Events and Committee Meetings

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Recent/ Past Events and Committee Meetings

Virtual State House Day 2021: The 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted our annual State House Day virtually this year on Tuesday, June 15th. This event featured a keynote address from Senate President Karen Spilka, a roundtable discussion with members of the 495/MetroWest Legislative Delegation, and the unveiling of Strength in Numbers 2021, our annual economic and demographic report highlighting the region’s strengths and advantages. Click here to access our Strength in Numbers 2021 report

Housing Submarkets Presentation & Discussion: On June 9th, the Housing Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted a presentation and discussion with MAPC focused on their Housing Submarkets study, and submarket-specific strategies to meet housing needs and demand through housing and affordable housing production, preservation, and housing stability protections. A housing submarket is a collection of neighborhoods with similar housing stock and housing market characteristics. These characteristics contribute to who can find, afford, and remain in suitable housing in that neighborhood. Presenting on behalf of MAPC were Jessie Partridge Guerrero, Research Manager at MAPC, and Karina Oliver-Milchman, AICP, Chief of Housing & Neighborhood Development. Click here to view a recording of this presentation and discussion

Climate Legislation Presentation with Secretary Theoharides: 
On May 18th, 2021, the Water Resources and Energy and Sustainable Development Committees of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted a special presentation from Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen A. Theoharides on An Act Creating a Next-Generation Roadmap for Massachusetts Climate Policy, major climate legislation signed into law earlier this year. Click here to view a recording of the session with Secretary Theoharides. The legislation, signed into law by Governor Baker in March, codifies a commitment to achieve Net Zero emissions in 2050, establishes new interim goals for emissions reductions, authorizes the Administration to implement a new, voluntary energy efficient building code for municipalities, and allows the Commonwealth to procure an additional 2,400 Megawatts of offshore wind energy by 2027, among other provisions.

Discussion with Congressman Jake Auchincloss: The Transportation Committee hosted a discussion with Congressman Jake Auchincloss of Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District on March 31st. Serving his first term, Congressman Auchincloss has been assigned to the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, where he serves on the Highways & Transit; Coast Guard & Maritime Transportation; and Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Subcommittees. Congressman Auchincloss represents all or portions of 34 Massachusetts cities and towns, including the 495/MetroWest Partnership communities of Bellingham, Foxborough, Franklin, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, and Wrentham. Click here to view a recording of the meetingAs Congress forges ahead on a significant infrastructure package and invites Members to request transportation and infrastructure “earmarks” for the first time in a decade, Congressman Auchincloss specifically requests your input on priority projects for your communities; if you would like to request that Rep. Auchincloss submit a Community Project Funding (“earmark”) request or a regular Appropriations request on your or your organization’s behalf, please visit this website which has instructions on how to complete this form.

MWRA Presentation:
 The Water Resources Committee hosted a presentation from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) and the MWRA Advisory Board on Tuesday, March 30th. MWRA is a public authority established by the Legislature in 1984 to provide wholesale water and sewer services in 61 metropolitan Boston communities, including, at present, 6 communities in the Partnership’s service area. The MWRA Advisory Board is an independent agency that was established at the same time to represent the interests of the cities and towns in the MWRA’s service area. Click here to view a recording of the presentation. The presentation focused on MWRA’s activities and services in the Partnership’s service region, and how municipalities interested in joining MWRA may initiate that process. Click here to access the slide presentation from the event

Housing Committee First Session: The Housing Committee of the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted its first session on Thursday, March 25th. Click here to view a recording of the session. We hosted two presentations, each followed by a Question and Answer period: Amy Dain, Consultant, Dain Research, and author of The State of Zoning for Multi-Family Housing in Greater Boston, presented on the state of multi-family housing in the region and potential strategies going forward, and Chris Kluchman, Deputy Director of the Community Services Division at (DHCD presented an overview of the state’s new Housing Choice legislation and its implementation. Chris Kluchman's presentation can be downloaded via this link.

MassDOT Highway Division Presentation: On Thursday, March 4th, the Transportation Committee hosted Barry Lorion, District Highway Director for District 3, and Thomas Emerick, Highway Division District 3 Operations Engineer, who discussed regional roadway projects both upcoming and underway. Click here to download the presentation slides presented during this session

Municipal Government Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest: On February 9th, the Energy and Sustainable Development Committee hosted a special forum as part of its series on the impact of COVID-19 on our region, "Municipal Government Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest." This panel discussion focused on how municipal governments across our region have responded to the pandemic. You can view a recording of the discussion online at this link. Our panel included Sgt. Ed Burman, Ashland Police Department; Bill Keegan, Foxborough Town Manager; Kristen Las, Shrewsbury Assistant Town Manager; John Mangiaratti, Acton Town Manager; and Louise Miller, Wayland Town Administrator. Check out coverage of the event in The MetroWest Daily News.

Business Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest: On December 9th, the Energy and Sustainable Development Committee hosted a special forum as part of its series on the impact of COVID-19 on economic development, "Business Response to COVID-19 in 495/MetroWest." This discussion focused on how different economic sectors in our region have responded to the pandemic. You can view a recording of the discussion online at this link. Our panel included Lisa Churchill, Owner, Blush Bouquets of Ashland; Brian Earley, Vice President & General Manager, The Kraft Group/ Patriot Place; George Coutros, Sanofi US, Director of State Government Relations; Katie Quinn, Owner, Mullahy’s Cheese Shop of Hudson; Austin O’Connor, Owner, The Briar Group; and Ed Cuthbertson, General Manager, Bass Pro Shops of Foxborough.

Potential New Stormwater Requirements in the Charles River Watershed: On October 27th, the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted staff from EPA Region 1 for a presentation regarding potential new stormwater requirements in the Charles River Watershed. In 2019, EPA Region 1 received a petition from the Conservation Law Foundation and the Charles River Watershed Association asking that EPA use its Residual Designation Authority to require permits for stormwater discharges that are not otherwise regulated for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities within the Charles River watershed. EPA is now formulating a response to the petition. Click here to access the slides from EPA's presentation to the Partnership. Partnership communities that are fully or partially located within the Charles River watershed are Ashland, Bellingham, Franklin, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Norfolk, Sherborn, Wayland, and Wrentham.

New PFAS Drinking Water Standard: On October 21st, the 495/MetroWest Partnership hosted representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for a presentation regarding the Commonwealth's new PFAS drinking water standard. In January 2019, DEP announced its intention to initiate the process to develop a drinking water standard, known as a Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL), for a group of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS). The revised PFAS regulation was published on October 2nd, 2020.