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Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers sway council toward Option B, gentler restrictions on public tobacco use

Smokers invoked the Declaration of Independence, social justice and the specter of recent police killings of people of color to argue against restrictions on smoking in public places heard Monday before the City Council.

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

Maher campaign’s fast $34,189 kicks off fundraising, concerns about developers

It’s a little less than a year until elections, but Mayor David Maher is in full campaign donations mode – surging far ahead of any other sitting councillor by amassing a bit less than $34,190 in just a month’s time.

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

Officials still ‘trying to figure out’ process for a master plan, but it’ll start in Alewife

What might be called the catastrophic success of development in the Alewife area makes it the place to start a citywide planning process, city managers told the City Council.

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Appointments, November focus groups put revamp of Planning Board into effect

Residents got credit from the city manager for raising the need for Planning Board renewal “in a powerful way that opened a lot of eyes” and caused city staff to work without rest since summer.

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Good finances will lower tax rates again as councillors ask about more for housing

Property values are up, but thanks to the city again using free cash and other money for relief, only 15 percent of homeowners will see an increase of $250 or more in their tax bills.

Water issues make it clear that warnings about surges come too late for residents

Water issues make it clear that warnings about surges come too late for residents

One resident gets relief on a $1,000 fee, but real-time alerts for water use that might save even more thousands seem farther off.

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Talk of raising affordable housing to 35% from 11.5%, but study missing after a year

Big developers could be asked to set aside up to 35 percent of new units for low- or middle-income families, even as officials admitted failing to hit the current 15 percent goal.

Skeptical councillors kill ‘Carlone petition’ taking power to judge large developments

Skeptical councillors kill ‘Carlone petition’ taking power to judge large developments

A plan to give more power to the City Council over large projects in two city neighborhoods died Monday in a 5-3 vote.

Planning Board opposes Carlone petition shifting a permit power to city councillors

Planning Board opposes Carlone petition shifting a permit power to city councillors

Planning Board members voted against a zoning petition taking away some authority and explained how better zoning from the City Council could improve its work.

City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

City councillors defer debate about taking a special-permit power of Planning Board

At an Ordinance Committee meeting running nearly four hours, public comment on the so-called Carlone petition dominated, with many saying they felt “zoning for the city is broken.”

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