UPDATED: Mayor Announces Her Picks for Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals

The following is a press release from the Mayor’s office:


FRAMINGHAM – After a complete review of applications and conducting interviews from a pool of 11 candidates, consisting of two female and nine males representing Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer has selected seven applicants for three  full time members and four associate members for the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals.

Applicants are required to live in Framingham, have a background that demonstrates experience in land use compliance and regulation, urban policy, and an understanding of zoning.

The candidates were interviewed by municipal representatives from the Inspectional Services, Community and Economic Development, Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Board, as well as a representative from Human Resources.

Based upon the recommendations of the ad hoc interview committee, Mayor Spicer is making the following recommendations to the City Council:

Candidates Selected for Full Time Zoning Board of Appeals Positions:

  • Current member Stephen E. Meltzer, Esq. is recommended to serve at three (3) year term. Attorney Meltzer holds a Juris Doctor from New England School of Law and holds a B.A. in psychology from Brandeis University. Attorney Meltzer has served on the Zoning Board of Appeals for the past eleven (11) years and has experience in zoning laws, real estate development and the permitting process. Attorney Meltzer resides in District 6.
  • Heather O’Donnell is recommended to serve at two (2) year term. Ms. O’Donnell holds a M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy from Northeastern University and a B.A. in History from Messiah College. Ms. O’Donnell has worked extensively with municipalities in Massachusetts working for the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and in Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development. O’Donnell resides in District 5.
  • Mr. Timothy Sweeney is recommended to serve a one (1) year term. Sweeney holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree and is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Sweeney is presently employed by Perkins+Will as a project architect and has held previous positions as a designer, assistant project manager and an architect intern. Mr. Sweeney resides in District 6.

Candidates Selected for Full Associate Zoning Board of Appeals Positions for one (1) year terms:

  • Jason E. Brown holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering. Brown has experience in United States and international laws and regulations regarding design, manufacturing and distribution of medical devices. Brown resides in District 3.
  • Editor’s Note: Brown lives in District 2.
  • Brandon Graska holds a Masters of Architecture from Boston Architectural College and is currently employed as tenant coordinator with WS Development. Mr. Graska has worked in the architectural and development disciplines for the last ten (10) years and has extensive knowledge of local codes and regulations. Mr. Graska resides in District 4.
  • Rick McKenna holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Northeastern University. McKenna has extensive experience in construction, and is the owner of Symphony Builders general contracting firm. McKenna resides in District 4.
  • Joe Trainor is a Licensed Construction Supervisor and Registered Home Improvement Contractor and is also the owner of CustomWorks Contracting, LLC. Trainor is well versed in the zoning and review process, special exception and variance, triggers and requirements and the ordinances from which decisions are made. Trainor resides in District 6.

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial board responsible for, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Interpretation of the Framingham Zoning By-Laws for appeals relative to denied building permits or other determinations of the Building Commissioner.
  • Review the application for development and land use projects. Such project applications include Special Permits and Variances.
  • Review of sign cases as the Sign Appeals Board, pursuant to the Framingham General By-Laws Article VII.
  • Review of Comprehensive Permits for affordable housing projects pursuant to Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.) Chapter 40B.

Pursuant to Article II, Section 10(c) of the Charter, the appointments become effective upon the Council’s vote to affirm (or thirty days after notice of the proposed appointment is filed with the clerk), and after the new members are sworn into office.   Upon approval, three (3) full-time members of the Zoning Board of Appeals will serve one (1), two (2) and three (3) year terms; the four (4) associate members will all serve a one (1) year term.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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