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About the Arlington Redevelopment Board

The Arlington Redevelopment Board (ARB) is the Town’s Planning Board, under M.G.L. Chapter 41 § 81. There are five members of the Board. Four are appointed by the Town Manager and the fifth is a gubernatorial designee appointed by the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Board serves as the Town’s special permit granting authority for projects which require an Environmental Design Review (EDR) as identified in the Zoning Bylaw. The ARB is also the Town’s Urban Renewal Authority under M.G.L. Chapter 121; with Town Meeting approval, the Board may hold land or buildings to improve and rehabilitate them to meet community development goals. The ARB currently manages three properties: the Central School at 20 Academy Street, 23 Maple Street, and the Jefferson Cutter House at 611 Massachusetts Avenue, which includes Whittemore Park. Building tenants include the Senior Center, Town departments, and nonprofit organizations.

The Board typically meets the first and third Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Town Hall Annex, Second Floor Conference Room. View past ARB Meetings on ACMi.

2020 Annual Town Meeting

Legal Notice appearing in Arlington Advocate on February 13 and 20, 2020

Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendments for 2020 Annual Town Meeting, February 13, 2020, including those submitted by the ARB and citizen petitioners.

The ARB will hold hearings on the following nights:

March 2, 2020, beginning at 7:30 PM, in the Central School Main Room, 27 Maple Street, Arlington;
March 16, 2020, beginning at 8:30 PM, in the Lyons Hearing Room, Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington;
March 19, 2020, beginning at 7:30 PM, in the Arlington Police Department's Community Room, 112 Mystic Street, Arlington; and
March 23, 2020, beginning at 7:30 PM, in the Lyons Hearing Room, Town Hall, 730 Mass Ave, Arlington.

March 2 Hearing

The March 2 hearing will include the following articles:

Article 34: Clarification of Definition of Mixed Use
Article 28: Conversion of Commercial to Residential
Article 34: Parking Reductions in the B3 and B5 Districts
Article 35: Reduction of Parking Requirements in the B3 or B5 Zoning Districts
Article 36: Parking Regulations

Materials are posted to the ARB's Agendas and Minutes page.

Rules and Regulations

On August 6, 2018, the Board adopted Rules and Regulations intended to provide a source of reference to members of the Board and interested citizens, to assure the orderly conduct at the meetings of the Board, and to provide the most efficient use of the Board and staff's time by describing filing deadlines and submittal requirements.

On July 1, 2019, the Board amended the rules and regulations to include a section on reviewing certain religious and educational uses (also known as the Dover Amendment).

2019-2020 Goals

At the July 1, 2019 meeting, the ARB set goals for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020) on the four topic areas:

  1. Zoning Bylaw amendments;
  2. Long-range planning;
  3. Property and asset management and maintenance; and
  4. Community planning goals.

Redevelopment Board 2019-2020 Goals

Guidance Documents

Design Standards for the Town of Arlington
Bicycle Parking Guidelines
Small Cell Wireless Facility Design Rules and Regulations
Composite Buffer Map for Marijuana Uses

Other Important Links

Planning & Community Development
Application for Special Permit Under Environmental Review 
Board of Survey Regulations 
Board of Survey Law 

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