Debert Concept Plan
- pdf Debert Report (1.5 MB) (1.47 MB)
- pdf Debert Press Release - March, 2007 (5 KB)
- pdf Debert Concept Site Map (4.7 MB) (4.69 MB)
In April 2008, ownership of the Debert Air Industrial Park was transferred to the Municipality. The Park, along with the former military base, are now the responsibility of the Municipality, in partnership with the Colchester Regional Development Agency (CoRDA), to promote, market and develop.
This is an exciting development for Colchester and supports Council's belief that the community should take responsibility for its economic future. As progress was made with negotiations and it became clear that the transfer would take place, it was agreed that CoRDA and Colchester should begin to investigate how the area could develop.
More Than a Plan for the Industrial Park
The Concept Plan recognized that Debert is a community as well as an industrial park and that there are two distinct residential areas, the traditional village and the former military homes. The Plan considers ways to grow these areas into one cohesive community. It is also beneficial for this rural industrial park to have housing options close by for employees.
This has influenced the plan with linkages such as trails from the village to the industrial park. The plan also considers the possibility of a small "main street" style commercial area as the community and the park grow.
The Debert Industrial Park Signs a Twinning Agreement with Devens Massachusetts
On August 15, 2008, Debert officially gained a sister industrial park. The Municipality along our partners at CoRDA signed an agreement with representatives of the Devens Enterprise Commission to support each other with the sustainable development of both industrial parks and communities.
Just like Debert, Devens is a 3,000 acre, former military base which was largely closed down ten years ago. There first priority was to replace jobs lost due to the base closure and the impact the closure had on the local economy. The Devens Enterprise Commission is now looking to rebuild the residential component to offer housing options for the employees. Because Devens is in a rural setting, with environmentally sensitive areas, the redevelopment is employing sustainable principles.
With such similarities, Debert and Devens are twin sisters worthy of twinning. pdf Devens (137 kB) (136 KB)