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Growing pains for Waltham?

Posted by ssiek February 23, 2007 12:25 PM

WALTHAM

As thickly settled as parts of the city may seem, Waltham has the potential for even more growth.

In fact, planners say that under current zoning, an additional 5,700 housing units and nearly 3 million square feet of retail or office space could be built.

A neighborhood group fears that unchecked growth will gobble up open space, clog roads, and strain public transportation.

It's holding a public forum next week to pressure the City Council to adopt a draft master plan that it has been sitting on since last year.

The Waltham Council of Neighborhood Advocates, or WCONA, will present a panel discussion of the plan, featuring Waltham city planner Ted Fields, former Ward 3 councilor Michael R. Squillante, longtime neighborhood activist Herb Henderson, and Waltham planning director Ron Vokey.

The forum will be 7 p.m. Thursday at Waltham Government Center auditorium, 119 School St. For more information, call WCONA president Doris Donovan at 781-894-6936.

-- Stephanie V. Siek

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