Meetings at a GlanceMonday, February 10:Commission on Disability, 6:30 p.m., Room 204Zoning & Planning Committee, 7:00 p.m., Room 205Tuesday, February 11:Economic Development Commission, 6:30 p.m., Room 211Auburndale Historic District Commission, 7:00 p.m., Room 205Joint Community Preservation Committee and Planning & Development Board, 7:00 p.m., Newton Senior Center (345 Walnut Street)Land Use Committee, 7:00 p.m., City Council Chambers (Room 207)Wednesday, February 12: Urban Design Commission, 7:00 p.m., Room 205Thursday, February 13:No Department meetings
Meetings Next Week
Commission on Disability: On Monday, February 10th the Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 204. The following items are on the agenda: Approval of 1/13/20 Minutes, Open Meeting Law Training, CDBG Report & FY21 Funding Vote, Accessible Parking Space Request, Accessible (HP) Fines Reports, Dunstan East 40B Apartments, Treasurer’s Report, Co-Chairs Meeting with the Mayor, Special COD Meeting Scheduling, ADA Coordinator’s Report. Contact Jini Fairley at email@example.com or 617.796.1253Zoning & Planning Committee: On Monday, February 11th the Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The following items are on the agenda: #93-20 Appointment of Scott Aquilina to the Upper Falls Historic District Commission; #94-20 Appointment of Daphne Romanoff to the Upper Falls Historic District Commission; #92-20 Appointment of Martin Smargiassi to the Auburndale Historic District Commission; #95-20 Reappointment of Chris Steele to the Planning and Development Board; #96-20 Reappointment of Dan Brody to the Community Preservation Committee; #88-20, discussion and review relative to the draft Zoning Ordinance. Contact Jennifer Caira at 617.796.1121 or firstname.lastname@example.orgEconomic Development Commission: On Tuesday, February 11th, the Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Room 211. The following items are on the Agenda: approval of Minutes, nominations and vote for EDC officers, City updates, discussion of EDC 2020 priorities (including role of the EDC), discussion regarding meetings with Elected City Officials, discussion of the Riverside Project (including discussion of the task force draft letter), update on the Northland Project, update on restaurant liquor licenses, and review and approval of draft Annual Report. Contact Devra G. Bailin at email@example.com or 617.796.1122.Auburndale Historic District Commission: On Tuesday, February 11th the Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The following item are on the agenda: 35 Lasell Street, request to install hardscaping and grade changes. Contact Barbara Kurze at 617.796.1129 or firstname.lastname@example.orgJoint Community Preservation Committee & Planning and Development Board: The Newton Housing Authority’s proposal for accepting the affordable housing portfolio developed by CAN-DO is scheduled for a joint PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, 11 February 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at the Newton Senior Center (345 Walnut Street, Newtonville), with the CPC (for a $1,105,000 CPA request) and the Planning & Development Board (for a $1,200,000 CDBG request). This meeting’s full agenda and pre-meeting packet, including an access and parking map for the Senior Center, are available from the CPC website’s home page, www.newtonma.gov/cpa. The proposal and supporting documents are also available under the site’s Proposals & Projects – Pending heading. PLEASE NOTE that a revised funding request, as well as memos from the Housing Partnership and Planning & Development Dept., were posted on January 31st, but most information in the original proposal as posted on January 2nd remains valid. For assistance or questions about this proposal and hearing, contact Housing Planner Eamon Bencivengo at 617.796.1145 or email@example.com.Land Use Committee: On Tuesday, February, 11th the Committee will meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber (Room 207) to hear the following petitions: #15-20(2) Special Permit/Site Plan Review to amend Council Orders #148-15(2) and (3) to revise the parking structure, to reduce the interior landscaping requirement, to reduce the loading bay dimensions, and to amend the Wells Avenue Deed Restriction at 180 Wells Avenue; #70-20 Special Permit/Site Plan Approval to amend Council Order #104-07 to allow a full-time nursery school, to allow parking within the front setback, and to reduce the minimum open space at 349 Dedham Street; and #26-20 and #27-20 Special Permit/Site Plan Review and to rezone parcels from the Business Use 5 zone to the Mixed Use 3/Transit Oriented Development zone to construct a mixed use development consisting of ten buildings, incorporating residential units, office, retail, personal services, restaurant, hotel, and related commercial uses not to exceed 1,025,000 square feet of gross floor area, with residential uses comprising not less than 60% of the total gross floor area with a residential density of not less than 800 square feet per unit with not less than 560 units nor more than 620 units, consisting of more than 20,000 square feet of gross floor area, building height of up to 170 feet, buildings up to 11 stories, Floor Area Ratio of up to 2.5, beneficial open space of not less than 15%, increase of height of certain buildings with the Grove Street Area Corridor (to the extent necessary), and reduction in setback from Grove Street for certain buildings within the Grove Street Corridor Area (to the extent necessary); as to design standards, waiver of the sustainable development design standards and placement of a retaining wall greater than 4 feet in height located in a setback, to allow a reduction to 1.25 stalls per unit, and to waive not more than 685 parking stalls to waive the requirements of parking facilities containing more than five stalls and to allow a comprehensive sign package at 355 and 399 Grove Street. Contact Neil Cronin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617.796.1141Urban Design Commission: On Wednesday, February 12th the Commission will meet at 7:00 p.m. in Room 205. The Commission will review the following items on their agenda: 320 Washington Street – Four Points by Sheraton, 148 California Street – My Salon Suite, 1157 Washington Street – Safelite AutoGlass, 313 Washington Street – Newton Corner Dental Care, 255 Washington Street – RMR Group, 131-181 Needham Street – bfresh by Stop & Shop, Comprehensive Sign Package for 1-55 Boylston Street – The Street, Fence Appeal for 40 Fernwood Road and Design Review for 340 River Street. Contact Shubee Sikka at 617.797.1139 or email@example.com.
Project & Program Updates
FY21 Human Services and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Request for Proposals (RFP): The City of Newton Housing and Community Development Division announces the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and ESG funds for Fiscal Year 2021. The City anticipates approximately $285,000 will be available for programs focused on advancing low- and moderate- income Newton residents toward economic mobility and/or stability across the lifespan. Applicants must be a certified 501(c)(3) organization or municipal entity. Additionally, approximately $149,850 in ESG funding will be available for the four eligible components: emergency shelter, homelessness prevention, rapid re-housing, and Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). Applicants must be a certified 501(c)(3) organization. Applications are available online at http://newtonma.gov/CDBGHumanServices and http://www.newtonma.gov/ESG. Contact Tiffany Leung at 617.796.1146 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWest Newton Armory (1135 Washington Street): The City of Newton has been awarded a $200,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development’s Housing Choice Capital Grant Program to contract with a consultant team to conduct a pre-development feasibility analysis of the West Newton Armory’s suitability as a site for affordable housing. The grant award and consultant team will be of substantial help to the City Council’s Real Property Reuse Committee and the Joint Advisory Planning Group (JAPG) who are charged with identifying options for the Armory’s future use.Built between 1910 – 1912, the Armory housed the Massachusetts State National Guard for over 100 years. The National Guard has decommissioned the West Newton Armory, which is now under the management control to the Commonwealth’s Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM). DCAMM has offered the City the first right of refusal to purchase the Armory. The terms of this sale are authorized in Special Legislation currently pending in the Massachusetts State Legislature. Per this Special Legislation, the City must determine the use of the Armory and complete its purchase before June 30, 2020. Click HERE for more information. Contact Eamon Bencivengo at 617.796.1145 or email@example.comFY21 – FY25 Consolidated Plan: Over the next five years, the City of Newton and the 13-community WestMetro HOME Consortium, of which Newton is the lead entity, will receive approximately $17.5 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program, and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to support low-income individuals and families and persons with disabilities. The FY21 – FY25 Consolidated Plan will identify our community’s most pressing needs as they relate to affordable housing, accessibility, human services, and homelessness . A copy of the draft FY21-25 Consolidated Plan was published January 21, 2020 and is available at www.newtonma.gov/gov/planning/hcd/default.aspClimate Action Plan: The Climate Action Plan was adopted by the Newton City Council by unanimous vote on December 2nd, 2019. A copy of the final approved plan is available: www.newtonma.gov/climate. Dunstan East 40B Project: Mark Development, LLC has applied for a Comprehensive Permit/40B on 2.98 acres of land on Washington Street, Dunstan Street, and Kempton Place in West Newton. As currently proposed the project will consist of three separate buildings with a total of 243 units of rental housing and 12,521 square feet of ground floor retail space facing Washington Street. Sixty-one units will be made affordable to households earning up to 80% of area median income (AMI) and 182 units will not have any income restrictions. The first public hearing was held January 22nd, 2020. More information about the project, including the full application, can be found on our website under High Interest Projects or by Clicking HERE.The Residences on the Charles (15 Riverdale Avenue) 40B Comprehensive Permit: CPC Land Acquisition Company, LLC has applied for a Comprehensive Permit/40B on a site encompassing 15 Riverdale Avenue. As currently proposed, the development would consist of two separate buildings with a total of 204 units of rental housing, 4,600 square feet of retail, 17,782 square feet of office / innovation space and 227 parking spaces. Fifty-one (51) units will be made affordable to households earning 80% of the area median income (AMI), and 153 units will not have any income restrictions. The Zoning Board of Appeals opened its public hearing on February 5th, 2020. To provide public comment up to 7 days prior to the hearing, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org. More information about the project, including the full application, can be found on our website under High Interest Projects or by Clicking HERE. Riverside Development Project: The City Council approved text amendments to the MU3 zone on November 18, 2019. The Land Use Committee will be discussing the Special Permit request in January 28th, 2020. Project information can be found on the Planning Department’s page at www.newtonma.gov/riverside or the City Council’s page – Click HERE. Northland Development: The City Council approved the development on December 2nd, 2019. The proposed project is located at Needham and Oak Streets, 156 Oak Street, 275‐281 Needham Street & 55 Tower Road. Information on the project can be found on our website, Click HERE to view it. To view information on the City Council’s Land Use Committee page –Click HERE. Contact Michael Gleba at 617.796.1123 or email@example.com.Newton Commuter Rail Stations Update: The MBTA held a public meeting on July 25, 2019 on the status of the accessibility design for Newton’s three commuter rail stations. Click HERE to view the presentation.Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance: The Inclusionary Zoning Amendment was approved by the City Council on Monday, July 8. To review the most current information Click HERE. Contact Amanda Berman at 617.796.1147 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Newton in Motion (NewMo): Newton’s new senior transportation system “NewMo” was launched. The system is available to all Newton residents ages 60 and over. It provides on-demand service, easily identifiable vehicles, and vetted drivers who will walk passengers to their doors upon request, and reliably get people to and from the senior center, villages, medical appointments and to specified destinations, primarily in Newton. Seniors can book a trip in real time with an app on their smart phone or with a phone call. The system will create a route to pick up multiple passengers along the way; ride sharing is both environmentally friendly and provides a social experience for passengers. Contact Nicole Freedman at email@example.com or 617.796.1481.Washington Street Vision Plan: The City Council adopted the vision plan on December 16, 2019. The most update to date version of the Washington Street Vision plan is available. To view the plan go to www.newtonma.gov/washingtonstreetvisionNew Affordable Housing Opportunities: Stay up-to-date on new affordable housing opportunities in Newton as they become available for rent or purchase. Click HERE to input your name and email address to receive the Planning Department’s Email Updates regarding available affordable housing units throughout the City. Contact Malcolm Lucas at 617.796.1149 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Make Poetry Concrete: The poems will soon appear underfoot! The 10 poems for the Make Poetry Concrete project are selected, and the first three have been stamped into new Newton sidewalks. The first installation is at the intersection of Oak and Christina Streets on Needham Street, just before the Charles River. Then poems will appear at Minot Place at Walnut Street and at the new Horace Mann Elementary School (formerly Carr). One hundred and forty Newton residents submitted poems for the contest. Six judges selected 10 that will be used to bring poems off the pages of books and into our everyday lives. Congratulations to the winning poets who include two Newton students, published poets and a number of new ones. You will soon be able to read Trace by Shelby Allen, An Ordinary Day by Jane Attanucci, Presence by Sabrina Elyse Bauer, This Quiet Way by Ben Berman, Young Heart by Meaghan Cocuzzo, Every Day Is a Poem by Susan Eyre Coppack, Spring by Nancy Genevieve, Community Conversation by Cynthia Greene, Sidewalk by Mark Hemment, and The Way They Grew by Jonas Pena. Go to www.newtonma.gov/sidewalkpoetry for more information.Bicycling in Newton: Did you know that we have a web page just for bicycling located in our Transportation Planning section? Click HERE to check-out it out and to find news and updates to various transportation initiatives. Contact Nicole Freedman at 617.796.1481 or email@example.com.Needham Street Corridor Project (MassDOT roadwork): This project proposes roadway reconstruction and transportation safety improvements including new pavement, sidewalks, traffic signals, crosswalks, bicycle lanes and stormwater management. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for occasional project updates.Sign Up for Mayor Fuller’s Email Updates: Looking for the latest news about happenings at City Hall and around Newton? Click the icon to the right or input your email address HERE to receive Mayor Ruthanne Fuller’s Email Updates. To see archived editions of the Mayor’s Email Updates, visit the City of Newton website at www.newtonma.gov.