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:

A proposed new Zoning Code is being formulated and discussed in the ZAP subcommittee of the City Council. Learn how this will impact your property.
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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).   

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

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

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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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 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.

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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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.

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Meeting Date:
Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - 7:00pm

Agenda for discussion August 12th, 7pm  

  1. Purpose of Meeting:  Review and understand various options proposed for Quinobequin, evaluate and prioritize. The Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) is looking at various proposals for Quinobequin road. Here is a link to a presentation that was given last month: Concepts and Designs.
  2. Welcome and quick survey of familiarity of the trail: How many have walked a portion of the trail, the whole trail from route 9 to Varick Road.
  3. Who is here; Ruth Balzer, John Mordes, WAC, FOTQ, Andreae Downs, Bill Humphrey, Neighbor Reps, TBD
  4. Two-minute overview of trail and Hemlock Gorge - John Mordes
  5. Ruth Balzer: Her activities on behalf of the Gorge and the trail, and what can be expected
  6. Review of Trail PDFs (optional)   PowerPoint to address the trail   
  7. Review of Sidewalk PDFs (optional)  Pictures of some of the challenges for upgrading the sidewalk.  
  8. Review of short survey results  Survey
  9. Quinobequin the street and bikes  - Andreae Downs
  10. Neighbors and related activities, the whole system
  11. Group discussion: Options and Priorities