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Zoning Reform

Homes and businesses, streets and parks, public and private spaces; these are the elements that define the physical character of a city. While the City of Newton directly controls the improvement of these public elements, it is mostly through the zoning ordinance that the City has influence on the use and design of private property. The City of Newton last conducted a significant review and update of its zoning ordinance in 1987. In December, 2011, the Zoning Reform Group released a report recommending that changes to the Zoning Ordinance be considered to enhance its usability and bring the regulations into compliance with the Comprehensive Plan. This report described a three phase process with Phase 1 focusing on enhancing the usability of the existing ordinance. 

If you have any questions or comments about the Zoning Reform Project, please contact James Freas, Acting Director of Planning and Development,

News and Updates
The Zoning and Planning Committee and the Planning & Development Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday September 16th, 2015 at 7:45 p.m., Newton City Hall, to discuss the Final Draft of the revised zoning ordinance (Clean Copy) (Redline Version).  

The Look-Up Table below is a cross referencing tool for the Zoning Reform - Phase I project to look up content from the City’s existing Zoning Ordinance and see where it can be found in the proposed Phase 1 Zoning Ordinance.

Meeting Notes, Handouts, and Resources
Use Table for Proposed Updates to Zoning Ordinance 
Zoning Reform Phase 2
Zoning Reform Group, 2011  
Zoning Reform Report, 2011 
Newton Zoning Ordinances 
Newton Comprehensive Plan, 2007