Waban Area Council

The mission of the Waban Area Council is to hear, respond to and represent village concerns and issues; to provide a forum for Waban issues, and to encourage resident involvement in local government.

TO REACH ALL WABAN AREA COUNCILORS, SEND E-MAIL TO: wabanareacouncil@newtonma.gov

We meet regularly on the second Thursday of each month at the Waban Library Center.

City of Newton documentation of current issues and schedules:

WE wish to share City of Newton links to resources available to all Newton residents impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. 
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In order to mitigate the spreading of the Covid-19 virus it is recommended to wear a face covering or mask while out in public if not able to maintain a social distance of a minimum of 6'. Frequent hand-washing or the use of a hand sanitizer is advised especially after touching common use surfaces (i.e. door knobs or grocery cart handles).   

A proposed new Zoning Code is being formulated and discussed in the Zoning and Planning subcommittee of the City Council. Learn how this will impact your property
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Watch the presentation by City Councilor Pam Wright: Webinar copy and paste this Password: %7*hsQ%9

June 2020, The Department of Conservation and Recreation has commenced a project described as Quinobequin Road and Trail Improvements from Ellis St.to I-95 overpass, Newton. The DCR has stated they are open to ideas around location,material, etc.as well as ideas which enhance safety, accessibility...
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Comments submitted by July 17th will inform the design direction DCR and VHB take.
There will be a public meeting at the beginning of August to present a couple of design concepts, and choose a preferred concept. Email jennifer.norwood@state.ma.us.
Please get your comments in by July 17th,2020.www.mass.gov/dcr/public-comment If you want to join a project specific list serve managed by DCR email Mass.Parks@mass.gov and mention Quinobequin.

Newton-Wellesley Hospital plans to convert its present gas-fired hot water and steam heating boiler system into a co-generation power system supplying the hospital not only with its heat and hot water, but also with the ability to generate up to 95% of its own electric power under peak use. The...
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Read up on the issue. Read this report from the New England Journal of Medicine called The False Promise of Natural Gas Join the communuty task force which is examining this issue by sending email to dechant@gmail.com

Wabanites have passionately expressed, as have residents from other villages, the importance or preserving many of Waban's historical landmarks such as the Library, the Strong building which hosts most of our village's businesses, Waban Hall where Starbucks currently resides, and many homes that...
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Newton is currently revising the city's Zoning codes in a 3 phase process. The final Draft of Phase one is available at this link. The next phase of creating new codes is currently being proposed which among other things, will entirely remove single family housing zoning. Befor Mayor Fuller took...
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Read the information and let your City Representatives know how you would like to be represented.

What will Waban and Newton look like 5, 10, 25, 50 years into the future?  Please join us as we enter the next chapter in our future planning.  Learning from previous meetings, we've made some changes that will lead to productive results:  In 2017, a series of online surveys were sent to the WAC...
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  • Review presentations in archives on this page
  • Review online survey results
  • Execuitive Summary and results Submission to City
The Newton Planning Department is currently accepting comments on its draft Pattern Book, an important tool that will help guide future development and inform the zoning reform process. As stated in the draft Pattern Book: To build a zoning ordinance that respects and responds to that which is...
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Developer Armando Petruzziello is proposing a 24-unit condominium development at the site of the former Waban Health Center.  View the plans here. A special permit application was filed on August 26, 2019. Materials regarding the application are posted in the documents archive on this page. The new...
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In 2016, the voters of Newton approved the Ballot Question #4, legalizing the sale of recreational marijuana. The State Legislature chose to draft legislation in 2017 for the better implementation of the new law. In March of 2018, the City of Newton exercised its right of "local control" (M.G.L.,c....
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The Land Use committee of the BOA has held working sessions to discuss the Special Permit proposals for Riverside Station and the Hotel Indigo. The discussion areas for each meeting included: transportation, parking issues, engineering water and sewer infrastructure improvements, and fiscal impacts...
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September 26th 2019 WLC Sudbury Aqueduct Trail Meeting -- Joint Area Council event   Since our inception, the WAC has advocated for improvements to the Sudbury Aqueduct trail (especially at the heavily used Stanley/Canterbury Rd. aqueduct crossing). The city needs to “permit” the southern portion...
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Attend the meeting

Flooding occurs around Quinobequin and other Waban areas after rainstorms due to a variety of factors including storm system overflows. In the document Library is the presentation of newton's plan - starts on page 5.
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Newton has begun a storm system renovation plan.

On Tuesday March 3rd Newton voters will be asked to vote on a ballot question to either approve or disapprove of a City Council Action that approved the change of zoning districts for the land located at 156 Oak Street, 275-281 Needham Street and 55 Tower Road. These three parcels combined are...
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Please take the time to visit the websites of the ballot committees to consider the arguments of either side before voting on March 3rd. 

 

Parks and Recreation's stated policy on taking parkland for other uses:
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The 4 Area Councils of newton have completed their showcase of the contested debates. Videos are available here and on our facebook page. They are also on NewTV's Vimeo site and broadcasts. 
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Watch the videos and vote on November 5

Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, September 10, 2020 - 7:30pm

Thursday, September 10th, 7:30 – 9:00 pm meeting (Zoom details below)

  1. Administrative business – Treasurer’s Report. (Isabelle)
  2. Approval of WAC August minutes. (CBP)
  3. Burning Issue from the community
    1. Suzuki School - PreK and music school COVID precautions and enrollment (Sachiko)
  4. FOTQ update (John M, Maureen, CBP) Minutes and notes from 8-12-2020
  5. Bike lanes on Beacon Street - see below (Andreae, Bob)
  6. Historic plaques subcommittee (Rena, Chris, Barbara B, Sachiko, TBD)
  7. Short Zoning Update (Rena)
  8. Announcements:

Public Facilities Committee 7 PM Wednesday SEPTEMBER 9
Proposed Allen / Beethoven safety upgrades funded with Zervas project funds
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Allen Ave @ Pine Ridge Rd

  • Reconstruct accessible curb ramps
  • Allows safe pedestrian crossing of Allen, with new crosswalk
  • Enhances pedestrian visibility for crossing Allen
  • Slows vehicular traffic in narrowing roadway width through area of proposed crossing across Allen Ave

Beethoven Ave @ Puritan Rd

  • Reconstruct intersection as a "raised table" intersection
  • Allows safe pedestrian crossing of Beethoven
  • Slows vehicular traffic entering the intersection by way of vertical deflection

Allen Ave @ Plainfield St

  • Reconstruct accessible curb ramps
  • Allows safe pedestrian crossing of Allen w/ new crosswalk
  • Enhances pedestrian visibility for crossing Allen
  • Slows vehicular traffic in narrowing roadway width through area of proposed crossing across Allen

The City Of Newton and the Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee will be holding a live-streamed September 11 Commemoration this Friday at 6 PM. Please do not come to the memorial for the event but instead watch it live through one of these three options: 

  • Direct link: https://vimeo.com450142400
  • NewTV’s Government Vimeo Channel: https:/vimeo.com/newtvgov
  • Newton 9-11 Memorial Committee Facebook Page

TRAFFIC COUNCIL AGENDA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2020 7pm

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89798120618 or Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 Meeting ID:  897 9812 0618.  Passcode:  000693

TC147-20 COUNCILORS BOWMAN, CROSSLEY, DANBERG, DOWNS, HUMPHREY,  LEARY AND NOEL, requesting to discuss and possibly vote to change the parking regulations along the portion of Beacon Street between Newton Centre and Washington Street to allow for the installation of striped bicycle lanes in both directions.  Parking must be removed in many areas along Beacon Street in order to allow for the striped bicycle lane.  Parking within a striped bicycle lane is not permitted, but parking will be allowed in certain areas, as shown in the final design.  (Wards 4, 5, 6 & 7)  [08/25/20 @ 1:41 PM]
 
TC146-20 COUNCILORS BOWMAN, CROSSLEY, DANBERG, DOWNS, HUMPHREY, LEARY AND NOEL, requesting to change the Waban Village Parking District to allow for the installation of striped bicycle lanes along a portion of Beacon Street between Metacomet Road and Dorset Road (eastern end) where parking would no longer be allowed.  These changes may include removing sections of Beacon Street from the Waban Village Parking District, rescinding resident permits for homes abutting these sections of Beacon Street and modifying the distribution of non-resident permits in the area for Angier staff and others. (Ward 5)  [08/25/20 @ 1:41 PM]


Lower Falls Shared-Use Trail Feasibility Study 
VIRTUAL PUBLIC MEETING 

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Register Here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uCSTgGfTSAu2ex3R8ZAm8A

The Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is conducting a feasibility study for a shared-use trail connection between the Route I-95 rail bridge (“Two Bridges”) at the southeast corner of Leo J. Martin Golf Course, Wellesley, and the south side of the I-95 Overpass on Quinobequin Road, Newton, MA.  The project has analyzed DCR-owned parklands, other open space and roadway right of ways to evaluate alternative layouts toward safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian accommodations through the Lower Falls area.

At this public virtual meeting, DCR will present and obtain public input on a proposed shared-use trail layout.

To register for the meeting, please click on the link above or enter it into your browser, and you will be prompted to submit your name and email.  Please register in advance so that we can start the meeting promptly. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. This information can’t be shared, the participation link is unique to you. If you need assistance when registering, please contact Jennifer Norwood at jennifer.norwood@mass.gov. After the presentation, the public will be invited to ask questions and provide feedback on the proposed alternatives, using Q&A functionality that will be available through the virtual participation platform.

After the public meeting, the presentation will be available for viewing at https://www.mass.gov/dcr​/past-public-meetings. DCR encourages the public to share additional feedback, with a deadline for receipt of comments by DCR of October 6, 2020. Comments may be submitted online at www.mass.gov/dcr/public-comment or via email at jennifer.norwood@mass.govPlease note that the content of comments you submit to DCR, along with your name, town, and zip code, will be posted on DCR's website.  Providing additional contact information when commenting, notably email address, is optional, and will only be used for outreach on future updates on the subject project or property.  

If you have agency-related questions or concerns or would like to be added to an email list to receive DCR general or project-specific announcements, please email Mass.Parks@mass.gov or call 617-626-4973.  Please follow us on Twitter @ MassDCR!​

 


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