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Second housing plan virtual forum held

UPDATED, Sept. 17: The town is creating a housing plan to update Arlington's vision and strategy for providing housing that serves a range of needs, including development and preservation of affordable housing, and housing for seniors and families.

It was held Tuesday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If you missed it, you can view materials here >>

These include presentation materials describing the components of the housing plan, local housing need, development constraints and local capacity to create affordable housing are now available online.

As the officials moves into the next steps of the planning process, they are seeking community input about ideas for locations of future affordable housing in Arlington.

Use the town's online mapping tool to indicate sites you consider suitable for affordable-housing development or redevelopment, sites where no development should occur and sites in need of rehabilitation. 

Agenda for Sept. 14

The Sept. 14 meeting is to include a presentation from the plan’s consultants about findings from the housing needs assessment, facilitated small-group discussions and time for questions. Additionally, the consultant will provide an update on the town’s progress meeting goals from the 2016 Housing Production Plan.

The meeting aims to set the stage for the creation of housing goals and strategies achievable in the next five years. There will also be a new mapping activity to engage the community in sharing ideas for the housing plan in an online format. 

The Arlington Housing Plan is a five-year plan that will update the town’s 2016 Housing Production Plan. The completed plan aims to update the town’s vision and strategy for providing housing that serves a range of needs; address the diverse housing needs for a range of household and housing types, including housing for seniors and families; be both data-driven and informed by the community through a series of engagement opportunities; and include a comprehensive needs assessment, affordable housing goals, and strategies for how to achieve those goals through policy and zoning changes.

Town officials will consult the housing plan when making determinations about zoning and policy amendments for consideration by Town Meeting and when reviewing citizen petitions, particularly as they relate to zoning, land use, housing development and preservation. The plan aims to guide town boards’ development of and amendments to local policies, projects and programs. The plan is to serve as a resource for understanding local housing needs, community demographics, as well as long-term, inclusive objectives.

For more information about the plan and how you can get involved, contact Erin Moriarty, assistant director of planning and community development, emoriarty ar town.arlington.ma.us or visit the Housing Plan Implementation Committee webpage at arlingtonma.gov/planning.

Town link to affordable-housing information
July 20, 2016: Enterprising, 5-year housing targets approved

This news announcement was published Friday, Aug. 27, 2021, and updated Sept. 17.



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