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Recodified Zoning Bylaw Now Online

Zoning Bylaw 

In 2018, following a year and a half of meetings, interviews, and public engagement, the Town of Arlington recodified  its Zoning Bylaw. The recodified Zoning Bylaw was adopted at Special Town Meeting on February 12, 2018, and now includes amendments through April 22, 2019.

The last time the Zoning Bylaw was significantly updated was in 1975 and it has been amended at almost every Town Meeting since then. The Arlington Master Plan adopted in 2015 recommended recodifying and updating the Zoning Bylaw to make it more clear, updated, and consistent. It stated that “As a first step in any zoning revisions following a new master plan, communities should focus on instituting a good regulatory foundation: structure, format, ease of navigation, updated language and definitions, and statutory and case law consistency."

The Zoning Bylaw may be downloaded as a PDF. A printed copy of the Zoning Bylaw can be purchased for $10 at the Department of Planning and Community Development or the Building Inspector's Office.

Download the Entire Zoning Bylaw. The document has been updated to include a linked Table of Contents and external hyperlinks to promote usability.

The Zoning Map is also available to download.

Amendments from 2019 Annual Town Meeting

The 2019 Annual Town Meeting adopted a number of zoning amendments. On September 25, 2019, the Attorney General approved the following zoning amendments:

Article 14: TDM Applicability (see Section 6.1.5)
Article 18: Floodplain District (see Section 5.7)
Article 19: Inland Wetland District (see Section 5.8)
Article 21: Bicycle Parking (see Section 6.1.12)
Article 22: Citation Corrections (various sections)
Article 24: Definition of Story, Half (see Section 2)

The Attorney General is still currently reviewing the following zoning amendments and will issue a decision on or before November 14, 2019:

Article 17: Sign Regulations (see Section 6.2)
Article 20: Review of Religious and Educational Uses (see Section 3.5)

The Zoning Bylaw submitted to the Attorney General is available for review.

Zoning Bylaw Working Group

In 2018, the Zoning Bylaw Working Group was created to advance revisions to the Zoning Bylaw that were not addressed as part of the recodification process. Learn more about their current initiatives by visiting the Zoning Bylaw Working Group website or contacting the Department of Planning and Community Development. 

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