Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

Opinion

May 30, 2013

Kudos for ID2 zoning

Kudos for ID2 zoning

Editor, Townsman:

Congratulations to Andover Town Meeting for the votes it took to maintain and, we hope to grow, its industrial tax base while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.

By approving the Industrial 2 Districts at River and Dascomb roads, voters correctly took steps to meet the needs of the major corporations that call Andover home, and of the workers, many of whom live in Andover in addition to working here.

The Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association supported this zoning change for several reasons, not the least of which is the opportunity to incorporate Smart Growth practices by providing services close to work for 10,000-plus individuals employed at companies there. These employees will now be able to walk or bicycle to lunch or errands rather than driving their cars several miles to locate the same services.

The TMA also supported this zoning change because of the economic potential it creates to retain the companies already located in the town’s business parks as well as enhancing the attractiveness of the area to new businesses looking to re-locate in the region.

The TMA thanks Andover’s Board of Selectmen, Planning Board, Economic Development Council, Green Advisory Board and the Andover Business Community Association for their support of this measure. It recognizes the efforts of Jeff Spagat of Brickstone Properties and Greg Sebasky of Philips North America, whose advocacy were critical. And it thanks the voters of Andover for a measure that’s absolutely critical to Andover’s continued viability as a center of quality jobs and quality of life.

ANDREA LEARY

Executive Director

Merrimack Valley Transportation Management Association

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