Despite Devens Interest, JBOS Query Unanswered


Nashoba Publishing, Posted: 02/11/2014 10:49:03 AM EST

By M.E. Jones, Correspondent

HARVARD — The Joint Boards of Selectmen recently asked its members representing Ayer, Harvard and Shirley to take back to their individual boards a question that the Harvard board has not answered, although the issue came up at its meeting last week.

The two-part question, which relates to an envisioned shift in Devens governance, asked if the boards support the concept of shared governance and if Devens residents should be polled first, with a fleshed-out proposal to be presented at the three Annual Town Meetings this spring via a common, nonbinding referendum.

The brainchild of Selectman and JBOS member Leo Blair, the nascent proposal JBOS aimed to air in the three towns was basically this: Do Devens stakeholders — in this case the towns of Ayer, Shirley and Harvard, with Devens residents weighing in via their by-right votes in Ayer or Harvard — favor creating an “overlay district” for the Devens Redevelopment Enterprise Zone (DREZ) now operated under the auspices of MassDevelopment?

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