The Land Trust held its 20th anniversary annual meeting via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19. This recording includes the brief business meeting, reports of recent activities and board member elections (about 20 minutes).
The highlight of the program is a richly illustrated talk by Bob Wilber, Director of Land Conservation at Mass Audubon. He addressed the topic "Land Conservation in the Time of Climate Change," focusing on the dramatic freshwater ecological restoration of a former cranberry farm in Plymouth, now known as Mass Audubon's 480-acre Tidmarsh Wildlife Sanctuary.
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.
Jan. 26: architectural and urban design aspects of the project
Feb. 9: 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.
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.