The clock is ticking on a December deadline for Newton to change its zoning laws to comply with the MBTA Communities Law.
Last week the Fuller administration released a new series of maps designed to do just that in concert with efforts that could help small businesses by rezoning the city’s village centers.
On the first blush, Version 2.0 looks pretty good.
The updated proposal smartly shifts focus to allow for smaller, multi-family homes along the Green Line, particularly between Newton Center, Newton Highlands, and the Elliot T stations.
It also carves out opportunities for street-level businesses to thrive in village centers and for developers to add additional building height by right in select locations in exchange for building more affordable housing.
By law, Newton must rezone to accommodate 8,330 units of transit-oriented homes. But please don’t confuse that with how many units will be built. The number of homes built is likely to be much smaller. And growth will likely happen over years if not decades.
Still, while Version 1.0, released last fall, would have only added a potential 3,500 units, Version 2.0 allows for about 10,000 units.
That's not as ambitious as we wish it would be.
Use this interactive map to toggle between Version 1.0 and Version 2.0. Here’s the slides and video from last week’s presentation
?Look for a public hearing in late June.