2020 Special Town Meeting Warrant, Annotated

The 2020 Special Town Meeting will be held in November with special COVID precautions to allow Town Meeting to consider the many non-time-critical Warrant Articles deferred from this summer’s Annual Town Meeting. This includes a variety of bylaws or zoning changes, along with a few other articles.

THESE ARTICLES ARE DRAFTS The official Warrant for the Special Town Meeting hasn’t been issued yet, so these articles are drafts. However since they’re mostly held-over from the previous meeting, the past data still stands. Note that various town boards are likely to be meeting in the next few weeks to vote on their recommendations on various articles, so stay tuned!

There is also at least one newly submitted warrant article regarding the Black Lives Matter banner at Town Hall which is not yet included here - I’m waiting to get the official text.

See how I build this page, what happened during the 2020 Annual Town Meeting, or the official Town Meeting page.


To see if the Town will vote to amend Title V Article 14 Section 3D of the Town Bylaws to include structures used for religious purposes, and structures used for commercial purposes, among the exemptions to the prohibition of uplighting; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Paul Schlichtman
Supplemental documents: Select Board votes 4-0 to recommend this article. Select Board Meeting Minutes 10-Feb-2020, Select Board Meeting Materials from P. Schlictman Select Board Meeting Records, Town Counsel comments to Select Board: Discussion of targeted effect of the change. T.C._Comments.pdf

To see if the town will vote to amend Title III, Article 1, Section 10 of the town bylaws (Minuteman Bikeway Hours) to extend the operating hours of the Minuteman Bikeway; or any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Adam MacNeill
Supplemental documents: Select Board vote and recommendation to change bylaw to make Town Manager responsible (and to extend hours). Select Board Meeting Minutes 10-Feb-2019, Select Board Meeting Materials from Acting Police Chief; J. Raitt, A. MacNeill Select Board Meeting Records, Town Counsel comments to Select Board: discusses impact (none) of MBTA agreements on the change. T.C._Comments.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title VIII, Article 2 (“Canine Control”) to reduce late fees for dog license registration from $50.00 to $25.00; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted at the request of the Town Clerk
Supplemental documents: Town Counsel email: Town Clerk and Select Board (5-0) recommend this article. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title V, Article 1 Section 2 to reduce fines for violations greater than twenty days from $500 to $300 in accordance with state law; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted at the request of the Town Manager
Supplemental documents: Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) recommends this article to normalize with state law. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Town Bylaws, Title III, Article 1, Section 18 (“Street Performances”) to expand the definition of “Perform” to allow the creation of items for sale; and further to remove or amend the prohibition of street performances in Town parks and recreation areas; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted at the request of the Town Manager
Supplemental documents: Your Arlington News coverage with comments from 24-Feb Select Board meeting Your Arlington news story, Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) recommends this article developed by the Arlington Commission on Arts and Culture. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend Title V, Article 15 of the Town Bylaws (“Stormwater Mitigation”) to update such bylaw so as to add, remove or amend definitions, clarify the bylaw’s procedures and applicability to certain projects, and adjust fees; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted by the Select Board
Supplemental documents: Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) recommends this article, which makes numerous process updates, and allows more flexibility in application of the bylaw by Town staff. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf, Select Board Meeting Materials 24-February-2020 Stormwater_Bylaw_2020_Warrant_Article_FINAL.pdf, Select Board Meeting Materials 24-February-2020 W.A._#12_Actual_Wording_Proposed_Stormwater_Bylaw_Amendment.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend Title VI of the Town Bylaws to add a new provision prohibiting the installation of fossil fuel infrastructure in new construction projects and/or major renovation and rehabilitation projects in Arlington; to set forth the terms and scope of such prohibition, and to provide for exemptions to same; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: As the Board likely knows, several communities in the Commonwealth have considered or adopted a prohibition on installation of new infrastructure for fossil fuel-based systems (including natural gas and oil-based systems) in new construction and major renovation projects; most notably [Brookline at its November 2019 Special Town Meeting](https://www.brooklinema.gov/DocumentCenter/View/20106/November-19-2019-Special-Town-Meeting-Warrant). The overall purpose of these ordinances is to take action to reduce carbon emissions in response to the climate change crisis. Such ordinances have generally been limited in scope to prohibit installation of new gas or oil pipping and systems such as certain boilers, furnaces, and cooktops, primarily in new residential construction but could be broader or narrower in Arlington. Similarly, the scope of exemptions to such prohibitions likely varies considerably. Town Counsel potential proposed articles
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Select Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020, Details of the town's information session on the article 27-February-2020 Public Information Session

To see if the Town will vote pursuant to M.G.L. c. 71 section 52, to provide all Arlington School Committee Members compensation consisting of an annual stipend of $3,000 per member commencing in Fiscal Year 2022, or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Christa Kelleher
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee is positive on this issue, with detailed discussion. Finance Committee Meeting Minutes 2-Mar-2020, Select Board votes 4-0 to recommend this article, with detailed discussion. Select Board Meeting Minutes 10-Feb-2020, Select Board Meeting Materials from C. Kelleher Select Board Meeting Records, Town Counsel comments to Select Board: MGL references and discussion of benefits (none) related to stipends. T.C._Comments.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to establish a Committee of the Town Meeting to examine the current issues related to residential development in the R0, R1, R2, R3, and R4 zoning districts. These issues shall include, but not be limited to, effects on the neighborhood during teardown and construction activities; new construction impacts on neighborhood character/environment; permanent negative impacts on abutters; loss of healthy tree canopy; and exacerbation of particular negative impacts on abutters with existing non-conforming lots. Members of the Committee shall be appointed by the Town Moderator, and consist of not less than 5 nor more than 9 members. A quorum shall consist of a majority of the appointed members. Members of the Committee shall be residents of the Town, a majority of whom shall be persons who are not Town employees and/or have no financial interest (either directly or indirectly) in the development, building, or real estate communities. The Committee’s objectives will include development of recommendations for proposing new zoning and general bylaws and/or amendments, as applicable, to provide long-term mitigation of the significant issues identified; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted at the request of Paul Parise and ten registered voters
Supplemental documents: Your Arlington News coverage with detailed comments from 24-Feb Select Board meeting Your Arlington news story, Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) votes NO ACTION on this article, and notes 'principal concern is that much of such work is precisely the role of the ARB'. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf, Select Board Meeting Materials 24-February-2020 P._Parise__Reference.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to establish a committee to learn the annual cost of auto and property insurance premiums and insurance claims in the Town of Arlington, or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Andrew Fischer

To see if the Town will vote to form a committee of Town Meeting to study, craft and submit a Warrant Article to Town Meeting in 2021 for the creation of an Arlington police civilian advisory board comprised of seven (7) voting members and three (3) non-voting members, or take any action related thereto. The study committee would make decisions based on the vote of a simple majority of the committee’s voting members who shall be appointed to the committee by: the Envision Arlington Standing Committee (1); the Arlington Human Rights Commission (1); the LGBTQIA & Rainbow Commission (1); the Disability Commission (1); the Board of Youth Services (1); the Equal Opportunity Advisory Committee (1); and the Town Moderator (1). Non-voting members of the committee shall include one (1) representative from the Arlington Police Department, the Town’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, and the Town Counsel. The membership of the study committee’s voting members will include at least one Town Meeting member and shall reflect racial/ethnic and other forms of diversity of Town residents.


Citizen petition led by: Jordan Weinstein
Supplemental documents: Your Arlington news story covering Select Board comments and vote of no action. Your Arlington News Coverage

To see if the Town will vote to amend Title I, Article 15 to change the name of “Vision 2020” to comport with its current name “Envision Arlington;” to revise the Bylaw’s articulation of “Goals” as a “Statement of Community Values” or similar term; and to modernize the “Goals” as set forth in the vote of the 1993 Town Meeting (Article 19) with more inclusive language; or take any action related thereto.


Inserted at the request of the Envision Arlington Standing Committee
Supplemental documents: Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) recommends this article including various updates to the group's charter. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf, Select Board Meeting Materials 24-February-2020 Memo_to_Select_Board_-_J._Brazile(1).docx

To see if the Town will vote to accept Massachusetts General Laws c. 44 § 55C, to authorize the creation of a Municipal Affordable Housing Trust Fund to support the development of affordable housing in Arlington, establish a new bylaw for the administration of same; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: This warrant article is requested by the Housing Plan Implementation Committee (“HPIC”) as a means to provide a new and invaluable tool to the Town’s goal of creating and supporting affordable housing in Arlington. An Affordable Housing Trust provides significant flexibility and additional resources over and above existing resources for affordable housing. HPIC continues to work on a proposed version of the bylaw itself, but the following provides an overview of the operation and scope of an Affordable Housing Trust bylaw in Arlington for the Board in its consideration of whether or not to support an article on the 2020 Warrant: (See town counsel memo for complete details.) Town Counsel potential proposed articles
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Select Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation or other Special Legislation which would permit the Town to impose a real estate transfer fee or tax for the purposes of acquiring, creating, preserving, rehabilitating, restoring and supporting affordable housing in the Town; said fee or tax to be levied on the buyer, seller, or both on the purchase price of qualifying real estate, the proceeds of which are to be deposited in an Arlington Affordable Housing Trust Fund established pursuant to section 55C of chapter 44 of the General Laws; to set forth the rate, the qualifications for applicable transfers, and exemptions of and to such a tax or fee; and to authorize the procedures and requirements necessary for the collection of such fee; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Housing Plan Implementation Committee)
Supplemental documents: Housing Plan Implementation Committee docs Homepage

To see if the Town will vote to extend the life of the Election Modernization Committee, change its structure, objectives, or membership; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Election Modernization Committee)

To see if the Town will vote to request and authorize the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation so as to enable Justin Brown, a resident of the Town, to be eligible for appointment as firefighter in the Town of Arlington notwithstanding the fact that he has attained the;age of 32, or take any action related there


Citizen petition led by: jb@usbrown.com
Supplemental documents: Town Counsel email: Select Board (5-0) recommends this article. Select Board Draft_Final_Votes_and_Comments.pdf, Select Board Meeting Materials 24-February-2020 Justin_Brown.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation to reform the nomination and election process for Town Meeting seats to permit the consolidation of elections of Town Meeting Members when there are vacant seats into a single election per precinct, such that the highest vote-getters win the longest available terms, to promulgate regulations to effectuate the same; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Election Modernization Committee)
Supplemental documents: Election Modernization Committee proposal of article Minutes 14-January-2020

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation to elect Town offices by Ranked Choice Voting; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board and at the request of the Election Modernization Committee)
Supplemental documents: Election Modernization Committee proposal of article Minutes 14-January-2020

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation to amend the Town Manager Act sections 31 (Estimates of Expenditures) and/or 32 (Preparation of and Annual Budget and Final Budget) so as to afford additional time for the Town Manager to submit, and the Select Board and Finance Committee to consider financial estimates and budget documents required by such sections; or take any action related thereto.


(Inserted by the Select Board)
Supplemental documents: Finance Committee votes no action on this issue, noting the delay in creating budgets makes it harder for FinCom and TMM to review in a timely manner. Finance Committee Meeting Minutes 2-Mar-2020

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation or other Special Legislation which would permit the Town to discount fees charged to qualifying, means-tested Arlington Seniors for water and sewer usage; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: As the Board will recall from recent discussions, a number of municipalities have enacted water and sewer discount programs for local seniors. It remains the position of this Office that a straightforward form of such a discount programs may be offered by vote of the Select Board without Town Meeting action or Home Rule Petition. However, further research has revealed that Home Rule Legislation would be required if the Board were to contemplate a model of discount similar to the Board’s recent means-tested tax deferral and “work-off” programs or to certain specific subcategories of senior residents in Arlington, based upon the Department of Revenue’s interpretation of Brand v. Water Commissioners of Billerica, 242 Mass. 223 (1922). Accordingly, it may be in the Board’s interest to place an article on the warrant for further discussion. Town Counsel potential proposed articles
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Select Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to authorize and request the Select Board to file Home Rule Legislation, as set forth below, to allow retired police officers to work police details: or take any other action relative thereto. (Please see draft warrant, p.8 for full rule proposal.)


Proposer Comments: The purpose of this article is to implement an agreement between the Town and its collectively bargain police unions to retain qualifying retired Arlington police officers to serve on police details as needed. (Inserted by the Select Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Select Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020, Town of Avon similar law Example law from the town of Avon which is similar (but not identical) to this proposed Arlington law; MGL ch. 63 Session Law from 2019.

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw in Section 5.2.4, by inserting in the last sentence of said section, after the word footprint, the words “if allowed by special permit” and by inserting, after the words residential use, the words “provided that the addition or expansion is for affordable housing” so that said sentence will read as follows:

In the case of an existing commercial use, the addition or expansion of residential use within the building footprint if allowed bv special permit shall not require adherence to setback regulations for residential uses, provided that the addition or expansion is for affordable housing, even if the residential use becomes the principal use of the building, or take any action relating thereto.


Proposer Comments: Under the law as it presently stands, a mixed use building, with its minimal setbacks could be converted entirely into residential uses, by right. Since the only kind of additional housing that Arlington needs is affordable housing, the ability to do that would be limited under this amendment, and subject to public review. Citizen petition led by: John L. Worden III
Supplemental documents: Town Planning Director comments, generally negative about this article. Memo_to_ARB_regarding_Warrant_Articles_34__28__43__35__36_.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw in Section 2,by addinga new definition as follows:

Building Foundation: The masonry or concrete structure in the ground which supports the building. It does not include porches, decks, sheds, patios, one story attached garages, carports, or the like, or take any action related thereto


Citizen petition led by: Patricia B. Worden

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw of the Town of Arlington by renaming the terms ‘Open Space’, ‘Open Space, Usable’, and ‘Open Space, Landscaped’ in Section 2 - Definitions, or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Stephen A. Revilak
Supplemental documents: Related 2019 Town Meeting Article ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY USES AND MIXED-USE (Failed)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw in Section 3.1.8 by appending to the end of this section the sentence: “No such permit shall be issued until the Building inspector finds that the applicant is in compliance with the applicable provisions of Title VI, Article 7 of the Town Bylaws.” or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Michael Ruderman

To see if the Town will vote to or take any action related thereto: to Amend the Zoning Bylaw for the Town of Arlington by expanding the set of allowed residential uses in the RO and R1 zoning districts with the goal of expanding and diversifying the housing stock by altering the district definitions for the RO and R1 zoning districts.


Citizen petition led by: Benjamin Rudick

To see if the Town will vote to require the Zoning Board of Appeals to publish, on the Town Website, supporting documentation pertaining to items on its agenda, or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Christopher Loreti

To see if the Town will vote to amend the definition of Mixed Use in the Zoning Bylaw to clarify that as enacted by Town Meeting, land uses individually prohibited in any particular zoning district are also prohibited as part of Mixed Use developments in the same zoning district, or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Christopher Loreti
Supplemental documents: Letter from Chris Loreti with 'supporting information demonstrating that this amendment merely codifies the meaning of Mixed-Use as it was presented by the ARB and passed by Town Meeting' Article_34_Supporting_Material.pdf, Town Planning Director comments, generally negative on the article, including 'this Warrant Article could have a deleterious effect on future development in Arlington' Memo_to_ARB_regarding_Warrant_Articles_34__28__43__35__36_.pdf

NOTE: This proposed article is NOT in the actual draft warrant. See instead Article 43.

To see if the Town will vote to or take any action related thereto: In support of allowing the ARB/ZBA to reduce parking requirements for applicants in the B3 or B5 zoning districts to zero - especially in support of the new pub!!


Citizen petition led by: Gami Maishlin
Supplemental documents: Town Planner review of article and its similarities to Article 43, notes this citizen-proposed article may be dropped. Memo_to_ARB_regarding_Warrant_Articles_34__28__43__35__36_.pdf

To see if the Town Meeting will vote to amend Section 6.1 of the current Zoning Bylaw regarding off-street parking to encourage new businesses such as restaurants, or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: The Arlington Heights business district was established when the primary means of transportation was a streetcar line running down Massachusetts Ave., rather than the widespread use of private automobiles. As such, buildings housing commercial establishments were constructed without consideration for off-street parking. Under the current bylaw, it would be virtually impossible for a new business to meet this requirement if it were situated on the north side of the block bordered by Park Avenue on the West, and Davis Rd. on the East. The Town has expressed a strong desire for three vigorous business districts in the East, Arlington Center,and Arlington Heights. In past years,a number of businesses have closed in the Heights business district, and the current parking bylaw makes it challenging for new businesses to enter the area. We believe that changing the existing bylaw would aid in encouraging the development of new businesses, and helping to create a vibrant and diverse commercial community in Arlington Heights. Citizen petition led by: Marvin Lewiton
Supplemental documents: Letter reviewing existing parking situation for many Arlington restaurants, and urging the change to reduce parking requirements. Article_36_Supporting_Material.pdf, Town Planning Director comments Memo_to_ARB_regarding_Warrant_Articles_34__28__43__35__36_.pdf

To see if the town will vote to allow Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in single and two-family dwellings in residential districts, or take any action related thereto by amending the Zoning Bylaw as follows:

Section 1.2 Purposes to add “to encourage housing for persons at all income levels and stages of life”: and

Section 2 5 Definitions Associated with Dwelling: to add An ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT, or ACCESSORY APARTMENT, “Accessory dwelling unit”, four or more rooms constituting a self-contained accessory housing unit, inclusive of sleeping, cooking and sanitary facilities on the same premises as the principal dwelling, subject to otherwise applicable dimensional and parking requirements, that: (i) maintains a separate entrance, either directly from the outside or through an entry hall or corridor shared with the principal dwelling sufficient to meet the requirements of the state building code and state fire safety code; (ii) is not larger in floor area than 1/2 the floor area of the principal dwelling., and

Section 3.3.3 Special Permits to add “in the case of requests for special permits for Accessory Dwelling Units, the use will add to the need for a range of affordable housing opportunities for the Town.” and

Section 5.2.3 Districts and Uses: to add ‘to allow for the creation of accessory dwelling units in all zoning districts which allow residential use. (include in Section 5.4 Residential Districts); or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton
Supplemental documents: Related 2019 Town Meeting Article ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS (Failed)

Creation of a Process Allowing Permanently Affordable Housing to be Built on Privately Owned Parcels of “Non-Conforming” Size

To see if the Town will vote, to allow the development of new sources of permanently affordable housing (affordable in perpetuity and affordability as defined in Arlington Zoning By-Laws) by modifying the requirements for constructing housing units to enable construction on smaller lots as long as those units are permanently committed to be available for rental or ownership according to official regional guidelines (see (Zoning Bylaw Section 2, Basic Provisions, Definitions Associated with Affordable Housing) of affordability, or take any action related thereto.

Such construction would be permissible in all zoning districts allowing residential use, providing the tracts were laid out prior to July 7, 1979, and receive a special permit from the ZBA.

Ownership, sale, repurchase and rentals of each property would be overseen by the Arlington Housing Trust Fund or a comparable entity that would have the authority to enforce the affordability guidelines in perpetuity


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton

To see if the Town will vote to amend Section 5.3.17 of the Zoning Bylaw as follows: For buildings more than three stories in height, an additional 7.5 foot step-back (upper story building setback) shall be provided after beginning at the third story level or 35 30 feet above grade, whichever is less. The upper story step-back shall be provided along all building elevations with street frontage, excluding alleys. In cases subject to Section 3.4, Environmental Design Review, the Arlington Redevelopment Board in evaluating the proposal may grant a special permit to adjust the required setbacks set forth in this Bylaw to account for specific conditions unique to the proposal ; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: James Doherty

To see if the Town will vote to or take any action related thereto: To amend Section 5.3 of the Zoning Bylaw by inserting, at the end thereof, a new sub­ section 5.3.23 which describes the Purpose & Intent, Applicability, Definitions, Standards by District, Dimensional and Density Regulations and Exceptions for Sideyard Sky Exposure Planes to accommodate new construction while protecting public health, safety and welfare in residential zoning districts.


Citizen petition led by: Ted Fields

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to increase the time during which the affordable housing requirements apply from a two-year period to a three-year period in alignment with M.G.L. c.40A § 9 by amending SECTION 8.2.2. APPLICABILITY; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: Amend Section 8.2.2. as follows: **8.2.2. Applicability** The provisions of this Section 8.2 shall apply to all new residential development with six or more units subject to Section 3.4, Environmental Design Review, comprised of any or all of the following uses: - Single-family detached dwelling - Two-family dwelling - Duplex dwelling - Three-family dwelling - Townhouse structure - Apartment building - Apartment conversion - Single-room occupancy building Any residential development of the uses listed above involving one lot, or two or more adjoining lots in common ownership or common control, for which special permits or building permits are sought within a ~~two-year~~ **three-year** period from the first date of special permit or building permit application shall comply with the provisions of this Section 8.2. (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020, ARB Meeting Minutes Draft Zoning Bylaw Amendments, 13-Feb, ARB-ATM2020ZoningBylawAmendmen.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to include a definition of apartment conversion by amending SECTION 2 DEFINITIONS; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: Amend Section 2 as follows: **Apartment Conversion:** The conversion of an existing structure originally designed for one- family or two-family use to an apartment building with no alteration to the exterior of the structure. (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020, See also: related 2019 Town Warrant Article 2019: ZONING BYLAW AMENDMENT/OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS FOR MULTI-FAMILY USES AND MIXED-USE (Failed)

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to allow the Board of Appeals or Arlington Redevelopment Board, as applicable, to reduce the parking requirement to zero in the B3 and B5 Districts through Special Permit where businesses have no ability to create new parking by amending SECTION 6.1.5. PARKING REDUCTION IN BUSINESS, INDUSTRIAL, AND MULTI-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL ZONES; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: Amend Section 6.1.5. as follows: (by adding section D, see reference for details) **D.** B3 and B5 Districts: In special circumstances where a business in the B3 or B5 District has no ability to create new parking and there is the ability for customers to utilize street parking and/or municipal parking, applicants may propose a reduction lower than 25 percent of that required in the Table of Off-Street Parking Regulations to zero. For these cases, applicants may incorporate methods outlined in subparagraphs A., B., and C. (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020, Town Planning Director comments with a positive view to this article. Memo_to_ARB_regarding_Warrant_Articles_34__28__43__35__36_.pdf

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to clarify how landscaped and usable open space is calculated relative to gross floor area by amending SECTION 5.3.22. GROSS FLOOR AREA to add subsection C and add appropriate references in the associated definitions in SECTION 2; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: IMPORTANT: See the detailed bylaw changes in the supplemental document(s). (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to indicate that uses without a “Y” or “SP” in the Tables of Uses are prohibited by amending SECTION 5.2.2. PROHIBITED USES to add subsection C; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: Amend Section 5.2.2. as follows **5.2.2. Prohibited Uses** - A. Any use not listed in the Tables of Uses for various districts in Section 5 or otherwise allowable under the provisions of this Bylaw is prohibited. - B. All uses that pose a present or potential hazard to human health, safety, welfare, or the environment through emission of smoke, particulate matter, noise or vibration, or through fire or explosive hazard, or glare, are expressly prohibited in all districts. - *C. Any use not designated with a “Y” or “SP” in the Tables of Uses is prohibited.* (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to include the legend for tables by amending SECTION 5.6.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REGULATIONS; or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: Amend Section 5.6.2. as follows: **5.6.2. Dimensional and Density Regulations** The dimensional and density requirements in this Section apply to principal and accessory uses and structures in the MU, I, T, PUD, and OS districts. Additional dimensional and density regulations affecting all districts can be found in Section 5.3. **LEGEND FOR TABLES** *Sq.ft. Square feet ft Feet L Length H Height W Width ROW Right-of-Way SP Special Permit* Y Yes (use allowed)* (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaw to make the following administrative corrections;

    1. Correcting references to Board of Selectmen in subparagraph B of SECTION 3.1.4. PENALTY and in Section 3.2.1. ESTABLISHMENT;
    1. Correcting reference to August, 1975 in subparagraphs C and D in SECTION 5.4.2. DIMENSIONAL AND DENSITY REQUIREMENTS;
    1. Correcting reference to 105 CMR 725.100 in the definition of a medical marijuana treatment center in SECTION - DEFINITIONS; and
    1. Correcting reference to seven feet three inches in subsection A(2) in SECTION 5.3.22. APPLICABILITY;

or take any action related thereto.


Proposer Comments: IMPORTANT: See the detailed bylaw changes in the supplemental document(s). (Inserted at the request of the Redevelopment Board)
Supplemental documents: For discussion and approval Redevelopment Board Agenda 27-Jan-2020

To see if the Town will vote to urge the Arlington Historic Districts Commission to allow installation in the Historic Districts of any solar panel, heat pump, or other energy-efficient technology that does not cause irreversible changes to historic features or materials, or to take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Susan R. Doctrow

To see if the Town will vote to endorse a resolution calling for a quarterly report of achievements based on the original departmental plan, finalized January 2015, to be provided to the Select Board; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton

To see if the Town Meeting will vote to allow the Town to plan and sponsor a design competition to encourage new housing and mixed use construction in the Broadway Corridor area of Arlington. This warrant article builds on findings from the Fall 2019 Broadway Corridor Study, and creates a “demonstration area project”; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton

To see if the Town will vote to support the development of a practice by the Town Meeting Procedures Committee for prompting proponent and opponents of Town Meeting Warrant Articles to register in advance of the beginning of the first night of Town Meeting to allow for the equal presentation of perspectives; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton

To see if the Town will vote to endorse a resolution in support of directing at least one member of each Town governent initiated citizen committee to have formal training or certification as a “Facilitator” in order to help ensure that the committee is a place where all members are respected, allowed to speak, are not intimidated and that agendas are developed that lead to productive outcomes or to reassess the productivity and purpose of every committee at least once every five years to re-authorize the committee’s purpose and continuity; or limit the number of Town government-initiated committees to no more than seven per year; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton

To see if the Town will vote to endorse a resolution calling for a the Director of the Arlington Housing Authority to be formally invited to present the AHA proposed annual budget and other key initiatives to the Town Meeting as a regular, annual event; or take any action related thereto.


Citizen petition led by: Barbara Thornton