April 12 2018

Waban Area Council



April 12, 2018, 7:30pm-9:30pm

Waban Library Center


  1. Approval of March Minutes & Minutes Dissemination (10 minutes)
    • Should we send draft minutes in blast email every month? IA
  2. Approval of Treasurer’s Report (5 minutes)
  3. Burning Issues from the Community (10 minutes)
  4. Update on recent proposed change to citywide parking rules. (10 minutes)
  5. Waban Surveys Summary - CP (45 minutes)
  6. Zoning Revision and Pattern Book Update – RG (15 minutes)
  7. Update re Medical Marijuana Dispensary proposed for 1152 Beacon St. – RG (5 minutes).
  8. Village Day, May 20 – SL (10 minutes)
  9. Next Meeting – May 10


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Meeting Date: 
Thursday, April 12, 2018 - 7:30pm


Meeting of Waban Area Council

Waban Library Center

April 12 2018 7:30pm



Members of Waban Area Council in Attendance:  Patrick Maher, Bob Jampol, Dinah Bodkin, Christopher Pitts, Joe Corkery, Sallee Lipshutz, Isabelle Albeck.


Acting President:  Sallee Lipshutz


Also in Attendance:  Karen Sauer, Gretchen Friend, Barbara Kopans, Ann Wilcox, Barbara Brustowicz, Don Ross


Minutes of 03/08/18 Meeting approved with change suggested by PM.

​         Should we send draft minutes in blast email every month? IA asked for ​WAC Draft Meeting Minutes to be sent out in bulk email as soon as it is ​available.  That is  the procedure of the NHAC and it allows the ​community to read the Minutes sooner after the meeting has taken place ​than WAC procedure which precludes  dissemination of the Minutes ​until they are approved, usually one month later at next  meeting.  The ​concept was favorably received.  Some discussion as to particulars of ​  format.  Bulk blast email will contain link to Draft Minutes posted on ​WAC website as soon as available, which Secretary Bodkin expressed ​would be one week to ten  days after any given meeting.  Proposal ​passed unanimously.  Council agreed   informally to limit blast emails to ​twice per month except in the event of an emergency or specific request ​from City Council.


​After unanimous passage of decision, discussion continued, mainly ​around the issue of not saturating our community with bulk emails.  CP ​stated that our current “open” rate is approximately 45%, significantly ​better than WIS.  SL moved that council vote to continue discussion on a ​matter on which a vote had already been taken.   Motion passed. ​SL asserted that WAC meetings are ​governed by Robert’s ​rules.  CP disagreed.  The matter was left there[1].


 Treasurer’s Report Approved Balance of $1202.20 with $299 of that belonging to Friends of the Quinobequin (unchanged since last meeting).



Burning Issues from the Community 

​         Need for adjustment of traffic light in Waban Square.  “Smart” traffic light   stops cars in all directions even when no one is attempting to cross the street.

​        Accessible parking spot will become available in front of Waban Post Office.

​     Waban Commons:  Fundraising is in full swing.  Donations can be made at  wabancommon.org.  Ready to begin construction.  Can construction ​begin before  the school year is over?


Update on Proposed Change to Citywide Parking Rules

         Proposal, approved by Public Safety and Transportation Committee to ​prohibit drivers from parking at the same meter, on the same ​block or ​in the same public lot twice in one day met a lot of opposition ​when ​presented to full City Council.  Proposal was sent back to Committee.  ​Councilors John Rice and  Andrea ​  Downs expect Committee to ​propose significant changes to current   proposal.


Waban Surveys Summary (CP)

         CP reviewed results of Waban Survey, all of which are available at ​WAC website in  Document Archives under Future Planning.  ​Results ​of Waban Survey sparked  discussion at tonight’s meeting of frequency ​of tear downs in Waban v other Newton Villages, aging in Waban, and ​Mayor Fuller’s stated interest in the results of the  Survey.


Zoning Revision and Pattern Book Update

         Several sections of the WAC catchment area are not included in the ​Pattern Book Waban Context Based Area (see WAC website Pattern ​Book page.)  Generally         agreed that architectural harmony is a thin ​criterion on which to base   CBA’s.  Council agreed informally that ​neighborhoods in our catchment area should   not be excluded ​from ​Waban CBA.  Question arose (IA) as to whether Pattern Book         is ​impartial assessment or designed in such a way as to encourage ​development.


Update re Medical Marijuana Dispensary


​No significant changes since last meeting.  RG has reached out to Ron ​Lipof about participating in a community forum but he has not ​responded.   Approval for dispensary at 1152 Beacon St is under way. ​New material re permitting process and City of Newton ​regulations ​can be found at www.mass.gov.  CP agreed to post relevant ​material ​to WAC website.



Waban Village Day May 20

         Goal of obtaining more signatures in order to grow our email list.


Meeting adjourned 9:42.


Respectfully submitted by

         Dinah Bodkin






[1] WAC meetings are governed by Robert’s rules.  http://www.wabanareacouncil.com/content/laws.  See f. Conduct of meetings.