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Redevelopment Board discusses new guidelines for MBTA communities

Arlington via Google Earth: Your Town, Your FutureThe Arlington Redevelopment Board on Monday, Sept. 12, discussed the implications of new guidelines for MBTA communities, which affect Arlington zoning as well an effort to among those municipalities seeking to ban natural-gas hookups.

The law requires MBTA communities to have a "district of reasonable size" where multifamily housing is allowed by right, at a gross density of at least 15 units per acre and without any size or age restrictions.

Arlington is now classified as an "Adjacent Community," which means its capacity requirement is now 10 instead of 25 percent.

"Capacity" refers to the number of dwellings that could be built by right if there was nothing in the district, and 10 percent refers to the percentage of year-round housing units from the last census. Arlington's required multifamily district capacity is total of 2,046 housing units.

The minimum size of a town district has been reduced from 50 to 32 acres, and the town has the option of making the district larger.

Voting members attending were Kin Lau, Gene Benson, Rachel Szembery and Steve Revilak. Melisa Tintocalis was absent. There was no vote.

Read more details about this and other agenda items in a summary by Revilak, a board member who provides meeting notes as a public service >> 

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This news summary was published Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, based on a meeting summary provided by Steve Revilak.

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