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
The Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council meets on the first Thursday of each month, except in the case of inclement weather. Meetings are held virtually on Zoom due to the COVID 19 pandemic. Information about how to access the meeting by computer, smart phone or traditional phone is included in the agenda for the meeting.
The next Area Council meeting will be May 7. The full agenda will be available through the Electronic Posting Board which is linked to below.
Upcoming agendas can be found on the City's Electronic Posting Board.
Zoning Redesign: Next meeting TBD (on hold until 2020)
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 was November 19 and the second was January 26 both at the Waban Library Center, 1608 Beacon Street. The first meeting focused on residential districts and the second focused on the pusposes and village district sections . The PowerPoint presentation from those meetings are available on our Reports page.
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
Soup Social - The Hyde Community Center and the Newton Highlands Area Council are hosting this year's Soup Social on Saturday February 8 at 6:00 PM at the Hyde Community Center, 90 Lincoln Street. As usual half of the gym will be open for the kids to run around in. Please join us for local soup and an opportunity to meet your neighbors from around the Highlands.
Zoning Redesign: The City Council Zoning and Planning Committee is discussing how to change Newton's zoning ordinances pretty much every meeting. The committee meets virtually the second and fourth Mondays each month. The meeting agendas and links to access the meeting are posted on the Electronic Posting Board linked to above.
Village Day has been canceled for 2020 because of COVID-19. We look forward to having Village Day in June 2021.
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