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DEC Meetings (M) and Public Hearings (PH) schedule for the Year 2021/2022:
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(M) January 6, CANCELLED
(PH) January 25, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) February 3, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) February 22, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) March 3, 7:30 a.m.
(M) March 29, 6:45 p.m.
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(M) April 7, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) April 26, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) May 5, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) May 31, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) June 9, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) June 28, 6:45 p.m.

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All DEC meetings and hearings are held at:
33 Andrews Parkway
Devens MA, 01434
Vicksburg Conference Room

Regular DEC Meetings:
First Thursday after the first Tuesday of each month.

Public Hearings:
Last Tuesday of each month.

ExecuCom Meetings:
Third Tuesday of each month.

NOTE: All 2022 dates and times are subject to change or adjustment, due to unforeseen circumstances or holiday conflicts.

This page contains public health and safety announcements, quarterly project updates, as well as information about current and upcoming events and entertainment opportunities.

    The DEC offices have re-opened to the public from 8:30AM-4:30PM, Monday-Friday. All visitors are still required to wear a mask when inside the building, regardless of vaccination status. Masks are available for those who do not have one. We thank you for your cooperation.
  • DEC is Hiring (Posted: May, 12, 2022)
  • – We are seeking a full-time Associate Planner to join our progressive team and help continue to move Devens Forward in a sustainable manner. Full job description is available here. Applications are being accepted through June 15, 2022. Devens is an equal opportunity employer.

  • Devens Water Use Restrictions in Effect — May 1 through September 30, 2022

    In accordance with 974 CMR 8.09 and MassDEP's revised Water Management Act Permit issued to MassDevelopment, to ensure an adequate supply of water for our customers, MassDevelopment is instituting the following water use restrictions.
    Nonessential water use is restricted from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Restricted usage that is not allowed during these hours includes:

       · Irrigation of lawns via sprinklers or automatic irrigation systems.
       · Washing of vehicles, except in a commercial car wash or as necessary for operator safety.
       · Washing of external building surfaces, parking lots, driveways or sidewalks, except as necessary to apply surface treatments such as paint, preservatives, stucco, pavement or cement.
    Please call Jim Moore at (978) 784-2931 or Mark Cohen at (978) 784-2911 if you have any questions about these water use restrictions.

  • Open Streets and Greenways Earth Day Event!
  • This Friday April 22, 2022 from 2-6PM! Join Devens, Ayer, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service as we celebrate Earth Day and open MacPherson Road for people to walk and roll and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Nashua River Corridor (car-free!). We will be joined by a number of partner organizations and have a number of activities and tables for people to learn more about this important corridor, including a scavenger hunt.
    Full details here. Plenty of parking along Bishop Road (off of Route 2A in Ayer). No access from West Main Street due to construction. For more details, contact Hope to see you there!
    We want your feedback! Please share your experience at the Open Streets and Greenways Earth Day Event by completing this brief survey.

  • Devens COVID-19 Public Health Announcements:
  • – Local COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics: Vaccination locations can be found at:
    – Mask Advisory Update — Masks are still an important tool in our fight against COVID-19. The latest updates are at:
    – Are you an employer looking to set up a clinic on-site for your employees?
    Click here to find out how.
    COVID19 Updates Archive

  • Devens Region Public Transportation Schedule

    In partnership with the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority, the Town of Ayer, Shirley and a number of local businesses in Devens, MassDevelopment and the Devens Enterprise Commission have launched a shuttle service that connects Ayer, Devens, Shirley Leominster and Fitchburg. Full schedule and details.

  • DEC's Environmental Planner Named to Prestigious Planning College of Fellows 2/18/22

    Neil Angus has achieved the planning profession's highest honor by being named to the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows for his outstanding achievements in environmental planning. Read the full press release here.

  • Devens Sustainable Housing Video — 10-27-21
    Devens sustainable housing projects were recently featured in a video by Stow TV, in partnership with the Sustainable Stow Committee in Stow, MA. Learn about how Devens approach to Net Zero Energy and Energy Positive residential development is helping Devens meet it's sustainable redevelopment goals and serving as a model for other communities.
  • Devens Mosquito Management Updates 2022
    Devens Continues to participate in the Central MA Mosquito Control Program. A list of the Mosquito Control Board 2022 Commission meeting dates is available here. All meetings are open to the public.
  • Devens Stormwater Management Education and Awareness Initiative
  • Wondering how your day to day activities on your property can impact water quality in Devens? Take a look at our tips for promoting responsible stormwater management practices for residents and businesses in Devens:
    Tips for Businesses
    Tips for Residents
    Be sure to share this information with your neighbors and/or fellow employees and help us keep Devens wetlands and waterways clean and healthy! Follow us on Facebook (@devensec) for additional posts.

  • Emerson Green, a new residential development on Grant Road, is offering 7 highly energy-efficient affordable workforce housing units for sale to income eligible families and individuals:
  • Details
    Full application
    Applications are continuing to be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All potential buyers must meet state income eligibility requirements to be considered.
  • Shirley Meadows Affordable Senior Rental Housing Now Open:
  • 58 units of supportive and affordable rental housing for seniors, aged 62 and over are completed and open in Devens off of Hospital Road. A certain number of units will be set-aside for homeless or at-risk seniors as well. Stop by and take a look at their model unit. Rental applications can be downloaded here. For more information, please contact Christina Andersen at (978) 256-7425 X21.

  • Apple Country Natural Climate Solutions Project
    Bolton, Devens and Harvard are collaborating with Nature to deliver climate solutions that will increase the resiliency of our communities and ecosystems. Nature-based solutions are cost-effective solutions providing multiple co-benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions, improved air and water quality, reduced flooding, biodiversity, recreation, as well as improved physical and mental health. Learn more at:
  • Devens PFAS Updates
  • The Army publishes updates regarding their ongoing environmental remediation and PFAS investigations at the former Fort Devens to help keep stakeholders and the local community updated on the status of the Army's work. Visit their website for more details
    Final Community Involvement Plan (CIP) — November 2020
    PFAS Private Well Testing Fact Sheet — November 2020
    Project Status Update September 2020

  • Wildlife Sightings in Devens — Safety Tips for Businesses and Residents

    With over 1,400 acres of permanently protected open space, Devens is home to a diversity of wildlife. It is not unusual to see animals such as black bears and coyotes. Learn how you can protect your property, yourself, and your loved ones from these and more at:
    Download facts sheets for bears and coyotes.

  • Army Noise Reports

    The Army periodically undertakes military training exercises on the South Post that involve ammunitions and explosives. In an effort to inform local residents and businesses, the Army provides monthly updates on the anticipated activity. Download the most recent noise report here. Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Department of Defense Police at 978.796.3333.

  • Devens featured in latest edition of Business In Focus Magazine
  • Read about how Devens is meeting its sustainable redevelopment goals in this feature article published in June 2019.

  • Yard Waste and Recycling to Protect Water Quality in Devens
  • Devens offers residents and businesses many resources to properly manage and dispose of yard wastes and other recyclable materials to protect the natural environment. Check out our latest publication here.

  • Events
    Devens Recreation Schedule
  • Devens Designated Truck Route
    Click here to download a map of the designated truck route for Devens. All Trucks travelling to/from Devens are to utilize the highlighted routes to enter and exit Devens via Jackson Gate (Route 2).
  • Devens Wastewater Treatment Plant Designated/Preferred Truck Route
    Click here to download the map — all septage haulers accessing the Devens Wastewater Treatment plant are required to utilize the highlighted route when going to and from the Plant.
  • Devens Area Resources
    MRPC Economic Impact of Devens Report — June 2016
    Devens Disc Golf
    Devens Eco-Efficiency Center
    Devens Household Hazardous Waste
    Fort Devens Military Base
    Fort Devens Museum
    Freedoms Way National Heritage Area
    Friends of the Oxbow
    MassDevelopment/Devens Community website
    Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce
    Nashua River Watershed Association
    United Native American Cultural Center