City Council

DATE 06/06/2017
TIME 7:00 pm
ADA Yes
LOCATION Council Chamber, Woburn City Hall, Common Street, Woburn, MA, United States

Meeting Agenda

Ordered:

  • Authority to Enter Ground Lease with Board of Library Trustees
  • Proposed Smart Growth Overlay Zoning District
  • Sec 30 to establish the Anderson/Woburn Smart Growth Overlay District (SGOD) to encourage smart growth development near the Anderson Woburn regional transit station, in accordance with M.G.L. Chapter 40R.

Public Hearings:

  • On the petition by NStar Electric Company d/b/a Eversource Energy for a grant of right in a way on Wyman Street southwesterly from pole 242/20 approximately 37 feet north of Brae Circle a distance of about 40 feet to install conduit, Wyman Street easterly from pole 242/21 approximately 25 feet west of Brae Circle a distance of about 22 feet to install conduit, and Brae Circle at and southerly at intersection of Wyman Street a distance of about 2274 feet to install conduit.
  • On the petition by Minast, LLC, 11 Presidential Way, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, to modify a special permit dated January 9, 2014, as modified by decisions dated October 29, 2015 and August 11, 2016 to allow for the deletion or modification of Condition 3 of the Decision relative to mitigation at Lot 1, Presidential Way
  • On the petition by Cabot, Cabot & Forbes, LLC, 185 Dartmouth Street, Suite 402, Boston, Massachusetts 02116 for special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 23.4.2 for a special permit to allow restaurant and retail uses on ground floor (9,390 square feet) with multifamily residential housing within the six stories above (289 units) with 462 total parking spaces including surface spaces to serve the retail and residential clubhouse areas and a structured parking facility wrapped by residential units at 120 Commerce Way.
  • On the petition by C&C Realty Trust, Fred J. Cotreau and John J. Canney, Jr., Trustees, 64 Chestnut Street, Wakefield, Massachusetts 01880 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.5 and 5.1.43 to allow for 2800 cubic yards of fill and for outside storage of building materials and equipment at 6 Draper Street.
  • On the petition by The Salem Street Consortium LLC, Paul Scribner Manager, 16 Bacon Road, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended Section 7.2 to allow for a 300 foot addition to a preexisting nonconforming use (auto repair) at 111R Salem Street.
  • On the petition by Crocker Sales Co. Inc., 9 High Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.1.57a, 5.1.57b and 15 to allow for parking of storage container, parking of commercial vehicles, and a new use from auto sales to business to business in the groundwater protection district at 20 High Street.
  • On the petition by President Haggerty, Alderman Higgins, Alderman Anderson, Alderman Gately, Alderman Tedesco and Alderman Campbell to amend 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, section 8.3 as follows: 8.3 Off Street Parking Facilities Required – Off street parking facilities shall be provided on the same lot with the principal use, except that: 1. Within any R3, R4, Business, Mixed Use, Industrial, or Office Park district, the City Council, by Special Permit, may allow the parking facility requirements to be met on a lot separate from the use to be served, if such facilities are located within five hundred (500) feet of the use to be served, and if the City Council finds that suitable arrangements, such as ownership, long term lease or easement, have been made to assure the permanent provision of the parking facilities; 2. Within the B-D District, municipal parking facilities may be substituted for the required off street parking for non-residential uses, if such facilities are located within five hundred (500) ft. of the use to be served; 3. Within the B-D District, the City Council, by Special Permit, may allow municipal parking facilities to substitute for the required off street parking for residential uses under this Section if it imposes, as a condition of approval, the nonwaivable fee required by Section 8.3.4 below and makes the following findings: 1. That the municipal parking facilities are located within five hundred (500) feet of the use to be served; 2. That the proposed combination of on-site, off-street parking spaces and municipal parking spaces is available and adequate to serve the proposed development; and 3. That reliance on municipal parking facilities will not create an undue burden on the municipal parking facilities. 4. If a Special Permit is granted to allow municipal parking facilities to substitute for required off-street parking for residential uses in the BD District, it shall be conditioned on the payment of a fee equal to Seventy Five Hundred Dollars ($7,500) for each space in a municipal parking facility that substitutes for a required off-street parking space. The City Council shall not have the authority to vary or waive the fee, either in whole or in part, for any project. The payment of a fee shall not act as a guarantee that future tenants of the residential development shall be entitled to the reservation or designation of a parking space or spaces. All such fees shall be deposited in a separate “Downtown Parking Enhancement Fund” to be established in the City Treasury and administered by the Treasurer/Collector. Funds deposited in this account shall only be used for costs incurred by the City in acquiring, designing, constructing and/or reconstructing land and facilities that increase the supply of parking within the B-D District. Expenditure of funds from this account shall only be authorized by a 2/3 vote of the City Council.

Finance:

  • On the Order to transfer the sum of $100,000.00 from DPW/Street Lights Acct and DPW/Gas Acct to DPW O/T Acct, DPW/Utilities Acct, DPW/Bldg Maintenance Acct, DPW Repairs Acct and DPW/Sand/Stone/Gravel Acct, committee report was received “ought to pass”.
  • On the Order to approve deficit spending that is in excess of appropriation for removal of snow and ice, committee report was received “ought to pass”.
  • On the Order to appropriate the sum of $1,300,000.00 for costs of acquiring a ladder truck, Committee on Finance report was received “ought to pass”.

Public Safety & Licenses:

  • On the petition by ecoATM, LLC for a renewal of a Secondhand Dealers and Secondhand Collectors License, committee report was received “ought to pass”
  • On the petitions by Harmony Transportation Inc. and Kelley Towncar, Inc., committee reports were received “ought to pass”.

New Petitions:

  • Petition by Social Capital Inc., 165M New Boston Street for a Special Event Permit to allow a music concert series on June 10, 2017, June 23, 2017, July 14, 2017, July 28, 2017 and August 11, 2017 at Ice House Park at Horn Pond.
  • Petition by Shamrock Running Club, P.O. Box 602, Woburn for a Special Event Permit to allow a road race starting at Gonsalves Park tennis court along area streets on July 4, 2017.
  • Petition by NStar Electric Company dba Eversource Energy and Verizon New England Inc. for a grant of right in a way in Lowell Street as follows: 1. Southwesterly side at Pilgrim Road and continuing southeast remove three (3) joint occupancy poles, pole 136/16, pole 136/15 and pole 136/14; 2. Northeasterly side at Pilgrim Road and continuing southeast install three (3) joint occupancy poles, pole 136/16, pole 136/15 and pole 136/14; 3. Southwesterly side at Pilgrim Road install one (1) anchor guy on pole 136/17, and 4. Southwesterly side at Hart Place install one (1) anchor guy on pole 136/11.
  • Petition by NStar Electric Company dba Eversource Energy and Verizon New England Inc. for a grant of right in a way as follows: 1. In Salem Street on the northerly side beginning at Hancock Street to relocate one (1) joint occupancy pole 191/51, relocate six (6) joint occupancy poles pole 191/52, 191/53, 191/54 with anchor guy, 191/57 with anchor guy, 191/58, and 191/59, and install one (1) new pole pole 191/53½; 2. In Pine Street on the northerly side east of Salem Street, to relocate two (2) joint occupancy poles pole 175/3S and pole 175/4S; and 3. In Pine Street on southerly side east of Salem Street, to relocate two (2) joint occupancy poles pole 175/3 and pole 175/4.
  • Petition by Lei Song, 19 Wendell Street, Winchester, Massachusetts 01890 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 5.1.33b to allow muscular therapy at 446 Main Street.
  • Petition by APT USA LLC, 210 Broadway, Suite 201, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 5.1.41 to allow research and testing laboratory at 195 Presidential Way.
  • Petition by New Creek II LLC, 3333 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde, New York 11042 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, to amend a special permit issued April 28, 2016 by deleting Condition 5 and replacing same with the following “5. All signage shall comply with the plans entitled ‘Partners/Urgent Care, Washington Street Shopping Center, Woburn, MA’ dated August 17, 2016, revised September 2, 2016, revised September 16, 2016” at 425 Washington Street.
  • Petition by New Creek II LLC, 3333 New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde, New York 11042 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Sections 5.1.69, 7.3 and 13.5 to allow for the alteration of the existing two (2) nonconforming pylon signs at 425 Washington Street.
  • Petition by City of Woburn, Woburn City Hall, 10 Common Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801 for a special permit pursuant to 1985 Woburn Zoning Ordinances, as amended, Section 5.1.71 to allow construction of a municipal parking lot at 455-467 Main Street.

Communication & Reports:

  • A communication dated May 31, 2017 was received from Joanne Collins, Director, Woburn Council on Aging along with a copy of the Director’s Report and the minutes of the Council on Aging meeting for the month of May 2017.
  • A communication dated May 18, 2017 was received from Charles O’Connor, Parking Clerk, Police Headquarters, 25 Harrison Avenue
  • A communication dated June 1, 2017 with attachments was received from City Solicitor Ellen Callahan Doucette
  • A communication dated May 23, 2017 was received from Paul D. Stedman, District Highway Director, MassDOT, 519 Appleton Street, Arlington, Massachusetts 02476 in response to a communication concerning the traffic signal timing on Washington Street at 394 Washington Street, the I-95 northbound (NB) ramp and Olympia Avenue and requesting additional information about the timing deficiency.
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