Committee finds ways to improve commercial properties

20 Oct 2020


Earlier this year, the city created a one-off advisory committee comprised of commercial property owners and local business owners to identify the most significant issues relating to maintenance and appearances of all “commercial corridors” throughout Newton.

Dubbed the Business Property Maintenance Code Advisory Committee, its work has since been shared by Newton Community Development Director Erin Chambers during the Oct. 5 city council meeting. However, the changes to the city code have not been formally adopted by council members.

According to the committee’s findings, there are specific areas in the code that are in need of progress. For instance, the term “vacant” needs to be more defined. Chambers said the city has a vacant building registration, though this mostly applies to rental properties following the 2008 housing market crash.

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