Commonwealth Releases Blueprint for Development of 495 Region

The Commonwealth’s Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development (EOHED) has released its long-anticipated 495/MetroWest Development Compact Plan.  More than a year in the making, the Plan provides a blueprint for the sustainable growth and economic development of the Interstate 495 corridor.  In each of the 37 communities along the 495 corridor, the Plan identifies priority development areas for new growth, and priority preservation areas for conservation and protection.  It also highlights transportation investments critical to the region, such as commuter rail lines, bridges and highway interchanges, as well as additional infrastructure investment needs, including water supply and wastewater treatment. 

To develop the Plan, the State partnered with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the MetroWest Regional Collaborative, the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission, the 495/MetroWest Partnership (of which I am a Board member), and Mass Audubon.  The Plan is the product of public forums and discussions and feedback from local planning boards, boards of selectmen, residents and area business leaders.  The hope is that the Plan will help guide and inform land use decisions in our region, maximize our current resources, and, according to Greg Bialecki, Secretary of EOHED, “assure that continued growth will be sustainable over the long term.” 

To review the priority development and preservation areas in your community, turn to Appendix E in the Plan (starting at page 103).

About David McCay

Dave is a partner in the firm’s litigation and land use groups where he assists clients in the resolution of complex real estate, environmental and business disputes. He also represents property owners and developers in local land use permitting matters. Dave is active in the Boroughs+ region serving as the Chair of the Southborough Economic Development Committee and as immediate Past Chair of the Marlborough Regional Chamber of Commerce. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the 495/MetroWest Partnership, the Advisory Board of the MetroWest Economic Research Center at Framingham State University, and the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation. Dave lives in Southborough with his wife and two sons.
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