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
Union Twist will present their proposal for a recreational marijuana store at 1158 Beacon Street. Greg Schwartz will then talk about what the City Council can consider when deciding whether to approve a recreational marijuana retailer application and how residents can more effectively influence the City Council's decision.
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
November 7: We will be discussing the closing off of the pedestrian bridge near the Barry Price Center across the Charles River and Newton's proposed Climate Action Plan. There will also be updates about other items including the Union Twist Marijuana dispensary public meeting and Northland's Needham street projects. See the full agenda using the link below. The Climate Action Plan is HERE.
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
Northland Project: Referendum on Northland Project
The City Council approved the project in late December 2019 and residents of Newton gathered well over the 3,000+ signatures required to hold a referendum vote to overturn the approval. The City Council is in the process of scheduling the referendum but it will likely be held on March 3 the same day as the presidential primary
Historic Landmarking: Public Hearing January 27, 7 pm in City Hall
The Zoning and Planing Committee of the City Council will be holding a public hearing on the question of whether to "temporarily suspend nominations made by the Historical Commission and the City Council for landmark designations of any land, buildings and structures in the City of Newton in order to allow the City adequate time to review the landmark ordinance and consider what revisions are appropriate. The temporary suspension will prevent and suspend the processing, and approval of any property currently under consideration for landmark designation and will temporarily suspend future landmark designations made by the Historical Commission and the City Council. Landmark nominations made by the Mayor, Director of Planning of Development and the Commissioner of Inspectional Services shall not be affected. This temporary suspension shall end no later than December 31, 2020. " Some information about historic landmarks is available here. If you don't want to speak at the hearing you can always email, call, or send letters to the committee members. The committee members are listed here and contact information for city councilors is here.
Transportation and Public Safety: Listening session with public comments February 5, 7 pm at City Hall; Invited speakers only January 22, 7 pm at City Hall
The Transportation and Public Safety Committee of the City Council is asking the public to share what issues relating to transportation and public safety the committee should focus on most over the next two years. If you don't want to speak at the hearing you can always email, call, or send letters to the committee members. The committee members are listed here and contact information for city councilors is here.
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: On hold untill next year
Please contact an area council member to volunteer!
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