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CommunityConversation Current activities around the plan are being underway by the Master Plan Implementation Committee.

Your Town, Your Future
Arlington's Master Plan, Your Town, Your Future, sets forth a planning and development vision for the town, as well as implementation steps and goals resulting from that vision. The Master Plan was adopted by the Arlington Redevelopment Board on February 4, 2015 and was endorsed by Town Meeting on May 11, 2015. You may view The Master Plan here.

Plan Overview and Online Version
Arlington's Master plan is to be used as a guide for land use and development decisions made within Town. Through this plan Arlington will continue working cooperatively with residents, businesses, and stakeholders to provide guidance on a variety of issues such as: land use, environmental quality, transportation, public facilities and services, historic resources and open space, and community character.

Your Town, Your Future is organized into ten chapters, which include:

  1. Introduction
  2. Demographic Profile
  3. Land Use
  4. Traffic and Circulation
  5. Housing and Residential Development
  6. Economic Development
  7. Historic and Cultural Resource Areas
  8.  Natural Resources and Open Space
  9. Public Facilities and Services
  10. Implementation Program

Each chapter identifies issues and proposes objectives and strategies that are to be used to guide development decisions. This is a open, flexible document that will require future updates and analysis to remain relevant.

The plan is a living document and will be revised as conditions and circumstances within and around Arlington change. This website is intended to provide access to the plan in electronic and downloadable formats, but is specifically geared to be accessed by desktop computers, with some mobile support.  This format allows for the use of interactive maps, filtering and sorting tables, and other interactive design features that will allow residents and visitors to read about and understand Arlington. This format also presents an opportunity to reflect changes in policy and factual information affecting the plan through more frequent and relevant updates. Click here to continue on to the Elements section of Your Town, Your Future, which will allow you to interact with The Master Plan.

The online version of this plan contains data from the following sources:

  • UMass Donahue Institute
  • Decennial Census Data obtained from NHGIS
  • U.S. Census Bureau, Decennial Census
  • American Community Survey
  • ESRI Business Analyst
  • Arlington Town Reports
  • Arlington School Department
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council

All data for visualizations associated with Your Town, Your Future can be found in the Github repository created for Arlington's Master Plan

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