A number of consultation road shows will be held between now until January
Commuters at Harlow Town station have been given the chance to say how they would improve the town as a more viable place to work as well as live.
Nearly 15,000 people commute out the town according to Harlow Council, which has begun a 10-week consultation on the future development of the town.
"We don't want to be a dormitory town," the Conservative council leader Andrew Johnson told BBC Essex.
"We want people to take part in the whole life of the town."
People waiting for their trains on Tuesday, 23 November were given an eight-page leaflet about the future development of the town.
As part of the authority's 'Issues and Options' strategy, the people of Harlow are being asked how they think the town's housing, employment and infrastructure could be improved over the next 15 years.
In particular, it is keen to discover what type of jobs people travelling to London and Cambridge do.
"About 2000 people leave each day to work elsewhere," said Cllr Johnson.
"So we're particularly interested to hear what they think could be done to improve the town in terms of employment, in terms of infrastructure and housing growth.
The council is also looking to make the town more attractive to businesses from outside the area.
"We want to know where they would put those employment areas and where they would put the additional infrastructure to support those employment areas," he said.
"There's the possibility that by being close to London we could provide a better environment for companies who don't want to be in the hustle and bustle," he said.
"We are an attractive place, we're close to the M11, in between London and Stansted Airport so have very good transport links.
"We want to know where they would put those employment areas and where they would put the additional infrastructure to support them."
More information on the consultation can be found on the
Harlow Council website.