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Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday news roundup!

It was great to see some of you in person at Tuesday’s event about civic engagement. We’re happy to be co-hosting another community conversation with the Lexington Lyceum Advocates next month…about local news! More on that soon.

In the meantime, with the annual town election barely behind us, Lexington’s first in-person Town Meeting since 2019 is just over a week away — we’ll have more details about some important articles we haven’t yet covered in our next edition before everything kicks off March 20.

Here’s this week’s news:

Proposed zoning article aims to make alternatives to single-family home development more viable

Proponents hope Article 33, up for consideration in Annual Town Meeting, can incentivize developers to create smaller, more affordable housing options and housing types beyond single-family homes

Supporters hope Article 33 can increase the variety of housing types in Lexington and create more affordable and smaller options for existing and future residents – from starter homes, to workforce housing, to downsizers for seniors.

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Zoning article brought forward by citizen seeks to curb ‘mansionization’

Planning Board recommended this citizen-proposed article to limit the maximum floor area of homes needed refinement before being approved by Town Meeting

Town Meeting Member Matt Daggett (P2) put forward an article to limit the maximum permitted gross floor area of houses in Lexington. This article, he said, aims to address the trend of ever-larger houses replacing smaller ones after teardowns.

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Covid’s Silver Lining?

Reimagining Education with Lexington author Michael Horn

For someone who has made constructive disruption the hallmark of his career, it’s no wonder that Lexington author, Michael Horn, sees some upside to COVID-19’s effects on the country’s school systems. 

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