Newton's Advantage: Zoning and Economic Development
Thursday, October 19th, 2017
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Newton Free Library, Druker Auditorium
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.
The Zoning Redesign event series will run from September 2017 through May 2018. Each event is about a different topic and will be held at Newton Free Library, 300 Homer St. from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Go to the interactive website to learn more and RSVP for the events here.
Go to our interactive website www.courbanize.com/newtonzoning to get information and share your ideas for the Newton Zoning Redesign Project. We need your help as a community member to help inform this project.
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:
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.