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.

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City of Newton documentation of current issues and schedules:

Comments

48 rental units under 40B 105 parking spots with access onto Karen road

The Beacon and Chestnut St intersection. is already too congested. We would contribute to stop this development. Developers make promises, but the reality of the finished project is always worse than what was proposed

Oakvale Road, unfortunately, is a private road and therefore is not maintained by the city. It is the cut-through of choice for vehicles going to Karen Road. Residents of Oakvale have been suffering the destruction of Oakvale's pavement by hundreds of construction trucks since the McMansioning of Karen Road started 10 or 12 years ago. So far, none of the developers has taken responsibility for mitigating the damage. We anticipate that this will get even worse during the project at St. Philip Neri. We would like to propose an agreement with the developer of St. Philip Neri that they will either send their trucks down a public street such as Montclair or Moffat rather than Oakvale, or repave our street when they are done with their project.

Residents of Oakvale are also concerned about the amount of traffic that will pass daily over our deteriorating private road once the multi-housing project is completed. We would appreciate an opportunity to discuss with the city and the developer ways to mitigate this problem, and would like to be included in “near neighbor” meetings. Possible solutions to the problem include: establishing Oakvale as a one-way street from west to east, on the model of nearby (private) Roslyn Road; putting the ingress to the new development on Short/Beacon Street rather than Karen Road; having the city make Oakvale a public road without charging the abutters for the improvement; or by some other means.

I asked several questions at the end of May 6th meeting at the WC which was attended by approximately 140 people to get a sense of where people stood after the presentation.

  1. How many were involved in the meetings the developer held prior to the May 6th meeting? Less than a dozen raised their hands
  2. How many were in favor of the current proposal? About a dozen raised their hands
  3. How many were opposed? 80-90% raised their hands
  4. How many would favor a design that had half as many units and preserved the Church structure? 50-60% raised their hands.
PLANNING DEPT. LETTER TO MASS HOUSING PARTNERSHIP WITH RESIDENT COMMENTS ATTACHED WABAN AREA COUNCIL 5.12.16 LETTER TO PLANNING DEPT. Mass Housing Partnership is currently reviewing whether to issue a Project Eligibility Letter for this project (the first stage of the 40B process).  View the...
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JULY 14th 7PM AT CITY HALL --- NEXT ZBA HEARING The developer is working on a revised plan for two single family homes along Karen Rd. and 10-12 townhouse units along Short St. The developer hopes to reach agreement with the neighbors on the revised plan, and both the neighbors and the developer...
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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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Attend working meetings at the WLC at 7:00pm

  • Monday April 25 2016: Draft Proposal – presented for input and revision
  • Tuesday May 31 2016: Final Proposal – presented for discussion and approval
  • Tuesday June 21 2016: 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:
Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:30pm

WABAN AREA COUNCIL AGENDA

Thurs., May 12, 2016, 7:30pm

Waban Library Center - www.wabanareacouncil.com

WABAN AREA COUNCIL MEETING: 7:30PM (FIRM TIME)

following 7PM Zervas community and construction team meeting

I.   APPROVAL OF MAR. 10 AND APR. 14, 2016 MEETING MINUTES JC (4 min)

II. APPROVAL OF MAY 12, 2016 TREASURER’S REPORT RG (2 min)

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

IV. MAY AND JUNE MEETING SCHEDULE:

            Special additional WAC Meeting on May 26 at 7:45pm at the Waban Library Center to address concerns that were not able to be addressed at our April Zervas Street Design Meeting, raised by residents of streets nearby to Zervas.

             June meeting: Possibly June 16 (instead of June 9) for next regularly scheduled WAC meeting.

V. WAC FUNDRAISING FOR ISLAND ACROSS FROM ANGIER AT VILLAGE DAY All (10 min)

            WHO WILL ATTEND AND HELP???????

VI. APPOINTMENT OF CMTTE. TO CONSIDER ESTABLISHING WABAN HISTORIC DISTRICT.

VII. LETTER TO PLANNING DEPT. RE: STAPLES-CRAFT HOUSE AT 1615 BEACON ST. KW(45MIN)

VIII. POSSIBLE LETTER RE: PUBLIC PROCESS OF SITE APPROVAL FOR ZERVAS SL & RG(10min)

IX. UPDATES: (15min)

            A. WAC and NHAC Visioning Efforts: Survey to Community, CP (5 min)

            B. St. Philip Neri/1521 Beacon St.: Continuation of ZBA Public Hearing. KW (5 min)

            C. Charter Commission: Straw votes taken. Area Council Statements in September. SL (5min)                                  

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

XI. ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

Waban Village Day Sunday, May 22, 10am-2:30pm

Waban Area Council Special Meeting: Thurs., May 26, 7:45pm at Waban Library Center.

XII. ADJOURN Next Waban Area Council Special Meeting/Program: May 26, 2016, at

7:45PM, Waban Library Center. Next regularly scheduled Waban Area Council Meeting: Either  June 9 or June 16 at 7:30pm, (immediately following the Zervas Construction Team/Community Meeting at 7PM.)

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 Food Pantries especially need your donations year round!

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.