Needham Street Area Vision Plan
Adopted by City Council August, 2018
The Needham Street area is a key gateway to the City of Newton. The area has been and is currently the subject of private development efforts. While many efforts have occurred over the years to study and plan for this area, this work has not coalesced into a broadly shared single vision and strategy as a whole. A clear vision for the area will assist the City in evaluating future plans for the area. Therefore, the City of Newton, led by the Planning and Development Department, engaged the broader community in 2017/2018 in informing the development of a vision plan for the Needham Street Area to be adopted into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.
The City Council voted (20-1) to adopt the Needham Street Area Vision Plan on August 13, 2018.
Over Winter 2017- Spring 2018 the Community Engagement Group helped design, facilitate, and synthesize input from public meetings in order to help maximize participation and involvement in the planning process. Representatives from the group actively sought input from and expressed the views of their constituency as well as their personal views in order to help inform the vision for the future of Needham Street. For a description of the Community Engagement Group's Goals, Rules and Responsibilities please refer to the
Charter and Operating Protocols.
Zoning & Planning Committee of City Council Memos
Community Engagement Group Meeting Dates and Agendas*
|December 11, 2017||Kick-Off||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|January 22, 2018||Open Space, Recreation and Sustainability||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|January 29, 2018||Transportation||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|February 12, 2018||Land Use Mix and Economic Development||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|March 12, 2018||Overall Design and Building Considerations||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|March 26, 2018||Policy Considerations||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|April 9, 2018||Synthesis of Engagement Group Feedback||5:00-7:30 PM||Agenda||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|April 23, 2018||Public Forum||6:00-8:00 PM||Handouts Provided||Meeting Presentation||Meeting Summary|
|April 30, 2018||Final Thoughts and Closing Celebration||5:00-6:00 PM||
*The location of these meeting is wheelchair accessible and reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities who require assistance. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the city of Newton’s ADA/Sec. 504 Coordinator, Jini Fairley, at least two business days in advance of the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 796-1253. The city’s TTY/TDD direct line is: 617-796-1089. For the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), please dial 711.
MAPS - At the February 12th, Land Use Mix and Economic Development meeting the group was asked, what uses would you like to see along the Needham Street Corridor? See below for what they came up with.
Questions and Comments please email us: NeedhamStreet@newtonma.gov
MassDOT Public Informational Meeting Presentation