Fischman: Yates knows zoning
Brian Yates is an urban planner, community activist, former Economic Development Commission member and my colleague for the past 12 years, who I have turned to for support and collaboration on difficult zoning problems. Given his long experience on the Board, no one better understands how the zoning laws are interpreted and applied than Brian. A longstanding member, and former Chair, of the Zoning and Planning Committee, Brian has been central to crafting zoning regulations that protect Newton's neighborhoods. During the recent controversy for undersized lots of less than 5,000 square feet, Brian helped his colleagues better understand why allowing development to proceed on several of these lost may not have been fully intended when the Board voted to permit home to be constructed on these lots over 10 years ago. Brian has resolved resident issues throughout Newton, with particular attention to improvements within Ward 5 where he resides. He shaped the work of the rail trail/ greenway committee focused on reusing an abandoned rail between the Charles River and the National Lumber on Needham Street. Mayor Warren is planing to recognize the work of this committee later this month at at a groundbreaking event. Brian has worked hard, as one of the key public officials, to bring this project to reality. I ask you to please join me in voting for Brian on Nov. 5 as he seeks, and unquestionably deserves, to be re-elected for another term.