Selectboard logo, May 20, 2019Sarah Suarez

The town of Arlington's Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) has named Sarah Suarez as assistant director. In that capacity, Suarez now works with department Director Claire Ricker, assisting with management, oversight and administration of the department's intiatives, according to a town news release. This includes developing the town's Master Plan and affordable housing efforts.

“Sarah brings a variety of experiences to the town, which is welcome as the town prepares to update its Master Plan,” Ricker was quoted as saying in the release.

“Her background as a city planner and her experience in the Arlington community as a real-estate advisor brings comprehensive knowledge of housing, municipal planning and zoning to the team.”

According to town Public Information Officer Joan Roman, Suarez earns a salary of $87,395 and began Dec. 13. Before Suarez, the assistant director role was filled by Kelly Lynema, who left the position last spring. 

“I am so excited to now join the DPCD team and look forward to working with residents, businesses and the Redevelopment Board and Affordable Housing Trust as Arlington looks toward its future," Suarez is quoted as saying in the release.

Suarez had been working elsewhere in the local community for the past decade; previously she held a position as a real estate advisor with Gibson | Sotheby's International Realty. In this role, she analyzed town-specific zoning regulations and assisted both residential and commercial clients with zoning analyses and special permits.

In the release, Suarez wrote that she fell in love with the town as a teenager when in the summer she would visit family members who are longtime residents. 

Suarez holds a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Florida Atlantic University and a bachelor of arts in criminal justice from the University of West Florida. She earned an American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification in 2011, according to the release. 

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) states that it is committed to improving the quality of life for 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. More information about the department can be learned here >>

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This news summary was published Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2024, based on information from Joan Roman, the Town of Arlington's public information officer. 

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