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Links to all the material the Council will be using for meetings in the coming week. For things posted in a prior week, check the Friday Packet Archives.
Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance (Art. 5, Sec. 5.11). Inclusionary Zoning is a tool local governments across the country use to leverage private development to create affordable housing. Such ordinances commonly require a percentage of units in a private development be rented or sold at affordable levels to low- and moderate-income households, usually at or below 80% of area median income (AMI).
WestMetro HOME Consortium Fair Housing Workshop (4/11/21, Judi Barrett of Barrett Planning Group presenting)
Newton Housing Strategy (2016)
Newton Climate Action Plan (2019)
Newton does not have enough homes (our 2-page flyer)
(approved 12/2/19 by City Council, affirmed by referendum 3/3/20)
The image in this page's background is a screen shot of the federal Home Owners' Loan Corporation map for Newton and areas east toward Boston, from the interactive website Mapping Inequality: Redlining in New Deal America, a collaboration spearheaded by the University of Richmond's Digital Scholarship Lab.
Suggestions for responding to anti-zoning reform negativity
Actual social media post by Kathy Pillsbury with great attitude and positive language
Parameters, deadlines for letters and opinion pieces
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Community Preservation Program. The Community Preservation Act (CPA) allows local communities to adopt a surcharge on property taxes and receive state matching funds for 1) affordable housing, 2) historic resources, and 3) open space and recreation land. Newton voters adopted the CPA in 2001, the first possible year, with a 1% local surcharge.
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Mark Armstrong, Chair
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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Richard Rothstein, Liveright Books, 2017)
Essential reading for a true and comprehensive understanding of how the suburbs were created, Newton's role in the regional housing shortage, and our moral obligation to something about it.
Watch Rothstein's 11/17/20 Newton talk, which was followed by Q&A, then a talk with Richard Evans, Newton native and former resident of "The Village," the historic Black Newton neighborhood destroyed by Mass Pike construction in the 1960s; then an overview of Zoning Redesign by Councilor Deb Crossley, Chair of ZAP. Event sponsored by the Newton Free Library, FORJ, and the LWVN (League of Women Voters of Newton), and part of the forum series "Overdue: Confronting Race and Racism in Newton."
The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston (Amy Dain, June 2019)
Greater Boston Housing Report Card 2019: Supply, Demand and the Challenge of Local Control (Engine 6 summary of Newton findings in the report by The Boston Foundation)
This interactive map allows you to explore housing development patterns across neighborhoods in the MBTA rail system. Click on any station to see a graphic with surrounding housing density levels. Click "Data" tab to sort, filter, and download info for any station, line, or town in the data set.
Research suggests a recommended minimum density of at least 10 homes/acre to support rail service. For the Green Line D stations in Newton, the densities are: Chestnut Hill—1.9; Newton Centre—3.2; Newton Highlands—4.0; Eliot—4.2; Waban—2.1; Woodland—3.6; Riverside—2.3.
Compact: "After factoring in the housing demand created by... new workers, the increasing number of senior households, and the changing needs of existing residents, we estimate that the [15 municipalities of the] Metro Mayors Coalition will need to add 185,000 housing units from 2015–2030 in order to meet demand and reduce—or at least stabilize—housing costs." Pro-rated by population size, that means Newton should ideally add 1,000+ units a year through 2030.
4/9/20 Newton-Needham Chamber panel with Bill Reyelt, Principal Planner, Smart Growth Programs, MA Dept. of Housing & Community Development; Julie Mercier, Community Devel. Director, Reading; David Gillespie, VP–Development, AvalonBay
Approved by City Council on 10/5/20. It allows construction of 100% affordable, four-story apartment buildings anywhere in the city by right, entirely eliminates parking minimums, and eliminates or mitigates any zoning feature that impeded apartment construction.
The Waning Influence of Housing Production on Public School Enrollment (Oct. 2017 MAPC research brief)
Race-Class Narrative Project (Demos)
Housing Justice Narrative Initiative (PolicyLink)