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 or the City Council directly at as soon as you can.

Haywood House hearing at ZBA, June 6th, 7 pm

LWVN has twice supported the CPA application of Haywood House, a proposed 55-unit affordable senior living facility off Jackson Road in Nonantum.  This project will now go before the Zoning Board of Appeals on June 6th, 7 pm, at the War Memorial at Newton City Hall.

Here is some information from the Newton Housing Authority on the project:

Haywood House is 55 units of elderly housing, all affordable located on a piece of land being taken from the NHA Jackson Gardens project on JFK Circle.  The Newton Housing Authority will be seeking a comprehensive permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals, but as part of the permitting process the City Council has voted unanimously to amend the prior special permit for the Jackson Gardens development to allow for the removal of land for the construction of Haywood House.  We are also pleased that the Urban Design Commission was very pleased with the substance of the plans at their meeting last week.

Click here to see the summary plans for Haywood House.

Participate in the planning for Washington Street–start today!

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) 

Tag Newton’s Gas Leaks on May 12th

NEWTON HAS 600 NATURAL GAS LEAKS leaking methane which contributes to climate change, harming our children’s future. National Grid is working with The City of Newton to fix some of the biggest leaks, however…

• Methane is a powerful global warming pollutant… 86 times more potent than
carbon dioxide on a 20-year time scale.
• Methane harms our health, kills trees and is a safety hazard.
• You pay for leaks
• Utilities pass the cost of this waste to us, the customers.
• We pay up to $135 million every year in Massachusetts (2013 Sen. Markey study).
• In the Boston area alone, the value of lost gas is $90 million, enough to heat
200,000 homes (2015 PNAS Harvard/Boston University McKain study).

Saturday, May 12, 1:00pm • Rain Date May 19
Front Steps of Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton Centre 02459

LWVN is co-sponsoring this event with Mothers Out Front and several other groups.

LWVN Local Action Meeting on reducing traffic congestion on May 4, 11 am

Join LWVN members for a Local Action Meeting, Friday, May 4 at 11 am in the Newton Library, study room H (second floor).  The topic will be how LWVN can support the City’s efforts to reduce traffic congestion and what specific actions members can take.

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