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 Waban Commons is the name given to the green space created by the traffic reconfiguration during the new Angier construction. A gateway to the village, creating a beautiful space was considered imperative by a number of citizens. The Waban Improvement Society, the WAC, and the City have worked...
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The Suzuki Music School has purchased the property and will convert it to a music school and pre school.  ZBA Hearing Begins Thursday November 17th, 7pm at City Hall (City Council Chambers) 11/10/16 Planning Dept. Memo to ZBA Regarding 1615 Beacon St. Comprehensive Application The developer filed a...
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ZBA Decision 1521 Beacon Street  This decision was filed. ZBA #1-16 1521 Beacon Street AMA Realty Ventures petition for a comprehensive permit pursuant to MGL c. 40B §20 through 23 to construct eight units, two of which will be affordable to individuals earning 80% of the average median income for...
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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.

Two Sundays of Debates: October 22nd SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 - 1PM Angier Elementary School, 1697 Beacon Street, WabanMAYORAL CANDIDATE SHOWCASE Ruthanne Fuller and Scott Lennon Learn the Differences between the Two Mayoral Candidates Moderated by Marjorie Arons-Barron, Distinguished Print &...
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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:  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 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.  Final proposal drawings here. Rendering of the...
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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 City Councilors have suggested it could take 4 or more.  The Planning Department maintains...
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Read the information and let your City Representatives 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:
Thursday, January 11, 2018 - 7:30pm

WABAN AREA COUNCIL AGENDA www.wabanareacouncil.com Thursday, January 11, 2018, 7:30pm, City Hall, Room 204






V. ELECTION OF WABAN AREA COUNCIL OFFICERS FOR TERM JAN 2018-JAN 2019 All (5 min) VI. BURNING ISSUES: Community comments for future agenda or immediate resolution. (8 min) To include discussion of residents’ concerns about parking and traffic on Waban Avenue – DB (3 min)


A. Programming for 2018

B. Fundraising for 2018

C. By-Laws Review and Questions

D. Minutes Recordation and Website Archives VIII. NEW BUSINESS: New items that may lawfully arise for discussion.


1. Waban Common, Inc. will be holding its fundraising kick-off evening on Saturday, January 27 from 5:30-7pm. Go to www.wabancommon.org for more information on this community beautification project in our village center.

2. A. There will be a Public Information Meeting for the Needham Street Corridor Project. The Massachusetts Department of Transportation will present 75% design plans and give an update on the anticipated construction start date. This project proposes roadway reconstruction and transportation safety improvements including new pavement, sidewalks, traffic signals, crosswalks, bicycle lanes and storm water management. Thursday January 11, 2018 from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) and Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00 – 9:00 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.) in the Saco-Pettee Building, 156 Oak Street, Newton, MA. Parking lot entrance on Oak Street.

B. The City of Newton, in collaboration with the Massachusetts DOT, is planning improvements at the intersection of Oak St. & Christina St. This project has been temporarily delayed. The construction timeline has been adjusted and is anticipated to begin in summer 2018. *City of Newton staff will also provide an update about the Oak & Christina Intersection project.

3. The first Zoning Redesign event of 2018: "A Parking Lot for Goldilocks: Zoning for Just the Right Size" is on Thursday, January 18th, 2018 at the Newton Free Library from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

X. ADJOURN. Next regularly scheduled Waban Area Council Meeting: Thursday, February 8, 2018, at 7:30pm at the Waban Library Center.

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 the city of Newton’s ADA Coordinator, Jini Fairley, at least two business days in advance of the meeting: jfairley@newtonma.gov or (617) 796-1253. For Telecommunications Relay Service, please dial 711.