The Zoning Board of Appeals is continuing its hearings on the Thorndike Place Comprehensive Permit for a large housing project to be built on the Mugar property on Dorothy Road in East Arlington. The following hearings and topics are currently scheduled on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm.
- Feb. 16: continued discussions on traffic impact studies and urban design issues
- Feb. 23: topics to be determined
To register for each hearing via Zoom, visit the ZBA agenda page on the Town website. Links to all the site plans, documents and correspondence received about this project can be found on the ZBA Thorndike Place page.
In January the Land Trust commissioned Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc. to summarize critical climate resiliency considerations regarding the proposed Thorndike Place design in East Arlington. Their cover letter and report have been submitted to the ZBA. The Land Trust recognizes that predictable climate changes will directly impact the entire East Arlington neighborhood, site of the former Great Swamp and part of the Alewife-Mystic watershed. This W&S report is intended to provide additional evidence to the ZBA as it deliberates the significance of those threats to development on the Mugar property.
The Conservation Commission has also submitted its Recommended Permit Conditions for wetlands and storm water management issues.
Arlington Land Trust continues to advocate for the permanent protection of the Mugar parcel as conservation land. The site is subject to regular and significant flooding, and is a critical stormwater buffer for the surrounding and downstream neighborhoods of East Arlington.