Framingham Subcommittee Recommends Expansion of Zoning Board

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FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham City Council’s subcommittee on Planning & Zoning is recommending the full 11-member City Council approve the expansion of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals from 3 members to 5 members.

The subcommittee chaired by District 1 City Councilor Christine Long voted 3-0 to expand the City’s ZBA.

District 6 City Councilor Phil Ottaviani Jr., who served as the ZBA chair for almost two decades made the motion at the subcommittee, with District 9 City Councilor Tracey Bryant seconding the motion.

The Zoning Board of Appeals has had holdover members since it became a City. Currently, Suze Craighead is a holdover member on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Ottaviani served a longer than expected ZBA term, after the City Council rejected the mayor’s nominations in August 2018.

The Mayor submitted new names for nomination in the fall of 2019, and the City Council approved five of the six names.

The Council rejected Sue Bernstein for the Zoning Board of Appeals in a 6 to 4 vote.

At that time, Councilor George P. King. Jr. suggested he might be more inclined to support Bernstein if the Zoning Board of Appeals was a 5-member board and not a 3-member board.

King is now chair of the 11-member City Council.

The Council could vote on expanding the Zoning Board of Appeals tonight, March 4. It is on the agenda.

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