Planning & Development

The above images are just a sample of the many wonderful projects and programs funded by the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME). The Housing & Community Development Division within the Planning & Development Department is responsible for administering and allocating these funds – approximately $3.5 million received annually from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Click here for more information on the Housing & Community Development Division.


Newton’s Department of Planning and Development is committed to community-based planning that guides the future of the City while promoting equity, healthful lifestyles, diverse housing options, a resilient economy, varied transportation options, and preservation of the built and natural environment.


News & Weekly Updates - Click here  for Department's Weekly "Friday Report"

The Planning Department is using Constant Contact to prepare and distribute meeting information and project updates. If you sign up and do not see emails coming to your inbox, please first check your Spam and Promotions folders.

Zoning Redesign

The Zoning Redesign project is the first comprehensive look at updating and improving Newton’s Zoning Ordinance in more than 60 years. The goal is to enhance the city's high quality of life and quality of place. Learn more here.

High Interest Development Projects

If you are looking for information on larger development projects being worked on by the Newton Planning and Development Department click here.

Marijuana Uses  

Department Resources:

  Comprehensive & Needham Street Vision Plans
  Riverside Vision Plan
  Current Zoning Map
  Special Permit FAQs
Zoning Ordinance, Chapter 30FY20 Budget Book
Interactive Property Information
City Ordinance- Chapter 22- Planning and Development

City Meeting and Events Calendar

Accessory Apartment Ordinance



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