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Devens, Massachusetts

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Devens is a former military base that is being redeveloped with sustainability as the guiding principle. The Devens Enterprise Commission (DEC) acts as the regulatory and permitting authority for the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone. Its role is to administer and enforce the reuse plan, by-laws, regulations and sustainability vision within the Devens Regional Enterprise Zone. The Devens Reuse Plan defined sustainability at Devens as "development which achieves a balance of economic, social and environmental needs, while maintaining and enhancing the natural resource base" (Vanasse Brustlin 1994). The result of this early planning was a vision for what sustainability means to Devens, its residents, users and the involved public bodies: "the thoughtful and careful redevelopment of the base for the purpose of promoting economic development, social welfare, environmental protection, and natural resources." The DEC has since incorporated a number of strategies to achieve a more sustainable approach to redevelopment of Devens, including an eco-industrial park and pursuing STAR certification. For more information, visit the Sustainable Devens website: http://www.devensec.com/sustain.html

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Contact: Neil Angus

Type of Governance: Commission-Administrator
Population: 1,800

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