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‘Harvard and Devens: Opportunities and Risks,’ a public forum


If Harvard resumes jurisdiction over Devens, could the combined tax base improve quality of life for both communities? How would our town government, our culture of volunteer committees and our police and emergency teams need to change?

Conversely, if Devens and Harvard go their separate ways, what changes would our school system face? And what would that separation portend for Harvard’s C District? What opportunities would we forgo?

Join Judi Barrett of RKG Associates, Harvard’s Master Plan consultant, in an open discussion of these and other questions at a public forum hosted by Harvard’s Planning Board, “Harvard and Devens, Opportunities and Risks,” on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. until noon, in The Center on the Common, at 7 Fairbank St. in Harvard.

“Opportunities and Risks” offers the Harvard and Devens communities a chance to preview the major issues and impacts identified by RKG Associates and the Master Plan Steering Committee (MPSC) in researching and developing Harvard’s next 10-year master plan. The public discussion, which will cover both integration and separation, will help ensure that the master plan effectively captures and addresses the hopes and concerns of our communities.

All are welcome; registration (at is highly recommended.

Under Massachusetts General Law, the Planning Board is charged with preparing, extending, and perfecting Harvard’s master plan. To support the master planning process, the Planning Board has charged the Master Plan Steering Committee, a working organization with representation from other town committees, with the process’s day-to-day management and administration.

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