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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.

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

2019 Annual Town Meeting

Redevelopment Board Report to 2019 Annual Town Meeting

Marijuana Uses

Special Town Meeting on December 5, 2018, adopted zoning amendments on recreational and medical marijuana uses as described in the ARB's Report to 2018 Special Town Meeting. These amendments were approved by the Attorney General on April 12, 2019.

composite map was prepared of the zoning districts where marijuana uses are allowed and the buffers including 500 feet from K-12 public and private schools (mid-gray), 300 feet from town-owned recreational facilities and playgrounds (lightest gray), and 200 feet from public libraries (darkest gray) can be reviewed. 

Other Important Links

Planning & Community Development
Application for Special Permit Under Environmental Review 
Design Standards for the Town of Arlington
Small Cell Wireless Facility Design Rules and Regulations
Board of Survey Regulations 
Board of Survey Law 

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