Zoning Reform Group

Next Event:

Zoning & Planning Committee

February 11, 2019

*reception in  Room 205
to proceed meeting from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

Council Chamber, City Hall






"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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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
 Mid-February - Mid-March Month-long public comment period on Draft #2  Online, Library and in-person opportunities to be announced  
 Spring 2019 Drop in Office Hours TBA  
 3/19/19 Presentation to the Committee of the Whole: Fiscal Deep Dive TBA  
 Anticipated late April 2019 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 First Draft of Washington Street Vision Plan - now closed

All first draft comments are in one table here.

The documents with comments are still viewable by clicking on the links below.

Part 1 Start here! This section includes:

  • Critical introductions to the project and process
  • Instructions for the community on how to use this document
  • Scenarios to help visualize zoning tools

Part 2 Continue reading here. This section includes:

  • Scenarios that help visualize zoning tools

Part 3 Continue reading here. This section includes:

  • Scenarios that help visualize zoning tools
  • Scenarios that help visualize street sections
  • Implementation recommendations

Draft Zoning Toolkit Read the toolkit here.

This document is the first draft of the “rule-book” for those seeking to develop or change a property along Washington Street. The zoning tools and regulations found within will clearly define how development in the area is allowed to happen based on the community’s vision for Washington Street (as outlined in parts 1-3 of the Vision Plan above).


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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See FAQ's (bottom of this page)

Get involved - we need your input!



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

 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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