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The state Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has approved the town's five-year housing plan.

Town planning announced that the new plan replaces the town’s 2016 housing effort, which expired last fall. Informed by data, research and community engagement, the plan shares a vision and specific ways that Arlington can lead on providing housing options for a range of people.

The plan includes a comprehensive housing needs assessment, affordable housing goals and outlines strategies for how to achieve those goals through policy and zoning changes, new programs and funding sources. 

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Plan to aid trust

The housing plan was adopted by the Arlington Redevelopment Board on Jan. 24 and the Select Board on April 20. It informs the work of the various town bodies whose work affects housing and will help the town advance the Arlington Affordable Housing Trust Fund, established by 2020 Town Meeting.

Additionally, an approved housing plan allows the town to request DHCD’s certification of municipal compliance when it meets its goals for production of affordable housing units in a given year. 

The planning process engaged many Arlington residents, town departments, boards, commissions and organizations through a community questionnaire, focus groups, stakeholder interviews, outreach at the Arlington Farmers’ Market, Meeting in a Box “kitchen conversation” kits, online mapping exercises and several public forums.

In addition, the town hosted a community conversation on fair housing titled “Who Can Live Here, Who Decides, and Why?” and co-sponsored an event about the experiences of non-profit and private developers of affordable housing titled “Creating Affordable Housing: Ask the Experts."

Arlington’s Housing Plan Implementation Committee (HPIC) and the planning department worked with Barrett Planning Group and the Horsley Whitten Group to develop the plan, which is funded through the Community Development Block Grant program.

More information about the plan is available on the HPIC website, or by visiting the DPCD “Projects, Plans, & Reports” page at arlingtonma.gov/planning

For more information, contact Kelly Lynema, acting director, planning department at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 781-316-3090.

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