Newton Renewal

Newton Renewal: Resident input essential to streetscape, master plan

NEWTON, N.C. – A stroll around Newton is already a great way to spend a day: You can visit clothing and gift shops, have lunch at local restaurants, and relax under the trees on the 1924 Courthouse Square. But, with your help, the streets of Downtown Newton and North Newton will be even better.

The first public input meeting for the Downtown Newton Streetscape Plan and North Newton Master Plan is at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 12, at City Hall, 401 North Main Ave.

The plans currently being formed will introduce specific strategies for redevelopment of Newton’s city center and the area that surrounds the Historic Newton Depot in North Newton. Developers prefer to invest in a city where a range of urban design projects has already been vetted. Input from Newton residents is essential to crafting a plan the entire Newton community will embrace. 

Allison Platt, of landscape design and urban architectural firm Allison Platt & Associates, will lead the meeting. Platt has worked on projects around the world, including a tourism development plan for Liverpool, England, and a center city study for Belfast, Northern Ireland. Most of Platt’s work focuses on small- to medium-sized cities. She has worked with cities in North Carolina including Belhaven, Goldsboro, New Bern and Shallotte.

Platt hopes to find out what residents admire about Newton and what parts of the city residents would like to see improved. Her presentation will include examples of urban design and landscape architecture that have revitilized communities.

Additional public meetings will be announced in the coming months. The Downtown Newton Streetscape Plan and North Newton Master Plan are expected to be unveiled this summer.