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as of Thursday, April 18, 2019 9:21 AM

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Mon, Apr 22

5:30pm   City Council meeting - Budget submission  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Apr 23

3:00pm   The City Council's Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the Zero Waste Master Plan and ways to reduce single use plastics in Cambridge.  (Ackermann Room)

5:30pm   Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tenant Displacement meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

6:00pm   River Street Reconstruction Working Group meeting  (Manning Apartments, 1st Floor Community Room, 237 Franklin Street)

Doors open: 5:45pm; Meeting: 6:00pm-8:00pm. At this meeting Working Group members will discuss public input on the existing conditions, refine project goals, and identify design challenges. The City will introduce a toolbox of potential design elements and provide a brief preview of the Carl Barron Plaza charrette process to begin in May. Info: cambridgema.gov/riverstreet

6:00pm   School Committee Governance Sub-Committee meeting  (School Committee Conference Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway)

The purpose of this meeting will be to review and make recommendations to the CPSD School Committee Budget process and to discuss better governance practices for the CPSD School Committee. It is anticipated that this meeting will end by or before 7:30pm.

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

General Business

1. Update from the Community Development Department

2. Adoption of Planning Board meeting transcripts

Public Hearings

6:30pm   PB# 346
23 May Street – Special Permit application by Senne Development LLC to convert the existing two family house to a single family and construct a new single family on May Street and over 75 feet from Vineyard Street pursuant to Section Sections 5.53 - more than one structure on a lot in a Residence B district. (Materials)

7:30pm   PB# 296
57 JFK Street – Amendment application by Crimson Galleria LP to exempt the existing basement level from GFA and to delete the required contribution to the Harvard Square Improvement Fund based on the total GFA being less than 80% of the maximum permitted on the lot pursuant to Section Article 2.000, Definition of Gross Floor Area and amendment to special permit granted pursuant to Section 20.54.4, Waiver of Parking and Loading Requirements in the Harvard Square Overlay District. (Materials)

General Business

3. PB-241 – St. James Church – Informational Update

Board of Zoning Appeal Cases

BZA-017091-2019
808-812 Memorial Drive – Variance for dimensional relief for the renovation of an existing nonconforming multifamily dwelling to accommodate the current energy/green building requirement standards and expand the building lobby to accommodate a new fire command center. Art. 5.000, Sec. 5.32 (Office Districts Dimensional Requirements); Art. 20.000, Sec. 20.890 (Memorial Drive Overlay District); Art. 22.000, Sec. 22.23 (Green Building Requirements) & Sec. 22.43.1 & 2 (Sustainable Design & Development). (Materials)

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. Full zoning petition texts available online at: www.cambridgema.gov/cdd/zoninganddevelopment/zoning/amendments.

Wed, Apr 24

3:00pm   License Commission Public Hearing  (Lombardi Bldg., 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)

5:30pm   Climate Resilience Zoning Task Force Meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

6:00pm   Police Review and Advisory Board meeting  (2nd Floor Conference Room, 51 Inman St.)

6:00pm   School Committee Special Education and Student Supports Subcommittee meeting  (Attles Meeting Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway)

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the student and parent experience of the Individual Education Plan (IEP) process and meetings. It is anticipated that this meeting will end no later than 8:00pm.

Thurs, Apr 25

6:00pm   The City Council's Housing Committee will conduct a public hearing to continue discussions on the Affordable Housing Overlay District and other related matters. This meeting will be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00pm   Joint Bicycle, Pedestrian, Transit Advisory Committee Meeting  (4th Floor Conference Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

7:00pm   Board of Zoning Appeal Meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

Mon, Apr 29

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Apr 30

12:00pm   The City Council's Economic Development & University Relations Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a Cambridge vacant property registration ordinance. This meeting will be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   First meeting of the working group for the Grand Junction Multi-use Path design project  (Location TBD)

6:30pm   Planning Board meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)


Wed, May 1

9:00am   City Council's Finance Committee hearing to discuss proposed FY20 City Budget  (Sullivan Chamber)

The Committee on Finance will conduct public hearings on the city and school budgets covering the fiscal period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

These hearings will be held in the Sullivan Chamber, City Hall, broadcast on the municipal cable station and will follow the schedule outlined below. The proposed budget will include recommendations from the City Manager concerning capital and operating budgets.

All interested individuals are invited to attend and be heard and/or submit written testimony. Those wishing to testify may do so either at the beginning or conclusion of each day’s hearings. Copies of the budget may be viewed at the branch libraries and will be available at the Budget Office at City Hall on or after April 22, 2018. Additionally, the budget will be available on the Internet through the City Home Page: www.cambridgema.gov. [Complete schedule with Budget Book references][multi-year comparisons - last year]

Mayor’s Office
Executive - Leadership
Diversity
Domestic & Gender Based Violence Prevention Initiative   
Equity and Inclusion
Public Information Office
Tourism
City Council
City Clerk
Employee Benefits   
General Services
Finance Admin. 
Budget
Personnel
Purchasing
Auditing
Assessing
Treasury/Revenue
Information Technology    
Law
Emergency Communications   
Public Celebrations
Reserve
Animal Commission
Electrical
Fire Department
Police Department
Traffic, Parking & Transportation   
Inspectional Services
License Commission
Election Commission
* 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. Budgets pulled by councillors for discussion in bold.
Department-by-Department Budget Summaries: FY1992 through FY2019 (last year - some interpretation required)
Department-by-Department Full-Time Positions: FY1992 through FY2019 (last year - with total employee counts back to 1981)

5:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a petition to amend the Municipal Code in Chapter 8.16 entitled “Noise Control” by deleting sections 16.081 through 16.081.7 to prohibit the use of leaf blowers in the City of Cambridge. This meeting will be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   Transit Advisory Committee meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

7:00-8:30pm   Evenings with Experts - A Grassland Restoration Tale of Weeds, Wildlife, and Renewal  (Cambridge Main Public Library)

Presenter: Jenna Webster, Senior Designer, Larry Weaner Landscape Associates. Restoring weed-dominated habitats comes with many complex challenges and often involves difficult tradeoffs. This process is even more complicated in public landscapes with diverse constituencies. Join landscape designer Jenna Webster to learn how Larry Weaner Landscape Associates negotiated these challenges in their restoration planning for a 100-acre grassland at Croton Point Park in New York. Located atop a capped landfill, this site provides vital habitat for imperiled bird species. The Park’s popularity and complex history led Jenna and her team to seek stakeholder input, synthesize crowd-sourced ecological data, and utilize scientific research— creating a thoughtful restoration plan that is now under construction. This case study gives us valuable lessons for land restoration on sites both large and small, and particularly for protecting specialized habitat used by native wildlife.

Jenna Webster is co-curator of the New Directions in the American Landscape conference, and teaches in the Ecological Gardening Certificate program at the Mt. Cuba Center.

Thurs, May 2

6:00pm   Cambridge Historical Commission meeting  (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.)

Mon, May 6

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00pm   Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (MCNCDC) meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Tues, May 7

9:00am   City Council's Finance Committee hearing to discuss proposed FY20 City Budget  (Sullivan Chamber)

The Committee on Finance will conduct public hearings on the city and school budgets covering the fiscal period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

These hearings will be held in the Sullivan Chamber, City Hall, broadcast on the municipal cable station and will follow the schedule outlined below. The proposed budget will include recommendations from the City Manager concerning capital and operating budgets.

All interested individuals are invited to attend and be heard and/or submit written testimony. Those wishing to testify may do so either at the beginning or conclusion of each day’s hearings. Copies of the budget may be viewed at the branch libraries and will be available at the Budget Office at City Hall on or after April 22, 2018. Additionally, the budget will be available on the Internet through the City Home Page: www.cambridgema.gov. [Complete schedule with Budget Book references][multi-year comparisons]

Cambridge Health Alliance
Public Works
Water
Community Development
Peace Commission / Police Review & Advisory Board    
Historical Commission   
Cable TV
Debt Service
Library
Human Services
Women’s Commission
Human Rights Commission   
Veterans Services
MWRA
Cherry Sheet
City Overview
Financial Summaries    
Revenue
Public Investment
Weights & Measures
* 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.
Department-by-Department Budget Summaries: FY1992 through FY2019 (last year - some interpretation required)
Department-by-Department Full-Time Positions: FY1992 through FY2019 (last year - with total employee counts back to 1981)

6:00pm   School Committee meeting  (Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, CRLS, 459 Broadway)

Note: There will be a Hearing on State School Choice at the beginning of this Regular Meeting.

Wed, May 8

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

3:00pm   License Commission Public Hearing  (Lombardi Bldg., 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)

5:30-7:30pm   Bicycle Committee meeting  (4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

6:00pm   City Council's Finance Committee hearing to discuss proposed FY20 School Department Budget  (Sullivan Chamber)

Thurs, May 9

9:00am   City Council's Finance Committee hearing to discuss proposed FY20 City Budget - if necessary  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30-7:00pm   Commission for Persons with Disabilities meeting  (51 Inman St., 2nd Floor Conference Room)

5:30pm   Mayor's Arts Task Force meeting  (Location TBD)

Mon, May 13

4:00pm   2019 City of Cambridge Scholarship Awards Ceremony  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00pm   Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave, Basement Conference Room)

Wed, May 15

5:30pm   Cambridge Redevelopment Authority Board Meeting  (Police Station, 125 Sixth St., First Floor Community Room)

[Meeting Agenda and supporting materials]

6:00pm   Peace Commission meeting  (2nd Floor Conference Room, 51 Inman St.)

Mon, May 20

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

5:30pm   Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave, Basement Conference Room)

Tues, May 21

1:00pm   The City Council's Health and Environment Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the “City of Cambridge getting to Net Zero Action Plan: Fiscal year 2018 progress report “and to receive a general update on the Net Zero Action Plan. This meeting will be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tenant Displacement meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Wed, May 22

12:00pm   The City Council's Civic Unity Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss the Massachusetts Equal Pay Law that was enacted in 2018 – What employees, supervisors, and City Leadership should know, what are the best practices, and how metrics must be established to ensure compliance with this new law.  (Sullivan Chamber)

3:00pm   License Commission Public Hearing  (Lombardi Bldg., 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)

Thurs, May 23

6:00pm   LGBTQ+ meeting  (Windsor St. Health Center, 119 Windsor St.)

6:00-8:00pm   Pedestrian Committee Meeting  (4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

Tues, May 28

5:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing on a petition received from Verizon New England, Inc. to amend the zoning map of the City of Cambridge by creating a new Overlay Zoning district entitled “Ware Street Innovation Space Overlay District” encompassing 10 Ware Street and to amend article 20.000 of the Zoning Ordinance by creating a section entitled “Ware Street Innovation Space Overlay District”. This meeting will be televised.  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 29

6:00pm   Police Review and Advisory Board meeting  (2nd Floor Conference Room, 51 Inman St.)


Sat, June 1

11:00am-6:00pm   40th Annual Cambridge Arts River Festival  (Central Square Cultural District - Mass. Ave. from Prospect St. to Sidney St. and beyond)

For the 40th anniversary of the Cambridge Arts River Festival, we'll be bringing the river to the Central Square Cultural District. The move from the East Cambridge waterfront into the heart of the city celebrates the state's recent recertification of Cultural District, the work in progress for the area to be identified as a Business Improvement District, and the seven new murals in the neighborhood thanks to the Central Square Mural Project. This year’s community celebration of the arts promises to be a big SPLASH, with music, food, immersive art experiences, and more. Learn more: cambridgeartscouncil.org/riverfestival

Mon, June 3

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00pm   Mid-Cambridge Neighborhood Conservation District Commission (MCNCDC) meeting  (2nd Floor Meeting Room, City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway)

Wed, June 5

3:00pm   License Commission Public Hearing  (Lombardi Bldg., 831 Mass. Ave., Basement Conference Room)

5:30pm   Transit Advisory Committee meeting  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

Thurs, June 6

6:00pm   Cambridge Historical Commission meeting  (Citywide Senior Center, 806 Massachusetts Ave.)

Sat, June 8

9:00am-1:00pm   Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day  (Field Street Lot at Danehy Park - enter via Fern St.)

Mon, June 10

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

6:00pm   Half Crown-Marsh Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave, Basement Conference Room)

Wed, June 12

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

5:30-7:30pm   Bicycle Committee meeting  (4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway)

Thurs, June 13

5:30pm   Mayor's Arts Task Force meeting  (Location TBD)

5:30-7:00pm   Commission for Persons with Disabilities meeting  (51 Inman St., 2nd Floor Conference Room)

Mon, June 17

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, June 18

5:30pm   Mayor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Tenant Displacement meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Wed, June 19

6:00pm   Peace Commission meeting  (2nd Floor Conference Room, 51 Inman St.)

Mon, June 24

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

5:30pm   Avon Hill Neighborhood Conservation District Commission Meeting  (Lombardi Building, 831 Mass. Ave, Basement Conference Room)

Mon, July 29

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

Sat, Sept 7

9:00am-1:00pm   Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day  (Field Street Lot at Danehy Park - enter via Fern St.)

Wed, Sept 11

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Wed, Oct 16

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Sat, Nov 7

9:00am-1:00pm   Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Collection Day  (Field Street Lot at Danehy Park - enter via Fern St.)

Wed, Nov 13

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)

Wed, Dec 11

8:00-9:30am   Recycling Advisory Committee (RAC) Meeting  (Sullivan Chamber, City Hall)


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