Historic Preservation

  • As a fourth generation resident of Newton Upper Falls, I am keenly aware of the value of history in the quality of our lives. I have co-sponsored efforts to preserve and enhance the historic character of our City, including the establishment of the Newton Upper Falls and Chestnut Hill Historic Districts, the Demolition Delay Ordinance, the Landmark Ordinance, and am happy to help residents to use all the tools available to preserve their neighborhood.
  • As Chair of the Zoning and Planning Committee, I played an active role in the establishment of the Newtonville and Auburndale Historic Districts. I am currently working with the Newton Highlands Neighborhood Area Council to win approval of a Newton Highlands Historic District.
  • I helped to designate St. Bernard’s Church as a City Landmark.  I repeatedly informed the Archdiocese of Boston about the historic district status of Mary Immaculate of Lourdes church to help preserve it as the church that members of my family helped to build in 1910.
  • I served as a member and eventually chaired the city's Historic Building Preservation Task force. I worked for funds to repair the Civil War Soldier's Monument and the East, South and West Historic Burying Grounds.
  • As a member of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee, I helped to develop the “Planning for and with History” section of the City’s Comprehensive Plan that included the “Charleston Principles of Historic Preservation” that I had inserted in the previous Plan.

    Please see:  http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/Planning/docs/2008-comp-plan.pdf



Topic Date: 
Thursday, September 10, 2009


Brian E. Yates
Councilor At Large
Ward 5

1094 Chestnut St.
Newton, MA 02464

My campaign for re-election in 2017 is now underway. Please look through this website for information on my qualifications, viewpoints, and accomplishments.


Brian E. Yates Councilor At Large