An interview with MassDevelopment’s Marty Jones (part 1)
The Harvard Press, Posted: June, 4 2015
By: John Osborn
Part 1: Why we need to update the 1994 reuse plan and zoning bylaws
Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part interview with MassDevelopment CEO Marty Jones and members of her Devens team. The interview took place May 29 in the offices of MassDevelopment at Devens. Also present were Thatcher Kezer, Devens senior vice president; Ed Starzec, Devens land entitlement director; and Mark Sternman, MassDevelopment vice president of communications.
The interview covered a range of topics, from the agency’s push to create a “sustainable” economic engine in central Massachusetts to the four zoning changes MassDevelopment has proposed for Devens, which will be decided next week by the Town Meetings of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley.
In this week’s installment, Jones and her team discuss the rationale behind the four requested changes to Devens zoning. (For a synopsis of each article, see “The warrant in plain English: Harvard Press guide to the June 8, 2015, Super Town Meeting of Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley.”) The transcript has been edited for coherence and conciseness.