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Department of Planning and Community Development Kicks Off Three Projects

Project Information is available on the Town’s website.

Post Date:01/27/2020 10:37 AM
The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has kicked off three projects that were funded by the 2019 Annual Town Meeting: an Economic Analysis of the Industrial Zoning Districts, the preparation of Residential Design Guidelines for residential buildings in the R0, R1, and R2 Zoning Districts, and the preparation of a Sustainable Transportation Plan. Through a competitive procurement process and recommendations by Town staff and Committee members, RKG Associates was selected to complete the Economic Analysis of the Industrial Zoning Districts, Harriman was selected to complete the Residential Design Guidelines, and Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates was selected to complete the Sustainable Transportation Plan. It is anticipated that these projects will be completed in 2020.

The goals of the Economic Analysis of Industrial Zoning Districts project include positioning Arlington to attract new businesses and jobs in emerging growth industries to the Industrial Districts and creating opportunities for the Town to realize greater revenue by making strategic amendments to the Zoning Bylaw and Zoning Map. RKG Associates will provide the Town with an understanding of the market and fiscal realities of development scenarios to help inform any recommended regulatory amendments. The resulting potential zoning amendments are intended to better match the needs of today’s industrial developers and businesses and well-position Arlington in a highly competitive industrial and commercial market place. The Zoning Bylaw Working Group and DPCD are working with RKG Associates on this project. Project information may be found on the Zoning Bylaw Working Group's website. 

Through the Residential Design Guidelines project, Harriman will assist the community in identifying design preferences for the low density residential zoning districts including R0, R1, and R2,  set forth accepted guidelines that sets expectations for the community and how those requirements are met, and develop a review process. The Design Review Working Group, is advising DPCD and Harriman on this project. In addition to DPCD staff, the Design Review Working Group includes a representative from the Redevelopment Board, the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Residential Study Group, and three residents with architectural backgrounds. Project information may be found on the Design Review Working Group's website.  

Finally, the Sustainable Transportation Plan kicked off with Nelson\Nygaard as the Town’s consultant in mid-January. The plan will provide a vision for the development of the transportation system in Arlington over the next 20 years, building upon the Traffic and Circulation section of the Master Plan and its recommendations. It will focus on all aspects of transportation and mobility in Arlington, including walking, bicycling, public transportation, driving, shared mobility, and micro-mobility. Goals and recommendations will be developed to prioritize next steps for projects, programs, and policies to achieve this vision. Project information may be found on the Sustainable Transportation Plan Advisory Committee's website. 

To learn more about these projects, contact Erin Zwirko, Assistant Director of Planning and Community Development, at 781-316-3091 or ezwirko@town.arlington.ma.us.
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