The MetroWast Daily News— The Operations and Oversight Committee on Monday night said the City Council should offer their endorsement of a master plan released by a quasi-public agency in 2011.
The City Council subcommittee has been conducting a review of the Marlborough Economic Development Corporation’s 383-page master plan, which was commissioned by the City Council but until now has never been subject to any formal municipal review.
Operations and Oversight Committee members, as well as other city councilors at Monday’s meeting, said they think the plan offers a forward-thinking way to attract business in the city and voted to recommend that the council offer its endorsement in the form of a preamble placed at the beginning of the document.
“We’re just trying to put something in that characterizes the general opinion and philosophy of this city council,” subcommittee Chairman Joseph Delano said.
In the proposed preamble, the council would offer its support to the objective of the planning document, which is described in the preamble as improving “economic opportunities for Marlborough residents and businesses leading to the stabilization of the Marlborough residential tax rate over the long term by increasing commercial values.”
In the preamble, the City Council said that agreeing upon the vision set forth in the master plan will allow city officials to take specific actions to work toward those goals, including the proliferation of mixed-used developments and a business environment that will attract younger workers more accustomed to the amenities of urban office spaces.
The committee did make a few minor amendments, like clarifying in the preamble that the document was crafted by the MEDC.
Committee member Matt Elder said he was somewhat wary of MEDC when the entity was started and said he has some lingering concerns, but said he thought the plan and the proposed preamble could lead to good things.
“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “I think this sort of sets a good tone.”
MEDC Executive Director Tim Cummings said after the meeting that having City Council endorsement of the plan will encourage businesses that may be thinking of coming to the city.
“This will help entities from the outside (gain) a better understanding and feeling that the city of Marlborough not only wants and attracts the appropriate types of businesses, but wants to work with them because it’s a win-win-win situation for all involved,” he said.
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