Cambridge Civic Calendar
as of Tuesday, February 9, 2016 11:28 PM

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Tues, Feb 16

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

General Business

1. Update from the Community Development Department

2. PB#285, 10 Essex Street, Request for an extension of the Special Permit, Section 10.46.

3. PB#302 and #303, NoMa and SoMa, request to extend the date for the public hearing process and filing the final decisions.

4. Board of Zoning Appeal - Comprehensive Permit – One Brookline Place, (Auburn Court) Homeowner’s Rehab Inc. affiliate Brookline Street Limited Partnership. The requested permit is to construct 8 additional units of affordable housing and convert an existing management office to a dwelling unit at Auburn Court. The Planning Board will review the case and transmit a report to the BZA.

5. BZA case 9297 – 2016 – 17-19 Pemberton Street – Variance to park within the front yard setback on a corner lot, to construct a dormer and first floor addition.

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, Feb 17

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. 2016 Annual Census

2. 2016 Presidential Primary, March 1

3. Special State Primary, April 12, 2016

4. Special State Election, May 10, 2016

New Business

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Mon, Feb 22

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Tues, Feb 23

5:30pm   Cambridge Election Commission meeting.  (Senior Center, 806 Mass. Ave.)

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. 2016 Annual Census

2. 2016 Presidential Primary, March 1

3. Special State Primary, April 12, 2016

4. Special State Election, May 10, 2016

New Business

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Wed, Feb 24

5:30pm   The City Council's Ordinance Committee will conduct a public hearing to discuss a zoning petition filed by Peter L. Cohen, et al. to amend the Cambridge Zoning Ordinance to restrict garage development in dimensionally nonconforming lots. [Click here to view the petition] This hearing to be televised  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Feb 29

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


Wed, Mar 2

7:00-8:30pm   Evenings with Experts Lecture Series  (Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway)

Restoring Nature’s Relationships at Home

Doug Tallamy, author of Bringing Nature Home

If we are to make our residential landscapes truly living ecosystems once again, we need to understand the specialized relationships that make plants and animals interdependent. Who better to take us on an in-depth journey into this fascinating and complex world than Doug Tallamy? He will give us detailed examples of these co-evolutionary relationships, showing us how they determine the stability and complexity of local food webs – providing birds with insects and berries, dispersing bloodroot seeds, pollinating goldenrod, and much more. This knowledge equips us to knowingly select plants and to construct landscapes that restore nature’s relationships at home.

Doug Tallamy is a Professor of Entomology and Wildlife Biology at the University of Delaware. His groundbreaking book, “Bringing Nature Home”, was published in 2007 and continues to have national impact; it was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers' Association. In 2014, he co-authored “The Living Landscape” with Rick Darke. Doug’s conservation work and science-based advocacy for native plants has earned him numerous awards.

Mon, Mar 7

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Mar 14

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Mar 21

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Mar 28

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


Mon, Apr 4

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, Apr 6

7:00-8:30pm   Evenings with Experts Lecture Series  (Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway)

Spring Wildflowers: Ephemeral Beauty with a Purpose

Carol Gracie, author of Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History

Our native spring wildflowers evolved in the once contiguous forests that stretched the length of the East Coast and west to the prairies. Their flowering coincides with increased sunlight and warmth before the forest canopy leafs out, and their associations with the early-flying insects of spring are remarkable. Come learn about the life cycles of selected species in detail – and why many populations are in a marked decline due to human activity. By understanding their evolutionary relationships to forest habitat, we can better protect these ephemeral beauties on all lands, and integrate them into our woodland gardens.

Carol Gracie is a botanist and highly-skilled photographer. She has authored “Spring Wildflowers of the Northeast: A Natural History”, and several field guides. Her botanizing in South and Central America has led to seven tropical plant species and one genus being named for her.

Mon, Apr 11

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, Apr 25

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


Mon, May 2

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Wed, May 4

7:00-8:30pm   Evenings with Experts Lecture Series  (Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway)

Planting in a Post-Wild World

Claudia West, co-author of Planting in a Post-Wild World

Few wild places remain in today’s world, making it ever more important to bring ecological principles back into the design of our managed landscapes. Much more than simply using native plants, this work necessitates understanding plant communities and embracing a new form of design that marries horticulture with ecology. Join us as we translate the ecological principles of wild plant communities into design and management tools to inform our native plantings. Using the work of several European ecologists and planting designers, we explore the science behind stable and lasting plant combinations – to help you create the landscapes you envision.

Claudia West is the co-author with Thomas Rainer of “Planting in a Post-Wild World”, and the Ecological Sales Manager at North Creek Nurseries. She works closely with ecological design and restoration professionals throughout the northeast, focused on stable, layered planting designs and the extensive use of native plants.

Mon, May 9

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, May 16

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, May 23

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


Mon, June 6

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 13

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 20

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)

Mon, June 27

5:30pm   City Council meeting  (Sullivan Chamber)


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