Help Wanted! Volunteers needed for Docket Digest and CPC Committee

With the successful campaign for Ward 5 At-Large Councilor, Andreae Downs will be focused on the work of the City Council starting almost immediately!  Many thanks to Andreae for her years of volunteer work coordinating the Docket Digest each week and chairing the Community Preservation Committee (CPC).  We are sorry to lose her incredible efforts and need to find volunteers to fill her shoes.  In particular we need volunteers to:

  • Compile the Docket Digest each week:  This involves reviewing the info sent in the Friday packet from the Newton Planning Department, and posting it on our website.  It can all be done from home at a time convenient for you.  It is, however, a weekly commitment.
  • Chair (or Co-Chair?) the CPC Committee: The CPC Committee reviews all applications for CPC money, discusses the pros and cons, and develops a recommendation that is sent to the LWVN Board.  A letter with our comments and recommendations is sent to the CPC (and sometimes presented at the meeting in person).  So far, LWVN has commented on every application, and we would like to continue this in the future.  This committee only needs to meet when there is an application to review.  Those who have served on it have found it to be very enjoyable and not burdensome.

If you are interested in helping with either of these activities, please contact info@lwvnewton.org

Send your thoughts on Washington Place to City Council today!

On Monday night, the Newton City Council will vote on the permit for the proposed Washington Place project in Newtonville.  LWVN supports this proposal because it includes 160 units of housing close to transit and amenities, 25% affordable to low- and middle-income households, village center revitalization, pedestrian and traffic improvements, LEED Gold certification, transit subsidies, and ZipCar and bike facilities, among other benefits.  [See the next post for a link to the LWVN letter in support of this project.]

Make your voice heard today by emailing your comments to citycouncil@newtonma.gov.

LWVN Supports Washington Place

LWVN sent a letter to the Newton City Council in favor of Washington Place.  Click here to review the letter, which contains a thorough analysis of the project: Letter on Washington Street 6-14-17

 

 

Don’t forget about the forum on sustainable development on Monday, March 27th!

Join Green Newton and the League of Women Voters Newton on Monday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm in the Drucker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library for the Greening Our Community Series program, Sustainable Development with Andre Leroux, Executive Director of Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

When is development green? Is development ever green? These questions are the focus of public debate in Newton. Join us for a program in which Andre Leroux, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, will present the case for sustainable development, both globally and locally. Green Newton board member, Jim Purdy, will help to set the context as it relates to Newton.

The program will address:

  • Current development projects in Newton
  • Why smart growth is needed to move toward a more sustainable future
  • How sustainable development helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change

March 27: Talk on Sustainable Development at Newton Free Library

Join Green Newton and the League of Women Voters Newton on Monday, March 27 from 7-8:30pm in the Drucker Auditorium of the Newton Free Library for the Greening Our Community Series program, Sustainable Development with Andre Leroux, Executive Director of Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance.

When is development green? Is development ever green? These questions are the focus of public debate in Newton. Join us for a program in which Andre Leroux, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance, will present the case for sustainable development, both globally and locally. Green Newton board member, Jim Purdy, will help to set the context as it relates to Newton.

The program will address:

  • Current development projects in Newton
  • Why smart growth is needed to move toward a more sustainable future
  • How sustainable development helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate climate change

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