Mayor Selects Two District 1 Residents For 5-Member Planning Board

FRAMINGHAM – Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer has selected two District 1 residents for the 5-member Framingham Planning Board to replace the late Stephanie Mercandetti and Tom Mahoney, the longest serving member on the Planning Board.

The Mayor’s office began advertising for replacements on February 27.

The Mayor’s picks are Joseph Norton (pictured) and Shannon Fitzpatrick.

The City Council must approve the picks.

If approved four of the five Framingham Planning Board members would reside in District 1.

In a press release, the Mayor’s office said they interviewed three females and three males. The individuals represented Districts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7.

“There were no applicants from District 2, 4, 8 or 9. Applicants are required to live in Framingham, have a diverse background that demonstrate experience in land use activities and an understanding of zoning, and possess the ability to work collaboratively in all size groups and with the public,” said the press release issued by the City’s public information officer.

Each candidate, if approved by the 11-member City Council, would serve a 3-year term.

Other members on the current Planning Board are chair Christine Long, Lewis Colten, and Victor Ortiz. They were all elected to their terms. The Mayor will appoint replacements when their elected terms end.

Long, who lives in District 1, was re-elected to a 3-year term on the Planning Board in 2017, so her term ends in 2020.

The elected terms for Board members Colten, who lives in District 1, and Ortiz, who lives in District 8, end in 2019.

Fitzpatrick is an attorney for the Fitzpatrick Family Law office and was named one of the top 10Massachusetts Lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly in 2003. She has been a resident in Framingham since 2007.

Norton, who has more than 25 years of experience in business as a real estate agent and executive manager, has been serving on the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals. He ran for City Councilor in District 1 in 2017, but lost to Charlie Sisitsky.  Norton has participated in the Massachusetts Citizen Planner Training Collaborative at Holy Cross College, and completed course work related to planning, zoning, building and conservation. He is a lifelong Framingham resident.

Mercandetti died earlier this year after a battle with Cancer.

Mahoney, the longest-serving member of the Framingham Planning Board, was first elected to the Planning Board in 1999, and has served as chair multiple times.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

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