Inside Arlington

Experimental News Digest for Arlington, MA


  • Select Board, November 20, 2023

    The Board approved recommendations for school zones, special beer and wine licenses, and an intermunicipal agreement for the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War. Continue reading

  • Finance Committee, October 17, 2023

    The Finance Committee voted unanimously to reconsider Town Meeting Article 2 and take no action, removing the $400,000 appropriation for the schools in FY24. Continue reading

  • Finance Committee, October 05, 2023

    The Finance Committee voted to support collective bargaining with the Arlington Police Patrol Officers Association, providing a wage increase over three years, but took no position on zoning articles increasing housing capacity due to uncertainties in financial impact projections. Continue reading

  • Select Board, November 08, 2023

    The Select Board approved proclamations honoring Bob Sprague and promoting Small Business Saturday, accepted $58,000 for inclusive playground equipment, addressed resident concerns about a Redevelopment Board candidate, set key 2024 election dates, approved traffic safety improvements, and appointed a permanent Town Counsel. Continue reading

  • Select Board, October 23, 2023

    The Arlington Select Board approved an arts event signage request, welcomed a new restaurant owner seeking a common victualer license, and discussed event plans for the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution in 2025. Continue reading

  • Town Meeting, October 23, 2023

    The chair of the Redevelopment Board gave a presentation on Article 12, which seeks to create overlay districts for multifamily zoning in Arlington to comply with state law; amendments were introduced and debated reflecting a diversity of perspectives on building heights, density, affordability and other aspects. Continue reading

  • Finance Committee, June 07, 2023

    The Finance Committee voted 10-7 to support the Select Board’s $7 million override vote, with $6 million allocated to schools and $1 million to the town. Continue reading

  • Town Meeting, October 19, 2023

    Town Meeting approved zoning changes requiring public shade trees, removed residential uses as allowed in business districts to prioritize commercial development, adopted a bylaw prohibiting fossil fuels in new buildings, and ratified a police union contract with a 14% wage increase over three years. Continue reading

  • Select Board, October 17, 2023

    The Select Board Chair proposed small changes to override language, including fixing a date typo, but ultimately decided to proceed with the election unchanged after the Town Manager said recent financial developments enabled meeting FY26 commitments without the delayed override funds. Continue reading

  • Town Meeting, October 17, 2023

    Town Meeting passed zoning bylaw amendments proposed by the ARB including changes to open space, rear setbacks, upper story stepbacks, height minimums, and corner lots in business districts after debate and with two-thirds majorities. Continue reading


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