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Public Hearing On Demolition Moratorium …- oct. 15, 2014

Tracklist
  • 01 Marcia Johnson, chair - ground rules 00:00:00
  • 02 Ald. Amy Sangiolo - case for moratorium or action 00:05:00
  • 03 Eve Tapper, Planning - wait for Zoning Reform Ph 2 00:34:50
  • 04 Marcia Johnson - instructions for speakers 00:47:30
  • 05 T.Pass - Wants full value, NHC is enough 00:48:45
  • 06 A.Mayer - Lots of ugly but moratorium not answer 00:52:18
  • 07 S.Aksan - Neighborhood ruined by demos, constr 00:56:10
  • 08 C.Pitts - Increasing density not sustainable 00:57:50
  • 09 P.Ash - Needs hardship exemption 01:00:40
  • 10 J.Walter - Architect, his partial demos would stop 01:03:00
  • 11 P.Herr - Can't do all, focus on attached houses 01:05:00
  • 12 L.Lee - Land use atty, uncertainty is bad 01:07:55
  • 13 S.Efstratoudakis - City will lose fees & taxes 01:11:20
  • 14 M.Montgomery - Demo'd houses were in bad shape 01:14:30
  • 15 J.Koot - Markets for big homes & small homes 01:17:35
  • 16 C.Stumpo - When has Newton ever been affordable? 01:20:45
  • 17 G.Vail - All those houses legally built, $ to city 01:22:30
  • 18 J.Popma - 5 kids, had to demo to get dream house 01:25:00
  • 19 L.Slobodin - Undecided, need exemption process 01:27:00
  • 20 R.Mauri - People expect neighborhood stability 01:29:50
  • 21 G.Swiston - No, but need to preserve starter homes 01:32:55
  • 22 R.Jacobson - Auburn St changed for worse in 3 yrs 01:36:15
  • 23 S.Garfinkel - Neighbors shouldn't decide for you 01:37:25
  • 24 A.Dorfman - Need to act or small houses disappear 01:39:45
  • 25 P.Sachs - Will cost jobs. Trust Planning Dept. 01:43:10
  • 26 P.Eldrenkamp - Demos not badly built, much new is 01:46:30
  • 27 E.RushArruda - Losing open space, FAR too generous 01:49:40
  • 28 I.Albeck - NHC can't protect, can only delay demos 01:53:55
  • 29 S.Royce - Losing OHPk character,need smaller homes 01:56:00
  • 30 B.Rooney - Needed to expand before they moved in 01:58:20
  • 31 R.Paisner - Developers threaten their neighborhood 02:00:10
  • 32 W.Roesner - Demos threat to character of n'hoods 02:03:15
  • 33 R.Farnsworth - Stop selling city property for 10yr 02:05:45
  • 34 J.Sterman - Moratorium hurts economy 02:09:00
  • 35 R.Robart - Blt new house w/better carbon footprint 02:10:25
  • 36 L.Thorson - OHPk denigrated, losing decent houses 02:13:50
  • 37 MA.Payne - Demos common,new houses elevated in OHP 02:16:52
  • 38 J.Malakie - Losing small house option for singles 02:20:05
  • 39 M.Chamberlain - Moratorium a disservice to all 02:23:25
  • 40 D.Ghandi - Young need to be free to expand houses 02:26:20
  • 41 T.Lee - This would prevent any expansion 02:29:20
  • 42 J.Porter - Need new really affordable housing 02:31:35
  • 43 M.Quinn - Proposal misleading, handcuffs elderly 02:34:50
  • 44 Adam Kessler - BofA had long time to fix. Against 02:36:40
  • 45 M.Yospin - Moratorium a kick in the pants. Now for 02:37:45
  • 46 G.Sack - Would shrink pool of buyers 02:40:09
  • 47 P.Simon - Moratorium will prompt BofA to act now 02:42:25
  • 48 Peter ? - Had to expand >20% to stay in n'hood 02:45:05
  • 49 S.French - Overbuilds change n'hood light, shadow 02:48:05
  • 50 R.Getz - Take steps now, can't wait for ZR Phase 2 02:50:05
  • 51 N.Staller - Yes but w/hardship clause & allow >20% 02:53:20
  • 52 N.Koch - Since when OK to destroy good houses? 02:54:45
  • 53 J.Stevenson - Real problem is 40B projects 02:58:00
  • 54 N.Koch - continued 03:00:58
  • 55 S.Efstratoudakis - 2nd comment 03:04:00
  • 56 R.Farnsworth - 2nd comment. Against moratorium 03:06:10
  • 57 E.RushArruda - Sales won't stop, families will buy 03:08:55
  • 58 Happy Birthday to Amy 03:09:35
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Zoning & Planning Committee holds a public hearing on #237-14 for a temporary moratorium on demolition of single and two-family houses while the City of Newton considers zoning amendments to address dimensional and other controls.

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