Event Notices

Meeting Agenda: NEWRA Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee – Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Zoning, Licensing and Construction Committee

Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 7:00 PM
Mariners House, 11 North Square, 2nd Floor

Zoning Appeals and License Applications

7:00 PM – 7:20 PM
55-57 N. Washington Street, Michelle Holdings, LLC has filed a zoning appeal to change the legal occupancy from restaurant, office and 16 residential units to 20 residential units, converting the remaining portions of the commercial space formerly Tecce’s Restaurant to residential use.

7:20 PM – 7:40 PM
450 Commercial Street, ZagCafe, Inc. d/b/a Waterfront Cafe has applied to the Licensing Board to remove the restriction that alcohol be served only with food.

NEWRA’s Updated Alcohol License Tracking Sheet and Alcohol License Policy

7:40 PM – 8:00 PM
The Committee will discuss the results of its updated review of neighborhood alcohol licenses and strategies for promoting NEWRA’s policies and positions on alcohol licenses.

City Council Home Rule Petition to Change Alcohol License Process

8:00 PM – 8:20 PM
City Councillor Ayanna Pressley has drafted a Home Rule Petition for state legislation that would allow the Licensing Board for the City of Boston to set the total number of alcohol licenses in the city (instead of the Legislature, which currently sets the total number), effectively allowing the number of alcohol licenses in the city to increase.  The Home Rule Petition also proposes other changes to the alcohol licensing process.  The ZLC Committee will review the Home Rule Petition and seek community input to the preparation of NEWRA comments.  The Boston City Council has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed alcohol licensing changes to be held on Wednesday, August 14, 2013, 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, in Boston City Hall.

Major Redevelopment Projects

8:20 PM – 8:40 PM
The Committee will review NEWRA’s comment letters to the Secretary of Environmental Affairs regarding the Boston Garden Project and the BRA regarding the Government Center Garage Project.  Development of strategies to gain responses to NEWRA’s questions and concerns and to continue to review these projects through the remaining state environmental and city development processes.

All NEWRA meetings are open, and North End/Waterfront residents are encouraged to attend.

For more information about ZLC Committee meetings, contact David Kubiak, ZLC Committee Co-Chair, at 617-833-9564.