At the January 12, 2012 NEWRA meeting held at the Nazzaro Community Center, there was a unanimous vote to revise the procedure for reviewing zoning and licensing applications for Boston waterfront properties. In the past the applicant needed to make a presentation in front of the full membership at monthly meetings. In a 28-0 vote, the association has agreed that it is not necessary to bring the matters of zoning or licensing in front of the entire membership if the issue does not raise community concerns.
Zoning and licensing matters have been the main focus of many of the NEWRA meetings in the past. With this revision, it will allow the membership to focus on other important issues that may surface in the community. Local businesses will also be saving time and money which would typically be allocated for community review. The zoning and licensing committee will continue to review all applications and enforce the neighbor notification policy.