Needham Street Area Vision Plan

Zoning and Planning Committee,

City Council

July 16, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.*

Room 205

1000 Commonwealth Ave.

*item is 3rd on the agenda so it is likely it will be taken up after 8:00 p.m. 




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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, is now seeking to engage the broader community in informing the development of a vision plan for the Needham Street Area to be adopted into the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

The Community Engagement Group is anticipated to help design, facilitate, and synthesize input from public meetings in order to help maximize participation and involvement in the planning process. Representatives from the group will be expected to actively seek input from and express 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

At the April 23rd public forum, DRAFT vision statements, key ideas, and action items were provided for feedback and comments. To view them please click here.


Community Engagement Group Members

Community Engagement Boundary Area

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 

- Meeting Summary


*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: or (617) 796-1253. The city’s TTY/TDD direct line is: 617-796-1089. For the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), please dial 711.

Group Exercises:

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:

MassDOT Public Informational Meeting Presentation

Past City Projects and Events for Needham Street

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