Hi, I’m Stephanie Ford, from Lockeland Ave in Arlington, in the new overlay called the Neighborhood Multifamily Subdistrict. I know that people have been concerned, angry, hopeful. There are so many questions and so many worries.
If you find yourself looking for answers, just know you’re not alone. I am currently setting up an information session with people from the Town Meeting who are directly involved in the passage of this article. You can sign up below to get updates on dates and additional resources as we get them. Write down some of the questions you currently have and I’ll try my best to relay it to the right people. I’ll continue to update this page as we get more info. Feel free to bookmark this page bit.ly/ArlingtonArticle12
This new district will probably bring changes to our Town, but probably very slowly. Except for one thing. We are going to be contacted by developers and others and pressured to sell our homes. I expect them to make us afraid of what will be built, afraid our homes will be worth less, and pressure us to sell our homes to them cheaply so they can develop the lots. There are many myths and fears about the new zoning, but one thing is almost certain, our homes are going to be worth much more now and in the future than they were under the old zoning. I don’t want to see anyone taken advantage of.
From YourArlington.com: Special Town Meeting, at its fourth session Wednesday, Oct. 25, approved Article 12. This puts Arlington in compliance with the state’s MBTA Communities Act — a requirement to designate areas to be rezoned to allow more multifamily housing. Arlington is one of some 175 municipalities in Eastern Massachusetts required to undergo this process.
Read the full article here.