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:

The town of Wellesley has adopted a 40R Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District at the site of the Wellesley Office Park, and the Hanover Company is currently seeking a permit to replace the office building at 40 William St. with a 350-unit apartment building and a shared parking garage. The Wellesley...
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Contact the Mayor and Representative Ruth Balser

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

The Waban Area Council and the Newton Highlands Area Council hosted joint meetings to present informational sessions on specific topics in the proposed Zoning Ordinance. The first session focused on Residential Districts and the second on the Purpose Section and Village Districts. These...
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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 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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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
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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Community Group formed to preserve and uplift the river bank area along the Charles River in Waban.   Much of Newton’s Charles River water front is a wonderful recreational resource for our city. Any day of the week you can see lots of folks walking, bicycling, strolling, bird watching, jogging...
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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 supposed to take 3 years but various City Councilors have suggested it could take 4 or more.  The Planning Department maintains...
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Read the information and let your City Representatives know how you would like to be represented.

On December 15th, the Board of Aldermen voted to permit residents to purchase an “Outdoor Water Meter” that will allow for separate metering of outdoor water use effective July 1, 2015.  Any resident wishing to obtain a second meter to qualify for this summer’s new rate structure must register with...
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Read the powerpoint and attend the meeting

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.

Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, January 9, 2020 - 7:00pm
  1. Wellesley Office Park Mixed-Use Development. David Hall of the Hanover Company and Attorney Peter Tamm will discuss the mixed-use development at the Wellesley Office Park. The town of Wellesley has adopted a 40R Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District at the site, and the developer is currently seeking a permit to replace the office building at 40 William St. with a 350-unit apartment building and a shared parking garage. The Newton Planning Dept. has issued this comment letter to the Mass. Executive Office of Environmental Affairs regarding the project.
  2. WAC Administrative Matters:
    1. Appointment of members to fill vacancies.
    2. Election of Officers for 2020.
    3. Approval of December minutes; Treasurer’s Report.
    4. Update on 2019 Annual Report.
  3. Issues from the Community
  4. Discussion of Possible Tri-Council Informational Forum on Northland Referendum.
  5. Announcements.

 

  • The Public Safety and Transportation Committee of the City Council is seeking public input on priorities for transportation and safety. January 8th at 7pm in Room 205 and January 22nd at 7pm. Waban residents are encouraged to attend and share your top priorities. If you cannot attend, email Committee Chair Jake Auchincloss at jauchincloss@newtonma.gov.
  • The Newton Highlands and Waban Area Councils will be meeting on January 13 at 7:30 at the Waban Library Center to learn about how marijuana dispensary permit applications are reviewed by the City Council and how residents can be most effective in influencing the City Council's decision-making process especially in light of the proposal for a recreational marijuana dispensary at 1160 Beacon Street (the old Jaylin Cleaners building).Wellesley Office Park Mixed-Use Development. David Hall of the Hanover Company and Attorney Peter Tamm will discuss the mixed-use development at the Wellesley Office Park. The town of Wellesley has adopted a 40R Smart Growth Zoning Overlay District at the site, and the developer is currently seeking a permit to replace the office building at 40 William St. with a 350-unit apartment building and a shared parking garage. The Newton Planning Dept. has issued this comment letter to the Mass. Executive Office of Environmental Affairs regarding the project.