Washington Street Vision Document is ready for comments!

From Marcia Johnson and Tamara Bliss, Washington Street Community Connectors:

Dear Community Friends & Neighbors,

Now that Standard Time is here, the days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time reading the Washington Street Vision Document which is now ready for review and comment.  We think you’ll find it quite interesting and informative!  The great part is that you can enter your own comments and read those of others.

To get started, just use the link Washington Street Vision Document.  Please be patient as these are large documents and can take a few moments to open

We have now started a month-long public comment period, which will close Sunday December 2nd, 2018.  Therefore it is critical for everyone to read and comment on as much of the content as possible before the comment period closes.

Thank you for your continued support for diverse housing and a smart approach to transportation that enables everyone to live, work, and play here in Newton and the surrounding communities.

Washington Street Vision Document is ready for comments!

From Marcia Johnson and Tamara Bliss, Washington Street Community Connectors:

Dear Community Friends & Neighbors,

Now that Standard Time is here, the days are getting shorter and temperatures are dropping, it’s a perfect opportunity to spend some time reading the Washington Street Vision Document which is now ready for review and comment.  We think you’ll find it quite interesting and informative!  The great part is that you can enter your own comments and read those of others.

To get started, just use the link Washington Street Vision Document and attached directions.  Please be patient as these are large documents and can take a few moments to open

We have now started a month-long public comment period, which will close Sunday December 2nd, 2018.  Therefore it is critical for everyone to read and comment on as much of the content as possible before the comment period closes.

Thank you for your continued support for diverse housing and a smart approach to transportation that enables everyone to live, work, and play here in Newton and the surrounding communities.

‘Hello Washington Street’ Vision Plan and Zoning Recommendations

‘Hello Washington Street’ Vision Plan and Zoning Recommendations

WHEN: Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Newton North High School, 457 Walnut St., Newtonville MA

What’s happening on October 24th?

  • People will have an opportunity to view the first drafts of the vision plan and zoning recommendations for Hello Washington Street!  These are ideas for the future of Washington Street from West Newton, to Newtonville, and up to Newton Corner. 
  •  Images, drawings, and text will show options for what these areas on Washington Street could look like 5 years in the future. Other images and drawings will show options for these areas 20+ years in the future.  
  • Starting at 6:00 p.m. we will have food and refreshments and a design gallery for viewing.  Then at 6:30 p.m. we will have an overview presentation by Principle Group, with an introduction from Mayor Fuller.  Then, we will break up the room into stations by geography and allow time for people to rotate through. Stations will include: West Newton, Newtonville, and the area near Crafts St. at Washington. We will also look at Washington Street itself and options for how to make the road safer and easier to navigate. If you arrive after the event has started, we will provide the overview presentation you missed at the beginning.  Throughout the event members of the planning team will be answering questions and listening to feedback. We will end the event with a recap and Q&A.

  What happens next?

  • This event will be followed by a month-long comment period, when people will be asked to go online to read the draft documents and leave their comments directly on the pdf.  Paper copies will be available too at the Newton Library with a way for people to give input.
  • In person events like topic-specific forums and drop-in office hours will be held later this year where you can ask more questions and discuss the ideas more in depth. We will announce these dates at the Plan Open House event on October 24th.  
  • At the end of January, we will release the second draft of the vision plan and zoning recommendations.  This will be followed by a second comment period as we refine the plan into a final version for review by City Council.

  What should I do?

  • Come in person, if you can, for the event!  Tell your neighbors, friends, and colleagues! After the event, please read the plan and provide your comments online.  Stay involved in the process as we move from first draft to second draft.

Thank you for your continued support for diverse housing and a smart approach to transportation that enables everyone to live, work, and play here and beyond.

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LWVN’s Land Use and Housing Committee Meeting on November 1

Time to re-start a League committee! LWVN’s Land Use and Housing Committee will meet on Thursday, November 1 at 7 pm to start discussing and planning activities and/or events for this year.  Please join committee chair Marcia Johnson at 39 Bemis Street, Newton, and share your ideas and thoughts on how best to educate Newton voters and advocate for LWVN positions.

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/

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