The city charter gives voters the opportunity to repeal by referendum most measures approved by the City Council (see Article X). This rarely used provision requires that 5% of registered voters — or about 3,000 people — sign a petition objecting to a City Council action and asking that it be put to a referendum. You have 20 days from City Council approval to get the required signatures.

RightSize Newton is prepared to fight mega-developments by referendum if necessary.

On July 16, 2019, RSN sponsored a training regarding how to collect petition signatures.

You can view the training here:

We urge you to watch this 45 minute video so you can be ready to take this very serious step.

Please let us know what you think about the video and about the idea of forcing a referendum on mega-developments.


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