Newton seeks public input on downtown zoning

NEWTON, NC – What do you envision for the downtown Newton area? What are the appearance standards you want to see established? The City of Newton Planning Commission wants to hear from you about proposed zoning changes related to the downtown Newton area. The Planning Commission is hosting a drop-in workshop from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 S. Main Ave.

The Newton Business Advisory Committee proposed the changes to carry out its goals of creating, maintaining and preserving downtown so it can be a vibrant, active focal point of the city. The proposed changes are:

  • The establishment of a zoning overlay district for the area around and just north of the Courthouse Square, which is referred to as the Downtown Core.
  • The creation of appearance criteria for the Downtown Core that would require that new construction looks similar to the existing buildings within the Downtown Core.
  • Restrict uses from the Downtown Core that maybe suitable for the B-3 Central Business District but not suitable for Downtown Core.
  • Prohibit metal and vinyl siding on new construction within the B-3 Central Business District.

For more information, contact Assistant Planning Director Alex Fulbright at 828-695-4305 or

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