YIMBYtown Conference in Boston from September 21 to 23

YIMBYtown is an annual North American conference that is a catalyst for unifying housing organizers, funders, builders and thought leaders on a national scale.

This three-day national gathering provides a platform for grassroots community organizers, political leaders, educators, housing developers, and everyday people to identify problems, create solutions, share resources, and make an impact on housing crises within local, regional, and national markets.

Boston YIMBYtown’s goal is to establish a model of organizing that builds bridges to new allies, promotes racial diversity and equity, and wins housing campaigns.

For more information or to register, go to:  https://yimby.town/

Letter to ZBA: LWVN Supports Haywood House

The following is the body of the letter sent by LWVN to the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals:

Dear Ms. Lipsitt and members of the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals:

The League of Women Voters of Newton (LWVN) supports the application from the Newton Housing Authority for approval to build the Haywood House.

We have twice supported the application for Haywood House to receive funding from the Community Preservation Committee because the project adds sorely-needed affordable housing for seniors. While we did express concern in the past about the loss of green space, we appreciate the landscaping improvements along Kennedy Circle that the project now includes.  The increased and modernized community spaces will improve the quality of life among all the Newton Housing Authority residents.

We ask that you please support the Haywood House application.

Participate in the planning for Washington Street this Tuesday, 5:30 pm

If you  want to participate in the planning for improving Washington Street, please join the Presentation & Conversation, Tuesday, June 12th  from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the former Aquinas College, 150 Jackson Road.  

Hello Washington Street (pdf) 

Participate in the planning for Washington Street this week

This information is courtesy of Marcia Johnson & Tamara Bliss, Hello Washington Street Community Connectors

Below is a list of events  in which you are encouraged  to actively participate:

  • First and very important, please complete the Washington Street Survey
  • Second please participate in the following key events, see attached postcard for full details,:
  1. The “Kick-off”  session  – June 5th at NNHS from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  2. Key events at 1239 Washington Street in West Newton:
    • Drop into the “Pop up Workspace” to see how the design work is progressing. From 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 pm from June 7th  to June 12th. This is an opportunity for each of us to add our own thoughts and react to comments of others.
    • Participate in Critical Topic sessions:
      • Housing Diversity & Affordability – Thursday June 7th at 8:30 am
      • Walk, Bike, Ride, and Drive – Friday June 8th at 9:00 am
      • Understanding form-based codes & zoning – Saturday June 9th at 3:00 pm
  3. Lastly and very importantly join the Presentation & Conversation, Tuesday, June 12th  from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the former Aquinas College, 150 Jackson Road.  

Hello Washington Street (pdf) 

Contact Newton City Council about Proposed Changes/Limits in Zoning NOW

On Tuesday evening, May 29th, the Newton City Council will be voting on proposed changes to zoning in our city.  Perhaps you saw the article in the Boston Globe which started

Newton city officials will hold a public hearing Tuesday, May 29, on a package of proposed zoning amendments that would curtail the size and construction of mixed-use residential developments.

One of the measures — proposed by Ward 4 Councilor-at-large Leonard Gentile — calls for a moratorium on zoning changes and construction along the city’s Washington Street corridor.

Two other measures would limit the size of residential portions of mixed-use developments, plus potentially impose size restrictions or a moratorium on those projects.

You can read the rest of the story here:  Boston Globe on Newton Zoning

Please contact the City Council with your thoughts by emailing City Clerk David Olson at dolson@newtonma.gov or the City Council directly at citycouncil@newtonma.gov as soon as you can.

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