FRAMINGHAM – For the first time in decades, the majority of the 5-member Planning Board will reside south of Route 9.
Last Tuesday, June 21, the City Council unanimously approved the Mayor’s three individuals nominated for the Planning Board.
Mayor Charlie Sisitsky, re-nominated Chair Kristina Johnson (District 7) and nominated Zoning Board of Appeals associate member Mitchell Matorin from District 8 and City of Newton employee Jeffrey Johnson from District 9.
The 5-member Framingham Planning Board is responsible for guiding growth and development in the community.
The Board was elected when Framingham was a Town ,and is now appointed by the Mayor with Framingham a City. The legislative branch of government – City Council – but approve or reject nominees.
Other members of the Framingham Planning Board are Vice Chair Joseph Norton (District 1) and Thomas Buie (District 4). Norton’s term expires in 2024. Buie in 2023.
In accordance with M.G.L c. 41, the Planning Board shall be responsible for, but not limited to:
- Preparation, adoption, amendments, and the implementation of a Master Plan for the City of Framingham under M.G.L. c. 41, Section 81D.
- Preparation of an official Zoning Map under M.G.L c. 41, Section 81E
- Draft and submittal of zoning amendments for consideration by the City Council (M.G.L. c. 40A, Section 5).
- Adoption, administration, and amendments of the Rules and Regulations Governing the Subdivision of Land in Framingham (M.G.L c. 41, Section 81K).
- Special Permit Granting Authority, when applicable.
- Site Plan Review approval, when applicable.
- Administer Public Way Access Ordinance, when applicable.
- Recommend the designation of scenic roads and hold public hearings on requests regarding the Scenic Roads Act.
- Acts as an adviser on other municipal land use regulations.
- Land use and development reviewing and planning body.
Planning Board members are responsible to:
- Review Site Plan Review, Special Permit, Approval Not Required (ANR), Preliminary Subdivision, Definitive Subdivision, Scenic Roadway Modification, Public Way Access Permit applications that have been submitted for review by a landowner or developer
- Maintain, review, update the Master Land Use Plan, Subdivision Rules and Regulations, and Zoning By-Laws, in addition to other land-use plans
- Develop planning studies related to land use, transportation, housing, and economic development
- Work as a team to meet the goals of a Plan-Build-Grow Model of Development