Devens Super Town Meeting 2016

The Zoning Change was Approved!

We are thrilled to announce that all three towns voted to approve the zoning change, creating a 40+ acre parcel for Innovation and Technology Business uses in Devens. We could not be more excited to turn our attention towards marketing the site to companies looking to bring new jobs to the region. We would like to thank you for staying up to date on zoning changes in Devens, weighing in during the public meetings, and participating in the Super Town Meetings last night.

We'd like to also share a word of thanks from MassDevelopment President and CEO, Marty Jones:

“Tonight’s approval in Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley to rezone a portion of Devens land for innovation and technology uses will create opportunities for biotech, light industrial, and R&D companies to locate their larger facilities in Devens, boosting jobs and economic activity in the region. I would like to thank the voters in each town for their careful consideration and support of this proposal, and Ayer, Harvard, and Shirley officials for their collaboration and cooperation throughout this process.”

(Pictured below: The Ayer Super Town Meeting, as published in the Lowell Sun)

Super Town Meeting is Monday 10/24

We've enjoyed speaking with many of you and soliciting input from your communities at the two public hearings and the series of six planning board and selectmen meetings held in the three-town area over the past two months. There are just a few days left before the October 24th Super Town meeting at which residents of Ayer, Devens, Harvard, and Shirley will vote on the proposed rezoning project described in detail on the "Info" page. Between now and then we are happy to answer any questions that you may have regarding the proposal either by email or in the comments section of this website.

We also hope that you will keep an eye out for the lawn signs below. Please encourage your friends and family to text the number shown to receive SMS updates about the Super Town Meeting on October 24th at 7 p.m. The location is Cronin Auditorium at The Bromfield School, 14 Massachusetts Ave., Harvard.

We'll see you there!

See you at Public Hearing # 1: Tomorrow 9/19!

We can't wait to meet you and hear your thoughts on the rezoning project tomorrow, 6:30 pm at Harvard Town Hall. This event, the first of two scheduled public hearings, will be an opportunity to learn more about the proposed zoning changes and anticipated project outcomes. It will also be a venue to raise questions and concerns about the project and participate in face-to-face conversations with our project team and your fellow community members. 

Can't make the meeting? That's OK! You can join us at the next one (9/26 at Shirley Town Hall), email us with your questions ( or post your thoughts in the project's online community forum ( 

Thank you for staying engaged and up-to-date with changes in our region. We feel strongly that the proposed rezoning will make Devens even more attractive to cutting edge business and manufacturing facilities. We look forward to working together to bring hundreds of well-paying jobs to Devens!

Upcoming Super Town Meeting - October 24

Hello and thank you for staying tuned as this re-zoning project develops. We hope that you have had a great summer and we are pleased to be re-starting the public outreach process leading up to an October 24th Super Town Meeting. We invite you to review the newly updated language and zoning maps and engage in a dialogue with your community. 

There are three main ways to share your thoughts:

          1. Post questions or comments right here on coUrbanize

          2. Reach out directly to us at MassDevelopment: Please feel free to contact Ed Starzec via email at      or phone at (617) 330-2000

          3. Attend a public meeting! You can find a full list of scheduled meetings on our Timeline

If you would like to receive updates on the re-zoning project, don't forget to subscribe as a follower! 

As always, thank you for your participation. 

Stay tuned!

Based on a number of productive meetings and conversations with our friends and colleagues in Devens, Ayer, Harvard and Shirley over the past weeks and months, MassDevelopment has decided not to attempt to hold a Super Town Meeting before summer vacation starts. We look forward to re-starting the outreach process in September. Keep an eye on this website for updates and thanks for your interest!

We're Back!

Hello and thank you for visiting the project information site for Devens Super Town Meeting 2016. We're using the Courbanize platform once again to help you easily access information, ask questions, and provide feedback on the proposed zoning change.

Follow the project to receive email notifications about new updates and visit the Community Forum to share your questions, comments, and ideas with us. 


Ed Starzec, MassDevelopment