The reports below were prepared by the graduate students from the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Study (MIT). Under the guidance of Professor Terry Szold, three teams of students in the "Community Growth and Land Use Planning" course conducted research resulting in certain findings and planning recommendations for West Newton, Newton Centre, and the City's permitting process.
The study methodology included gathering and reviewing the City's planning documents, including A Framework for Newton's Planning, meeting with various stakeholders, conducting site visits, analyzing the gathered information, and formulating recommendations based on the findings. The students presented their research at two public meetings on November 14 and December 4, 2001. The final presentation on December 4 took into account feedback and comments received at the earlier public meeting. Both public meetings were well attended by residents, business owners, elected officials, and department staff.