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Arlington's update of its master plan began with a webinar held Thursday, Feb. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Claire Ricker, director of the Department of Planning and Community Development announced that, as part of this official kickoff of the Arlington Master Plan update, residents may apply to join a committee to update the plan.

The current master plan, adopted by the Town of Arlington in 2015, established the vision for planning and development within Arlington. The plan serves as a guide for land use and development decisions and includes a 10-year implementation strategy to achieve that vision.

The webinar Thursday will discuss the town’s achievements since the adoption of the 2015 plan, a news release said. In addition, there will be a Master Planning 101 presentation to help residents and stakeholders understand the importance of the plan and why an update is critical to ensuring that its goals continue to align with the community’s vision for Arlington.

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“Arlington has become a leader among municipalities for its forward-thinking policies, and so much credit goes to the incredible support from the community,” Ricker said in the release. “Under the guidance of the 2015 master plan, Arlington has committed to become carbon-neutral by 2050; adopted a sustainable transportation plan to expand our multimodal transportation network to safely move people throughout Arlington and beyond; established mechanisms to create more affordable housing options; and enhanced local business programs that support the vibrancy of our commercial districts.”

“Now, it's time to envision what we want to accomplish over the next decade.”

She said the master plan update webinar is a great opportunity to learn about the process, how resident participation can help shape the future direction of Arlington and how residents and business owners can apply to join the Arlington Master Plan Update Committee.

Applications for this committee are available March 1 to April 15. The town plans to make committee member selections by the end of April. There will be several neighborhood engagement opportunities in the coming months as the town gathers community input.

A request for proposal will be issued in the fall and a consultant selected by the end of the year. The goal is to bring the updated master plan to the 2026 Town Meeting for approval.

This news announcement was published Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2024, based on information from the town website.