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Posted on: May 16, 2018

Mayor Spicer is Pleased to Announce the Selection of the Candidates for the Planning Board

Framingham, MA- After a complete and thorough review of applications and performing interviews from a pool of six candidates, consisting of three females and three males representing Districts 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7, Mayor Yvonne Spicer has selected the two applicants she plans to propose to the City Council for review and approval. Applicants are required to live in Framingham, have a diverse background that demonstrates 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. Mayor Yvonne M. Spicer is pleased to announce the two final candidates for the City of Framingham Planning Board:

  • Ms. Shannon M. Fitzpatrick is an attorney for the Fitzpatrick Family Law office and was named one of the top ten Massachusetts Lawyers by Massachusetts Lawyer Weekly in 2003. Ms. Fitzpatrick has a diverse background in mediation training and developmental issues. Ms. Fitzpatrick has resided in Framingham since 2007 and lives in District 1.

  • Mr. Joseph C. Norton has over 25 years of experience in business as a real estate agent and executive manager. Mr. 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. Mr. Norton is a lifelong Framingham resident and currently resides in District 1.

The Framingham Planning Board is a land use and regulatory board within the City of Framingham. The Planning Board is responsible for, but not limited to the following activities:

  • Review of applications for development and land use projects. Such project applications include Site Plan Review, Special Permit, Approval Not Required (ANR), Preliminary Subdivision, Definitive Subdivision, Scenic Roadway Modification and Public Way Access Permits;
  • Maintenance, review, and amendments to the Master Land Use Plan, Subdivision Rules & Regulations, Planning Board Rules and Regulations, and Zoning By-Laws/Ordinances, in addition to other land use plans;
  • Development of planning studies related to all land use, transportation, housing, economic development.


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, they will each serve a three year term expiring on April 6, 2021.

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