Adopt a master plan and official map for the Town (M.G.L. Chapter 41, Section 81A);
- Adopt subdivision rules & regulations for the Town, reviews preliminary and definitive subdivision plans (M.G.L. Chapter 40A, Section 81K-81GG);
- Drafts and submits zoning amendments for consideration by the Town for the Framingham Zoning By-law (M.G.L. 40A, Section 5);
- Serves as a special permit granting authority for the Town;
- Review of site plans, public way access permits, and scenic road modifications (M.G.L. Chapter 40, Section 15C) applications; and
- Acts as an adviser on other municipal land use regulations.
|Member||Serving Since||Term Expiration||Precinct|
|Christine Long, Chair||2008||2017||2|
|Lewis Colten, Vice Chair||2013||2019||1|
|Victor Ortiz, Clerk||2013||2019||18|
The Framingham Planning Board values and encourages public participation to shape the future land use patterns and initiatives of the Town. To ensure that all those who want to participate, have questions, and/or have comments are heard, the Planning Board has developed a Citizens Participation portal for information.
The Planning Board strives to:
- Encourage public participation through an open and efficient process
- Provide multiple channels of communication through new and traditional media to increase accessibility
Citizens Participation Portal:
- Facebook--Connected with your elected government through social media
- Development Projects--Projects currently under review by the Planning Board
- Planning Board Initiatives--Current Planning Board projects – document and meeting information center
- Plan-Build-Grow--The place to go for project development and information
- Agendas--Planning Board meeting agendas and postings
The Planning Board often looks to the public for their input on projects and initatives under the Board's review. Below is a set of links for that will provide you more information and will outline opportunities for you to provide comments.
South East Framingham Study Area
This study area is an analysis of a portion of South East Framingham on Route 135, ranging from Blandin Avenue to the Natick Town Line.
- South East Framingham Study Area (Final) - September 2014
Framingham Parking Report
This study was conducted to review existing parking requirements in Framingham, compare them to comparably sized communities, and provide recommendations.
- Framingham Parking Report (Final) - June 2014
Complete Streets Policy
This policy, written by the Planning Board staff was adopted by the Town of Framingham Board of Selectmen on January 6, 2015. By adopting a 'Complete Streets' policy, it shows a commitment by the Town to make streets accessible for walkers, bikers, and drivers of all ages and abilities. The policy will also provide the Town the opportunity to receive state funding to carry out 'Complete Streets' initiatives.
- Complete Streets Policy - 2015
Framingham Planning Board Annual Report
These reports are a compilation of the activities of the Framingham Planning Board during the 2015 and 2014 calendar years. The Annual Reports include: projects permitted, tax revenue generated, discussion of Planning Board initiatives, and more.
Approval Not Required (ANR)
Once this application has been deemed complete by the Planning Board Administrator and has been stamped in with the Town Clerk's office, a 21 day review / approval / denial window starts. This 21 day window includes weekends and holidays. The Planning Board then schedules the review of this application during a Planning Board meeting. This is not considered a public hearing and therefore does not warrant public comment unless otherwise decided by the Planning Board chair. ANR applications are required to show frontage and access over the frontage for buildable lots in order to potentially receive endorsement. An extension of time for review may be given but must be granted by the applicant. The Planning Board may not simply extend the period of review without the consent of the applicant. A green sign must be posted on site of each lot.
Site Plan Review, Special Permit & Public Way Access Permit
These applications are typically tied in to one another and are submitted together for Planning Board review. Once the application has been submitted to the Planning Board office, the staff has 10 days to review the application for completeness. Once this has been achieved, the staff will advertise the application in the MetroWest Daily News twice, no less than 14 and 7 days before the 1st scheduled Public Hearing. Staff will also mail out the filed legal notice to abutters, Town Meeting members within the proposed projects precinct as well as the 7 abutting Municipalities. This is considered a Public Hearing and therefore any interested members of the public may comment on the project during the Public Hearing when the comment portion of the Public Hearing has begun.
Definitive Subdivision Plans
If a definitive subdivision application is submitted within 7 months of a Preliminary Subdivision Application, the Planning Board has 90 days to render a decision. If the Planning Board does not render a decision within the 90 day window the application receives Constructive Approval and may move forward without any review, approval or input from the Planning Board. If no Preliminary Subdivision Application was submitted prior to the submission of a Definitive Subdivision Application then the Planning Board has 180 days to render a decision. An extension of time for review may be given in both cases but must be granted by the applicant. The Planning Board may not simply extend the period of review without the consent of the applicant.
Per MGL Sec 40A Sec. 3, no zoning ordinance or by-law shall regulate or restrict the interior area of a single family residential building nor shall any such ordinance or by-law prohibit, regulate or restrict the use of land or structures for religious purposes or for educational purposes on land owned or leased by the commonwealth or any of its agencies subdivisions or bodies politic or by a religious sect or denomination, or by a nonprofit educational corporation; provided, however, that such land or structures may be subject to reasonable regulations concerning the bulk and height of structures and determining yard sizes, lot area, setbacks, open space, parking and building coverage requirements, cable or the department of public utilities shall, after notice given pursuant to section eleven and public hearing in the town or city, determine the exemptions required and find that the present or proposed use of the land or structure is reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public; provided however, that if lands or structures used or to be used by a public service corporation are located in more than 1 municipality such lands or structures maybe exempted in particular respects from the operation of any zoning ordinance or by-law if, upon petition of the corporation, the department of telecommunications and cable or the department of public utilities shall after notice to all affected communities and public hearing in 1 of said municipalities, determine the exemptions required and find that the present or proposed use of the land or structure is reasonably necessary for the convenience or welfare of the public. For the purpose of this section, the petition of a public service corporation relating to siting of a communications or cable television facility shall be filed with the department of telecommunications and cable. All other petitions shall be filed with the department of public utilities.