Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS)
Description: The purpose of the Hanscom Area Towns Committee (HATS) is to coordinate the policies and activities of the four towns that contain Hanscom Field (Bedford, Concord, Lexington, and Lincoln) in their relationships with the major organizations that operate in the Hanscom Field area. These include the U. S. Air Force, the National Park Service, the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport), Lincoln Laboratories, and private corporations.
HATS seeks to protect and preserve the physical and environmental attributes of the area in the face of expanding institutional and commercial development, increasing traffic and aircraft noise and other threats to the environment. Through HATS, the four towns coordinate their efforts in planning, growth management, land use, traffic control, and environmental protection. Representatives of other organizations, including those named above, are invited to attend HATS meetings on a non-voting basis.
Membership: Bedford's membership of HATS consists of a Selectmen, a Planning Board member, a Conservation Commission member, and one member at-large.
Meetings: Meetings are usually held on the fourth Thursday of each month, in the evening, in the Donaldson Room, Lincoln Town Offices, 16 Lincoln Road, Lincoln MA.