JP Neighborhood Council Election: Nomination Papers Available March 2; Election April 28

All 20 Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council seats are up for grabs in the upcoming election on April 28th, and nomination papers are available starting March 2nd. The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) consists of 20 members: 5 at-large councilors, and five from three different geographical areas. Each council term runs for two years and the chair of the council is chosen by the other council members. Residents age 16 and older can be elected to the council, as can business owners and directors of nonprofit organizations within JP are also eligible. The council serves as an "advocate and ombudsman for Jamaica Plain residents, organizations and business people," according to the JPNC's by-laws.

Fix That Old Bike, Computer or Toy at Jamaica Plain’s 3rd Fixit Clinic on Jan. 27th

At Jamaica Plain’s 3rd Fixit Clinic this Saturday anyone is welcome to bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble and repair them instead of tossing them in the trash. The clinic is scheduled for Saturday, January 27th from 10 am to 1 pm at the Jamaica Plain Branch Library at 30 South Street. This is a free event organized by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Environment, Parks and Energy Committee. It's an all-ages, do-it-together activity where people bring their broken household things and learn how to assess, disassemble, and repair them instead of sending them to landfill. At both of our events held last summer and fall, we had over a dozen “fixers” helping more than 30 neighbors diagnose and fix toys, jewelry, telephones, computers, printers, lamps and many other things.

MassDOT Oakdale Street Parcel to Remain Community Garden; Four Parcels Sold

Several parcels put up for public bidding by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) were recently purchased with affordable housing required as part of some of the purchases. MassDOT held a public meeting in June 2017 to provide an overview of seven parcels and present a draft for proposal requests. After several public meetings to solicit feedback the bid guidelines and parcels were altered. MassDOT incorporated several revisions that the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council (JPNC) asked for, as well as from public feedback, according to an email to Jamaica Plain News from Carolyn Royce, chair of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council Housing & Economic Development Committee. The parcel at 8 Oakdale Street was not put up for bid and will remain a community garden said Royce, and four parcels ended up being sold.

Tonight & Sept. 26th: Community Meetings About Proposed Medical Marijuana Dispensary

There will be a community meeting tonight hosted by a medical marijuana company wanting to open a dispensary on Hyde Park Avenue. The company is also scheduled to speak at the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council's Sept. 26th meeting. The Massachusetts Patient Foundation (MPF) will be holding a meeting tonight at 6:30 pm at Brassica Kitchen + Cafe (3710 Washington St.). MPF is proposing a dispensary at 54A Hyde Park Ave that would be roughly 1,500 sq.

Rendering of ground floor for 3353 Washington St.

JP Neighborhood Council’s Letter Opposing Variances for 211 Green St.

City Hall went against the recommendation of the JP Neighborhood Council, an elected advisory group, to approve variances for a controversial development at the corner of Washington and Green. Here is the text of the May 4 letter from the JPNC to the ZBA:
Christine Araujo, Chair

Board of Appeal 1010 Massachusetts Ave.,

4th Floor Boston, Massachusetts 02118

Re: 211 Green Street, Ward 11, BOA675434

Dear Ms. Araujo:

At the April 2017 meeting of the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council, held Tuesday, April 25, the Council members voted 9-3-0 to request the Board of Appeal to DENY ALL EIGHT VARIANCES SOUGHT FOR THIS PROJECT because:

1. The appeal for this project does not satisfy the requirements of Article 7, §7.3 of the Boston Zoning Code for the granting of variances;

2. This project was approved by the BPDA before the final draft of Plan JP/Rox was prepared by the agency and approved by the BPDA board.. The developer seeks variances for a site where under current zoning, residential housing is forbidden and the height is excessive; while at the same time requesting the increased height granted in the final draft of Plan JP /Rox without achieving the affordability required by it.