AYER — The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a forum to solicit input on what constituents want to see happen at Devens.
The forum, tentatively scheduled for Aug. 14, will seek feedback from the community to help guide negotiations about the former Army post’s future.
The town is currently in negotiations over the former post’s future with delegates from Devens, Harvard and Shirley through the Joint Boards of Selectmen.
The forum would be intended to help provide direction on those discussions, said board Chairman Gary Luca.
Town Meeting in Ayer rejected the last proposal for Devens, which would have created a new town and given Ayer jurisdiction over the North Post.
A number of reasons have been speculated as to why the measure failed. Among the most commonly cited reasons are a lack of clarity around the process and its goals and MassDevelopment’s insistence that 200 units of housing be included in plans for the North Post.
Selectman Frank Maxant said the focus should be on “seeking ideas,” rather than prepared presentations that “turn people off.” — Nathan Lamb