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. 

Upcoming Tentative schedule of Public Meetings:



  • Monday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m. in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building
  • Monday, September 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building
  • A Public Hearing has been scheduled for September 22nd at 7:00 p.m. in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building. 
  • Monday, September 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building
  • Monday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Ablondi Room of the Memorial Building

***The Framingham Charter Master Drafts Section has been out for public review as of September 12, 2016. You can share your thoughts via the Charter Commission email, provide written comments to the Clerk's Office, or attend the Charter Commission Public Hearing at 7:00 p.m. on September 22, 2016 in the Blumer Room of the Memorial Building.***


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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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