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

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.


Special Meetings

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


Upcoming Events of Interest

Northland Project: September 11  and September 24

The topics discussed at the next City Council meeting on the 800 housing unit mixed use development proposed for Needham and Oak Streets will be transportation,.design guidelines, community benefits and mitigation, rezoning.   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  

Zoning Redesign: On hold untill next year 

Climate Change

In October the City Council Zoning and.Planning Committee with be discussing the proposed Climate Action Plan and Citizen Commission on Energy Climate Plan with a public hearing tenttively scheduled for sometime in November.  The committee will then told a public hearing in Noverember.  The draft Climate Action Plan is available at   and the Citizen Commission plan is available at.  The PowerPoint slides from the August 26th meeting that Zoning and.Planning and Public Faciilities Committees held to introduce the plans are available at and the audio from the meeting is at

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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