Washington Street Vision
Draft Two Release February 11, 2019
On Monday, February 11, 2019 the Principle Group and City of Newton will release Draft Two of the Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning.

Please join us for a commu nity reception 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. on the second floor of City Hall* and stay for the presentation to the Zoning and Planning Committee of City Council at 7:00 p.m. Members of the public will see up close display posters of pages from Draft Two during the reception.

Draft Two documents and a video of the presentation will be posted online at www.newtonma.gov/washingtonstreetvision the next day, February 12. Printed copies will be made available in the Library and at the Planning Department for a month long community comment period. In addition to the release of the Draft Two Vision Plan and Zoning documents, the team will release a summary response to the comments received in Draft One.

*Wheelchair accessible location. For ADA accommodations, please contact Jini Fairley at least two business days in advance: jfairley@newtonma.gov or 617.796.1253. For City's TTY/TDD: 617.796.1089. For TRS, dial 711.
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. Community Reception

7:00 p.m. Presentation to Council
Draft Two Comment Period
February 12 - March 13, 2019
The Draft Two comment period will overlap with the City Council's review. After the comment period, comments received will be summarized as big themes to inform Council decision making regarding finalization of the Vision Plan and Zoning recommendations.

The Final Draft is anticipated to be released in late April. As part of the City Council process, a Public Hearing will be held when the Council considers adoption, during a timeline to be determined.
Recent Memos to City Council
In January the planning team continued to present elements of the Draft One Vision Plan to the Zoning and Planning Committee of the City Council.

On January 14 and January 28, 2019 staff will discuss Newtonville, Crafts Street, and the Zoning Toolkit with the Committee.

Look back at recent Council process:

1/28 - Zoning Memo & Presentation
1/14 - Newtonville & Crafts Street Memo & Presentation
12/6 - Full Council Memo & Presentation
11/26 - West Newton Memo & Presentation
11/14 - Intro to Draft One Memo

Chadwick painting of Newton City Hall
Draft One Comments - Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who commented on the Draft One Vision Plan and Zoning Toolkit for Washington Street. Over the past several months the planning team has been reading comments received on the first draft - we received approximately 2,500! We have been adjusting the plan, refining ideas, and completing more analysis.

We will release a summary response with the Draft Two Vision Plan and Zoning on February 11, 2019.

Although the comment period for Draft One has closed, the civicomment pages are still up for viewing ( Part 1 , Part 2 , Part 3 , and Zoning Toolkit ). Alternatively, you can read all the comments in spreadsheet format ( download here) .
What's Next?
  • The Zoning and Planning Committee of City Council will continue its review of the Washington Street Vision Plan and Zoning recommendations. All meetings are open to the public and information is available here

  • April 2019 - Final draft Vision Plan and Zoning recommendations anticipated

  • Join the Ward 3 City Councilors, Newton Ward 3 Democratic Committee, City of Newton for a Community Meeting.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6:45 - 8:30 p.m.
Franklin School Gymnasium
125 Derby Street, West Newton

Everyone is welcome!
Free event. Kid friendly. Light refreshments.
City of Newton, Massachusetts