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@mail.ci.newton.ma.us

City of Newton documentation of current issues and schedules:


The developer who owns the property proposes to build a 24-unit development at the 31,055 square foot (.71 acre) site located at the corner of Beacon St. and Windsor Rd.  23 units would be in a new building constructed behind and to the side of the historic home, one unit would be in the home...
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The next public ZBA hearing on the proposed 48-unit 40B development at 1521 Beacon St. takes place March 24th at 7pm at City Hall.  Residents will have an opportunity to speak at the hearing, or you can submit comments by email to Adrianna Henriquez, ZBA clerk, at ahenriquez@newtonma.gov.  Emailed...
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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.

On April 14, a joint meeting of the NHNAC and the WAC with the community and city officials to review traffic designs for the new Zervas School. At the top of the archive on this page are slide decks that accompanied the evening. An update from the development team is also posted.  
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Working Group formed to address traffic and pedstrian issues in Waban. Traffic Council to meet on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 7 p.m. in Room 211 TC15-15 WILLIAM PAILLE, DIRECTOR OF TRANSPORTATION, requesting discussion and potential approval of a High-Intensity Activated Crosswalk Beacon (HAWK Signal...
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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:  We have combined forces with our sister village in Ward 5,...
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Attend working meetings at the WLC at 7:00pm

  • Monday April 25 2016: Draft Proposal – presented for input and revision
  • Tuesday May 31 2016: Final Proposal – presented for discussion and approval
  • Tuesday June 21 2016: Submission to City – after final edits incorporated
The progress of the renovation of Angier School can be viewed on the City's website. The PTO also has an FAQ and can be viewed here. Regular meetings between the project construction team and the WAC take place once a month before each WAC meeting.   Rendering of the traffic redesign of the Collins...
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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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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 Alderman have suggested it could take 4 or more.  The Planning Department maintains Newton...
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Read the information and let your Council and Alderman 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.

Needham – Wellesley and Newton  Add-A-Lane Contract V along a Section of Interstate 95 Includes 6 Bridges Weekly Look-Ahead Week of July27, 2015 Throughout the week of July 27, 2015, Barletta Heavy Division (BHD), MassDOT’s contractor for the Route 128 Add-a-Lane Bridge V project, will continue...
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The proposed project consists of Roadway reconstruction, bridge construction and signal improvements along the corridor to improve safety and operation of the corridor. Sidewalks and Bicycle accommodations consisting of a bicycle lane have been provided in accordance with applicable design guides...
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The Charter defines the architecture for our city Government. It specifies how many people should serve as Alderman and School Committee members, what their powers and duties are, and for how long, with or without term limits. It specifies the role of the mayor, or city manager. The commision's ...
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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Monday, March 28, 2016 - 9:15pm

    Zervas Street Design Options: How can the streets near Zervas benefit walking, biking, and driving?

    The Issues:
    1. Feasible / permissible design options for Beacon, Beethoven & Allen
    2. How design choices affect driver behavior and children's safety
    3. Policy options that can mitigate consequences of different designs

    The Goals of this Program:
    1. Develop community consensus on the goals behind street & sidewalk design
    2. Start a conversation with officials re: school arrival / departure policy options

  2. UPDATES: WAC monthly updates for April will be posted on the front page of our website.
    1. Saturday, April 23, Newton Conservator's Walk along the Upper Charles Reservation, adjacent to Quinobequin Road.
    2. Monday, April 25, 7:00PM. WAC/NHAC Visioning Meeting, Waban Lib. Ctr.
    3. Saturday, April 30, 9AM-12. Charles River Watershed Association Annual Cleanup.
    4. Sunday, May 1, 9AM-4PM. Newton Serves. To volunteer go to newtoncommunitypride.com 
  1. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: May 12, 2016, 7:30PM, Waban Library Center, after Zervas Construction Team Meeting at 7 PM.

We encourage you to contribute to the Newton Food Pantry, housed in the basement of the Waban Library Center, by bringing non-perishable food items when you attend our monthly meetings!

The location of this meeting is handicap accessible, and reasonable accommodations will be provided to persons requiring assistance. If you need a special accommodation, please contact John Lojek, at least two days in advance of the meeting: jlojek@newtonma.gov or 617-796-1064. For Telecommunications Relay Service dial 711.