Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region: First in a series from U-Chan on January 25

U-CHAN (Uniting Citizens for Housing Affordability in Newton) announces the first of a four-part educational series:

An Overview of the Housing Needs in the Metrowest Region.

Clark Ziegler, the Executive Director Massachusetts Housing Partnership (MHP)

January 25th 7:00-9:00 pm

Eliot Church, 474 Centre Street

Mr. Ziegler will include data and reports developed by the MHP, the Metropolitan Area Council, the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, the Boston Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and others which will help us understand and address Newton’s needs.

Series goal: To provide Newton Residents factual information to enhance our knowledge of housing needs. Coming soon, presentations on:
(1) Financing for various types of housing developments;
(2) What is the spectrum of housing needs and how best to meet them; and
(3) What are the common values citizens of Newton can agree upon and adhere to as we plan for a city that ensures a good future for all its citizens.

 

Recycling Information from Newton DPW

The info below is from Waneta Trabert, Director of Environmental Affairs at the Newton DPW:

Plastic bags are the #1 source of contamination in Newton’s recycling. Though they are recyclable, plastic bags are not accepted in single stream recycling because they cause problems at the sorting center and can create a safety risk for workers. Prevent plastic bag contamination by taking plastic bags to store drop off locations along with other types of plastic film. Recyclables should be placed loose in the cart – never in a plastic bag.  

Confused about how holidays will impact trash day? Unsure about how to properly dispose of something? Use Recycle Right Newton, the City’s trash and recycling app. The app features a collection calendar with collection day reminders (handy for holidays, yard waste season, and household hazardous waste events), a search tool to find where waste goes, and a waste sorting game that is fun for all ages! Available for Apple and Android devices.

Food waste is over 25% of the waste stream in Massachusetts. In Spring 2018, the City of Newton will be coordinating an exploratory organics collection pilot program to reduce and recover food waste. We need your feedback! Take this brief survey to help pick the pilot neighborhood.  

In addition, please view all of the new educational materials here and by using the links below:

Seeking Low Noise Lawn Care Provider Recommendations

The LWVN Environmental Issues Committee is helping GreenNewton collect names of lawn care providers who use only 65-decibel leaf blowers and/or rake, as well as clear snow from driveways and sidewalks. Please send the names and contact info to dolanlucia@gmail.com.  We will send your recommendations to Green Newton to include on their list at  www.greennewton.org, under the resources tab.  

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

From the Newton Planning Department: Community Engagement Group

The Planning Department is embarking on the development of a Vision Plan for Needham Street, to help serve as a guiding document for future land use development proposals.

A critical component of the effort will involve gaining input from members of the Newton community on the issues at play in and around Needham Street. We are in the process of forming a Community Engagement Group that will meet several times in 2017 and 2018.  In order to ensure that a variety of perspectives are represented and that members are able to commit to a series of meetings, we have created a short application for individuals to demonstrate their interest.

A list of anticipated meeting dates of the Community Engagement Group is online. All  of the meetings will be open to the public.  

 The application as well as more information about the Needham Street Area Vision Plan can be found at www.newtonma.gov/needhamstreet.

 The deadline for applications is November 19, 2017. 

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