These web sites and organizations offer information about many issues facing Newton residents.
Unite! West Newton
Oak Hill Neighborhood Association
Jackson Park Historic Homes Association
Newton Corner Association
INFORMATION ARCHIVE – some of this information may be out of date but you may find it useful.
The Charter Commission wants all of Newton’s councilors to be elected at-large (by the whole city). But that system has worked out very badly in Lowell.
After Robert Korff amended his petition to include a “buffer zone” intended to nullify the abutters’ protest, the abutters submitted this letter to the Newton Legal Department. It cites judgments from other states against the use of “buffer zones.”
Data from America’s Best cities shows that 60% have ward representation. Plus similar data for Massachusetts cities.
NBN Briefing Book — Main Issues and Table of Contents
NBN Briefing Book 1 — The Context of Our Opposition
NBN Briefing Book 2 — What Newton Residents Want
NBN Briefing Book 3 — Affordable Housing: Real Problem / Unreal Solution
NBN Briefing Book 4 — Transportation: Private and Public
NBN Briefing Book 5 — Fiscal Issues
NBN Briefing Book 6 — Legal Issues
NBN Briefing Book 7 – Historic District and Abutters
NBN Briefing Book 8 — Chemical Contamination
Names of the 2017 City Councilors with email and phone contact information.
Orr Block Impact on Parking
‘Washington Place’ Impact on Parking: Peter Bruce carefully analyzes the considerable negative impact that the Orr Block proposal (‘Washington Place’) will have on parking in Newtonville Center.
Transit-oriented Development: Not for Newtonville because we don’t have the requisite public transit capability. September 2016.
A Primer for 40B, the ‘Anti-Snob’ Law that doesn’t work — by Kathleen Kouril-Greiser and Julia Malakie — beginner’s guide to our State’s critically important ‘anti-snob’ housing law.
Editorial Commentary & Insights
Put a Temporary Hold on Zoning in Newton by Fred Arnstein. The Newton TAB, June 26, 2016
Negative Impacts of Newton’s Housing Strategy by Lynne LeBlanc. Wicked Local Newton, July 9, 2016.
Petition in opposition to the size and scale of the proposed Orr Block development (and the many Special Permit waivers required to build it). Click here to sign this petition.