October 22, 2018
The City of Newton is embarking on project to rewrite and redesign its Zoning Ordinance. Newton’s current zoning was last changed in 1987 and needs to be redesigned to reflect current best practices and to better protect the characteristics of this city that make it a great place to live. The goal is to create an easily understood ordinance that preserves what is best about Newton and is, at the same time, forward thinking.
At the July 30th, 2018 ZAP meeting, staff presented the first draft of the zoning map, which builds upon the discussions at the May event from the Zoning Redesign Events Series. Presentation available here.
Click here for a version of the Draft Map that can be zoomed in further.
Check out the entire nine-part 2017-2018 Zoning Redesign series at www.courbanize.com/newtonzoning.
On October 22nd, 2018, the planning team will release the new draft Zoning Ordinance at the Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAP) of the City Council. An updated map will also be released. Opportunities for public comment and input will be available throughout the fall and winter.
This fall Newton City Councilors will work with staff to organize ward-by-ward meetings where members of the community will be invited to review the first draft of the zoning map and provide comment. Also during the fall the project team will be working with local architects and designers to "test" the proposed dimensional standards and architectural design criteria in the ordinance.
The City Council’s Zoning Reform project began in 2011, a Zoning Reform Group was tasked by the Mayor and Board of Alderman to develop a plan for reforming Newton's zoning ordinance. Phase One of the zoning reform project was completed in 2015, which successfully reorganized the existing ordinance making it easier to understand, but it did not alter the content of the ordinance.
The Department of Planning & Development has been hearing from residents and land owners about a few things that we believe could be addressed with context-based zoning:
The Zoning Redesign nine-part event series took place from September 2017 through May 2018. Each event covered a different topic and was held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. Go to the interactive website to learn more and RSVP for the events here.
As part of the overall Zoning Redesign Project, the Planning Department is writing regular updates to the Zoning and Planning Committee. Updates include general information on zoning and related topics.
Presentation to ZAP, March 13, 2017
Go to the project website to see all the updates.
Thank you to all who made it out to the Pattern Book Open House. We had great interest and participation from over 100 Newton residents who stopped by.