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Principal, Planning Staff

Local Address: Arlington, Massachusetts, United States
Community Preservation Associates

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  • Post Graduate Studies , City and Regional Planning and Economics
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Master of Urban Planning , City and Regional Planning
    University of Washington, Seattle



  • 30 years of city and regional planning consulting work.
    Former Director of Research for the American Institute of Planners.
    Consulting projects in 14 states and the District of Columbia
    International planning consulting in Saudia Arabia, Taiwan and Y...
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About MACP, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Brian Barber Community Preservation Associates 781-648-0326
Directory, 25 Jan 2015 [cached]
Planning Contact: Brian Barber, Principal Planning Staff: 4 DHCD Prequalified Consultant
Directory, 1 Jan 2004 [cached]
Planning Contact: Brian Barber, Principalbrian.barber@comcast.netPlanning Staff: 4
The May session on Feasibility Studies ..., 24 June 2010 [cached]
The May session on Feasibility Studies for Theaters and Art Centers will be given by Brian Barber of Community Associates June 18th, 2010.
"Everybody acknowledges that the zoning ..., 17 May 2007 [cached]
"Everybody acknowledges that the zoning needs to be modernized," said Brian Barber, principal with Community Preservation Associates in Arlington, whose firm initiated the information-gathering process several weeks ago after being hired as consultants in January.
During the recent meeting with Hartnett, Chief Building Inspector Joseph Biszko and Zoning Board Chairman Arthur DeAscentis, Barber said they addressed numerous issues within the nine required elements of a master plan update.
They included land use and implementation for zoning, Barber said, giving examples of where the codes remain antiquated.
He'd liked to see mixed uses in buildings and areas to use a lost tradition of combining residential and commercial projects because Fall River has the structures to support that and developers can market those projects in the right situations.
"The ordinance needs to do that," Barber said.
The city also needs to "allow more conditions by right," he said.
Home occupation regulations in prescribed districts might by one example, while the paper-thin manual of zoning regulations "is silent" on basic uses like in-law apartments.
Another improvement example, he said, would be if a homeowner shows hardship to add a ramp for a wheelchair-bound occupant.The building inspector could be given discretion to issue a permit with proof of medical documentation, in lieu of appearing before the Zoning Board.
Barber's contract stipulates holding five public meetings during the approximately 15-month master plan process, soliciting input from citizens and neighborhood groups, as well as officials.The first is tentatively slated for the end of June.
Completing the master plan, which serves as a guide to zoning, is a lengthy process, Barber said.It also involves "early action" recommendations that could be done in a few months.
"The question is, can you put together the political process to get it done?"Barber asked.
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