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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.

Remote Operations During COVID-19 Response

In accordance with Chapter 53 of the acts of 2020, An Act to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19, signed on April 3, 2020, specifically Section 17 regarding permitting, reviews, and meetings, the Department is transitioning to accepting all applications and application materials electronically. We will continue to process Special Permit applications by email to the Board administrator.

Original Environmental Design Review Special Permit applications with the application fee can be mailed to Town Hall, Arlington Redevelopment Board c/o Department of Planning and Community Development, 730 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA 02476. A PDF format with a copy of the application fee should be emailed to A confirmation of the application received and a receipt for fees paid will be emailed to the applicant. All applications will be emailed to the Clerk’s Office and posted on the Town’s website. Abutters notices will continue to be mailed. Decisions will also be mailed. Application reviews will also continue, including permits already in progress and under review by the Board.

The Redevelopment Board will continue meeting virtually consistent within orders issued by the Governor regarding permitting, application reviews, and public meetings/ hearings. Zoom software is being used for virtual meetings. The meeting is recorded by Zoom and will also be recorded and run by ACMi at a later date. Meeting rules will be outlined by the chair at the start of each meeting.

2020 Annual Town Meeting

Redevelopment Board Report to Town Meeting 2020

In response to COVID-19, the 2020 Annual Town Meeting will be postponed per the Town Moderator in a statement released March 24, 2020.

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.

Prior to the Town's response to the COVID-19 state of emergency, the ARB held a public hearing on March 2 on 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.

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

Redevelopment Board 2019-2020 Goals
Planning & Community Development
Application for Special Permit Under Environmental Review 
Board of Survey Regulations 
Board of Survey Law 

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