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:

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 40B comprehensive permit application with the Newton Zoning Board of Appeals on October 21, 2016. The ZBA...
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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.

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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  • Review presentations in archives on this page
  • Participate in online survey (submit email at home page if you do not recieve WAC alerts)
  • 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:
Friday, October 14, 2016 - 10:45am

WABAN AREA COUNCIL AGENDA

www.wabanareacouncil.com

Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30pm, Waban Library Center

Zervas community/ construction team meeting 7Pm

I.  APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF SEPT 7 MEETING JC (4 min)

II. APPROVAL OF OCTOBER 13, 2016 TREASURER’S REPORT RG (2 min)

III. BURNING ISSUES: Community comments for future agenda or immediate resolution. (5 min)

IV. EDITED WAC LETTER TO SCH. COMM. RE: SETTING SITE TRANSPORTATION POLICIES (Attached) AD (5 min)

V. CHARTER COMMISSION – LETTERS TO CHARTER COMMISSION - GROUP AREA COUNCIL LETTER, WAC LETTER, INDIVIDUAL LETTERS FOR SUBMISSION BEFORE OCTOBER 19 CHARTER COMMISSION MEETING JC and SL (15 min)

VI. ZONING COMPLIANCE IN WABAN: COMMISSIONER JOHN LOJEK, DEPARTMENT OF INSPECTIONAL SERVICES (30 minutes)

VII. SNOW CLEARING ORDINANCE: POSSIBLE LETTER ABOUT ENFORCEMENT MRM (5 min)

 

VIII. UPDATES: (35min)

  1. St. Philip Neri/1521 Beacon St.: Continuation of ZBA Public Hearing until Sept. 29 RG and KW (5 min) Approved with conditions.
  2. Staples-Craft House at 1615 Beacon Street – re: MA Hist. Commission - RG and KW (5 min).
  3. WAC Waban Historic District Sub-Committee Information Gathering Update RG (5 min)
  4. “Waban Common” (Island Across from Angier). SL (5 min)
  5. WAC Visioning Community Survey CP  (5 min)
  6. Waban Parking Status – JR (5 min)
  7. 284 Woodward St.  – Teddy Bear Club (5 min) ?

 

IX. NEW BUSINESS: New items that may lawfully arise for discussion.

X. ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Charter Commission Continued Discussion and Possible Straw Vote on Area Councils –Wed.,

Oct. 19, 7PM, City Hall

  1. Add A Lane Meeting – Wednesday, October 26, Newton City Hall - War Memorial Auditorium, 6:30-8:30PM – Mass DOT will outline road closings and detours affecting Newton, especially on the weekends of Oct 28-30 and Nov 4-6.

 

XI. ADJOURN. Next regularly scheduled Waban Area Council Meeting: Thurs. Oct. 13, 7:30pm, immediately following the Zervas Construction Team/Community Meeting at 7PM at Waban Lib. Ctr.

We encourage you to continue contributing to the Newton Food Pantry, now housed in the basement of City Hall, by bringing non-perishable food items to that new location.

   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.

 

 

ATTACHMENT:

FOR DISCUSSION---WAC LETTER TO SCHOOL COMMITTEE

October 14, 2016

DRAFT

 

Dear Chairman Hill and Members of the Newton School Committee:

 

The Waban Area Council has now observed the site planning and construction of two elementary schools in our neighborhood. We have seen the School Department successfully plan and implement a terrific busing strategy to the Carr School for both the Angier and the Zervas populations, and lived through the periods when more children walked to the bus—often in groups--and few, if any, parents drove their children to school.

 

Our neighbors have commented on the pleasure they take in seeing kids out walking together, rather than coping with cars speeding kids up back streets and cut-throughs. With the re-opening of Angier, some of the walking has continued, but some of the driving has, unfortunately, returned and we have witnessed the bad behavior of caregivers in cars as they queue (mostly) for pickup—waiting a good half-hour (or longer) for school to let out in and before the drop-off zone, causing backups on Beacon Street and beyond.

 

We also have noticed that the conversations around school site design seem to be an afterthought in Newton school design. When these discussions have come up in Waban, we have seen a bias toward driving, rather than a gentle nudge toward healthier, and more community-sustaining modes like walking to & from the school site. In fact, we have witnessed the repeated introduction of a wider, faster Beethoven Avenue as a “solution” to congestion without much apparent thought as to the resultant effects such a widening will have on student safety or the residential street in the hours outside of school drop-off and pick-up.

 

Our understanding is that the School Committee sets policy—and in fact, we note that you do have a policy around busing.

 

We urge you to create a more complete policy, in light of and in line with the City’s draft Complete Streets Policy and Transportation Strategy. As you know, walking and biking before and after school improve academic performance through exercise, allow children to meet their friends, and give parents a chance to build community—one of the basic values we hold dear in Newton. We hope your policy will also clearly address what you expect from school designs, and safe access for children on foot and on two wheels.

In Waban, we are happy to assist in the implementation of such policy, and in helping to advocate for needed traffic calming and other infrastructure changes to make walking safer and more pleasant near and on the way to schools.

Thank you for your attention to this important matter.

    

The Waban Area Council

By Sallee Lipshutz, President