Where would Newton’s marijuana shops be located?

Where would Newton’s marijuana shops be located?

Often lost in the debate over whether or not adult-use recreational marijuana shops should operate in Newton is the fact that there aren’t very many properties where these stores can exist under the city’s proposed zoning.

Yes, I know zoning deliberations make most people’s heads ache. Mine included. But, if you have not yet dug into this, it’s worth understanding.

The first thing you need to know is that you should not expect to find these adult-only shops in Newton’s village centers. The next thing you should know is that under state law, consuming cannabis inside or in front of one of these stores is a crime.

Unlike liquor stores, which of course exist in our village centers, these shops will have bunker-like exteriors, intense security and state-mandated safeguards. You must show an ID before you’re allowed to enter a secure showroom. You must show it again when you

Proposal would require all home builders to help create affordable homes

Mayor Warren’s Planning Department floated some ideas last month designed to create more affordable housing in Newton through changes to the city’s inclusionary zoning policies. I’m hardly an expert on zoning but will try to explain it as best I can. I hope others who know more about this will jump in, correct me and expand on this.

Under Newton’s current inclusionary zoning rules, when a developer builds a housing project of more than

Pattern Book – Phase 2 Zoning Reform

Pattern Book – Phase 2 Zoning Reform

The draft of the Phase 2 Pattern Book for Newton’s Comprehensive Zoning Reform Initiative Is available. It’s an interesting read with a timeline of development growth in Newton over centuries, some great photos, lots of maps and a comprehensive analysis of...
Wells Ave 40b Proposal and the SJC

Wells Ave 40b Proposal and the SJC

If you have a bit of time this is a worthwhile thing to watch. It’s the oral arguments in 135 Wells Avenue LLC v. Housing Appeals Committee. I found the questioning and discussion around the dual role of the City Council to be of interest. But there are great...
Do you ‘heart’ our current zoning?

Do you ‘heart’ our current zoning?

Just weeks before our national election, one might have expected to see a lot of Hillary Clinton, or perhaps even Donald Trump, campaign buttons or signs at Newtonville Village Day on Sunday. And if not that, perhaps citizens campaigning for or against any of our...