Category Archives: Urban Development

Zoning influences economic development, housing, transportation, and more. The city would like community member input on the city’s proposed updates to the zoning rules around village centers, in particular on three questions about the updates’ framework for increased density and … Read More

Newton Parks, Recreation and Culture invites members of the community to discuss the future of Crystal Lake Park and Beach on Thursday, September 15 at 6pm. Please register for the online meeting in advance. After registering, you will receive a … Read More

Newton was once dotted with wetlands and criss-crossed by streams flowing to the Charles River. But one doesn’t see many streams, marshes, or wooded wetlands nowadays. Where did they go? Where does our rainfall go now? Jennifer Steel, Chief Environmental … Read More

There has been a lot of publicity lately about Monarchs with their recent classification as endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. There have been estimates that the population of monarch butterflies in the eastern United States … Read More

Last month, as Massachusetts and 27 other states grappled with a dangerous and record-shattering heat wave, the Legislature passed a far-reaching climate bill that hastens the Commonwealth’s transition to renewable energy, zero-emission vehicles, efficient buildings, and clean forms of heating … Read More

The Charles River Regional Chamber (Newton, Needham, Wellesley and Watertown) is hosting the webinar ‘Dispelling Myths about Net Zero & Passive House Buildings’ on Thursday, August 11 from 9-10am. Recognizing the growing demand to make residential building energy efficient, an … Read More

An initiative sponsored by the Ocean River Institute in Cambridge is designed to encourage people to participate in a friendly competition pledging to keep established lawns natural without the application of quick-release fertilizer and no chemical pesticides or herbicides. The … Read More