RightSize Newton was born out of widespread concern over the size, scale, and number of proposed developments in Newton and the lack of a holistic review process for these proposed developments. The ad-hoc review of each individual proposed developments, without a city-wide vision or plan risks changing “the Garden City” from a collection of unique villages into a series of dense, urban enclaves.

Large-scale development proposals on Needham Street, Washington Street, and at Riverside and concerns over zoning proposals that would increase housing density throughout Newton resulted in volunteers from six different neighborhoods – Upper Falls, Newton Highlands, Newton Lower Falls, Oak Hill, and Newtonville – to work together and create a new organization: RightSize Newton.