“Whether you support or oppose further large-scale development in Newton, the governor’s Housing Choice Initiative is worth your attention,” Newton City Councilor Jake Auchincloss begins in this column on Medium.

If the Act to promote housing choices passes, only 13 out of 24 city councilors would need to approve the most significant portions of the city’s redesign of its zoning code; 13 would also be sufficient to approve large projects, like Austin Street, Washington Place, and Turtle Lane Playhouse. Given that Washington Street and Needham Street — the city’s two principal corridors of development — may both be re-zoned this term, the character of the built environment in Newton could soon be reshaped with the approval of 13 city councilors and the mayor.

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