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 2019, a City Council working group was formed to review and revise the Landmark and Demolition Delay Ordinances. The group consisted of three Councilors from the Zoning and Planning (ZAP) Committee - Susan Albright, Deborah Crossley, Lisle Baker and one member, Andrea Kelley from the Land Use...
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The ZAP Committee held the public hearing and will continue to discuss the proposed revisions in committee on Monday, July 28th, 7pm. Here is the ZAP Agenda with the zoom link.

There will be a public hearing of proposed revisions of the Demolition Delay Ordinance on Monday, April 12th, 7pm at the Zoning & Planning Committee.

Due to the COVID-19 state of emergency, this meeting will be virtual and can be attended by desktop, laptop, tablet, or smartphone by visiting this link

The meeting can also be accessed by telephone by dialing 1-646-558-8656 and entering the Meeting ID: 889 9308 6742.

How will our community address Climate Change? 
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Click here for the City of Newton's Five-Year Climate Action Plan

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

Parks and Recreation's stated policy on taking parkland for other uses:
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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

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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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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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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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 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. A...
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Virtual meeting held by DCR 

Email: jennifer.norwood@mass.gov 
Please 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 

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.

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.

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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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, October 14, 2021 - 7:30pm

Waban Area Council

Thursday, September 9th, 2021, 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Zoom meeting – details below


  1. Issues from the Community (5’)
  2. WAC Discussions  (30’ )
    1. Aqueduct Trail Block (links to information and resources below)
    2. Village Center Zoning Redesign Visioning WAC Field Trip
    3. 4 Area Councils Debates: October 16 & 17
  3. Administrative Business (20’)
    1. Treasurer’s Report
    2. Approval of WAC Meeting minutes (August)
    3. WAC Fundraising 
    4. WAC Membership
  4. New Business (5’)

Information & Resources

PatchAqueducts in Newton Part of New Trail Access Policy
Newton Conservators: A Loop Along the Aqueducts
Newton Conservators: Trips
Toureen Resort & Spa: Best Place to Walk your Dog
MAPC: Opening Aqueduct trails to the Public
MassTrails: Newton

Aqueduct trail signage


  • Waban Improvement Society is raising funds for its Next 100 Years fundraising campaign and is nearing its goal. Please consider donating to Waban's oldest organization by clicking on this link.
  • Newton Cultural Council 2022's grant cycle is open until October 15th. More information at the NCC website.

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