Newton Renewal

Newton renewal: Next input session for streetscape, master plan is March 23

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NEWTON, N.C. – The next public input meeting for the Newton Streetscape Plan and North Newton Master Plan is at 7 p.m. Monday, March 23, at the Old Post Office Playhouse, 10 South Main Ave.

Attendees will get a look at possible alternative layouts for streets near the 1924 Courthouse Square and explore sidewalk materials, lighting, outdoor furniture, colors, possible special features, open spaces and much more.

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.

If you’re unable to attend the meeting, you may provide input at, the website dedicated to the project. There, you can view documents, access interactive maps, and provide your opinions and ideas for planners to consider. Setting up your account only takes a minute or two, and then you’re ready to become a part of the design process. A link to the site is posted at on the homepage at the lower right.

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.

The Newton Streetscape Plan and North Newton Master Plan are expected to be unveiled this summer.