After 24 Years, Ottaviani Resigns From Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals

FRAMINGHAM – The chair of the City’s Zoning Board of Appeals submitted his resignation today, December 10, to Mayor Yvonne Spicer.

Philip Ottaviani Jr., has been serving on the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals for almost 25 years, including 22 years as chair.

He was appointed to serve by Framingham Selectmen, and re-appointed numerous times under the town form of government.

Last year, Mayor Spicer nominated seven individuals for the Zoning Board of Appeals and did not re-nominate Ottaviani.

The City Council rejected the nominations, stating the slate did not have enough experience.

With that vote, Ottaviani then continued to serve on the ZBA, until the City Council approved the mayor’s appointees.

In 2017, Ottaviani, lost to Keefe Technical School Committee member Mike Rossi for the District 6 City Council seat by 22 votes.

Rossi announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election.

Ottaviani ran unopposed for the District 6 Council seat this year and won. His term begins on January 1, 2020.

After the election, the Mayor re-submitted a slate of individuals for the Zoning Board of Appeals.

The Framingham City Council in a split vote of 6-4, rejected the nomination of former Planning Board member Susan Bernstein to the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals for a 1-year term.

Voting to support Bernstein were District 9 City Councilor Judith Grove, District 7 City Councilor Margareth Shepard, District 6 City Councilor Rossi, and District 2 City Councilor Pam Richardson.

Councilors Grove, Shepard, and Torres are suing the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, so it is unclear if ethically they should have voted on the appointments.

The three City Councilors suing the ZBA did not disclose their lawsuit before voting and did not abstain.

Editor’s Note: The vote if the 3 Councilors abstained would have been 5-2 against Bernstein.

After the Council vote, it was determined that Ottaviani, long-time ZBA member Susan Craighead and ZBA alternate and Planning Board member Joseph Norton could continue to serve on the ZBA until they resign.

Ottaviani submitted his resignation letter today, December 10.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: Phone: 508-315-7176

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