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:

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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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The Waban Common is the name given to the green space created by the traffic reconfiguration during the new Angier construction. A gateway to the village, creating a beautiful space was considered imperative by a number of citizens. The Waban Improvement Society, the WAC, and the City have worked...
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The Suzuki Music School has purchased the property and will convert it to a music school and pre school.  ZBA Hearing Begins Thursday November 17th, 7pm at City Hall (City Council Chambers) 11/10/16 Planning Dept. Memo to ZBA Regarding 1615 Beacon St. Comprehensive Application The developer filed a...
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ZBA Decision 1521 Beacon Street  This decision was filed. ZBA #1-16 1521 Beacon Street AMA Realty Ventures petition for a comprehensive permit pursuant to MGL c. 40B §20 through 23 to construct eight units, two of which will be affordable to individuals earning 80% of the average median income for...
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Review the plans submitted by the developer (link in summary) and consider the impact on Waban. Traffic, schools, affordable housing, etc. Waban 2020, a community group with abbutters, has formed to address the issue.

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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Neighbors asked the Council what could be done about all-day parking on Dorset, Locke and Beacon Street.  In response, the Council held a meeting on parking on Beacon and surrounding streets Feb. 24 (rescheduled from Jan. 27). The City's plans call for bicycle accomodations along Beacon from...
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Attend upcoming meetings

Newton has a rare opportunity to legally acquire public access to the top of the Sudbury Aqueduct from the MWRA. The MWRA Trails program would allow Newton then to formalize the current off-road walking trails through Waban and Newton Highlands. Not all of the land above the aqueduct is owned by...
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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, November 8, 2018 - 7:30pm


November 8, 2018, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Waban Library Center

  1. Approval of October Minutes and Treasurer’s Report. (5 minutes).
  2. Burning Issues from the Community (10 minutes).
  3. NewArt Center – proposal for collaborative area council effort to assist NewArt and discuss the role of arts in Newton and the future role of the NewArt Center (10 minutes).
  4. Update on Climate Change Vulnerability Workshop (SL – 5 minutes).
  5. Friends of the Quinobequin Update. (20 minutes).
  6. Brief Recap of last week’s presentation at Newton Highlands Area Council on the proposed development at 1114 Beacon St.  (5 minutes).
  7. Zoning Reform Update. (45 minutes).
    • The First Draft Zoning Ordinance and First Draft Zoning Map were presented to the City Council last month. The drafts and other relevant documents can be found on the City website.
    • Ward 5 Zoning Forum - November 29th, 6:30-8:00pm (location TBA, likely Angier), the Planning Department will host a forum for Ward 5 residents to learn about the draft ordinance and provide feedback. This is an important opportunity for residents to weigh in. Please mark your calendars.
  8. December 13th 6:30pm - Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will visit us at the Waban Library Center to hear from Waban residents. We will follow up at 7:30pm with our regular meeting where Newton Economic Development Director Kathryn Ellis will hear from residents and representatives of Waban businesses about promoting a vibrant village center. Please join us.

The location of this meeting is wheelchair accessible and reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons with disabilities who require assistance. If you need a reasonable accommodation, please contact the city of Newton’s ADA/Sec. 504 Coordinator, Jini Fairley, at least two business days in advance of the meeting: jfairley@newtonma.gov or (617) 796-1253. The city’s TTY/TDD direct line is: 617-796-1089. For the Telecommunications Relay Service (TRS), please dial 711.