UPDATE: See EDC presentation to the Board of Selectmen made on March 23, 2015.
The Littleton Economic Development Committee has completed data gathering for the residential survey and is now analyzing the responses.
A report will be made to the Board of Selectmen once the data has been analyzed and correlated with other inputs to the committee's research.
Overall the responses indicated a need to balance cost control with targeted development. Many residents would like to see more restaurants and coffee shops with a strong preference for interesting and unique local brands, not major chains. Residents value Littleton's small town community feeling, affordable electricity, natural environment & open space, farms & orchards and school system. More survey results will be shared when the data is analyzed and a report prepared for the Board of Selectmen.
The committee thanks the more than 250 people who took the time to take the survey and the many valuable comments that you took the time to write to provide more detailed input. Enough responses were received (based on the number of households in Littleton) for a 90% confidence level and less than 5% margin of error in representing the overall views of the population of Littleton.
The committee is still accepting business survey responses. If you own a business in Littleton and did not receive a postcard or haven't yet filled out the survey, you can access it here.
The Board of Selectmen voted on July 22, 2013 to reestablish the Economic Development Committee. . . and assign it the following goals adopted for FY 2014:
- 1A-1, 4. Littleton Common Areas A and B implementation: completion of MassWorks improvements, opening of “The Point”; encourage property owners to clean up their storefronts
- 1C. Littleton at the Crossroads planning initiative - refocus economic development effort on the area of Taylor and Foster Streets
- 1F. Shop Littleton initiative - explore with local businesses
- 1G. Continue economic development planning process for Ayer Road, including FIBA technologies
- 1H. Economic development policy - policy discussions with Finance Committee, Planning Board; develop "marketing plan" to attract high-tech, administrative, small corporations and locally-owned businesses; amend zoning to allow neighborhood micro-stores; address empty-building syndrome with inventory of sites/owners and zoning status throughout town5I. Explore adoption of standards for commercial properties, including overnight lighting prohibition, adoption of green standards for new construction.
- 5I. Explore adoption of standards for commercial properties, including overnight lighting prohibition, adoption of green standards for new construction.
UPDATE 6/6/16 - The Board of Selectmen has voted to establish the membership of the Economic Development Committee at seven (7).
|Keith A. Bergman||Town Administrator||(978) 540-2460|