Charter Commission

The Charter Commission elected by the voters of Framingham is charged by law with preparing a written instrument pursuant to the provisions of chapter forty-three B which establishes and defines the structure of city and town government for a particular community and which may create local offices, and distribute powers, duties and responsibilities among local offices and which may establish and define certain procedures to be followed by the city or town government.  This document, called a Charter, is then submitted to the voters at the next town election, and if approved by the voters, serves like Framingham's constitution. Please check the Public Meeting Portal for Future Meeting of the Charter Commission by clicking on the image below.

​"The documents page has a number of files, including the most recent drafts of the Charter and public feedback on our work.”  Click HERE to visit the Charter Commissions Documents page.


Charter Commission Forum Dates and Locations:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Stapleton Elementary School located 25 Elm Street in Framingham. 

Monday, March 6, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Brophy Elementary School located at 575 Pleasant Street in Framingham.

Thursday, Mach 9, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Wesley Church located at 80 Beacon Street in Framingham.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Framigham Elks located at 450 Union Avenue in Framingham.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m at Joseph P Keefe Technical High School located at 750 Winter Street in Framingham.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at McCarthy Elementary School located at 8 Flagg Drive in Framingham.

Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Brazilian American Center (BRACE) located 560 Waverly Street in Framingham.

Monday, March 27, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School located at 169 Leland Street in Framingham.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building located at 150 Concord Street in Framingham.


Final Charter and Reports

Here is the Charter report which will be mailed to households in coming weeks. This document contains the Charter, a majority report signed by 8 of the 9 members discussing why they support the Charter, and a minority report signed by one member describing why she does not. The last page of this report shows a “ballot summary” of how the question will appear on the  Spring election ballot.  We  hope you find this helpful as you decide how to vote. Please note that there will be neighborhood information sessions in the upcoming weeks to learn more about the new features in this Charter. 



Proposed Precinct Districts:


The image below depicts the proposed precinct districts as follows:
District 1: precincts 1 and 2; District 2: precincts 3 and 5; District 3: precincts 4 and 7; District 4: precincts 6 and 9; District 5: precincts 8 and 12; District 6: precincts 10 and 11; District 7: precincts 13 and 14; District 8: precincts 15 and 18; District 9: precincts 16 and 17

Click on the map below for a printable pdf version of the proposed Framingham Neighborhood Districts.

Proposed Precinct-District Map

Click on the link below to view the Charter Commission's Timeline:

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Links to the Communities that the Charter Commission will be meeting with from the Collins Center:

Please note that the Marlborough “charter” is a pre-home rule amendment statute (MGL,c. 43) containing both features generic to all plans and specific provisions for the individual “Plans” (labeled A - F). The City of Marlborough operates under Plan B, commonly referenced as the “weak mayor” plan. Chapter 43 plans do not reflect the usual features of home rule or special act charters adopted since the home rule amendment’s adoption in 1966. Only 12 Massachusetts cities now operate under “Plan” governments. Lowell is also a pre-home rule Plan charter (Plan E), and the city also has special legislation which expands upon some of the plan features.

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Watch the Charter Commission Meetings...


Click on the links below to watch the Charter Commission Meetings on Demand on the Government Channel...
Charter Commission Meeting, January 30, 2017 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting, January 18, 2017 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting, January 9, 2017 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting, January 4, 2017 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting, December 12, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting, December 6, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting November 28, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting November 21, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting November 14, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting November 10, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting October 24, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting October 17, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting October 13, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting October 5, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting September 22, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting September 19, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting September 12, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting September 7, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting August 29, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting August 22, 2016 Video Broadcast

Charter Commission Meeting August 15, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting August 8, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting August 4, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting August 1, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting July 18, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting July 11, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting June 27, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting June 29, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting June 13, 2015 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting June 7, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting June 2, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting May 23, 2016 Video Broadcast
Charter Commission Meeting May 15, 2016 Video Broadcast