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Public office hours are generally Monday-Friday 8:30AM-4:30PM

DEC Meetings (M) and Public Hearings (PH) schedule for the Year 2023:
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(M) July 13, 7:30 a.m
(PH) July 25, 6:45 p.m.

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

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(M) Sept 7, 7:30 a.m
(PH) Sept 26, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) Oct 24, 6:45 p.m.
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(PH) Nov 28, 6:45 p.m.

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(M) Dec 7, 7:30 a.m.
(PH) Dec 19, 6:45 p.m.

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All DEC meetings and hearings are held virtually via Zoom Meetings. A link to join a Zoom meeting can be found at the top of the Current Agenda.

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 2023 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.

  • Grand Opening of the Nashua River Trail
  • The official opening of the Nashua River Trail and the Pollinator Meadow on MacPherson Road within the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge occurred on Wednesday, November 1st. See the photos of the celebration here. Click here for more information on the trail and the meadow.

  • Devens Adopts Embodied Carbon Reduction Guidelines —
    November 27, 2023

  • Devens recently adopted a set of tools and guidance to assist applicants with reducing the carbon footprint of their development projects in Devens. Read the Press Release. These guidelines will help reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the building sector and help Massachusetts meet its decarbonization targets. Check them out here.

  • Devens Intersections of Communities and Cultures Public Art Project
  • A new public art project, supported by a grant from New England Foundation for the Arts and MAPC, will be located at the intersection of paths west of Sherman Avenue at Willard Field. See the flier for more information or

  • Public Health Alert
    Mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus were recently found in Ayer. Although there have been no reported human cases, you should follow these prevention tips to protect you and your family from mosquito bites: Devens Continues to participate in the Central MA Mosquito Control Program. Personnel will be in the Devens area to respond to requests for service. Requests for service, or to be placed on the "No Spray" list can be made by calling (508)393-3055 or on-line at:
  • Upcoming Flu Shot Clinics
    Nashoba Associated Boards of Health are hosting free flu clinics throughout the region: Devens residents and business employees are eligible at all clinic locations. Just bring your ID and any health insurance card.
  • ihEALTH COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test Expiration Extension: September 7, 2023
  • On Jan 11, 2023, the FDA granted another three-month shelf-life extension for the iHealth COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test, which extended the shelf-life of all iHealth tests from 6 months to 15 months. Full details can be found at:
    The Devens Enterprise Commission still has free kits available to Devens residents and businesses (while supplies last). Stop by our office during normal business hours (M-F 8:30A-4:30P) and pick yours up today! In the meantime, stay safe and be diligent. More tips to stay safe at: If you have been exposed, follow the CDC Guidelines:

  • Ayer–Devens Pocket Forest Pilot Project Update

    Join us on Sunday, September 10th at 1:00PM for a Public Tour of the Ayer-Devens new Pocket Forest and enjoy local food and music while we learn more about this thriving Neighborhood Pocket Forest! Visit: for more information about this Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Program-funded project and how you can get involved and build you own pocket forest!

  • Devens Re-Launching Shuttle Service!

    Devens is working with the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority to re-launch the Devens shuttle service as targeted workforce ride program for businesses and an on-demand service for residents and visitors. The goal of this service is to provide increased accessibility to Devens between the surrounding communities and businesses, as well as connect to the MBTA commuter rail system. See the following links for more information:
    Devens On-Demand Shuttle Service – connecting Devens with the MBTA, Ayer and Shirley, as well as Leominster and Fitchburg
    Taxi and Livery rides (within 20 miles)
    Businesses looking for commuting options for existing employees and/or to attract new employees
    Residents and individuals looking for commuting options to and from Devens

  • Water Quality Report
  • Devens Utilities provides an annual report to the community that details where our water comes from, what it contains, and the risks that our water testing and treatment are designed to prevent. View the 2022 Water Quality Report to learn more.

  • Devens Joins the EPA Smartway Program

    To help meet the sustainability goals of Devens redevelopment and our Climate Action Plan, the DEC has joined the Federal environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay program. Read the press release here.

  • Devens Water Use Restrictions in Effect — April 10 through September 30, 2023

    In order to ensure an adequate supply of water for our customers as we complete construction of two new water treatment plants serving the Devens community, 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.
    In addition to the above restrictions, if our customers could postpone any other activities that might require significant water usage until after September, that would help us preserve our water supply to meet our customers basic requirements. 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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