When one takes a look at the Tab, Village 14, or Newton Forum in the recent months, one thing is clear — change is upon us. This change has arrived in many forms, from a tear down on your street, to the proposed Orr Block building, to the Mayor’s new development plan. And it’s not just Newton — take a drive around neighboring cities and towns and you’ll see signs of change everywhere you look. For example, Wellesley Center now has luxury condos, the former Polaroid building/site in Waltham has undergone a makeover, and last week the Globe reported on the “shrinking American yard.”
The question becomes: whatever the reason may be, if you are against these changes, what do you think the best ways are to insert your voice into the decision making process? Has anyone looked into successful strategies that have been used in other municipalities around the country?
And just as a reminder, the Land Use Committee is holding the second public hearing on the Orr Block this evening at 7pm, during which the public will have the opportunity to comment.