Planning and Community Development

In 2018, Framingham’s new city charter took effect.  The charter called for a new Planning and Community Development Division (PCD) which merges the functions of three separate divisions in order to streamline planning, economic development and permitting functions.  

The Division promotes the City's economic development and enhances the quality of life for Framingham residents.

To advance these objectives, the division undertakes a variety of planning, economic, and community development projects, in support of the city's master plan. These projects guide the decision-making and actions requested by the Mayor, City Council, and other departments. Ultimately, the division's work:

  • Improves residential neighborhoods
  • Supports our existing businesses
  • Encourages appropriate economic development
  • Promotes Framingham as a desirable place to live, shop, work and invest

The division staff works closely with other city divisions and stakeholders to ensure comprehensive approaches to community and economic development. The division pursues and administers federal and state grants to advance city objectives. 

The Division includes Planning and Economic Development, Permitting -- including Planning Board, Zoning Board of Appeals, and Conservation Commission.  The division is also responsible for the Community Development staff which manage the Federal (HUD) CDBG and HOME funds.    

Key Responsibilities include:

Planning and Economic Development

  • Economic Development functions including business relations and support, networking, and staffing the EDIC, including economic development projects. 
  • Land Use, Open Space, Transportation, Historic Preservation, Housing, Economic Development and Long Range Planning
  • Community Development including federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME program management
  • Brownfields Assessment Programs
  • Grant writing

One STop Permitting


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