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.


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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Working Group formed to addrerss traffic and pedstrian issues in Waban. First meeting was held October 22, 2014 Minutes and presentation attached.
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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 here. A series of public meetings will be held in this fall.  If you would like to participate, please RSVP by November 12th to ...
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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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Water meter readings and rates have been a concern for Wabnites and Newton residents. Public Hearing on the Mayor’s proposed FY15 which addresses this issue will take place on Monday, May 5, 2014 at 7:00 pm at City Hall. Attached is a powerpoint to be presented explaining the proposed rate hikes...
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Read the powerpoint and attend the meeting

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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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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Waban Area Councilors met with the developer of the St. Philip Neri site on September 18, 2014 in the offices of Schlesinger and Buchbinder. Read the report in the full description.  
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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.

Newton is currently attempting to revise the city's Zoning codes in a 3 phase process. The first phase was to inventory the current codes which is "almost finished" and has taken two years. The next phase of creating new codes is supposed to take 3 years but various Alderman have suggested it could...
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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: Needham Heights June 2014 DOT...
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Next Meeting:

Meeting Date:
Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 7:30pm


following 7PM angier community and construction team meeting


I. Approval of Minutes of Oct. 9, 2014 Waban Area Council MTNG Kathy (1 min)  


III. BURNING ISSUES: From Community for future Agenda or immediate resolution (5 min)


A. Friends of the Quinobequin: Maureen: Report of FOTQ meeting Nov 6 (5 min)

B.  Waban Future Vision Session – Chris: Reminder of November 20 scheduled session and need for participation by Councilors at WLC (2 min)

C.  Zervas – Rena Getz and /or John Rice - (5 min)

            D.  Angier Construction– Barbara Bower (5 min)

E.  Zoning Issues – Rena - Moratorium, zoning reform progress and other zoning movements in the City (5 min)

            F.  St. Philip Neri – Kathy Winters and Sallee Lipshutz (2 min)

G.  Water/Sewer/Storm Water – Sallee and Maureen (10 min)

1.  Proposed new rate structures for water/sewer (including double metering)

2.  Proposed Public Works Budget Increase from $750,000 to $2.3 million for all residential and commercial and tax exempt properties for storm water. (“Equivalent Residential Units”) funded by:

a. Base Residential storm water rate increase from $25/yr. to $60/yr. per residential property.

b. Commercial and tax exempt properties rate restructure according to base annual rate of $60 per property plus number of Equivalent Residential Units of impervious square footage (charged at $25 per ERU) per year. ($60+ $25 times Number of ERU’s) per year.

            H. Report of Meeting of Mayor with four Area Councils on Oct 30 - Sallee (2min)



            A. Report of Oct 22 meeting of Tamworth/Radcliff residents, re: City Pilot Program

            B. Sudbury Aqueduct Project Proposal.


Proposed language to be engraved on donated brick: “Waban Area Council, Founded 2014”

VII. NEW BUSINESS: Items for Next WAC Meeting Agenda on November 13, 2014. Discuss Waban issues in (or absent from) Newton’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) (2 min)

VIII. ADJOURN: Next Waban Area Council Meeting: December 11, 2014, 7:30PM, Waban Library Center

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.