Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Watertown residents gave their opinions during the Comprehensive Plan Event.
Today Watertown is seen as a place with welcoming neighborhoods, interesting diversity with the beauty of the Charles River, but also as a place that people drive through to get to other town, unfriendly to pedestrians and overdeveloped areas. Residents got their another chance to share their ideas about how the town will look in the future during the second Comprehensive Plan workshop on Monday at Watertown Middle School. Consultants from VHB took the input from the first workshop and created some goals and mission statement for the plan. (More details are available at the two project websites http://www.vhb.com/watertowncompplan/ and http://www.envisionwatertowncompplan.com.) Among the goals the consultants highlighted were: Residents …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The second public meeting in the Comprehensive Plan process will be held at Watertown Middle School.
The first "vision" for Watertown's future will be presented Monday, May 20 at Watertown Middle School. Consultants from VHB have taken ideas, comments and desires for how to shape the town's future during the past few months and will present some of their findings at the meeting, the second public session, which will be May 20 at 7 p.m. During the meeting residents can participate in activities which will allow them to review and influence Watertown’s vision statement and look at overarching goals needed to make that vision a reality, according to VHB. At the first meeting, held in March, residents were asked to tell them what they like about town, what needs improvement and specific ideas about several areas of town. People can also make…
Monday, April 1, 2013
A group of Watertown residents shared their concerns and desires for their part of town during the recent Comprehensive Plan Workshop.
Along with major shopping areas and thoroughfares, Watertown residents were asked to think about what they think about their neighborhood and how it could be improved during the town's Comprehensive Plan Workshop held March 21. The Comprehensive Plan will provide a vision for Watertown in the future and includes a variety of factors, and areas. Residents shared their thoughts with consultants hired by the town to put together the plan. Many residents lamented the loss of trees from their neighborhood. Another complaint was the level of disrepair of sidewalks in many parts of town. People want asphalt curbs to be replaced with granite ones. Some workshop participants said they feel like neighborhoods are too separate, and should be …
Saturday, March 30, 2013
Participants in the Comprehensive Plan Workshop want a new look for one of the town's main arteries.
One of Watertown's main corridors - Arsenal Street - has the potential to be a place to draw shoppers and diners, but work must be done, residents said during a brainstorming session at the Comprehensive Plan Workshop. The workshop was the first public event in the effort to shape a plan for the town's future. About 200 people showed up at the event last week at Watertown Middle School. Currently the street features large buildings on big parcels, but people said would like to see a move away from that. More mixed use developments, with retail businesses on the first floor and housing on the upper floor or floors. Since Arsenal Street comes off of Watertown Square, residents said they see potential of creating a downtown feel on the …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Traffic, parking and a better choice of businesses are some of the requests from Watertown residents who attended the Comprehensive Plan Workshop.
Changes should be made to make Mt. Auburn and Galen streets more pedestrian friendly, and more attractive to shoppers, Watertown residents said during the Comprehensive Plan Workshop. The event at Watertown Middle School attracted about 200 people from around town, who gave their wishes and said what they like about different sections of the community. The corridor that runs from near exit 17 on the Mass. Turn Pike to the Cambridge border, and people said it seems like its used by people to get from one side of town to the other so they can somewhere outside Watertown. The roads often get congested, and when they're not traffic can whiz by,residents said. They don't like crossing the four-lane throughfare on foot. On both Mt. Auburn and …
Monday, March 25, 2013
Hundreds showed up for the start of the process of creating the town's comprehensive plan.
Watertown residents turned out in force, and had plenty to say during the opening event in the town’s effort to create a vision for the future. On March 21, around 200 people showed up at Watertown Middle School for the kick off event in the creation of Watertown’s Comprehensive Plan. Participants shared their likes and dislikes about the town, and how they hope to improve things. As they arrived people were asked to put one word on a sticky note that describes the biggest asset of the town and, on another sticky note, put one word describing the top challenge. In terms of Watertown’s assets the biggest responses were: location, proximity to Boston, diversity and the river. As for challenges, the most common words were: traffic, …
Monday, March 18, 2013
Planning for the Watertown Comprehensive Plan begins on Thursday night with a meeting and workshop.
This week, Watertown residents have the chance to share what their vision for how they would like the town to look in the future at the Comprehensive Plan Meeting and Workshop. The meeting, Thursday night March 21 at 7 p.m. at Watertown Middle School, will be the kick off for creating the plan, which will in corporate a wide range of factors, said Gideon Schreiber, a senior planner with the Watertown Planning Department. "It will define a vision for our town - land use, housing, transportation, economic development, recreation," Schreiber said. "It's a really exciting opportunity." The town has had other planning studies and documents, but not one that incorporates all the areas that will be in the Comprehensive Plan. Town officials want…
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Input provided at the meeting at Watertown Middle School will be used in creating the comprehensive plan.
As town planners set to work on the first comprehensive plan in nearly a quarter century, they seek ideas from Watertown residents for how they want to see the town look in the future. On March 7, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the Watertown Planning Department will host a public meeting about the comprehensive plan. The meeting will be held at Watertown Middle School. Refreshments will be provided Residents will be asked questions such as: For more information contact Steve Magoon at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Gideon Schreiber at email@example.com, or call 617-972-6417.