Whether we were born here or moved here to work or raise a family, this city is our home and community - and we want it to thrive for generations to come.
The strength of our community is made possible by great schools, neighborhoods, public transportation, public libraries, beautiful village centers and parks.
We believe that for Newton to have a strong and vibrant future it needs to be inclusive, affordable and sustainable.
Unfortunately, our vision of an inclusive, affordable, sustainable city is moving out of reach.
A combination of factors—high land prices, restrictive zoning, lengthy and costly permitting process, and neighborhood opposition to new multifamily development—makes it very hard to build the kind of housing we need. This is our challenge.
The Rising Prices of Homes
It’s getting harder to stay here, to move here, and to return. The rising price of homes is threatening Newton’s future.
Learn the Facts
Outdated and Restrictive Zoning
The last major update to Newton’s zoning code was almost 70 years ago in the 1950s. Our needs have changed. Our climate is changing. It is time for our zoning code to change as well.
Zoning: Where We Are Now
Addressing Climate Change
Newton is already experiencing the impacts of climate change from flooding due to heavier downpours to extreme heat.
New Housing, Sustainability and Climate Change
Our goal is to eliminate the barriers to creating the homes we need and the villages we want. Help shape the future of Newton.
Newton Housing Facts
The heart of our work at Engine 6 is applying the current trends in data to the future of our community.