Planning Department Friday Report (11/27/20)
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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 Regional Fair Housing Plan, FY2016–2020 (Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice)
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 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.
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 be adding over 1,000 units a year through 2030. We're not even coming close.
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)
NEWTON CITY HALL
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David Olson, City Clerk
Rick Lipof, Chair
Andrea Kelley, Vice Chair
Nadia Khan, Committee Clerk
Deb Crossley, Chair
Vicki Danberg, Vice Chair
Nathan Giacalone, clerk
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