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THE LDS ChurcH Administrative Site PLAN Review

The Church of Jesus Christ and Latter Day Saints applied for Administrative Site Plan Review per section 7.5 of the Newton Zoning Ordinance on May 8, 2019.  The petitioners are proposing to construct a meeting house, parking lot and related site and landscaping improvements at 70 Carlson Avenue.  The Planning Department has until Friday, July 5, 2019 to review the application and to provide a memorandum to the Commissioner of Inspectional Services.  The Planning Dept. intends to hold a public meeting to discuss the plan in late May or early June. 

The Adminstartive Site Plan review process is described on the Newton City website . This web page also lists all current applications, including the LDS Church Application.

Links to the LDS Church application with supporting documents are found on the same page:


The Site Plan contains the planting plan and schedule on page L-400.  The listed plants include several coniferous trees. However, plan on page L-700 shows that 338 live trees will be destroyed while only 165 new trees planted..

The Oak Hill neighborhood concerns were sent to the Planning Department on June 6.


The public hearing to review the proposed Church site plan was held on Thursday, May 13. The planning department started with the site visit at 90 Carlson Ave at 6:30 p.m. and then held a meeting nearby at the UMass Audorium (Campus Center) at 7:00 p.m. All residents were invited to the walk and then to the meeting.

The Church's initial response to the residents requests at the public meetring on June 13th was at best incomplete and showed no desire to meet expctations of the resident. The Church's official response to the residents requests was sent to Planning Department on June 24, 2019. None of the resdients requests have been satisfied. 

What will the Planning Department do now? Will the Planning Director recommend that the Church meets the residents requests? Or will he not, and what will resdients do in that case?


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