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In March 2014, Governor Deval Patrick signed House Bill 3736, “An Act Encouraging the Improvement, Expansion and Development of Military Installations in the Commonwealth,” which authorizes funding for the improvement, expansion, and development of military installations and for base realignment preparation and mitigation projects. The bill also designates the Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force to continue the long term effort to study potential projects that benefit the military and the Commonwealth and allows MassDevelopment to provide utility services to military installations.

House Bill 3736

Land Use Planning Around Military Installations
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40b, § 4C permits planning districts to vote to allow a military commander to be an ex officio member of the district planning commission. To qualify, the commander must represent an installation that is "located, wholly or partially" within the planning district and has a resident population of at least 500 persons. The ex officio membership does not continue unless there is an annual majority affirmative vote of the commission.

M.G.L. Chapter 40b, § 4C


Open Space/Conservation

Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program
The Agricultural Preservation Restriction Program is a voluntary program intended to offer a non-development alternative to farmers and other owners of "prime" and "state important" agricultural land who are faced with a decision regarding future use and disposition of their farms.  

Contact:
Mr. Ronald Hall
Program Coordinator
Department of Agriculture
251 Causeway Street, Suite 500
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2151
(617) 626-1704
Ronald.Hall@state.ma.us

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 20
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 184
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LAND Program
The Massachusetts LAND Program (formerly the Self-Help Program) was established in 1961 to assist municipal conservation commissions acquiring land for natural resource and passive outdoor recreation purposes. Lands acquired may include wildlife, habitat, trails, unique natural, historic or cultural resources, water resources, forest, and farm land. Compatible passive outdoor recreational uses such as hiking, fishing, hunting, cross-country skiing, bird observation and the like are encouraged.  The program pays for the acquisition of land, or a partial interest (such as a conservation restriction), and associated acquisition costs such as appraisal reports and closing costs.

Contact:
Ms. Celia Riechel
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Division of Conservation Services
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2150
(617) 626-1187
celia.riechel@state.ma.us

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21A, § 2
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 132A
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Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC)
The PARC Program (formerly the Urban Self-Help Program) was established in 1977 to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for park and outdoor recreation purposes. Under the program, any town with a population of 35,000 or more year-round residents, or any city regardless of size, that has an authorized park /recreation commission and conservation commission, is eligible to participate in the program. Communities that do not meet the population criteria listed above may still qualify under the "small town," "regional," or "statewide" project provisions of the program. Only projects that are to be developed for suitable outdoor recreation purposes, whether active or passive in nature, shall be considered for funding. Grants are available for the acquisition of land, and the construction, restoration, or rehabilitation of land for park and outdoor recreation purposes such as swimming pools, zoos, athletic play fields, playgrounds and game courts.

Contact:
Ms. Melissa Cryan
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Division of Conservation Services
100 Cambridge Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2150
(617) 626-1171
melissa.cryan@state.ma.us

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 21A, § 2
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 132A
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Massachusetts Community Preservation Act
The Massachusetts Community Preservation Act authorizes the state's cities and towns to collect a surcharge on real property to acquire funds for open space, historic preservation, and affordable housing. Additionally, the Act creates a dedicated state funding source to provide funds to participating communities.  

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 44B

Conservation Restrictions
Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 184, Sections 31 through 33 establish that a conservation restriction is a legally binding agreement between a landowner (grantor) and a holder (grantee) - usually a government body or a charitable corporation or trust; whereby the grantor agrees to limit the use of property for the purpose of protecting certain conservation values. The conservation restriction may run for a period of years or in perpetuity and is recorded at the Registry of Deeds. Certain income, estate or real estate tax benefits may be available to the grantor of a conservation restriction.

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 184

Forest Legacy Program
The Forest Legacy Program is a US Forest Service grant program for protecting and conserving important forests that are threatened by conversion to non-forest uses, such as development. The Department of Conservation and Recreation is the lead agency responsible for administering the Forest Legacy Program in the state. The program achieves its goals through voluntary easements and fee simple purchases.

Contact:
Mr. Mike Fleming
Bureau of Forestry
251 Causeway Street, Suite 600
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
(978) 368-0126 ext. 114
mike.fleming@state.ma.us

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Administrative

Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force​
The Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force collaborates with the military as well as leaders of industry, academia, non-profit groups, quasi-public agencies, and government bodies to enhance, expand, add, or otherwise improve missions, programs, facilities and operations on or affecting the military installations in Massachusetts.

The Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force has the power to 
(1) engage with representatives from the military, business community and government, including municipal officials, and community members surrounding each installation in order to enhance, expand, add or otherwise improve missions, programs, facilities, and operations on or affecting the military installations;
(2) engage with community partners, including, but not limited to, chambers of commerce, business associations, education officials, workforce development officials, municipal officials, elected officials, and veteran and military family support agencies, located in the vicinity of each military installation to create and expand upon the impact each installation has on the municipality and surrounding cities and towns;
(3) develop, coordinate, and implement workforce training programs, infrastructure improvements, environmental and utility savings, housing renovations or construction, and transportation improvements to support the missions at each military installation;
(4) identify initiatives that can be implemented to address or resolve operational or mission weaknesses at the military installations;
(5) identify opportunities for local businesses, municipalities, state or public agencies, community colleges or other institutions of higher education to contract and partner with the military installations to provide goods, services, training or education; and
(6) advise the governor and executive and legislative branch officials regarding the ongoing efforts by the United States Department of Defense to close, realign, restructure, streamline, or otherwise take actions that would impact the military installations.

Military Asset and Security Strategy Task Force

Contact:
Adam Freudberg
Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the Military Task Force
Office of the Governor
24 Beacon Street, Room 272
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 725-4000
adam.freudberg@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Defense Technology Initiative 
The Defense Technology Initiative (DTI), formerly the Massachusetts DTI, is a public-private partnership that was originally created to influence the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 2005 process.  After the 2005 BRAC outcome, the goal of the partnership was revised to establish New England as the definitive global leader in the defense technology industry.

DTI

Contact:
Christopher Anderson, President
Massachusetts High Technology Council
Defense Technology Initiative
Reservoir Woods
850 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451
(781) 890-6482
chris@mhtc.org

State Contact Information

Military Liaison POC
Adam Freudberg
Policy Advisor and Executive Director of the Military Task Force
Office of the Governor
24 Beacon Street, Room 272
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 725-4000
adam.freudberg@state.ma.us

Christopher Anderson, President
Massachusetts High Technology Council
Defense Technology Initiative
Reservoir Woods
850 Winter Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02451
(781) 890-6482
chris@mhtc.org

Adjutant General
Major General L. Scott Rice, Adjutant General
Massachusetts National Guard
2 Randolph Road
Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts 01731
(339) 202-3900
leon.s.rice.mil@mail.mil

Legislative Process Regarding Military POCs
The Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security serves as the committee of primary jurisdiction over military affairs issues in the Legislature. 

Committees of Primary Jurisdiction/Legislative Contact
Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security
Senator James E. Timilty, Co-Chair
Room 507
State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 722-1222
James.Timilty@masenate.gov

Representative Harold P. Naughton, Co-Chair
Room 167
State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 722-2230
Harold.Naughton@mahouse.gov

Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs
Senator Michael Rush, Jr., Co-Chair
Room 405
State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 722-1348
Mike.Rush@masenate.gov 

Representative Carlo Basile, Co-Chair 
Room 174
State House
Boston, Massachusetts 02133
(617) 722-2877
carlo.basile@mahouse.gov