1. Master Plan

Petition For a Meaningful MBTA Communities Act

All communities served by the MBTA, including Arlington, are required by the State of Massachusetts to change their laws to allow more housing to be built in town. The State’s goal is to help address the shortage of housing in the region, and the correspondingly high costs. 

We are residents of Arlington who either:

  • Are personally struggling with the cost of living in Arlington.
  • Have seen friends, family, or neighbors struggle with living costs, or who have been forced to move away because of high costs.
  • Want to own a home in Arlington, but are unable to afford a down payment or cannot find one that fits our price range or needs.
  • Sympathize with those trying to find housing in our high-cost market.

We ask that Arlington develop a plan that encourages more housing, and more types of homes, to be built in Arlington. We want this because the cost of living in Arlington is affecting ourselves, family, friends, and neighbors.

Responses (except emails) will be publicly available on the online petition, and shared directly with Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development:  cricker@town.arlington.ma.us

The owner of this petition does not intend to contact individual responders; email is not a required response but will help filter accidental duplicate answers, and will not be published or used.

Written by James Fleming

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