In 2015 the City of Framingham EDIC completed a planning and market analysis study focused on a strategic economic development plan for the village commercial centers of Saxonville and Nobscot in North Framingham. The strategic economic development plan focused on identifying actions that will lead to investment in both Saxonville and Nobscot. The study focused on an area approximately one quarter mile from the main intersection of both village commercial centers.
This work is an implementation effort that was recommended in the Master Land Use Plan that was adopted by the City in 2012. This study provides a comprehensive understanding of market forces and opportunities within each village commercial center, and creates an urban design vision to guide public sector decisions including zoning revisions, public investment and engagement with private sector owners and developers.
The City of Framingham solicited requests for proposals for professional assistance by a land use planning, economic development and urban design consultant to lead this effort. The Cecil Group, a planning and design firm located in Boston, was selected with their economic development sub-consultant FXM Associates.
The consultant team gathered input from the community to better understand the issues and opportunities of the study areas, and to identify a shared community vision for the village centers to help shape economic development strategies. This public outreach included stakeholder interviews, presentations at EDIC regular meetings, and three public meetings in each village center.
- Initial Public Meetings - February 2015
- Alternative Approaches Public Meetings - April 2015
- Final Public Meetings - June 2015
- Final Report Completed - September 2015
Strategic Plan Goals
- What should the village commercial center be?
- How should it look?
- How do we get there?
Recent Public Meetings: Plan Implementation & Next Steps
January 2019 - Zoning Proposals
The City is proposing new B-3 Villages zoning. The current proposal will apply to Nobscot. Find more information and documents on this effort here:
Link to B-3 Villages Zoning Page
JULY 2019 - ZONING APPROVAL
In July 2019, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the proposed Nobscot Village (B-4) Zoning that was recommended by both the Planning Board and the Subcommittee on Planning and Zoning.
In the Media
- Mass.gov "Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3.4 Million MassWorks Infrastructure Award in Framingham" - January 8, 2020
- Worcester Business Journal "158-unit mixed-use development proposed for Framingham plaza" - December 19, 2019
- MetroWest Daily News "Framingham developer revises Nobscot plans" - May 21, 2019
- The Enterprise "Framingham plaza owner accepts city’s terms to buy Nobscot Chapel" - February 26, 2019
- MetroWest Daily News "Framingham: City government takes on zoning changes" - January 17, 2018
- MetroWest Daily News "Plans to remake Nobscot plaza get mixed reviews" - July 11, 2017
- MetroWest Daily News "Planners offer new vision for Nobscot plaza" - June 8, 2015 (PDF)
- MetroWest Daily News "Residents Discuss Saxonville’s Future" - February 26, 2015 (PDF)
- MetroWest Daily News "Plaza Fires Up Nobscot Residents" - February 23, 2015 (PDF)