Super Town Meeting on the way for Ayer, Shirley, Harvard
Sentinel & Enterprise, Posted: 03/26/2015 10:39:20 PM EDT
By: Jon Bishop
HARVARD — The use of a Super Town Meeting to address MassDevelopment’s proposed zoning changes to Chapter 498, the governing statute in Devens, just moved closer to reality. Now it only needs a date.
The Joint Boards of Selectmen, or JBOS, met in Harvard on Thursday night and heard from Ed Starzec, the director of land entitlements for MassDevelopment, who had collected comments from the hearings on the zoning changes held in Ayer, Shirley and Harvard.
On the first change, which would bring senior housing to the Shirley Village Growth District I, Starzec said he received four comments: that it should be affordable; that Shirley is well below the state-mandated 10 percent affordable-housing number; that senior housing residents could form a voting bloc and dominate Shirley Town Meeting; and that the appropriate place for senior housing in Devens is Vicksburg Square.