In an op-ed in today’s TAB, the League of Women Voters of Newton is asking Mayor Setti Warren to “reconsider [his] decision by reinstating the Engine 6 proposal and permitting the process to proceed with an extended period for public comment.”
Here’s one excerpt..
While it is not required, an early community meeting is usually held before any low-income housing project is approved by the Planning and Development Board. A community meeting in May where residents could have expressed concerns and asked questions would have led to changes and improvements in the proposal before the official 30-day public comment period. Without this meeting, many Waban residents felt blindsided by elements of the project. While opposition to the proposal was vocalized loudly and quickly, those in support of the Engine 6 proposal needed more time to adequately prepare their statements.