Thursday, April 11, 2013
You don't have to have cable to watch Waltham City Council meetings.
Want to watch Waltham City Council meetings and don't have Waltham cable access station? Here is your solution -- watch the meetings LIVE online. The city is has begun broadcasting the bi-weekly city council meetings online here. The meetings are typically held at 8 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. NOTE: The link only broadcasts the meetings LIVE at their regular times.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Under a proposed moratorium, Waltham would temporarily prohibit medical marijuana centers from opening in the city.
Waltham officials plan to further explore a proposed moratorium that would prohibit medical marijuana shops from opening until April 2014. Councillors, during a Monday, April 8 public hearing at Waltham City Hall, reviewed the moratorium proposal that is intended to give city officials additional time to figure out where medical marijuana stores can be located. If approved, medical marijuana centers would be prohibited from opening until after April 2, 2014. The Board of Survey & Planning also joined the hearing. Under state law, each county would have at least one medical marijuana center and a maximum of five. After some debate, the issue was referred to the Ordinance & Rules Committee. The Board of Survey & Planning will take up the …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Waltham officials have are seeking more time to finalize medical marijuana center regulations.
The public hearing for a proposed temporary moratorium on medical marijuana centers in Waltham will be held tonight, April 8, at 8 p.m. The hearing will be held at Waltham City Hall. and residents are welcome to attend and voice their opinion. City councillors are seeking the temporary to give them more time to review and possibly change zoning regulations that would govern where potential future medical marijuana centers could open. In 2012, voters approved allowing medical marijuana centers to open in Massachusetts.
Friday, April 5, 2013
A public hearing on the issue will be held on Monday, April 8.
Waltham city officials are seeking a temporary moratorium on medical marijuana stores opening in the city, according to City Councillor Ed Tarallo. A public hearing will be held on Monday, April 8, at 8 p.m. at City Hall to review a proposed moratorium on the opening of any medical marijuana facilities, according to Tarallo. The proposal is intended to give city official time to review regulations for potential future medical marijuana centers, Tarallo said. Technically, the proposal would be made through a zoning rules amendment. The moratorium would run until Waltham officials add a specific zoning use category to existing regulations. “It does ban it for that time. It gives us an opportunity to study all the regulations, “ Tarallo …
Monday, April 1, 2013
The following is a letter to the editor from Waltham City Councillor Tom Stanley.
The following is a letter to the editor from Waltham City Councillor Tom Stanley. ---------- Dear Editor: On Monday, March 25, the City Council recently heard from developers about a proposed Starbucks at the former Polaroid site at 1265 Main St. I am writing to express my support for this Starbucks, which would be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and offer 18 outdoor seats and 26 inside seats. 1265 Main is a 280,000 square foot, mixed-use development on I-95/Rt. 128 in Waltham which will offer office space and shopping. The project’s developers requested special permits from the Council to operate a fast food establishment, a drive-thru at the site and open at 5 a.m. The Council’s Rules & Ordinance Committee will now further review the …
Friday, March 29, 2013
The bank would be located at the former Polaroid site at 1265 Main St.
New details emerged recently on the proposal to locate a TD Bank at the former Polaroid site. TD Bank has requested a special permit to operate a drive-thru window at 1265 Main St. After a Monday, March 25 public hearing at City Hall, the request was referred to the City Council’s Ordinance & Rules Committee for further review. However, the bank could open without a drive-thru. The bank’s hours would be 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Wednesday, 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Thursday – Friday and 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturdays., according to J & CO. Project Manage Rick Vallarelli. The ATM would be open 24 hours each day. It would queue up to 12 cars in the drive-thru. Several councilors raised concerns including security at the site and traffic issues. …
Monday, March 25, 2013
A proposed zoning amendement would prohibit homeowners from making certain renovations.
Tonight, City Councillors will discuss proposed changes to zoning rules that would hinder some homeowners from making certain renovations. The public hearing will begin at around 8 p.m. at Waltham City Hall. The public is welcome to attend and speak during the hearing. After the hearing, the issue will be sent to a subcommittee for further review. If eventually approved, some homeowners would be prohibited from finishing attics and basement. City Councillor Robert Logan, however, said the rules are intended to better manage growth and density in Waltham.
Friday, March 22, 2013
A proposed zoning amendment is raising concern among developers and real estate agents.
A proposed Waltham zoning amendment has raised concerns among local businessmen and real estate agents who say it would hinder homeowners’ ability to expand and improve their houses. “These zoning changes are very detrimental to a lot of different neighborhoods in the city,” Realty Executive Owner/Broker Kevin Song told Waltham Patch. “This is going to prevent a lot of people from wanting to stay [in Waltham].” Overall, the proposal would tighten regulations for finishing basements, limit the height of residences and prevent future developments from exploiting existing loopholes, according to City Councillor Robert Logan, who proposed the amendment. It would also tighten zoning rules for parking. The City Council and Board of Planning & …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Under a possible deal, the Fernald Center on Trapelo Road could be transferred to Waltham.
A few more details have emerged on a possible deal in which Waltham would acquire the Fernald Center. According to Waltham Mayor Jeanette McCarthy, the Massachusetts Department of Capital Asset Management & Maitenance has "come up with a novel process," in which Waltham would acquire the center that would be favorable for Waltham. The facility currently provides services to developmentally-disabled individuals However, there is one obstacle that could hinder a deal at this point. “Litigation is the sole remaining issue,” she said in reference to pending appeals against moving the 13 remaining clients to other facilities. That litigation, McCarthy said, prevents the state from executing a final plan for the site, McCarthy said. She did …
Sunday, March 3, 2013
The ordinance would require residents to clear their sidewalks.
The proposed ordinance that would require residents to clear snow and ice from their sidewalks will be discussed tonight, March 4 at the City Council’s meeting. City Councillor Gary Marchese proposed the idea recently after hearing of residents’ concerns of sidewalks not cleared during the recent blizzard. The issue will be discussed at the City Council’s Committee of the Whole Meeting at 8 p.m. at City Hall. Currently, the city requires property owners on Main Street to clear their sidewalks within 24 hours of the last snowfall. That regulation applies to both sides of the street from Prospect Hill Road to Linden Street.