Department of Planning, Community Development announces upcoming forums

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The Department of Planning and Community Development announces three upcoming virtual forums for the public to learn about community planning initiatives and to provide feedback on the following dates in the evening:

  • Dec. 1: Residential Design Guidelines 
  • Dec. 8: Economic Analysis of Industrial Zoning Districts; and
  • Dec. 14: Connect Arlington.

The Residential Design Guidelines aim to provide residents, architects, builders and Arlington’s development review Boards and staff with a set of best practices to guide new construction and renovations to single-family and two-family homes in Arlington’s lowest-density neighborhoods, the R0, R1, and R2 Zoning Districts. The Guidelines give designers and community stakeholders more flexibility to find creative design solutions. The Design Review Working Group, DPCD and consultant Harriman invite residents to review the Residential Design Guidelines and attend the virtual forum. More information about this project, including a link to the draft of the Residential Design Guidelines, can be found at

The Economic Analysis of Industrial Zoning Districts looks to create opportunities for the town to realize greater revenue in the industrially-zoned areas of Arlington by making strategic zoning amendments to incentivize new growth. The Zoning Bylaw Working Group, DPCD and consultants RKG Associates and Harriman considered community goals and various development scenarios in order to inform zoning recommendations and possible amendments to well-position Arlington in the regional industrial and commercial marketplace. Join the forum to learn more. Project information, including draft zoning, may be found on the ZBWG’s website at

Finally, Connect Arlington, the town’s Sustainable Transportation Plan, will provide a vision for all aspects of transportation and mobility in Arlington over the next 20 years, building upon the Master Plan and its recommendations. Goals and recommendations are being developed to prioritize short- and long-term actions for projects, programs and policies to achieve this vision.  The town is seeking resident input and feedback on these strategies, priorities, and policies in a survey that is now available, and will be open until Dec. 11. The final virtual form will be hosted by the Sustainable Transportation Plan Advisory Committee, DPCD and Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates. Links to the survey as well as the Transportation Factbook and a summary of public engagement from the past spring and summer can be found on the town’s website at

To learn more about these upcoming forums, contact Erin Zwirko, assistant director of planning and community development, at 781-316-3091 or [email protected]

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