Washington Street Vision

Next Events:

Zoning & Planning Committee of City Council

April 22, 2019

7:00 p.m.

Room 205







"Hello Washington Street!" is the City of Newton's initiative to plan proactively the future of Washington Street in a community-based process with residents, local businesses, and City Councilors, with the help of the Principle Group, the planning firm under contract with the City of Newton. The thirteen-month process, started in April 2018 and anticipated to go until May 2019, will result in a vision plan and draft zoning recommendations for the areas that link West Newton to Newtonville to Newton Corner.

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Draft Two Vision Plan & Zoning

Draft Two - Vision Plan
Draft Two - Zoning

Comment Period for the Second Draft of Washington Street Vision Plan - now closed

All second draft comments are in one table here.

Only have a few minutes?
Take a quick read through these summary sheets and key maps & additional summary sheets

Hard copies available at Newton Free Library

Upcoming and Recent City Council Meetings:

Date  Topic  Location/Time  Resources

Presentation to ZAP

First Draft Vision Plan and Toolkit

City Hall, Council Chamber/ 7:00 p.m.


 11/26/18 Presentation to ZAP West Newton Sub-Area City Hall, Room 205/ 7:00 p.m.



 12/06/18 Presentation to Committee of the Whole - First Draft Vision Plan & Zoning Redesign - First Draft Zoning Ordinance Drucker Auditorium, Newton Free Library/ 7:00 p.m. 



 1/14/19 Presentation to ZAP-Newtonville & Crafts Street City Hall, Room 205/ 7:00 p.m.



 1/28/19 Presentation to ZAP: Zoning Toolkit & Other Tools City Hall, Room 205/ 7:00 p.m.



 2/11/19 Vision Plan and Zoning Draft #2 Release  City Hall, Room 205/ 7:00 p.m.*
*reception to proceed meeting



2/12/19 - 3/13/19 Month-long public comment period on Draft #2 Online, Library and in-person n/a
 3/19/19 Presentation to the Committee of the Whole: Fiscal Deep Dive City Council Chambers / 7:00 p.m.



 3/20/19 Presentation to Public Safety & Transportation Committee Room 205 / 7:00 p.m.



4/22/19 Release of Vision Plan and Zoning Final Draft to City Council TBA  



Project Updates

City Council Committee of the Whole - December 6, 2018

At a City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on December 6, 2018, the Council was asked to provide feedback on a draft height map. The presentation and draft height map are now available. Video and notes of the meeting will be available soon. 

See a video of the presentation from NewTV.

Comment Period for Draft One of Washington Street Vision Plan - now closed

All first draft comments are in one table here.

Draft One Vision Plan Part 1

Draft One Vision Plan Part 2

Draft One Vision Plan Part 3

Draft One Zoning Toolkit


Video now live of presentation October 24, 2018

Presentation slides

Click here to read the memo from September 13 to find out how we are writing the first draft of the vision plan and zoning recommendations.  Full survey results from May - July are appended to the memo.

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Past Events

Presentations to City Council

  West Newton focus area - November 26, 2018

June 5-9, 2018 Public Design Week

Here is the postcard for the Public Design Week, June 5-12.

Read the Public Design Week Snapshot.

Presentation to Zoning and Planning Committee of City Council June 30, 2018.

Closing night June 12, 2018 presentation slides and video.

Opening night June 5, 2018 presentation slides and video.

Topic session: Housing Diversity + Affordability video

Topic session: Parking + Traffic video

Topic session: Public Life + Public Spaces video

Topic session: Business Roundtable video

Topic session: Walk, Bike, Ride, Drive video

Topic session: Creative Arts + Culture on Washington video 

Topic session: Understanding Form-Based Codes + Zoning video

May 1, 2018 Launch

Here is a video of the May 1, 2018 presentation (part 1part 2).

Here are the May 1, 2018 presentation slides.

Past Emails

  March 8, 2019 February 12, 2019 January 31, 2019 December 13, 2018
November 27, 2018 November 20, 2018 November 6, 2018 October 30, 2018 October 25, 2018
October 18, 2018 October 1, 2018  

September 24, 2018


September 22, 2018 September 14, 2018
August 14, 2018 July 25, 2018 July 2, 2018 June 14, 2018 June 4, 2018
May 16, 2018 May 11, 2018 May 2, 2018 May 1, 2018 April 25, 2018

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