That the 1993 vote of Town Meeting (Article 19) as subsequently amended is hereby amended as follows:
Article 19 (1993). Town Adoption of
Vision 2020 Goals Envision Arlington Statements of Community Values
To see if the Town will vote to accept, endorse and adopt the following nine vision statements as statements of our community values
goals for the Town; or take any action related thereto.
Goals Statements are:
Article 1. Community
and Citizen Service
We value Arlington’s geographic neighborhoods, common interest groups, and the sense of community in our Town. We value
an active and compassionate citizenry volunteers and programs delivering services in our community. We will be known for the vitality of our neighborhoods and as a community of people helping others.
Article 2. Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
We value the diversity of our population. Our Town’s mix of ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds, as well as economic and personal circumstances, enriches us. We will be known for the warm welcome and respect we extend to all.
Article 3. Education
We value learning for all Arlington residents
citizens. We are responsible as a community for educating our youth and providing all ages with opportunities for educational growth. We will be known for demonstrated excellence in public education and our commitment to life-long learning.
Article 4. The Environment and Sustainability
We value the physical beauty and natural habitats of our Town – parks, ponds and wetlands, dramatic vistas and tree-lined streets – as they contribute to the well-being of our community. Recognizing the fragility of our natural resources, we must ensure that Arlington’s residential areas, commercial centers, and infrastructures are developed in harmony with environmental concerns. We will be known for our commitment to the preservation of Arlington’s beauty, limited open space and resources, as well as our place in the regional and global community.
Article 5. Culture & Recreation
We value the many opportunities to meet, play, and grow in Arlington while treasuring and preserving our unique historical resources. Our social, cultural, artistic, historic, athletic, recreational, and other community groups strengthen Town life. We will be known for the breadth and richness of our resources and activities available to Arlington residents
Article 6. Communication
We value public dialogue. Communication and information-sharing build trust. Our goals are true openness and accountability. Arlington will be known as a community that thoughtfully searches beyond divisive issues for the opportunities that bind us together.
Article 7. Fiscal Resources
We value Arlington’s efficient delivery of public services providing for the common good. The benefits from these services and the responsibility of taxation will be equitably distributed among us. We will be known for our sound fiscal planning and for the thoughtful, open process by which realistic choices are made in our Town.
Article 8. Governance
We value our representative Town Meeting system and the community spirit it fosters. Participatory governance is both responsive and innovative. We will be known as a community where government provides effective and efficient services, insures open two-way communication, promotes the lively exchange of ideas, and encourages active citizen participation of all residents.
Article 9. Business
We value Arlington’s diverse and accessible mix of merchants and service providers. We will be known for our vibrant, attractive commercial centers supporting the primarily residential and historic character of the Town.
AND FURTHER VOTED: That the Town hereby accepts, endorses and adopts the nine “vision statements” set forth in Article 19 of the 1993 as “statements of our community values,” in place of “goals for the Town.”
AND FURTHER VOTED: That Title I, Article 15 (“Consideration of Vision 2020 Goals”) of the Town Bylaws is hereby amended by replacing the term “Vision 2020” with “Envision Arlington” and replacing the term “Goals” with “Statements of Community Values” throughout so as to read as follows:
VISION 2020 ENVISION ARLINGTON GOALS STATEMENTS OF COMMUNITY VALUES
(ART. 19, ATM – 05/05/93)
All Town officials including, but not limited to the Select Board, Town Manager, School Committee, and Superintendent of Schools shall consider the Goals of
Vision 2020 Envision Arlington Statements of Community Values as delineated in Article 19 of the 1993 Annual Town Meeting, or as same is subsequently amended by any future town meeting, in establishing their respective policies and in performing their various public functions.
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