How Amy Sangiolo differs from the other candidates.
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.”
After Robert Korff amended his petition to include a “buffer zone” intended to nullify the abutters’ protest, the abutters submitted this new protest.
The proposed new Charter would eliminate genuine local (ward) representation. That amounts to throwing out a cornerstone of our democratic system.
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.
How much density is allowed?
Peter Harrington explains how many apartments are allowed under existing zoning versus proposed zoning. Plus figures on Mr. Korff’s overpayment for the Orr block.
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.
Introductory remarks — by Helen Nayar — remarks presented at an NBN presentation to Newton’s Land Use Committee on June 7, 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.
Developer to address low-level contamination at Newtonville’s Orr block by Jonathan Dame, The Newton TAB, July 29, 2016