Amy DeMelia | Sun Chronicle
The three candidates for a seat on the planning board offered their visions for the town’s future in a debate Monday night.
During the debate hosted by North Attleboro Community Television, candidates Julie Boyce, Alex Lovejoy and Gregory Walsh agreed on issues more often than not. The three candidates for the seat will be narrowed to two during the Feb. 11 preliminary election.
Candidates were told they had been given a magic wand to make any change to North Attleboro they wished.
Walsh said he would like to see a transit-oriented development on one of the “stagnant properties on Route 1,” complete with a parking lot and a bus station, as well as mixed use development.
Lovejoy agreed, saying the development should have a combination of commercial space and residential housing that is deemed affordable for young adults. He also added a ballfield to boost the town’s available recreational space.
Boyce said being elected to the planning board would not be about what she wants, but what residents want for the town’s future.
Asked how they would improve the planning board, each offered different answers.
Boyce focused on the needs of the residents who attend public meetings.
“When people do go to meetings, when it comes to the public, I would definitely be treating them with courtesy and respect and I’d be willing and open to listening to what they have to say,” she said.
Walsh focused on his degree in construction management and work experience as a project manager and estimator.
“A lot of aspects of construction management really blend well with what the planning board does. I kind of feel bringing youth into the picture will mean you’re going to look at things a lot differently than an older person would,” he said.
Lovejoy focused what he learned through his work and internship experience with the Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District, state Department of Transportation and Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
“I think the board is great as it is, and I myself in terms of improving it would be tough to do. I want to teach what I have learned in my variety of internships and career, sharing my knowledge. At the same time, I want to learn from them what they have learned over past years so we can have a strong team.”
Polls are open from noon to 8 p.m. on Feb. 11. The top two candidates will go on to vie for a single planning board seat at the April 1 town election.