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. On the ballot this...
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On July 23, 2015, MassHousing issued a letter of Project Eligibility for the proposed development at 1521 Beacon Street.  The developer can now apply to the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals for a comprehensive permit. Newton Planning Dept's June 23 Comment Letter to MassHousing regarding the proposed...
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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.

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? The WAC has undertaken a Waban Future Vision Project and details of that project will be posted on the wiki. If you have any questions please send email to Sessions will recomence in September. To get...
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Attend working meetings every third Thursday at the WLC at 7:30pm

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. Alderman Sangiolo recently proposed a...
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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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Fuller St., Orchard Ave., Upland Rd are up for name changes in Waban. The issue will be discussed byt the BOA commison on Public Saftey and Transportation this Wednesday at 7:45 in room 202 at City Hall. The attached docket has supporting infromation starting on page 22.
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November 9, 2014 Update from Zervas School Building Committee member Chris Neal: Greetings all, There will be a Board of Aldermen meeting this Wednesday, November 12th at 7:45 PM, Second Floor, Newton City Hall to review and potentially vote on the 5-58 site plan.  The documents that the...
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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.  There is a new push to have the building ready...
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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 Newton Historical Commission voted unanimously on April 23 2015 to approve Landmarking the house at 1615. It had already been agreed to by the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Landmarking means that a historical structure is important for the neighborhood and the City and the structure can...
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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 7:30pm

The Waban Area Council will hold its July monthly meeting on the 16th at 7:30pm at the Waban Library Center. (This represents a change from the usually scheduled meeting date of the 2nd Thursday of the month.)

Following 7 PM Angier Community and Construction Team Meeting

  3. BURNING ISSUES: Community comments for future agenda or immediate resolution (5 min)
    1. Angier Construction Progress: BB (2 min)
    2. Add-A-Lane July Update from MassDOT: SL (1 min)
      1. Left turns to Route 128 from Route 9 to be activated in August! - Possible WAC Action: Letter to DOT, others, stating need for impact reduction measures?
      2. Contacts at MassDOT: Joseph Graham (MassDOT Resident Engineer) and Trish Foley (MassDOT Legislative Liaison) Email:
      3. Website for Add-A-Lane: Citizens can also signup for updates
    3. Zervas Design Review - update from July 13 meeting: JR or RG (5 min)
    4. Friends of the Quinobequin: MRM (3 min)
    5. WAC Boundary Petition - BOA vote on July 13: SL (2 min)
    6. WAC Election Update: SL (5 min)
    7. Streets, Sidewalks, and Parking Committee: AD (10 min)
      1. Improvements by MA Highway under Route 9 at Chestnut and Quinobequin
      2. Organization of aqueduct abutters outreach effort
    8. Possible WAC Participation in 3 or 4 Area Council Candidates' Night?: SL (5 min)
    9. St. Philip Neri - 1521 Beacon St: SL (15 min)
    10. 1615 Beacon Street (built 1750) - Purchased by Developer: RG (1 min)
    11. Communication Committee - Access to Mailchimp, Facebook, & Website: All (15 min)
      1. Possible review of Waban Area Council By-Laws to ensure a process for at least two offices to have access and approval to distribute items and of timing for distributions. Weekly or bi/weekly newsletter with announcements?
    12. New City Charter Commission: SL (5 min)
      1. WAC Input?
    13. HUD Complaint Compliance Letter and BOA Docket Item: RG (5 min)
  6. NEW BUSINESS: New items that may lawfully arise for discussion.
  7. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: Sept 10, 2015, 7:30PM, Waban Library Ctr 

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: or 617-796-1064. For Telecommunications Relay Service dial 711.