The Committee for Responsible Development, a RightSize Newton group that organized in opposition to the Northland plan announced it was backing out of the forum, citing bias, the league’s choice of moderator and the way the forum was organized, Newton Patch reports.
UPDATE: Here’s a statement released Tuesday afternoon from the LWV …
League of Women Voters of Newton For Immediate Release: February 11, 2020
The League of Women Voters of Newton has scheduled an event to inform Newton voters about the Northland Development Project Referendum. The forum will be held Thursday, February 13th from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Durant Kenrick House, 286 Waverley Avenue.
Consistent with its long-standing practice, the League invited representatives from both sides of the issue — in this case, the Committee for Responsible Development and Yes for Newton’s Future — to present their views and to participate in an open conversation. The goal of this forum is to provide information to residents in order to help them to make an informed decision.
Both the Committee for Responsible Development and Yes for Newton’s Future initially accepted the League’s invitation to participate, and unfortunately, the Committee for Responsible Development has since announced in a statement released February 10th that they will not be participating in the event.
The LWVN regrets that the Committee for Responsible Development has decided to withdraw from the event but will proceed as planned in fairness to the other participants and those planning to attend. We look forward to an informative session on Thursday evening.
The LWVN has compiled a summary of the Northland Project based upon information available through the City of Newton’s Planning Department. This summary will be shared at the February 13th forum and is available at www.lwvnewton.org .