Obama was president, Brexit approved and Warren was mayor when this happened

One of the common arguments we’re heard signature gatherers are using as they look to overturn the Newton City’s Council’s 17-10 Northland vote is that the city has rushed this project without hearing from the public. 

Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth.  Even before the Land Use committee held 15 public meetings, there were dozens and dozens and dozens of community meetings, not to mention the months-long Needham Street Vision process, which included a wide cross section of community members. 

In fact this project has been in front of the city for so long that Barack Obama was president, the Brits has just approved Brexit and David Price was pitching in his first season as a member of the Red Sox when then Mayor Setti  Warren introduced this project back in 2016

Of course, since that 2016 community kick off event, this project has been substantially reduced in scope from 2 million to 1.1 million square feet, thanks to some tough negotiations by our “listening to the public” city leaders.  The number of

VIDEO: Watch the City Council vote on Webster Woods and Northland

For those who missed it — and for those who want to relive it again or show their floor speech to their mom — here’s the Dec. 2, 2019 Newton City Council meeting where both the unanimous vote to take Webster Woods and the 17-7 vote to approve the Northland project took place. 

 

VIDEO (and Globe story): Northland presentation and discussion

The Globe’s John Hilliard reports on Northland’s “pledge to add workforce housing and public amenities to its proposed mixed-use development in Upper Falls.” And you can watch the video from the entire meeting here….

Newton Land Use Committee June 18, 2019 from NewTV Government on Vimeo.