair Gentile – Review of FY2018 Budget

The Budget Calendar to review the proposed FY2018 Budget has been released and can be found here and a memo from Finance Chair, Lenny Gentile can be found here, outlining the expected budget process.
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Full City Council to meet Tuesday, April 18th followed by Mayor’s Budget Address

The Full City Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 18th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chamber,  followed by the Mayor’s Budget Address.  The Reports Docket can be found here, the Reports Docket addendum can be found here and the New Docket can be found here.  Following the first call of Reports, the Mayor will present his FY2018 Budget Address.
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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of April 16th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and will discuss the following:  request to appropriate and expend $528,423 from the Energy Stabilization Fund to a dedicated account for the Newton Public Schools’ Energy Efficiency Projects (Newton North), discussion of the Fiscal Years 2018 to 2022 Capital Improvement Plan and discussion of the proposed Public Buildings Departmental Budget for FY2018.  The agenda can be found here.
Both the Programs and Services Committee and the Public Safety Committee Meetings have been cancelled this week.
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City Council Committee Reports – Now Available

The following City Council Committee Reports are now Available:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on April 4th and reviewed a request for a Consistency Ruling for a special permit that was previously issued for 33 Needham Street (most Committee members felt it was consistent but want non-compliance addressed).  The Committee held a public hearing on a request by Sunrise Development to rezone the land and to construct an 86 unit (122 bed) senior housing facility at 431 Washington Street.  The public hearing was continued and the item was held.  The Committee Report can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee met on April 5th and held a public comment session on a citizen’s petition to repeal the leaf blower restrictions recently passed.  The item was voted No Action Necessary.  The report can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on April 5th and voted to approve a resolution requesting the speed limit on Quinobequin Road be reduced to 25 mph.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a resolution requesting the MBTA repair the pedestrian bridge near the Eliot MBTA station. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on April 5th and voted to approve the following:  petition for a grant of location to install conduit at Caldon Path, petition for a grant of location to install conduit at  O’Rourke Path/Hanson Road/Callahan Path, petition for a grant of location to install conduit at Timson Path/Saw Mill Brook Parkway, petition for a grant of location to install conduit at Spiers Road and Shute Path, petition for grant of location to install conduit at Osborne Path/Van Roosen Road, petition for a grant of location to install a manhole at Chinian Path, draft ordinance to enable the City to require peer review of grant of location petitions at the petitioner’s expense, request for an amendment to transfer $232, 931 from the Owner’s Contingency from the Zervas project to Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment line item, the Computer Equipment line item, and to the Moving line item, request for authorization to transfer $130,000 from Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to the Department of Public Works Transportation Electrical Equipment Repairs & Maintenance Account to repair of traffic signals throughout the City, request authorization to appropriate and expend $982,904 from Parking Meter receipts and $3,600,000 from Free Cash to fund the Accelerated Roads Program, and a request for authorization to appropriate $1,400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund intersection realignments and traffic signalization upgrades at the Dedham and Nahanton Streets intersection and the Dedham, Brookline, and Carlson Streets intersection.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a discussion item regarding potential parking opportunities on school properties.  The report can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on April 12th and voted to approve the following:  request for an amendment to transfer $232, 931 from the Owner’s Contingency from the Zervas project to Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment line item, the Computer Equipment line item, and to the Moving line item, request to accept a $3,000 grant from the Association of Food and Drug Officials to allow conference attendance of Environmental Health Specialists, request to accept a $13,000 grant from the National Association of County and City Health Official to help recruit and train medical reserve corps, request amendment to the ordinances to include a section for illicit discharges to storm drains, request to appropriate and expend $71,800 from the Storm Water Surplus Account for engineering services for the design and construction engineering phases of rehab of the Flowed Meadow Pump Station, request to transfer $25,000 from DPW Full-time Salaries Account to the Other Capital Equipment Account to purchase bike racks across the city, request for authorization to transfer $130,000 from Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to the Department of Public Works Transportation Electrical Equipment Repairs & Maintenance Account to repair of traffic signals throughout the City, request for authorization to appropriate $1,400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund intersection realignments and traffic signalization upgrades at the Dedham and Nahanton Streets intersection and the Dedham, Brookline, and Carlson Streets intersection, and a request authorization to appropriate and expend $982,904 from Parking Meter receipts and $3,600,000 from Free Cash to fund the Accelerated Roads Program.  All other items were held.  The Committee’s report can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on April 12th and voted to approve the following;  appointment of Martin Smargiassi to the Auburndale Historic District Commission and the appointment of Brett Catlin to the Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for a report from the Planning Department regarding the reason why development projects on Commonwealth Ave, Pearl Street and Eddy Street did not qualify for the Subsidized Housing Inventory List.  The Committee’s report can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on April 13th and voted to approve the following:  request to withdraw an application for a special permit/site plan approval to convert an existing two-family residence to a single-family unit and construct an 1840 sq. ft. second dwelling addition with a two-car garage for property located at 85 Fuller Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace an existing non-conforming two-family dwelling with an attached garage extending the non-conforming front and side setbacks for property located at 489-491 Commonwealth Avenue (see draft Council Order), and a request for  special permit/site plan approval to allow three-attached single-family dwellings reduce side setback requirements, allow parking within 20 feet of a side lot line, and driveway within 10 feet of a side lot line and allow placement of a retaining wall of 4 feet or more within a setback for property located at 377 Langley Road. (see draft Council Order).  All other items were held. The Committee’s Report can be found here.

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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 16th

The following other City Boards and Commissions are meeting this week:
Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 18th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department Conference Room (B10) and is expected to review the following sign permit applications:  Meridian Care –  628 Commonwealth Avenue;  Your German Kitchen – 308 Walnut Street; Grande Kithchen + Bar – 118 Needham Street; Joseph A. Russo, MD – 575 Boylston Street; Mettler-Toledo Rainin, LLC & Pipette Calibration – 150 Wells Avenue; Newton Nexus – 131-181;  Parking Wells Park – 95 Wells Avenue;  Wells Park – 199 Wells Avenue;  ARCO – 15 Cypress Street;  and Dream Casa – 15 Cypress Street.  In addition, the Commission will review a petition filed by Sunrise of Newton – 31 Washington Street. The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Shubee Sikka by phone at:  617-796- 1139 or by email at:  ssikka@newtonma.gov.
Newton Retirement Board:  The Newton Retirement Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Board of Assessors:  The Board of Assessors is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 9:00 a.m. in Room 108.  The agenda can be found here.
Mayor’s Crime Prevention Commission:  The Mayor’s Crime Prevention Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Police Station Headquarters – 1321 Washington Street.   The featured speaker is Steven Hoffman, Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Chief of the Medicaid Fraud Division.  The topic is Preventing Medicaid Fraud and Patient Abuse.  The agenda can be found here.
Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to expand driveway area and to amend previously approved application to install stone walls, stairs and walkway for property located at 28 Chestnut Hill Terrace, request to install condensers, light fixtures, utility meters and vents; change side door and window location; and change grille pattern for rear windows for property located at 34 Beacon Street, request to replace entry with windows, build new entry at the rear, and replace second story storm windows for property located 393 Hammond Street and a rquest to build a two-story addition and a one-story addition for property located at 96 Suffolk Road.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Urban Tree Commission:  The Urban Tree Commission is scheduled to meet on Friday, April 21st at 7:45 a.m. in Room 205 and is expected to review the following:  Forestry Department update, UTC Newsletter update, unauthorized tree removal at 1110 Chestnut Street.  The agenda can be found here.
I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Last week, the School Committee approved the FY2018 Budget - which according to Superintendent Fleishman:  "
reflects our commitment to improving student achievement and providing strong supports for all students"  and "partially restore(s) program areas we thought we would need to reduce more significantly, most notably library staff at our schools."
Note that one-time funding from the City's health insurance fund and absorption of the bus parking costs on the municipal side were instrumental in bridging the gap.
The Superintendent's FY2018 Proposed Budget can be found here.  The initial school budget presentation can be found here.  The restoration presentation can be found here. An additional restoration presentation on April 6th can be found here.

Also, if you are interested in the Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility Project, State Representative Kay Khan is hosting a meeting on Thursday, April 13th at 10 a.m. at the Auburndale Commuter Station to examine issues of accessibility and scheduling as well as the impact on the West Newton and Newtonville Stations.
 

Below you will find a listing of City Council Committee meetings, other City Board and Commission meetings. 

  

Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council and our community.

Stay safe, be healthy,happy and most of all, be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

p.s.  I announced last Monday, that I am running for Mayor.  Please visit my campaign website at www.sangiolo.org for more information. It's been an honor and pleasure to serve you as a City Councilor and I look forward to earning your support and vote to serve as your next Mayor.





City Council Committee Meetings – Week of April 9, 2017

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  appointment of Martin Smarglassi to the Auburndale Historic District Commission, appointment of Brett Caitlin to the Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission, change of zone request for the 160R Stanton Avenue (water tower) site from Public Use to MR-3, request to change the inclusionary zoning required units from 15% – to 20% with additional 5% to be set aside for middle income units, update from the Planning Department on status of the Zoning Redesign Project (Zoning Reform Phase II), request for a report regarding qualification of certain housing development projects for the Subsidized Housing Inventory list.  The agenda can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  request for an amendment to the Zervas Elementary School Project – Budget by transferring $232,931 from the Owners Contingency to Furniture/Fixtures/Equipment, Computer Equipment, and Moving accounts, request to accept and expend a $3,000 grant from Association of Food and Drug Officials to allow for attendance to a conference for training for the Environmental Health Specialists, requesting to accept and expend a $13,000 grant from the National Association of Country and City Health Officials to recruit and train medical reserve corps members, request to amend the Ordinances to include new sections regarding illicit discharges to storm drains, request to appropriate and expend $71,800 from the Storm Water Surplus Account to fund professional engineering services for the design and construction engineering phases of the rehabilitation of the Flowed Meadow Pump Station, request to transfer $25,000 from the Department of Public Works Full-time Salaries-Transportation Account to the Department of Public Works Other Capital Equipment Account to purchase city-wide bicycle racks, request to transfer$130,000 from the Department of Public Works Full-time Salaries Account to the Department of Public Works Transportation Electrical Equipment Repairs & Maintenance Account to fund the repair of traffic signals throughout the City, request to appropriate $1,400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund intersection realignments and traffic signalization upgrades for the Dedham and Nahanton Streets intersection and the Dedham, Brookline, and Carlson Streets, request to appropriate and expend $982,904 from the Parking Meter Receipts-14D Accts, $3,600,000 from Free Cash to fund the City’s Accelerated Roads Program, and update from the Planning Department on status of the Zoning Redesign Project (Zoning Reform Phase II), and a request for a report regarding qualification of certain housing development projects for the Subsidized Housing Inventory list.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and will hold public hearings on the following:  request for a special permit/site plan approval to convert an existing two-family residence to a single dwelling unit and construct an 1,840 sq. ft. second dwelling addition with two car garage, extending the nonconforming two-family use and exceeding the maximum FAR for property at 85 Fuller Terrace, request for a special permit/site plan approval to raze and replace the existing nonconforming two-family dwelling with attached garage, further extending the nonconforming front and side setbacks for property located at 489-491 Commonwealth Avenue, request for a special permit/site plan approval to rectify a building permit issued in error due to a garage with an over-sized dormer on the half-story above the first level for property located at 129 Cabot Street,  request for a special permit to allow 3 attached single-family dwellings, reduce frontage requirements for attached single family dwellings, reduce side setback requirements, allow parking within 20’ of a side lot line and a driveway within 10’ of a side lot line and allow placement of a retaining wall of 4 feet or more within a setback for property located at 377 Langley Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct 6 dwelling units with shared underground parking by combining three lots for property located at 16-26 Dalby Street, and a request to amend notice requirements from 300′ to 600′.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of April 10th

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to change a previously approved railing for property located at 204-220 Woodland Road, request to replace windows for property located at 239 Woodland Road, review violation of railing work and replacement of balusters that exceeded what was previously approved for property located at 49 Grove Street, review violation of window replacement for property located at 30 Groveland Street, request to replace fence at 6 Graydale Circle, request to amend a previously approved  fence, deck railing and garage doors for property located at 81 Woodland Road,and a request to replace and add windows, add a rear deck railing, replace roof and gutters, install a fence gate and condensers, and remove secondary chimney for property located at 41 Hancock Street.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Board of License Commissioners:  The Board of License Commissioners are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:  CDBG Report, identify locations for potential CDBG funded access projects, HP Fines Report, Treasurer’s Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Listening Workshops and Hearing Rehabilitation Foundation, MAAB Variance Brimmer and May Auditorium, Auburndale Commuter Rail Accessibility Project, and potential sponsorship of the AHVP in the State Budget.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at:  617-796-1253 or by email at jfairley@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is expected to approve their minutes, hold public comment, review draft of the new charter including – City Council districts, prohibition on holding compensated office for 1 year post City Council or School Committee service, City Employees on Boards and Commissions, School Building Review Committee, Special Elections Black out, Recall Election, Multiple Member Body Quorum and the Final Report.  The agenda can be found here. Charter Commission documents can be found here.
Crescent Street Working Group: The Crescent Street Working Group is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 4 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.
Design Review Committee:  The Design Review Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, April 12th at 6 p.m. in the Trustee’s Room in the Main Library and is scheduled to discuss the Cabot Elementary School Project.  The agenda can be found here.
Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  a request to amend Sec. TPR-84 in order to establish a 25 mph speed limit on all city controlled streets unless otherwise posted, as listed in Sec. TPR-84, request for a 2-hour parking restriction or other parking restrictions on Ridgeway Terrace to deter commuter parking, request for review and possible change to the parking regulations on Summer Street, request for a school zone on Beacon Street near the reconstructed Zervas Elementary School, request for evaluation of a parking restriction at the end Evelyn Road by Beacon Street during Zervas drop off and pick up times,  request for a) Stop sign on Walnut Hill Road, b) Stop sign on Woodcliff Road for southbound traffic and c) Median on Walnut Hill Road, so cars approach Woodcliff Road at a right angle to address safety concerns and deter speeders,  request for an ‘all-way stop’ arrangement at the intersection of Dedham and Walnut Streets to deter speeders and address safety concerns, request for a stop sign at the intersection of Lawmarissa, Fredana and Oakvale Roads to address safety concerns, request for stop signs and a crosswalk at the intersection of Devonshire Road and Larkspur Road, Waban,  and a request for consideration of stop or yield signage at the intersection of Stony Brae Road and Shady Hill Road.  The Commission will also take up the following items but the Chair is recommending No Action Necessary:  discussion and potential change to the travel restrictions on Beethoven Avenue near the intersection of Beacon Street, which may include a “do not enter” restriction during specified times, changes to the parking regulations on the section of Nehoiden Road between Irvington Road and Waban Avenue, in order to incorporate this section of Nehoiden Road into the Waban Village Parking District, and changes to the parking regulations on Irvington Road, in order to incorporate Irvington Road into the Waban Village Parking District. The agenda can be found here.
Conservation Commission:  The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  Request for Determination of Applicability for various roadway maintenance and water main replacement, Notice of Intent for addition to the rear of a single family home for property located at 101 Nevada Street, Notice of Intent for renovation and addition to Cabot Elementary School, and ratify Emergency-Certification for sewer line repairs in Brae Burn Country Club.  In addition, the Commission will discuss the following:  update on a Transformer Spill into Dolan Pond and Kerry Court Conservation Areas, a new native species guide, maintenance for boardwalk at Houghton, benches at Charles River Pathway, and the issue of dog’s on conservation land.  The Commission will also discuss issues around town.  The agenda can be found here.  For more information, please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at:  617-796-1134 or by email at:  jsteel@newtonma.gov.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission will meet on Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to review the following:  request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to rebuild back porch roof overhang and railing system for property located at 47 Linden Street, review of violation for installation of vinyl fence for property located at 1268 Boylston Street, and a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install new porch and windows on side ell, to install new windows, clapboard and architectural details on the barn, and to install a new roof cricket between the side ell and barn for property located at 23 High Street. The Commission will also hold a working session to discuss a proposed one-car garage for property located at 10 Cliff Road.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Update on Zervas Elementary School Building Project

The Update on the Zervas Elementary School Building Project submitted to the Newton Highlands and the Waban Area Councils can be found here.
Good Morning Newton Residents,
  
I hope you all had an enjoyable week.  Can you believe it's already the end of March?
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As usual, below you will find a listing of City Council Committee meetings, other City Board and Commission meetings. 


  

 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Stay safe, be healthy,and happy and most of all, be kind.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





 

City Council Committee Meetings – Week of March 26th

The following City Council Committees will be meeting this week:
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee meeting originally scheduled for tonight has been cancelled.  The Notice of Cancellation can be found here.
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight, Monday, March 27th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss the following:  2 appointments to the Newtonville Historic District Commission, 2 appointments to the Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission, proposed Zoning amendment related to accessory apartments and a proposed amendment to increase the inclusionary housing provisions from 15 – 20% with additional 5% set aside for middle income housing.  The agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber and is expected to discuss the following:  continued public hearing on the Orr/Washington Place project for a zone change and special permit/site plan approval, request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct a two-story rear addition and deck in front of the house, further extending the nonconforming front setback and nonconforming FAR to .62 where .50 is allowed and .55 exists for property located at 8 Hazelwood Avenuerequest to demolish an existing garage, structure and deck and to construct an attached two-car garage and indoor sport court, exceeding the maximum allowable FAR to .38 where .33 is allowed and .31 exists for property located at 1016 Centre Street, to construct a single-story rear addition extending the existing non-conforming two-family use at 893 Watertown Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to terminate the residential use at the property and use it for a day care center to enroll 34 children, requiring a waiver of four parking stalls, a waiver for parking in the setback, a waiver for the parking stall dimensions, waiver for the minimum aisle width for two-way traffic, waivers for lighting requirements for parking, a waiver for the outdoor play area vegetative buffer for property located at 45-47 Bryon Road, request for a special permit/site plan approval to allow three attached single-family dwellings, reduce frontage requirements for attached single family dwellings, reduce side setback requirements, allow parking within 20’ of a side lot line and a driveway within 10’ of a side lot line and to allow placement of a retaining wall of 4 feet or more within a setback for property located at 377 Langley Road, and a request to extend the notification requirements for a special permit.
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Other City Committee, Council, Board and Commission Meetings – Week of March 26th

The following City Boards and Commissions will meet this week:
School Committee:  There will be a special meeting of the School Committee on Monday, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center, Room 210.  The School Committee will engage in Budget Review of –Instructional Areas: Elementary; Secondary; Student Services; Teaching & Learning.  The agenda can be found here.  See the FY2018 Proposed BudgetFY2018 Budget Guidelines and FY2018 Budget Presentation.
Zoning Board of Appeals:  The Zoning Board of Appeals will meet on Tuesday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 205 and will likely go into Executive Session to discuss litigation related to 1651 Beacon Street, LLC’s application for a Comprehensive Permit.  The Committee will then convene in the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. to hear the following:  appeal of the issuance of a building permit by the Commissioner of Inspectional Services for construction of a new single-family dwelling at 165 Berkeley Street, Newton, Massachusetts, and an appeal of an Order of the Commissioner of the Inspectional Services Department to remove the foundation at property located on Goddard Street, Newton, Massachusetts.  The agenda can be found here.
Council on Aging and Advisory Board Meeting:  The Council on Aging and the Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center.  After introductions, the Council will discuss the following:  presentation from Jini Fairley, the City’s ADA Coordinator on her role and the role of Commission on Disability, the Chair’s report on developing a Mayoral Age-Friendly Platform and a PLAAN update/ next steps discussion, reports on the following:  membership, Springwell and Senior Citizen’s Fund, Working Group reports on Housing: Housing Guide, update on the accessory apartment ordinance, Transportation and Engagement, and a Legislative Report on the FY2018 Budget process.  The agenda can be found here.
Financial Audit Advisory Committee – Accounting and Audit Subcommittee Meeting:  This Subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 29th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to hear the following department responses to the Auditor’s Management Letter:  Department of Public Works – Storm Water Billing, Executive Department – Investment Policy for Certain Trust Funds, Human Resources – Documentation of Procedures and Policies, Human Resources – Personnel/Payroll, and Human Resources – Implementing Employee Agreements.  The agenda can be found here.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to take public comment and then discuss the Draft New Charter.  The agenda can be found here.  The Preliminary Report of the Charter Commission can be found here.
Designer Selection Committee:  The Designer Selection Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the Trustees Room at the Newton Free Library and is expected to discuss the following:  review of Designer Qualifications for the Crescent Street Housing Project and Rev. Ford Playground Redevelopment Project and review the submitted RFQ’s for “On-Call” Architects, Engineers and LSP’s.  The agenda can be found here.
Waban Area Council Subcommittee – Waban Historical Research Group:  The Waban Area Council’s subcommittee – Waban Historical Research Group is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 29th at 7:30 p.m. at the Waban Library.  The agenda can be found here.
School Committee:  The School Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Ed Center – Room 210 and is expected to discuss the following:  hold a public hearing on Zervas naming opportunities, hear the Superintendent’s report, hold general public comment session, budget review of non-instructional areas, have further budget discussions, have a straw vote on the budget, vote on E-Rate funds, have a discussion and vote on Zervas naming opportunities, and have an additional public comment session.  The agenda can be found here. See the FY2018 Proposed BudgetFY2018 Budget Guidelines and FY2018 Budget Presentation.

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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of March 26th

The following potential projects will be discuss this week with the Development Review Team:
  • 172 Spiers Rd Potential variance to construct an addition on a corner lot single‐family dwelling (SR3)
  • 155 Monadnock Rd Proposed replacement of detached garage with new garage attached to existing single family‐dwelling (SR1)

The agenda can be found here.

I'm back with my 91-year old mother and happy to report she is slowly settling in - but not very happy about the cold weather and the anticipated blizzard!!  But it is so good to be home!  
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As usual, below you will find a listing of City Council Committee meetings, other City Board and Commission meetings, and announcements for this week. 


  

 
Kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to sign up!  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.

As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Be safe, stay warm and if you can, please check in and lend a helping hand to your neighbors who may need assistance.


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:

Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability will meet on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss the following:  update on the CDBG Report, update on FY18 Access Projects for the CDBG Funds Applications, update on Handicap Parking Fines, update on the Treasurer’s Report, update on the ADA Coordinator’s Report and will discuss two requests for accessible parking spaces and is scheduled to have a discussion either about or with the Council on Aging. The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at: 617-796-1253 or by email at:  jfairley@newtonma.gov.

Board of Licensing Commissioners:  The Board of Licensing Commissioners will meet on Tuesday, February 21st at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The agenda can be found here.

Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to review the following requests for full demolition:  65 Ferncroft Road, 21 Gardner Street, 437 Parker Street, 446 Dudley Road, and 386-390 Watertown Street.  The Commission will also review partial demolition requests for the following properties:  28 Waban Avenue and 135 Cornell Street and will review the following properties for design review:  236 Auburn Street, 1110 Chestnut Street, and 391 Dedham Street.  The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at 617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of February 19th


The Development Review Team is scheduled to review the following potential proposals:

  • 24‐26 Eliot Street – possible uses of the property currently zoned – BU2
  • 34 Thurston Road – Proposed accessory apartment in an existing single‐family dwelling currently zoned MR1
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Apologies for the second email, but I forgot to include this week's City Council Committee meetings.  Apologies for missing Monday evenings committee meetings.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

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Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4

This week’s City Council Committee meetings

Here are this week’s City Council Committee meetings:
Zoning and Planning Committee: The Zoning and Planning Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers and will hold a public hearing on a request by the Planning Director to make technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance and a request to amend the Zoning Ordinance to conform with recent amendments to the Mass General Law’s Chapter 40A related to period of time to exercise a special permit.  The Committee’s agenda can be found here, the Planning Department’s Memo can be found here and the Public Hearing Notice can be found here.
Finance Committee Meeting:  The Finance Committee will be meeting on Monday, January 9th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is expected to the discuss the following:  request to appoint Sue Dzikowski to succeed David Wilkinson as Comptroller of the City of Newton, a request to authorize a temporary increase in full-time staff of Comptroller Office staff, a discussion on the financial reform measures in Governor’s Municipal Modernization Law, a request increase the Investment Advisory Committee membership to 9 by one by adding an additional member to be appointed by the President of the Council, and a request to authorize the Library Trustees to apply for grant funding for library renovation project (Note that both the Programs and Services Committee and the Public Facilities voted No Action Necessary on this request as the project has been pulled).  The Committee’s agenda can be found here.
Land Use Committee Meeting: The Land Use Committee will meet twice this week – Tuesday January 10th and Thursday January 12th.
  • On Tuesday, January 10th, the Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. in Room 211 and continue it’s discussion with Planning, Inspectional Services and Information Technology on Special Permit process improvements and enforcement.  The Committee will then reconvene in the Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m. to hold public hearings on the following: request for a special permit/site plan approval to increase a non-conforming setback, stories, and use by enclosing the front porch and extending a bathroom on the second floor, adding a new roof line for property located at 15 Cottage Street, request for a special permit/site plan approval to further increase the non-conforming setback by demolishing the existing 12’x22’ detached garage and constructing a 22’x22’ detached garage, reducing the setback from 16.2’ to 6.2’ where 25’ is required for property located at 79 Kenwood Avenue (see revised plans),  request to amend a special permit/site plan approval that was previously granted to allow for more than 3 customers at one time, expand hours of operation and amend the previously approved site plan for property located at242-244 Commonwealth Avenue (Modern Barre), and request for a special permit/site plan approval to construct additional buildings, allow for new and additional commercial uses, allow for buildings to be in excess of 20,000 sq. feet and more than 60 feet in height, buildings within 300’ of a great pond, allow parking within a setback, extend a Farmers Market previously granted under special permit 230- 14, update signage previously granted under special permit 417-12, allow some parking stalls on portions of the site to be reduced size and reduced in stall depth (in the garage), allow reduced lighting in the parking facility light and grant exceptions for parking stall size and interior landscaping requirements for property located at 1-55 Boylston Street -Chestnut Hill Shopping Center – “The Street” (see revised plans).  In addition, the Committee will review Class 1 and 7 Class 2 Auto Dealer Licenses up for renewal.  The agenda can be found here.
  • On Thursday, January 12th, the Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers and continue the public hearing on the Orr Project/Washington Place project located at Washington and Walnut Streets for both the Change of Zone Request and the Special Permit/Site Plan Approval Request.  The most recent Planning Department Memo can be found here and the Land Use Committee’s Report from the December 15th meeting can be found here. Please note that the Planning and Development Board will hold it’s public hearing on Change of Zone Request for the Orr/Washington Place project on Wednesday, January 11th.  See “Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 8th”.
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I hope you all weathered the snow storm. It's very cold so please bundle up and check in on your elderly neighbors to see if they need any assistance.

Here are this week's City Council, other City Board and Commission meetings, School Department Reports and other information of interest.

REMINDER:  This is the last week to recycle your Christmas Tree so please place it out on the curb on your regularly scheduled pick up day and please shovel your sidewalk. The City Ordinance requires snow removal within 30 hours of completion of a storm.

 

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe too.

Keep safe and warm and enjoy the rest of your week!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4
 

Public Safety and Transportation Committee accepts legislation allowing establishment of 25 mph speed limit for Newton

The Public Safety and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to accept legislation that allows the City Council, Traffic Commission, or Traffic Director to establish a 25 mph speed limit on any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district that is not a state highway and establish safety zones – 20 mph speed limit on any roadway that is not a state highway or with the approval of the highway department, if the roadway is a state highway. (Refer to the back of the Public Safety and Transportation Committee Agenda for January 4th for the legislation here).  The Committee Report is not yet available and the Full Council will vote on this at it’s next full Council meeting on Tuesday,January 17th.
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Auburndale Traffic Signalization Project – Update

Many folks have expressed interest/concern about the Auburndale Traffic Signalization Project.  The original presentation and plan can be found here.  The Department of Public Works has a status update as of December 6th, 2016 which can be found here. But here is the most recent correspondence I have received on this project on January 6th from Traffic Engineer, Steve Simoglou:
“Please see herein a couple of brief updates with regards to Auburndale Square; the signal at Freeman/Lexington will be coming off of the flash sequence today (January 6th). The signal will be temporarily set to a pre-timed phase, until final coordination is in place. We are aggressively working with the contractor to have final timing and coordination wrapped up in the coming week; I will provide specific dates for completion as they become available. Please note we have also been working with the engineering consultant to add a LPI (Leading Pedestrian Interval) to the crossings at Commonwealth/Lexington. The LPI will allow a pedestrian to get a 5 second ‘head start’ on the crossing, before concurrent traffic receives the green.
Temporary message boards have been put in place on all approaches to Comm/Lexington to notify motorists of a new traffic pattern, and to yield to pedestrians. Permanent signage throughout the square will also be in-place in the coming weeks. The square will continue to be closely monitored by the city and engineering consultant, and necessary adjustments will be made. “
The City is moving towards concurrent signalization – where the pedestrian walk signal is concurrent with auto-traffic signals.  This is a significant change for some as many signals in Newton used to be exclusive or an all-out stop.  At the West Newton Square Enhancements Project presentation last week, several Councilors expressed concern over the move towards concurrent signalization.  The Transportation Director, Nicole Freedman, has committed to providing supporting information on how concurrent signalization is safer for pedestrians.  As soon as that becomes available, I will post.
Please also note that Walk Boston is being used as a model approach for Newton. Information on Walk Boston can be found here.


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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 8th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Commission on Disability:  The Commission on Disability is scheduled to meet on Monday, January 9th at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  the CDBG Report, Handicap Parking Fines Report, Treasurer’s Report, ADA Coordinator’s Report, Election of Commission Officers, requests for accessible parking space, aVariance application for 1210-1230 Washington Street, and the proposed Leaf Blower Ban. For more information, please contact Jini Fairley by phone at 617-796-1253 or by email at: jfairley@newtonma.gov. The agenda is not available online.
Auburndale Historic District Commission:  The Auburndale Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 10th at 7;00 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission is scheduled to hear two requests for Certificate of Appropriateness: 61 Central Street – request to remove front entry, demolish rear chimney, replace one picture window with double hung windows and one picture window with French doors, and remove and add windows, and 81 Woodland Road – request to remove a stone patio and install a deck and railing, install new fence and gates, and install direct vent fireplace.  In addition, the Commission will discuss a violation at 49 Grove Street – replacement of the left rear railing system and trim details without approval from the Commission. For additional information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
Economic Development Commission:  The Economic Development Commission is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, January 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to discuss the following:   Commission updates;  approval of meeting mrnutes for December 13, 2016; review of Letter for the Orr/Washington Place Project; review of the draft Annual Report, and nominations for EDC Officers. For more information, please contact Barney Heath by phone at 617-796-1120 or by email at:  bheath@newtonma.gov.
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m.  in the Council Chambers  and is expected to discuss the following : CDBG Substantial Amendment for Carroll Center Accessibility Improvements Project, hold a public hearing regarding technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30, and have a continuation of the public hearing for a change of zone for the Orr/Washington Place project.  For more information, please contact Rachel Powers by phone at: 617-796-1125 or by email at:  rpowers@newtonma.gov.
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211.  The agenda can be found here.
Conservation Commission: The Conservation Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m in Room 204. and is scheduled to discuss the following Notice of Intent items:  request to restore the river bank and parking lot for property located at 46 and 34 (rear) Farwell Street, request for installation of a pool and landscaping for property located at 140 Countryside Road,  request to construct 2 new buildings with green roofs at the edge of Hammond Pond, reconstruct 2 rain gardens, increase infiltration and treatment, infill under and add a deck for property located at 27 & 55 Boylston Street  – Chestnut Hill Shopping Center (note that this hearing was continued), and a request to formally close an enforcement order against property located at 73 Beaconwood Road.  In addition, the Commission will discuss  potential sign-on for a gas pipeline letter, photos for the MACC annual conference and review meeting minutes. Please contact Jennifer Steel by phone at: 617-796-1134 or by email at: jsteel@newtonma.gov. The Commission’s agenda can be found here and the packet of supporting information can be found here.
Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission:  The Newton Upper Falls Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request for review and approval of steeple restoration and installation of a sign for property located at 15 Summer Street, request to construct a garage at the rear of the lot for property located at 12 Rockland Place (Note:  this hearing was continued), and a request to replace wood siding (agenda notes violation) for property located at 47 Linden Street. Please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov. The Commission’s agenda can be found here.

Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee was previously scheduled to meet on January 12th but has been postponed.  The new meeting date is Thursday, January 19th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 204 and is expected to hold a public hearing on the proposal to create affordable housing units and a park expansion for the Crescent Street site after the Commission has its regular administrative discussion.  The agenda can be found here and details of the Crescent Street proposal can be found here.
Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a very happy and healthy holiday season.

Here are this week's City Council and other City Board and Commission meetings.
Please remember - there is NO HOLIDAY DELAY in trash pick up so please be sure to get your trash out on your usual scheduled day.

 

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Enjoy the rest of the week and keep safe and warm!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





 

Trash Pick-up – Usual Schedule – No one day delay for the holiday

Again, the City’s Trash Company will pick up trash on the usual day. So if your regular trash day is TODAY – Monday – get your trash out on Monday by 7 a.m.  Here’s the link to the City’s website:  http://www.newtonma.gov/news/displaynews.asp?NewsID=867&TargetID=1.
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City Council to meet on January 3rd

The City Council will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers. Prior to the regularly scheduled meeting, the Council will meet as Committee of the Whole with the Chair of Public Facilities presiding to hear a presentation on the West Newton Square enhancements project on Washington Street running approximately from Chestnut Street to Lucas Court (see Committee of the Whole Agenda here).  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new Docket can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee Report 12/21/16 – (proposed Accessory Apartment Ordinance) – now available

The Zoning and Planning Committee Report from December 21, 2016 is now available. The meeting was devoted to the proposed Accessory Apartment Ordinance.  The item was held.  The report can be found here.
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City Council Committee Meetings – Week of January 1st

Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, January 3rd at 6:45 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss a request by the Mayor for authorization to apply bond premiums to capital project costs.  The Finance Committee Agenda can be found here.
Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 204 to discuss two items:  Request from the Director of the Newton Free Library for conceptual designs for an addition and renovation of the Main Library in order to apply for a construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and a request from the Mayor to authorize the Board of Library Trustees to apply for any state funds to help defray costs for the renovation/addition project including design, construction and equipment costs, and to authorize the Library Trustees to accept and expend any funds when received without further appropriation. (Note:  I’ve raised an issue with the last phrase and that will be discussed at the Committee meeting). The Programs and Services Committee agenda can be found here.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205 and will first meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to discuss the request from the Public Works Commissioner for approval of the design and installation of intersection improvements at Harvard and Washington Streets and will then discuss a request made by Councilors Lennon and Hess-Mahan to accept Section 193 and 194 of Chapter 218 of the Acts of 2016, authorizing the City Council to establish a speed limit of 25 miles per hour on any roadway inside a thickly settled or business district in the city and to allow for the creation of designated safety zones with the approval of MassDOT (Note:  safety zones would have a posted speed limit of 20 miles per hour).  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee agenda can be found here.
Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204 and discuss the following:  a request for a grant of location to install and maintain a 4″ main in Ruane Circle for a new gas service.  The Committee will then meet jointly with the Public Safety and Transportation Committee to discuss the request from the Public Works Commissioner for approval of the design and installation of intersection improvements at Harvard and Washington Streets.  The Committee will then meet jointly with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the following:   a request from the Mayor to authorize the Board of Library Trustees to apply for any state funds to help defray costs for the renovation/addition project including design, construction and equipment costs, and to authorize the Library Trustees to accept and expend any funds when received without further appropriation. (Note:  I’ve raised an issue with the last phrase and that will be discussed at the Committee meeting), and a request from the Director of the Newton Free Library for conceptual designs for an addition and renovation of the Main Library in order to apply for a construction grant from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. (Note that the order of these discussion items differ from the Programs and Services Committee Agenda).  The Public Facilities Committee Agenda can be found here.
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Public Hearing Notices – January 9th – Zoning and Planning Committee and January 11th – Planning and Development Board

There will be two public hearings held on technical amendments to the Newton Zoning Ordinance to clarify, correct and make edits related to missing or incorrectly transcribed ordinance provisions for specific sections.  Details of the proposed changes can be found here.  The Zoning and Planning Committee will hold its public hearing on Monday, January 9th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers and the Planning and Development Board will hold its public hearing on Wednesday, January 11th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  Notice of the public hearings can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of January 1, 2017

The following other City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on  Wednesday, January 4th at 8:00 a.m. in Room 205 and will discuss the following:  preparation of the Annual Action Plan, updating a report on housing discrimination in Newton, drafting a letter regarding their role in Newton’s Zoning Redesign Project and Committee efforts regarding events and publications. For more information, please contact Malcolm Lucas by phone at: 617-796-1149 or by email at: mlucas@newtonma.gov.  The agenda can be found here.
The Farm Commission:  The Farm Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Department’s Basement Conference Room (B10). For more information, please contact Alexandra Ananth by phone at:  617-796-1121 or by email at: aananth@newtonma.gov. The agenda is not posted on the website.
Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, January 5th at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 and is expected to discuss a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for a request to demolish garage and rear two-story porch and build new two-story rear addition for property located at 24-26 Foster Street. For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at: 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Apologies for the second email. There were a few errors in my original posting.

First,  Finance Committee did not meet on Monday but will meet on Wednesday, December 14th.
Second, the link provided for Traffic Council agenda actually linked to last month's report.  Sorry.
Third, the Upcoming City Board and Commission Meetings were accidentally left out.

   

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Again, apologies for the second email.

Still wishing you a safe, healthy and happy week (and I am really looking forward to returning home!)


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Good morning Newton Residents!
 
I hope you are all keeping warm!

Below you will find upcoming City Council, and other Board and Commission meetings for this week.

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 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Wishing you good health and a happy holiday season!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





 

Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings – Week of December 11th

The following City Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet tonight, Monday, December 12th at 7:45 p.m. in Room 205 and is scheduled to discuss the proposed Accessory Apartment ordinance amendments and four other docket items related to Accessory Apartments.  The agenda can be found here. The 1989 Accessory Apartment Report can be found here.
Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee will meet tonight, Monday, December 12th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and is scheduled to discuss the following:  request to transfer requesting authorization to transfer $22,190 from Budget Reserve to the Department of Public Works to fund a pilot program for 2 parking kiosks and replacing 158 coin meters at the Austin Street Municipal Parking Lot, request for a discussion with DPW regarding Complete Streets grant expenditures, request for amendments to the snow removal ordinance to establish criteria and review and amend enforcement provisions including structure of fines for snow removal violations, request to transfer $34,000 from Budget Reserve to fund a new full-time accountant position in the Comptroller’s Office effective January 1, 2017 and authorization to increase the number of authorized full-time positions in the Comptroller’s Office, request for a discussion with School Department and School Committee regarding the $1.2 million deficit in the School Department budget outlined in the 2017 Fiscal and Operational Update Memo dated October 24, 2016, receipt of the five year financial forecast, and a request to amend the demolition delay ordinance to increase fines for non-compliance and/or demolition without a permit.  The agenda with supplemental information can be found here.
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will be meeting twice this week.  The first meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee will hold public hearings for the following petitions:
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct an accessory apartment at 41 Dorset Road;
  • Amendment to Special Permit/Site Plan approval to to allow for more than 3 customers at one time, expanded hours of operation and amend the previously approved site plan at 242-244 Commonwealth Avenue (“Modern Barre”); 
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to expand a non-conforming two-family use with a first floor addition and enclosure of an existing deck and exceeding the FAR at 37-39 North Gate Park;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a two-story addition to the front of a house and exceed the FAR at 642 Centre Street;
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to establish an accessory apartment at
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a 3-story single-family structure and exceed FAR by adding side and rear additions at 7 Manet Circle; and
  • Special Permit/Site Plan approval to construct a 415 sq. foot garage which would increase and exceed the FAR at 441 Ward Street.
In addition, the Land Use Committee will review a number of auto license renewals.
The agenda can be found here.
The Land Use Committee will also meet on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Committee will take up two petitions:
Traffic Council:  The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 and will discuss the following items:
  • parking restrictions on a) Maple Street from Woodland Road to Auburn Street; b) Central Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Grove Street; c) Auburn Street from Commonwealth Avenue to Grove Street to alleviate increased parking due to construction at Lasell College and discontinued use of the Lasell parking lots as temporary modular classrooms have been located on the parking lots.
  • review of 60 day trial to convert ten meters numbered #24 through #33 from 12-hour meters to 6-hour meters in the Cypress Street lot;
  • review of trial to remove parking meter #762 in front of Murray’s Liquors. Replace with the following sign: 15-minute time limit, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday;
  • review of trial establishing no parking, any time, south side, entire length of Rowena Road;
  • request for a stop sign at the intersection of Grafton, Homer and Water Streets to address safety concerns and deter speeders;
  • request for a stop sign at Elgin Street, eastbound, at the intersection of Langley Road (Chair intends to request No Action Necessary);
  • request for the addition of on-street accessible parking spaces into the Traffic and Parking Regulations (TPR); and
  • Nominations, Election and Discussion of term length for Traffic Council Chair.

The agenda can be found here.
Dear Newton Residents,
 
Based on the initial response, I wanted to reach out again to those of you who didn't have the chance to fill out the form. If you already did fill this out - Thank you! If you haven't yet, please consider doing so now.

There are more than 80 Boards and Commissions in the City of Newton serving various areas of interest. We need residents to serve on these Boards and Commissions as many seats become vacant as terms of service expire. In an effort to get more citizen participation, I am hoping you can help.

These committees work best when they draw upon the full strength of our community and include a diverse group of male and female leaders.

Do you have any recommendations on who I may contact about serving on our Boards and Commissions?  If so, would you kindly go to this link to make recommendations?

If you prefer you can also copy the following web address into your browser:
 
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Thank you for your time and assistance.
 
Sincerely,
 
Amy Mah Sangiolo
Ward 4, Councilor-at-Large


Below you will find upcoming City Council and other Board and Commission meetings for this week.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Also, please remember early voting continues at Newton City Hall:
Monday, October 31 - Thursday, November 3, 2016      8:30 am to 8:00 pm
Friday, November 4, 2016                                           8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  

Wishing you good health and happiness,


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4






Council Committee Meetings – Week of October 30th

The following Council Committees are scheduled to meet this week:
Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee will meet jointly with the Planning and Development Board to discuss the Orr project on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (special permit/site plan approval request and request for a change of zone from Business 1 and Business 2 to Mixed Use 4).  The project as currently proposed includes three connected buildings that are 5 stories in height with 171 residential units, approximately 39,000+ sq. ft. of commercial space, approximately 2,000+ sq. ft., of office/community space and 346 parking stalls. The Land Use Committee agenda can be found here. Please refer to the following documents:  Planning Department MemoTraffic Simulation Video Announcement and Information, Revised Plan A, and Revised Plan B.
Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will be holding a special meeting on Wednesday, November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. to review and discuss possible amendment or elimination of the Winter Parking Ban. The agenda can be found here.
Real Property/Reuse Committee:  The Real Property/Reuse Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211 to discuss the following:  proposed amendments to the real property reuse process (to clarify how properties are classified in regards to purpose, use, and ownership; the procedure to handle reused properties; and to address any other changes that might be needed), discussion of use of 38 Elliot Street land, and discussion of reuse of the Stanton Avenue Water Tower site, which has been declared as surplus by the Department of Public Works.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of October 30th

The following City Boards and Commissions are scheduled to meet this week:
Planning and Development Board:  The Planning and Development Board is scheduled to meet jointly with the City Council’s Land Use Committee to discuss the Orr Project on Tuesdsay, November 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers (special permit/site plan approval request and request for a change of zone from Business 1 and Business 2 to Mixed Use 4).  The project as currently proposed includes three connected buildings that are 5 stories in height with 171 residential units, approximately 39,000+ sq. ft. of commercial space, approximately 2,000+ sq. ft., of office/community space and 346 parking stalls.
Fair Housing Committee:  The Fair Housing Committee is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, November 2nd at 8:00 a.m. in Room 211 to prepare for the upcoming Fair Housing event, “Is Fair Housing Still Relevant?” to be held at the Newton Senior Center, 345 Walnut Street, Newtonville on November 17th at 7:00 p.m with Genevieve Nadeau, Chief of Civil Rights Division, Office of the Attorney General.
Newton Community Preservation Committee:  The Community Preservation Committee is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  an updated overview of available funds and potential projects for the next 5 – 10 years reflecting newest Capital Improvement Plan, the final report on the Museum Archives, Accessibility & Fire Suppression project at the Jackson Homestead; and continued discussion of the Crescent Street housing & park project (West Newton/Auburndale).  The Committee agenda can be found here. Contact Alice Ingerson by phone at:  617-796-1144 or by email at:  aingerson@newtonma.gov.
Newtonville Historic District Commission:  The Newtonville Historic District Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 to continue the discussion of the request to demolish garage and rear two-story porch and to build a new two-story rear addition for property located at 24-26 Foster Street.  Contact Barbara Kurze by phone at:  617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team- Upcoming Meetings for potential development proposals

The Development Review Team has the following potential development proposal meetings scheduled for this week:
  • 63‐69‐71 Cherry St – Preliminary discussion on proposed multi‐building residential development (30,000 SF parcel) (SR3);
  • Fessenden School – Squash Court;
  • 17 Bellevue St – Carriage house now single family residence; proposed new garage in front of lot (SR2);
  • 19‐21 Bonwood St – Preliminary discussion re proposed expansion of two‐ family dwelling (MR1); and
  • 8 Columbia Ave – Proposed demolition and reconstruction of existing detached garage (MR1).
Below is a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a very happy and safe July for you and your families!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4





I hope you are enjoying your summer.

Below is a weekly update on City Council and Board and Commission meetings for this week as well as other City news.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy rest of August!


Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4




Land Court upholds ZBA and Housing Appeals Court Decision in Wells Avenue Chapter 40B case

The Council is in receipt of a memo from the Law Department informing the Councilors that the Land Court has upheld the City’s position denying the appeal by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes that Chapter 40B could be used to set aside the City’s deed restrictions on the Wells Avenue Office Park. The appeal was filed after the Council denied the the petition to amend the deed restriction prohibiting residential use at the site and the Zoning Board of Appeals denied the proposed project on the grounds that it did not have jurisdiction to set aside the deed restriction.  The memo can be found here. The decision can be found here.
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Zoning and Planning Committee to Meet Monday, August 22, 2016

The Zoning and Planning Committee will meet on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Committee will discuss and vote on 2 appointments and 6 re-appointments to the Commission on Disability as well as receive and update from the Planning Director on the Zoning Reform Phase 2 project.  The agenda can be foundhere and the Planning Director’s Memo can be found here.
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City Board and Commission Meetings – Week of August 22nd

The following City Board and Commissions will meet this week:
Charter Commission:  The Charter Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 222.  The agenda can be found here.
Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission will meet on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (B10) and is expected to review and discuss the following petitions for sign permits:
  • Boston Ski & Tennis located at 153 Needham Street
  • LeDu Thai Eatery located at 313 Walnut Street
  • Jared The Galleria of Jewelry located at 200 Boylston Street
  • The Rockport Group located at 1210-1230 Washington Street
  • Family Access located at 492 Waltham St – Family Access
  • Two Wells Avenue located at the Wells Avenue Office Park
  • C’est Privee Lingerie & Dancer’s Image located at 612 Washington Street
  • EuroTouch Cleaners located at 1215 Chestnut Street
  • Wells Park located at 75-85-95 Wells Ave in the Wells Avenue Office Park
The Commission will also continue their conceptual review of a commercial project proposed at the Street at Chestnut Hill.
The agenda can be found here, the Packet documents can be found here, and the Planning Staff memo can be found here. For more information, please contact Rachel Blatt by phone at:  617-796-1127 or by email at:  rblatt@newtonma.gov.
Newton Historical Commission:  The Newton Historical Commission will meet on Thursday, August 25th at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission will discuss and vote on the following petitions:  Design Review for the Cabot Elementary School Project; 3 demolition reviews – 197 Baldpate Hill Road, 69-71 Louise Road, and 27 Warren Road; and 3 requests to waive the demolition delay – 192 Spiers Road, 47 Lincoln Road, and 1016 Centre Street.
The agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at: kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Development Review Team Meetings – Week of August 22nd

The Development Review Team will be meeting on the following potential development proposals:
  • 1 Wells Avenue – Williams James College – potential additional structure
  • 115 Manchester Road – Proposed extension of a non-conforming single-family structure
  • 89 Hyde Avenue – potential special permit application for an accessory apartment in the basement of a single-family dwelling
  • Boston College campus – discussion of potential relocation of a monopole on the campus (no specific site)
The schedule can be found here.
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Elementary School Projects Update

The Council is in receipt of the most recent Monthly Report on the Elementary School Projects.  The Report can be found here.

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Information regarding Lead in Water

The City recently identified lead in several public drinking sources including water at some of our elementary schools and our public drinking fountains in parks and playgrounds.  The latest round of testing results have identified additional schools that have lead levels which exceed the recommended safety standard levels.  Those schools are:  Burr Elementary School, Countryside Elementary School, Horace Mann Elementary School, Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School, Mason Rice Elementary School, Williams Elementary , Brown Middle School, Newton North High School and Newton South High School.  Click here for the summary spreadsheet listing the most recent test results.  In addition, the City found actionable lead levels in several fountains at City Parks and Playgrounds:  Albemarle Playground, Cabot Park, and Crystal Lake Bathhouse (1st draw only).
Remediation for the Burr School will involve an entire replacement of the plumbing system.  The Mayor has outlined additional remediation steps in this memo which includes identification of service lines to residential homes and a commitment to continue testing and ensure public safety.  Those homeowners who have service lines that need to be replaced will be able to access MWRA no-interest loans in order to have those lines replaced.
In the meantime, residents are able to access home water lead test kits by going to the MWRA website and contacting the certified testing labs listed here.

I hope you are all keeping cool.

Below is a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Wishing you a very happy and safe July for you and your families!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4




Zoning and Planning Committee to meet on Monday, July 18th

The Zoning and Planning Committee is scheduled to meet on Monday, July 18th to continue the public hearing on the Citizen’s to establish a moratorium to prohibit zone changes without written approval of surrounding landowners.  A memo from the Law Department can be found here.  The agenda can be found here.
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Other Board and Commission Meetings – Week of July 18th

The following Boards and Commissions will be meeting this week:
  • Urban Design Commission:  The Urban Design Commission is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, July 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Planning Conference Room (B10) and are expected to discuss and review the following sign petitions:  kidWell Pediatric & Urgent Care for property located at 283 – 291 Centre Street and Planet Fitness for property located at 148 California Street. In addition, they will continue discussions of a potential commercial development at 143 Rumford Avenue.  The agenda can be found here and the packet of information including Planning Department staff memos can be found here. For additional information, contact Rachel Blatt by phone at 617-796-1128 or by email at rblatt@newtonma.gov.
  • Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission:  The Chestnut Hill Historic District Commission  will meet at 6:00 p.m. for a site visit at 374 Hammond Street to review the existing structure and proposed changes to plans that were previously approved.  The agenda for the site visit can be found here. The Commission is scheduled to meet on Thursday, July 21st at 7:30 p.m. in Room 205 for its regularly scheduled meet and is expected to discuss and review the following requests for Certificate of Appropriateness:  request to review proposed changes for property located at 374 Hammond Street; request to renovate house, replace windows, roof and siding, add front dormer, rear mudroom, and breezeway, and add a half-story to the garage for property located at 34 Beacon Street; request to replace windows, side and rear entry doors and to install a new French door to the deck for property located at 29 Gate House Road; request to move carriage house and rebuild chimney for property located at 413 Hammond Road; request to repave driveway ex post facto for property located at 101 Old Orchard Road; and a request to connect existing stone walls in kind; install black ornamental fence behind stone wall for property located at 408 Hammond Street.  The agenda for the meeting can be found here.  For more information, please contact Barbara Kurze by phone at 617-796-1129 or by email at:  bkurze@newtonma.gov.


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Development Review Team – Potential project meetings

The Development Review Team has the following potential projects on their schedule for this week:
  • 260 Elliot Street – proposed reuse of the St. Elizabeth’s Center as a space for civic events
  • 198 California Street – potential multi-family dwelling in a Business 1 Zoning District
  • 1359 Centre Street – proposed mural requiring special permit
  • 1210-1220 Washington Street – proposed signage for the new Rockport offices
The agenda can be found here.
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Elementary School Building Project Monthly Update – Now Available

The Monthly Update on the Elementary School Building Projects  – Angier, Zervas and Cabot – is now available online and can be found here.
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I hope you all had a great weekend and a very Happy Father's Day.

A few things to note:
  1. The Programs and Services Committee will take up the proposed Leaf Blower Ordinance and Noise Ordinance Amendments this Wednesday.
  2. The Law Department has issued a memo in response to a question I raised regarding the recommendation from the Real Property Reuse Committee to sell an easement owned by the City in order to accommodate a development project previously approved located at 17-31 Herrick Road.  The memo can be found here.
  3. The Mayor has recommended appointments and re-appointments to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  I have expressed concerns about the lack of diversity in the composition of this Board.
Below you will find this week's City Council highlights as well as a listing of City Council Committee and other City Board and Commission meetings.  

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe.  As always, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Again - just a reminder -  City Clerk David Olson has started a Newton City Council Newsletter.  To subscribe, contact David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov.

Best wishes, happiness and good health!  Enjoy the great weather and enjoy the last week of school!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Full Council to Meet on Monday, June 20th: 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers

The Full Council will meet on Monday, June 20th at 7:45 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  The Reports Docket can be found here and the new docket can be found here.  Please note:  the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting their annual awards prior to the Council meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the Chambers.  In addition, the Council will recognize and award the Anthony B. Salvucci Scholarship to two recipients;  present a commendation to honor three high school students going into the military; present a commendation to recognized the 25th Anniversary of NewTV and its two recent Emmy Awards and; present a commendation to the Newton North Track Team for their outstanding season.
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Committee Reports now available

The following Committee Reports are now available and will be reported out at the June 20th Full Council Meeting:
  • Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee held a public hearing on June 7th on the Orr Block Proposal.  The proposal and petition was held but the report on the hearing can be found here.
  • Public Facilities Committee:  The Public Facilities Committee met on June 8th and discussed and voted to approve the following:  request for grant of location to install pipe on Lenglen Road across Washington Street; request for grant of location to install conduit in Upland Avenue; request for grant of location to install conduit in Wendell Road from a gas main on Dedham Street; request for grant of location to install and maintain a gas main in Brookline Street for 12 Old Farm Road for new gas service; and a request for grant of location  to attach wireless communication equipment to existing utility poles at Grove Street (near corner of Grove and Washington Streets).  All other items were held – including the request for authorization to enter into a settlement agreement with National Grid.  The report can be found here.
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee met on June 8th and discussed and voted to approve the following:  request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from Free Cash for FY2016 Police Overtime; and a request for a triennial renewal of the Needham Shuttle Bus license. Two items were voted No Action Necessary:  request for a presentation and discussion of the “Complete Streets Policy” and “Complete Streets Prioritization Plan” with the Department of Public Works and Planning Department and request for temporary increase in the number of Chief of Operations in the Fire Department. All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
  • Finance Committee:  The Finance Committee met on June 13th and voted to approve the following:  appointment of Michael Engel as Trustee of the Chapin Fund; re-appointment of Edward Gourdeau as Constable; request for appropriation of certain mitigation funds derived from various special permits to fund certain traffic and pedestrian improvements; request to authorize the transfer of $600,000 from Current Year Wage Reserve to Fire Department Full-time Salary Account to fund retroactive pay for the firefighter’s account (approved as amended – $700,000); request for authorization to appropriate $400,000 from bonded indebtedness to fund completion of the design for Cabot Elementary School; request for authorization to appropriate $250,000 from Free Cash to the Police Department Overtime Account; request for authorization to to transfer $50,000 from Wage Reserve to Traffic Safety Full-time Salaries to for retroactive payments for employees of AFSCME Local 2913 – Parking Control/Traffic Enforcement; request for authorization to appropriate $21,898 from Free Cash to Fire Station Maintenance, Telephone Account to pay unpaid past telephone bills; and a proposed ordinance to regulate drones – registration fees and fines.  The Committee voted No Action Necessary on a request for a temporary increase in the number of Chief of Operations in the Fire Department.  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
  • Zoning and Planning Committee:  The Zoning and Planning Committee met on June 13th and voted to approve the following: appointment of Michael Rossi to the Zoning Board of Appeals as a member; appointment of Joshua Lewin to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Michael Quinn to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Treffle Lafleche to the Zoning Board of Appeals as an Associate member; re-appointment of Harvey Creem as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals; re-appointment of William McLaughlin as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals; and a zoning amendment to regulate front-facing garages in residential zones.  The report can be found here.
  • Land Use Committee:  The Land Use Committee met on June 14th and voted to approve the following:  consistency ruling regarding a special permit/site plan approval which involved a change of use from office to retail for property located at 131-181 Needham Street and 180 Needham Street; petition for a special permit/site plan approval to extend a non-conforming structure to construct a bathroom addition for property located at 226-228 California Street (see Draft Council Order) ; petition for a special permit/site plan approval and an extension of a non-conforming use to add dormers to an attic for property located at 47 Lewis Street (see Draft Council Order) ; and a special permit/site plan approval to extend the non-conforming FAR to add a 227 sq. foot addition over existing living space and construct a 627 sq. ft. detached garage for property located at 39 Hawthorne Avenue (see Draft Council Order).  All other items were held.  The report can be found here.
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Upcoming City Council Committee Meetings – Week of June 20th – Leaf Blower Discussion on Wednesday – Programs and Services

The following City Council Committees will meet this week:
  • Real Property Reuse Committee:  The Real Property Reuse Committee has cancelled their meeting scheduled for Tuesday, June 21st.  The cancellation notice can be found here.
  • Programs and Services Committee:  The Programs and Services Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:45 p.m. in Room 211.  The Committee is expected to meet jointly with the Public Facilities Committee to discuss the Community Preservation Committee’s recommendation to appropriate $2.5 million to the Parks and Recreation Department for the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground project.  The Committee will then move on to the long-awaited proposed Leaf Blower ordinance and amendments to the Noise Ordinance.  The Committee’s agenda can be foundhere.
  • Public Facilities Committee: The Public Facilities Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 204.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  petition for a grant of location to install conduit across Willow Street to service the Fire Station located at 31 Willow Street; petition for a grant of location to install a 12 inch main drain extension in front of property located at 30 Drumlin Road; petition for a grant of location to attach wireless communication equipment to existing utility poles located near 224 Craft Street; joint meeting with the Programs and Services Committee to discuss the Community Preservation Committee’s recommendation to appropriate $2.5 million to the Parks and Recreation Department for the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground project; request for a waiver from the 5-58 process in order to construct an accessory building as part of the rehabilitation of the Newton Highlands Playground; and a request to track and improve the condition of the gas utility structure.  The agenda can be found here.
  • Public Safety and Transportation Committee:  The Public Safety and Transportation Committee will meet on Wednesday, June 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Committee is expected to discuss the following:  License Renewal request for Boston College Bus licenses; and an appeal of the Traffic Council decision made on February 25, 2016 that established a 15‐minute parking zone, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in front of 25 Chestnut Street.  The Committee’s agenda can be found here.
  • Financial Audit Advisory Committee:  The Financial Audit Advisory Committee’s Risk Assessment, Monitoring & Compliance Subcommittee is scheduled to meet on Friday, June 24th at 8:15 a.m. in Room 211 and is expected to discuss development of risk assessment policies and/or a program.  The agenda can be found here.
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Monthly Executive Report regarding Status of School Building Projects – now available

The Monthly Report regarding the status of our elementary school building projects is now available and can be found here.
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Development Review Team meetings – Week of June 20th

The Development Review Team will be meeting this week, June 20th, on the following potential land use petitions:
  • Potential Administrative Site Plan Review for expanded use at the Lasell Boathouse;
  • Potential Special Permit for proposed multi-family development including attached dwellings for property located at 1058 Beacon Street;
  • Preliminary discussions on potential proposal for attached dwellings for property located at 19-21 Orchard Street;
  • Signage discussion for property located at 1210-1220 Washington Street; and
  • Potential accessory apartment within a non-conforming two-family dwelling located at 246 Central Street;
The DRT schedule can be found here.
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Traffic Council to meet Thursday, June 23rd – 7:00 p.m.

The Traffic Council will meet on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 211. The Council is expected to discuss the following:
  • request for parking regulations on Oak Avenue to address commuter parking issues;
  • request for no parking signage on Woodside Road between Kirkstall and Oakwood;
  • request for review and possible change of parking restrictions on Carter Street;
  • request for no parking restrictions on Ward Street in front of Congregation Beth El-Atareth;
  • request for review and possible changes to the parking regulations on Charles Street, between the underpass and the dead end, as well as on Riverside Road; and
  • request for parking restrictions on Albert Road.
The Council Agenda can be found here.
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Newton Historical Commission to Meet on Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

The Newton Historical Commission will meet this Thursday, June 23rd at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205.  The Commission is expected to discuss the following:
  • request to authorize a study report for a proposed Local Historic District in West Newton;
  • request to move a house and garage on the same lot for property located at391 Dedham Street;
  • request to demolish a barn for property located at 1058 Beacon Street;
  • request to demolish a building for property located at 121-123 Oak Street;
  • request to demolish a house for property located at 45 Chester Street;
  • request to demolish a house for property located at 496 Auburn Street;
  • request to waive a demolition delay on a carriage house for property located at1016 Centre Street; and a
  • request to waive a demolition delay for property located at 50 Grace Road.
Please review the minutes from the April 28th meeting if you are interested in any of the requests for demolition – full and partial that were approved administratively (without a public hearing).
The Commission’s agenda can be found here. For more information, please contact Katy Hax Holmes by phone at:  617-796-1143 or by email at:  kholmes@newtonma.gov.
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Recent School Committee Documents – now available

The Council has received recent of School Committee/Department reports.
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I hope you all enjoyed this weekend's beautiful weather!

Below you will find this week's City Council highlights as well as a listing of other City Board and Commission meetings and upcoming City events.

Two things:  1) a very special shout-out to Councilor David Kalis on his performance as PT Barnum this past weekend at the JCC, and 2) please note that the Council is in receipt of the filing for a zone change and a special permit/site plan approval for the Orr Block and Orr Building in Newtonville. Hearing is scheduled for June 7th.

 As always, I welcome your input on any topic relevant to the Council or our community.

Please kindly forward this on to your friends, family, and anyone you think might be interested and please encourage them to subscribe.  Folks can also go directly to my website at www.amysangiolo.com and subscribe as well.  Also, please excuse any typos or errors.  I am trying!!

Again - just a reminder -  City Clerk David Olson has started a Newton City Council Newsletter.  To subscribe, contact David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov.

Best wishes, happiness and good health!

Amy Mah Sangiolo
Councilor-at-Large, Ward 4


Council Committee Meetings – Week of May 16th