DEVENS -- With only one minor change, the annual report for the Devens Enterprise Commission is ready for public release after the commission briefly discussed it Tuesday night.
The report highlights 2013 projects, including the completion of a New England Studios facility off Hospital Road. The second phase of the project, a parking area and a 30,000-square-foot building, is under way.
MassDevelopment also sold all 20 sustainable houses in a pilot housing project, which featured single-family homes that won a U.S. Department of Energy award. Devens also created its first bike lanes in 2013 along Jackson Road.
After Tuesday's public hearing, the DEC voted to approve a 150-square-foot sign for Nypro Healthcare on Tuesday's public hearing. No one from the public attended to voice any concerns.
The sign's size is above the 100 square-foot limit allowed through DEC regulations, although the DEC can vote to increase the size based on the site's conditions. The size of the building at 112 Barnum Road, as well as its set back from the road, justified the larger sign.
The committee also discussed its budget for fiscal 2015, which is typically approved in March or April before the new fiscal year on July 1. The drafted budget of $876,235 is a 46 percent increase from fiscal 2014, mainly due to an extra $200,000 for the Devens Eco-Efficiency Center.
"The Executive Committee did discuss this and are in favor of providing those funds," said DEC Chairman William Marshall.
The other major budget impact is $35,000 to buy iPads for commissioners and digitize the DEC's records.
"We (the DEC staff) has been talking about trying to lead by example as the Commission," said DEC Director Peter Lowitt. "One of the ways we had proposed to do that was to try and reduce all of the paper that we produce for meetings and to allow you to better review plans as they come in."
Lowitt said the cost of digitizing DEC records is still not officially worked out, as DEC staff plan to meet with the state's records department to discuss what can be digitized.
The draft budget also includes a $10,000 increase for inspection services.
The commission also passed updates to the Devens Filming Guidelines, which instructs producers on film permits, traffic control and filming in residential areas.
The guidelines require productions to have minimum public-insurance policies of $1 million for general liability, auto and workers' compensation.
Commissioner Christopher Lilly voiced concerns that the policy limits seemed low.
But Lowitt said the state's film office suggested the numbers.
"The thought line is that we're going to charge the same amount that we would do for any user, whether it's a recreational event or film," he said.
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