What is an Area Council?
A neighborhood area council is a demographically-elected body that reflects the interest of local residents. Newton residents can propose a Neighborhood Area Council to represent their locality. We are proposing a Council to represent residents of Newtonville. At least 20% of registered voters in the proposed geographic area must indicate their support for the creation of an Area Council by signing a petition. This petition must then be approved by the Board of Aldermen.
What does an Area Council do?
An area council is the voice of the community. As part of the government it can operate and interact with the City with more authority than other neighborhood groups. Under the umbrella of the area council, neighborhood groups can communicate and collaborate with the City more effectively than if operating unilaterally. Representatives are elected and councils must hold meetings open to the public. The City can delegate responsibilities to an Area Council, and the council can take advantage of City resources to advance its goals.
Are there any Area Councils currently in Newton?
Newton currently has two area councils. Newton Highlands established an area council in 1974. In 2011, Newton Upper Falls became the second Newton village to establish an area council. These councils have been instrumental in maintaining vital village centers and fostering community spirit. Mayor Warren is encouraging the formation of additional area councils.
How can you get involved?
You can get involved by signing the Newtonville area council petition which will be circulating in our community.
Join our mailing list.
Contact Neighborhood Area Council – click the link and select the category BNNeighborhoodAreaCouncil.
Team Coordinator – Joy Huber