Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council

Mission Statement

The nine-member Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council is an official elected body under the city charter.  Its purpose is to facilitate communication between Highlands residents and the Board of Aldermen and other city organs. It also serves as a forum/mechanism for dealing with various local issues and for fostering community spirit through annual events such as Village Day, the Halloween party and haunted house, and the Soup Social.

Links to Information about current projects impacting the Highlands is available on the Links page


Regular Meetings

The Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council meets on the first Thursday of each month, except in the case of inclement weather.  Meetings are held at the Brigham Community House, 20 Hartford St, Newton Highlands, MA 02461

December 6: We will be discussing Newton's Climate Change Vulnerability Action Plan.  Other topics are to be determined, check back as we get closer to the meeting.  

Upcoming agendas can be found on the City's Electronic Posting Board.


Special Meetings

Zoning Redesign: November 19, 8 pm Waban Library Center

The Area Council in conjunction with the Waban Area Council will be holding a series of meetings to educate the public and our members about the proposed zoning ordinance and discuss the proposed zoning ordinance.  These meetings will be in addition to the Area Council's regular monthly meetings.  The first meeting will be November 19 at 8 pm in the Waban Library Center 1608 Beacon Street.  This meeting will focus on residential districts.  

The background materials are available through the links here. The proposed zoning map is HERE, the proposed ordinance is HERE, the Planing Department's overview memo is HERE, and other information can be found through the Zoning Redesign webpage. Reports and documents developed for the Area Council meetings are available on our Reports page.

Additional dates and times of these meetings will be posted here, on the  City's Electronic Posting Board, and via  Newton Highlands Google discussion group.  Events relating zoning by other groups are listed below


Upcoming Events of Interest

Northland Project Public Hearing: Tuesday, November 13 (Site Design and Open Space) 

The next public hearing for the 822 housing unit mixed use development proposed for Needham and Oak Streets will be on November 13, time TBD.  This hearing will focus on site design and open space.  The Land Use committee has announced a tentative schedule for hearing on the project.  Detailed information about the project including a description of the project, images of the proposed project, planning memos, actual plans and  permit applications, and the tentative hearing schedule  are available at  

Highlands T Stop Accessibility Project 75% Design Meeting: Thursday, November 15

The MBTA will be holding a public meeting to present the 75% design of the new Highlands Station at 6:00 PM at the Women's Club, 72 Columbus Street.  According to the MBTA announcement the project will include a new pedestrian ramp from Hyde Street to the Inbound Platform. All ramps will be reconstructed to comply with Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (MAAB) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations and covered with steel canopies. The station platforms will be raised by approximately 8-inches. The project also includes, new lighting on platforms and ramps, a new covered bike rack, benches and trash receptacles.

Zoning Redesign:

Monday, November 26

The Zoning and Planing Committee will be having the second of a series of meetings on Zoning Redesign on Monday, November 26.  This meeting will be focusing on Residential districts.  Information on Zoning Redesign is available at  

Thursday, November 29

The Planning Department will be holding a community meeting for Ward 5 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm at the Angier School 697 Beacon Street.  Please attend to learn about the proposed zoning code and give your feedback directly to the Planning Department.  The flyer announcing the meeting is HERE.    

Soup Social: Saturday, February 2

 Join neighbors and friends for the annual event on February 2. We will offer soups from local restaurants and ice cream. The Soup Social will take place at the Hyde Community Center and is free to all.

Village Day:
Please contact an area council member to volunteer!

History of Newton Highlands

History of Newton Highlands
Old Photos of Newton Highlands
Crystal Lake:  History, Rules & Regulations
Brigham House
Avalon Bay Apartment Information

View the By-Laws of the NHNAC
Contact the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council

Join the Newton Highlands Google discussion group

The contents and data contained on these pages have been created solely by the members of the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council.  These pages are published as a service to the residents and visitors to the City of Newton. 

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