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Erin Moriarty joined the staff as its assistant director on June 28, the town Department of Planning and Community Development has announced.

She will perform professional and technical work, including the drafting and implementing land-use policies for the town and managing community affairs.

“Erin is an excellent addition to the department and the Arlington community,” said Jennifer Raitt, director of Planning and Community Development. “She brings a wealth of skills, knowledge, and expertise.”

Moriarty comes to Arlington from Columbus, Ohio, where she served as technical lead, planner and project manager at ms consultants, inc., an award-winning engineering, architecture, planning and environmental consulting firm.

In that role she developed action plans, budgets and engagement strategies for a range of planning projects. Past projects include downtown revitalization plans, land use and zoning policy updates, multimodal transportation studies and reactivation plans for riverfronts and public spaces.

A July 13 town news release said she strives to connect with community members to determine unique qualities worth highlighting and holds a deep appreciation for the crossover between economic development and quality-of-life factors, such as parks, recreation and housing.

 Moriarty holds a master’s in city and regional planning from Ohio State University and a bachelor’s of fine art from the University of Dayton. She is a member of the American Planning Association and, in the past, has served as adjunct faculty at Ohio State and commissioner for a historic preservation and planning board.

“Arlington has a great reputation for being innovative and I am looking forward to working with the talented team in the Department of Planning and Community Development and the Arlington community to support Town goals,” said Moriarty in the release. “As a New Englander, I’m especially pleased to return to the area.”

Moriarty was selected from a pool of 15 applicants who applied for the position. Members of the selection team were Raitt; Caryn Malloy, town human-resources director; and Town Manager Adam Chapdelaine.

The position, created in 2015, was previously held by Erin Zwirko, who left in April.

The Department of Planning and Community Development is committed to improving the quality of life for Arlington's residents by improving access to housing and transportation, enhancing the vitality of business districts, providing opportunities for low- and moderate-income households, and preserving and promoting the town's natural, historic and cultural resources. 

The department oversees various planning and community development activities within the town of Arlington, including implementing the town master plan. Staff support a range of town boards and committees, including the Redevelopment Board and manage three redevelopment properties -- Jefferson Cutter House, Senior Center, and 23 Maple St. The Department has eight full-time staff members.

For more information about the department, go to

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This news announcement was published Wednesday, July 14, 2021.