LWVN Public Forum – No Parking?

 

Join the League of Women Voters of Newton for a forum: No Parking? at the Newton Free Library on Thursday, May 17 at 7:00 pm. Co-sponsored with the Newton Free Library.

 

Explore the fascinating world of parking management, technology and economics and find out:

  • If parking policy helps or hurts a business district 
  • What effect parking policy has on traffic and safety 
  • What are Newton’s parking rules and where do they apply? 

Guest speakers will include:

  • Jason Schrieber, Principal at the transportation planning firm Nelson/Nygaard who has developed parking management plans across the country, most recently for Needham and Salem, MA
  • Candace Havens, Planning and Development Director for the City of Newton who will outline Newton’s current parking practices and the results of trial experiments with parking policy
  • Matt Cuddy, Chair, Transportation Advisory Committee Parking Subcommittee who will explain the TAC’s parking recommendations

Andrea Kelley, Principal in Landscape Design at Rockwood Terrace Consultants, will moderate. She is a member of Newton’s Design Review Committee and past president of the LWVN. A question and answer session will follow the speakers’ presentations.

The program is free and open to the public. The Newton Free Library is handicap accessible.

Thank You for a Successful Transportation Forum

Thank you very much to presenters Stephanie Pollack, chair of the mayor’s Transportation Advisory Committee, Eric Bourassa, transportation manager for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Jacqueline Douglas, director of Livable Streets, and Candace Havens, Newton’s Director of Planning and Development, for the very successful forum on November 29, about transportation in Newton and the surrounding region. A standing-room-only audience heard about the findings of studies on Routes 128 and 9, the year-long study by the Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC), as well as transportation models that seek to balance the needs of all modes of transportation, including: pedestrians, bikes, cars and public transportation.

Background information for the LWVN’s Transportation Study, as well as information discussed at the forum, can be found here.

A Step Forward for Safe Sidewalks!

Thanks to the hard work of many League members, the Aldermen passed the trial sidewalk snow ordinance 18-6 on March 21.

If you lobbied one of the Aldermen who voted it in, please take a minute to thank them.

(Yes votes: ALBRIGHT, BAKER, BLAZER, CROSSLEY, DANBERG,  FISCHMAN, FREEDMAN, FULLER, GENTILE, HARNEY, HESS MAHAN, JOHNSON, LINSKY, MERRILL, RICE, SANGIOLO, SCHNIPPER, YATES)

For more information:

Sidewalk Snow Ordinance Update – March 15

Full Board to Vote Snow Ordinance on Monday, March 21

What may be the final vote on the sidewalk snow ordinance is likely Monday, March 21, when the matter is scheduled to come before the full Board of Aldermen at their regular meeting.

Supporters are needed at 7:45 pm in the Aldermanic Chambers, second floor of City Hall.

On March 14, the Finance Committee voted 5-3 in favor of the two-year trial, with no fees. Voting in favor were lead proponent Vicki Danberg, John Freedman, Steve Linsky, John Rice and Ruthanne Fuller. Aldermen Gentile, Ciccone and Salvucci opposed the proposal.

Your presence at the Board meeting, even if just for the first half hour (stickers for League members provided), is critical to show the Aldermen that their YES vote is supported by their constituents.

See You There!

Your cards and letters supporting the ordinance are critical and still needed.

Letters can be sent to the Board of Aldermen via email, to dolson@newtonma.gov. A copy to the TAB would also be extremely helpful.

Aldermen have voiced concerns about the “burden” and “cost” this ordinance shifts to the residents. They need to hear from supporters that this burden is currently borne by the city’s pedestrians: those who cannot afford a car, are too young/old to drive one, are visually impaired or navigate with a heavy wheelchair. Their costs are being shut-in, putting themselves in harm’s way, or having to hire taxis to navigate a city with sidewalks blocked by snow.

For more information please email newtonsidewalks@gmail.com.

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Next Step for Snow Ordinance

This Monday, March 14, the Finance Committee will take up the issue of residential sidewalk snow clearance. This two-year trial, with no fees, is still facing opposition. Your presence at the meeting, even if just for the first half hour (stickers for League members provided), is critical to show the Aldermen that their YES vote is supported by their constituents.

The meeting STARTS at 7:00 pm, not 7:45 as is usual. It will be on the second floor of City Hall, room 222.

See You There!

Your cards and letters supporting the ordinance are critical and still needed.

Letters can be sent to the Board of Aldermen via email, to dolson@newtonma.gov. A copy to the TAB would also be extremely helpful.

Aldermen have voiced concerns about the “burden” and “cost” this ordinance shifts to the residents. They need to hear from supporters that this burden is currently borne by the city’s pedestrians: those who cannot afford a car, are too young/old to drive one, are visually impaired or navigate with a heavy wheelchair. Their costs are being shut-in, putting themselves in harm’s way, or having to hire taxis to navigate a city with sidewalks blocked by snow.

Another concern is the city’s plows putting snow on corners & making snow clearance from sidewalks difficult. You can help the city to do its job better, by calling 3-1-1 from your landline, 617-796-1000 from your cell, or using the 311 system online.

For more information please email newtonsidewalks@gmail.com.

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