Town's new planning director meets public

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UPDATED Oct. 3: Claire Ricker, who began work as the new director of planning and community development Sept. 19, had a chance to meet the public when residents were invited to attend a reception to welcome her Sept. 29 at Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Massachusetts Ave. 

Before coming to Arlington, Ricker was director of real estate for Coalition for a Better Acre. That community-development corporation in Lowell oversees the development of affordable housing and long-range neighborhood planning to support stable housing in Lowell, Dracut and Haverhill, among other responsibilities.

In Arlington, Ricker has assumed the position held from 2016 until June by Jenny Raitt, who left to head a regional planning agency based in Lowell. Ricker advises the Arlington Redevelopment Board and oversees the town’s planning, housing, economic development, arts-and-culture, conservation, urban renewal, zoning and transportation initiatives. 

ACMi interviews new town official Claire Ricker:


Before her role at Coalition for a Better Acre, Ricker worked in the Department of Planning & Development for the city of Lowell as both the chief design planner and urban-renewal project manager.

Past experience includes work as a senior planner in Holyoke, an environmental planning fellow in Cambridge and as an economic-development and land-use-planning fellow in Newton.

Ricker has also served as a licensed foreman, journeyman and apprentice electrician for IBEW Local 103 in Boston.

Academic background

She holds a master's in urban planning from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, a bachelor of arts in history from Mount Holyoke College and a certificate in construction management from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

She is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.


May 4, 2022: Raitt leaving Arlington to lead regional planning agency

This news announcement based on information from the Town of Arlington was published Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022, and updated Oct. 3, 2022, to add a video from ACMi.

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