This is from the Newton Planning Department

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 community 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 following the presentation. 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.

Draft Two Comment Period

The Draft Two comment period will overlap with the City Council’s review. 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.

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.

Recent Memos and Presentations to City Council

Available online at

What’s Next?

  • Final draft Vision Plan and Zoning recommendations anticipated late April 2019.
  • Join the Ward 3 City Councilors, Newton Ward 3 Democratic Committee, City of Newton for a Community Meeting. Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. at the Franklin School Gymnasium (125 Derby Street, West Newton) Everyone is welcome! Free event. Kid friendly. Light refreshments.
  • 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

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