Cambridge Civic Calendar
as of Friday, April 24, 2015 4:13 PM

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Mon, Apr 27

5:30pm   City Council meeting and Budget Overview  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Apr 28

4:00pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss amendments to the Cambridge Municipal Code in Chapter 9.04 entitled "Offenses Against Property."  (Sullivan Chamber)

4:30pm   Special School Committee meeting for the purpose of reviewing, revising, and approving a draft request for proposal to retain a search firm in connection with the search for a Superintendent of Schools.  (Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS)

7:00pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

General Business

1. Update from the Acting City Manager for the Community Development Department

2. Adoption of Meeting Transcript(s)

Public Hearing

7:00pm   Continued- Normandy Realty Estate Partners and Twining Properties Petition to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge by creating the Mass and Main Residential Mixed Income Subdistrict in the Central Square area of Massachusetts Avenue, Columbia and Douglas Streets and Bishop Allen Drive (not including the City parking lots). Some of the proposed changes would include a proposed new Mass Ave Height Zone, which would allow building height to be up to 195 feet for a Residential Mixed Income Incentive Project where the current height limit (by special permit) is 80 feet, while reducing the height limit to 70 feet along Columbia and Douglass Streets. The allowable Floor Area Ratio (FAR) for such a project could be increased to 6.5 subject to increased Inclusionary Housing Requirements including units for middle income households as well as a minimum requirement for three bedroom units. New requirements applying to ground floor retail uses are also included. The entire text of this zoning petition and additional materials are available on the Community Development Department web site at the link below.

General Business items may be taken out of the order in which they appear on the agenda above. Times for General Business items are approximate. Public comments are taken only during a Public Hearing. During the discussion and deliberation on General Business items, the Planning Board does not solicit public comment. The City of Cambridge will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities upon request. Please make requests for alternative formats at least two weeks in advance by contacting the Planning Board staff listed below. For further information concerning this agenda, please contact Liza Paden, Planning Board staff, at 617-349-4647, lpaden@cambridgema.gov. Applications and Petitions are online at www.cambridgema.gov/cdd.

Wed, Apr 29

4:00pm   The City Council's Economic Development and University Relations Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss recommendations to ensure that all positions hired directly by the City of Cambridge, or by outside vendors, uphold the same high employment standards that the City urges all businesses to uphold. (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting.  (1st Floor Meeting Room, 51 Inman St.)

I. MINUTES

II. REPORTS

1. Executive Director’s Report

2. Assistant Director's Report

3. Commissioners' Reports

III. PUBLIC COMMENT

IV. ACTION AGENDA

Unfinished Business

1. 2015 Annual Census

New Business

1. Annual Organizational Meeting


Mon, May 4

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

7:00pm  The City Council will hold a public hearing on a proposal by the City of Cambridge to dispose of a long-term leasehold interest in the Foundry Property at 101 Rogers Street to the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority (CRA) and on a request for diminution of the full disposition process. The public hearing is being held pursuant to the requirements of Section 2.110 of the Cambridge Municipal Code, regarding Disposition of City Property.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, May 5

6:00pm   School Committee meeting - Public Hearing on State School Choice  (Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS)

Wed, May 6

Noon-2:00pm   Presentation on MIT's Kendall Square Initiative (MIT Student Center, W20 Room 491 - A light lunch will be provided.)

4:00pm   The City Council's Human Services and Veterans Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss domestic violence and anti-domestic violence initiatives in Cambridge. (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00-8:00pm   Presentation on MIT's Kendall Square Initiative (Kendall Marriott at 50 Broadway - A light supper will be provided.)

MIT's Kendall Square Initiative

To the members of the MIT community,

We write to tell you about exciting developments in MIT's Kendall Square and east campus design process, the planning study for west campus, and key steps we are taking regarding housing for our graduate and undergraduate students.

In pursuing these opportunities, we have benefited tremendously from five years of substantive input and analysis from the Cambridge and MIT communities. This has included an extensive public process, the Task Force on Community Engagement in 2030 Planning report, the Graduate Student Housing Working Group report, the East Campus/Kendall Gateway Urban Design Study with guidance of the East Campus Steering Committee, and key leadership from the School of Architecture and Planning. We will continue this path of engagement, ensuring significant faculty and student involvement in the working groups discussed below. We are also creating opportunities for the community to offer input to the process in the coming months.

Next steps in the design process for Kendall/east campus

In our September 23 communication, we described the process for selecting the Kendall/east campus architectural firms and announced the teams designated to design the individual buildings in the development area. Recognizing the value provided in the past, we have re-launched the East Campus Steering Committee and are continuing to rely on the expertise of School of Architecture and Planning faculty, as well as the vital input of student representatives. The newly-formed faculty Committee on Campus Planning has been briefed on the overall vision for the MIT campus, as well as the plans for Kendall/east campus, and we are committed to collaborating closely with the Committee to ensure that our shared visions for the campus are being realized.

The planning team has been focused on increasing the vitality of the Kendall/east campus area, by incorporating the diverse uses that have been recommended by all sectors of the MIT and Cambridge communities — hoousing, connected open spaces, retail, innovation space, childcare, and commercial space. The plan also identifies a prominent location for the MIT Museum and assures the incorporation of elements that reflect the essence of MIT in the gateway area.

The site plan below shows the proposed uses for the various parcels. Details regarding precise configurations, square footage, height, and number of housing units are still being examined as the design process proceeds, and will be shared at a community meeting when available. The plan will reflect the approved zoning for the district, and we believe this plan will serve to propel the area towards the objective of creating a vibrant mixed-used center with a captivating gateway to the MIT campus while preserving capacity for future academic uses.

Kendall East

Thanks to the engagement of the Cambridge and MIT communities and the recommendations from the Graduate Student Housing Working Group, we now have an enhanced understanding and a robust plan for housing. Graduate student housing is designated at site O, and we are committed to completing new housing prior to replacing Eastgate Apartments. Site O has the capacity to replace all of the housing in Eastgate (201 units), and provide approximately 270 additional units of graduate housing. Residential housing is planned for Site L on the north side of Main Street, with a mix of affordable, innovation and market rate units. We believe that the presence of new housing together with significantly expanded retail spaces and improved public space will play an integral role in enhancing the liveliness of the area, and opportunities for additional graduate student housing are also being explored in the west campus area.

We look forward to sharing proposed building designs for Kendall/east campus at initial community meetings on May 6th. Once we have had the opportunity to collect broad feedback, we will submit design schemes to the Cambridge Planning Board for its public hearing and review process.

Unlocking the west campus potential

Over the past few months we have initiated a formal planning process for the west and northwest areas of campus. The intent of the current study is to create a long–range development framework to accommodate futuure academic and residential uses on the MIT campus west of Massachusetts Avenue to complement east campus design efforts and the ongoing renewal of the main campus. We have also formed the West Campus Steering Committee to provide input as the west campus study team works to identify sites to accommodate potential new building initiatives, including undergraduate and graduate housing. Student representation on the Steering Committee is key to the west campus study.

Similar to the east campus plan, there is great interest in enhancing the west campus area in order to bring more vibrancy to MIT's main entrance. A temporary open space landscape will be created on the site of Bexley Hall, and a series of open spaces and walkways are being envisioned as part of the overall west campus design framework. We are working to understand development capacity and the urban design opportunities this capacity holds for the future of west campus.

A critical part of MIT's campus renewal program is the renovation of some of our undergraduate residence halls. We are working on strategies to sequence the renewal of the residences, and are considering opportunities to add to our housing capacity to enable renovation of the residence halls. In the context of the west campus planning study, we are evaluating the possibility of developing the Metropolitan Storage Warehouse as an exciting site for a mixed-use development. It could possibly include undergraduate residences, maker space on the first floor, collaborative spaces on the top level, and retail along Massachusetts Avenue and Vassar Street. The Metropolitan Warehouse Advisory Group, being led by the Offices of the Associate Provost for Space Planning and Campus Planning, also includes students and a wide cross-section of the MIT community.

We are also studying additional sites to accommodate new housing for graduate students and opportunities to renovate the graduate residences in west campus. We have accepted the recommendation of the Graduate Student Housing Working Group, which identified the need to provide housing to accommodate an additional 500-600 graduate students beyond what is currently available, and will work toward achieving this target over time with developments in both the east and west campus areas.

Share your thoughts

These two processes in the Kendall/east campus area and now in the west campus area have been shaped in great measure by the steady commitment and energetic involvement of many members of the MIT and Cambridge communities. Over these past few years, we have learned a great deal about what is important to various sectors of our community, and believe that the Kendall/east campus plan now holistically reflects our shared values. This learning process has led us to approach the west campus planning effort in a very similar fashion. As is our practice, there will be many opportunities for information sharing and the solicitation of input as we proceed.

In the meantime, we encourage you to share your thoughts on either of these processes by sending email to mit2030info@mit.edu. Thank you for your past and future involvement as we work to shape our campus to reflect MIT's spirit of innovation and collaboration.

Sincerely,
Cynthia Barnhart, Chancellor
Martin A. Schmidt, Provost
Israel Ruiz, Executive Vice President and Treasurer

Wed, May 6

Noon-2:00pm   Presentation on MIT's Kendall Square Initiative (MIT Student Center, W20 Room 491 - A light lunch will be provided.)

6:00-8:00pm   Presentation on MIT's Kendall Square Initiative (Kendall Marriott at 50 Broadway - A light supper will be provided.)

Thurs, May 7

9:00am   The City Council's Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss FY2016 City Budget. This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)

Mayor’s Office     
Executive
City Council
City Clerk
Law
Finance Admin.
Budget
Personnel
Purchasing
Auditing
Treasury/Revenue
Information Technology   
Employee Benefits
General Services
Election Commission   
Public Celebrations
Reserve
Animal Commission
Fire Department
Inspectional Services
Electrical
Emergency Communications
* Date changes for individual departments may occur. The public is invited to attend and be heard.
These hearings will be cablecast live on Municipal Television.

Mon, May 11

4:00pm   2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   Roundtable/Working City Council Meeting with the Cambridge Housing Authority to discuss RAD. No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, May 12

5:00-7:00pm   School Committee Roundtable meeting - Public Hearing on State School Choice  (Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS)

For the purpose of an update on the impact of the revised controlled choice policy of 2013 as well as any other issues related to controlled choice.

5:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on a zoning petition filed by Chestnut Hill Realty to amend the Zoning Ordinance of the City of Cambridge, Section 20.600 Basement Housing Overlay District by including language to clarify the intent of the provisions to apply to multifamily structures that are wholly or partially located in Residence C, C-1, C-1A, C-2A, C-2B, C-3, C-3A, or C-3B base zoning districts. This hearing to be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 13

6:00pm   The City Council's Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss FY2016 School Department Budget. This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, May 14

9:00am   The City Council's Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss FY2016 City Budget. This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)

Cambridge Health Alliance
Assessing
Police Department
Traffic, Parking & Transportation    
License Commission
Weights & Measures
Public Works
Water
Community Development
Historical Commission
Conservation Commission
Peace Commission
Police Review & Advisory Board    
Cable TV
Debt Service
Library
Human Services
Women’s Commission
Human Rights Commission    
Veterans Services
MWRA
Cherry Sheet
Summaries Section
Revenue Section
Public Investment
* Date changes for individual departments may occur. The public is invited to attend and be heard.
These hearings will be cablecast live on Municipal Television.

Mon, May 18

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, May 19

5:30pm   The City Council's Economic Development and University Relations Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss how economic development impacts and supports the quality of life of Cambridge residents, and to investigate the feasibility of establishing an agreement with ride-share services such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 20

5:30pm   The City Council's Neighborhood and Long Term Planning, Public Facilities, Arts and Celebration Committee will meet.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, May 21

9:00am   The City Council's Finance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss FY2016 City Budget (if necessary). This hearing to be televised. (Sullivan Chamber)

3:00pm   Cambridge Biosafety Committee meeting. (Windsor Community Health Center, 119 Windsor Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room)

Tues, May 26

4:30-6:30pm   School Committee Special Roundtable meeting - Update on the Upper Schools  (Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS)


Mon, June 1

5:30pm   City Council meeting and expected Budget Adoption  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 8

5:30pm   Roundtable/Working City Council meeting to discuss the "Master Plan". No public comment. No votes will be taken. Meeting will not be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 15

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, June 18

3:00pm   Cambridge Biosafety Committee meeting. (Windsor Community Health Center, 119 Windsor Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room)

Mon, June 22

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 29

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Aug 10

5:30pm   Special Midsummer City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 21

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Sept 28

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 5

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 19

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Oct 26

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


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