Arlington Conservation Commission

Date: Thursday, October 1, 2020 
Time: 7:30 PM 
Conducted by Remote Participation




In accordance with the Governor’s Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G. L. c. 30A, § 20 relating to the COVID-19 emergency, the October 1, 2020 public meeting of the Arlington Conservation Commission shall be physically closed to the public to avoid group congregation. The meeting shall instead be held virtually using Zoom.


Topic: Conservation Commission Meeting

Time: October 1, 2020 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Register in advance for this meeting:


Members of the public are strongly encouraged to send written comment regarding any of the hearings listed below to Conservation Agent Emily Sullivan at


Please read Governor Baker's Executive Order Suspending Certain Provision of Open Meeting Law for more information regarding virtual public hearings and meetings: 2020/download

b.Review draft 09/17/2020 minutes.
Request for Determination of Applicability

Request for Determination of Applicability: 1165R Massachusetts Avenue

 Arlington File # A20.4


This RDA was initially presented to the Commission at its 09/03/2020 meeting, and was continued to the Commission's 09/17/2020 and 10/01/2020 meetings. The RDA requests that the Commission review the jurisdiction of various resource areas within the boundaries of 1165R Mass Ave. The following three reviews are requested:

1) Review the Riverfront area to determine if the property contains a Historic Mill Complex as defined under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (WPA) Regulations 310 CMR 10.04.

2) Review the Historic Mill Complex exemption request under the Riverfront regulations in accordance with 310 CMR 10.58(6)(k).

3) Review the existing drainage ditch, known locally as

Ryder Brook, and determine if it meets the definition of “stream” according to 310 CMR 10.04.


Notice of Intent

Notice of Intent: Wellington Park, 35 Grove Street

MassDEP File #091-0324

8:15pm  This NOI was initially presented to the Conservation Commission at its 09/17/2020 meeting. This project proposes additional amenities in Wellington Park, including more native plantings, an extended pathway, a bioretention basin, additional signage and seating, and an informal exploration area. These additional amenities are located within the 100-ft Wetlands Buffer, Adjacent Upland Resource Area, and 200-ft Riverfront Area, and Floodplain of Mill Brook.


Request for Determination of Applicability

Request for Determination of Applicability: 26 Lakeview Street

Arlington File #A20.5

8:45pm  This project proposes an addition located within the 100-ft Wetlands Buffer and Adjacent Upland Resource Area of Spy Pond.


Working Session

Thorndike Place Proposal

9:00pm The Conservation Commission will meet with the Applicant’s Engineer (BSC Group) and the Town’s Third-Party Reviewer (BETA) to review application materials related to wetland resources and stormwater in advance of the Zoning Board of Appeals’s 10/13/2020 hearing.