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Arlington Master Plan Information
ArlMasterPlanImage_72dpi_Pano_MG_2017.jpgYour Town Your Future

Your Town Your Future: a Master Plan for Arlington will guide land use, physical development/redevelopment, facilities and infrastructre over the next twenty years.

In June, over 200 people participated in workshops for Your Town Your Future and approximately 1,200 people responded to a survey based on the October 2012 forum results. To date, over 50 community stakeholders, such as business owners, elected officials and Town leaders, have been interviewed. The Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Town would like to thank everyone who has participated so far in Your Town Your Future: a master plan for Arlington.

Over the summer, the Master Plan Advisory Committee (MPAC), developed broad draft goals for land use, housing, transportation, economic development, facilities, natural and historic properties, and open space and recreation. The MPAC continue to meet, working with the Planning Department and consultant. These meetings are open to the public; join us at upcoming meetings on Dec. 5, or Jan 17 in the new year.
Progress will continue to be posted on this website. You can view a chronology here.

Arlington Master Plan Events Available Online
If you missed the Arlington Master Plan events, now you can watch them at Arlington Community Media, Inc. (ACMi).  ACMi’s Video-On-Demand allows viewers to watch master plan presentations over the internet including “Ten Things You Need to Know About Arlington Zoning” (labeled 2014 Zoning Meeting). Visit

The most reliable way to stay informed over the two-year Your Town Your Future process is by subscribing to Town notices

Stay informed on Master Plan updates via email by subscribing to Town of Arlington Notices here.

A comprehensive municipal master plan will serve as the Town’s primary policy statement on future physical development in Arlington. The process involves public participation to set goals and communicate a long-term shared vision, a review of current trends relative to land use, economic development, housing, open space, recreation lands, natural and historic properties, transportation, demographics, public facilities, and includes steps to implement the plan.
Each element of the master plan is inter-related. For example economic development may depend on transportation; increased housing can lead to increased demand for services. The legal basis for master planning in Massachusetts is provided in Chapter 41, Section 81D of Massachusetts General Law. This act encourages Planning Boards to create Master Plans to “provide a basis for decision making regarding the long term physical development of the Municipality.”

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