Waban Area Council

The City of Newton posts documentation of current issues and schedules every Friday. Many of these items concern Wabanites. Below are links to these postings.


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 cpitts@newtonma.gov WIKI can be found at this link - this is the...
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Attend working meetings every third Thursday at the WLC at 7:30pm

Working Group formed to addrerss traffic and pedstrian issues in Waban. First meeting was held October 22, 2014 Minutes and presentation attached. In the documents to the right is the report from Public Facilities meeting January 21,2015,which contains discussion of proposed redesign of Beacon/...
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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,...
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The owner of the site of the former St. Philip Neri church has indicated that he intends to build a 48-unit rental development at the site.  The Waban Area Council is working to keep communication flowing between the developer, residents, and City officials with respect to the proposed development...
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Attend the meeting TBD by the builder and become knowlegable about special permits and 40B. View the video and ptt presentation under zoning.

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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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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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.

The MA Dept. of Transportation will soon begin its multi-year construction through Needham, Newton and Wellesley on the last segment of the federally funded Add-A-Lane Project to widen Route 95/128 from Randolph to Route 9. (For updated information, go to: DOT public meeting report 12-22-2014 and...
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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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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 7:30pm



III. BURNING ISSUES: Community comments for future agenda or immediate resolution (10 min)


A.  Angier School/Beacon St/Collins Rd latest plans/changes: AD (5 min)

B.  Zervas School – AD, RG, SL (5 min) – Including Mar. 5 NHAC meeting

C.  Waban Future Vision 3rd Community Session- Rescheduled to March 19

            D.  Angier Construction Progress – BB (2 min)

E.  Zoning Reform – Public Hearing tentative date: April 13 for Phase 1 Zoning Regulation Approval - RG (2 min)

            F.  St. Philip Neri – KW and SL (3 min)

            G. Add-A-Lane March Update from MassDOT: SL (1 min)

A. Contacts at MassDOT: Joseph Graham (MassDOT Resident Engineer) and Trish Foley (MassDOT Legislative Liaison) E-mail: NWi95@dot.state.ma.us

B. Website for Add-A-Lane: (Citizens can also sign up for updates here): www.massdot.state.ma.us/highway/highlightedprojects/NeedhamWellesleyI95Addalane.aspx

C. Mitigation suggestions and discussion of docketed item to put Add-A-Lane on City Website (All – 10 min)

            H. Council Boundaries Resolution -SL (5 min.) Feb. 25 mtg; Mar 5 NHAC approval                             


I. Street, Sidewalk, Parking Working Group: AD and MRM

Waban pre-paving community input on Annawan and Varick. AD & MRM (5 min)

                        Report on Beacon St. Parking Meeting and Safe School Site Meeting AD (5 min)

            J. Friends of the Quinobequin – MRM (2 min)


            ACTION:  Logo - final determination on use by WAC.

            ACTION: Approval of content and cost of proposed Waban Postcard.

VI. SILENT AUCTIONS WITH NHAC (SL and BB 5 min) First meeting on Monday, March 9

            Participation by Councilors getting donations.



IX. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: April 9, 2015, 7:30PM, Waban Lib. Ctr.


A. 3rd Waban Future Vision Session: Thurs., March 19, 7:30P.M., Waban Library Center

B. 11th Waban Village Day and WAC Silent Auction – May 17, 2015

We encourage you to contribute to the Newton Food Pantry, housed in the basement of the Waban Library Ctr., by bringing non-perishable food items when you attend our monthly meetings! Brutal winter weather brings more need for fragile families to choose between food or heat!

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.