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By Grace Mayer


FRAMINGHAM – The Framingham Preparing Board met Thursday evening, June 24, to listen to from residents on an proposed ordinance that would enable in-legislation flats to be constructed in neighborhoods, and residence renovations to accommodate for aged and loved ones associates with disabilities, and their caretakers.

“It’s the aged and the disabled who are the most vulnerable in our communities who will need to be cared for inside of an arm’s arrive at of their household,” said Kathy Paquette, a Framingham resident for 25 many years and an worker with Autism Alliance.

Paquette, who has a practically 25-calendar year-aged disabled son, explained an accessory dwelling device (ADU), also acknowledged as an in-regulation condominium, would enable her son to keep shut to household with a caretaker.

But not all people in Framingham are supportive of amending present zoning limitations which largely prohibit the accessory dwelling models (ADU).

The conference was held to “take a temperature,” of resident’s thoughts on the proposal, explained Framingham Planning Board Chair Kristina Johnson.

The ordinance, which is however in a draft phase before it will be submitted for evaluation by the City Council, has raised resident’s concerns about hearth protection, overcrowding in neighborhoods, and people profiting by turning the units into “illegal apartments,” Framingham Setting up Board Chair Kristina Johnson reported.

“This is definitely about letting associates of our group to age in location, to just take treatment of possibly sick relatives members or a member of the spouse and children who may well have a disability,” stated Chair Johnson. “This is seriously not about allowing for apartments.”

A study distributed by Framingham’s Setting up & Neighborhood Advancement board consisted of 186 responses from Framingham people that showed the town was break up on the make any difference. 

The respondents were mainly in favor of ADUs, with about 77% of respondents declaring they considered ADUs need to be allowed in all zoning districts in Framingham and close to 12% stating that ADUs need to never ever be permitted.

But when asked about the course of action to acquire permits for ADUs, the dimension and site limitations for ADUs, and more parking, responses were divided.

Whether or not the ordinance is authorized will impression the potential of people in Framingham, like Paquette’s.


Paquette stated she individually wants to have an ADU installed in her home’s basement for her son, where by he would be near to treatment whilst retaining autonomy. Without it, Paquette stated her family would have to consider authorities housing—where she’s involved about underfunding, minimal availability, and the potential for resident abuse. 

“Why just can’t he continue to be in a community wherever all people embraces him, loves him, we sense harmless with him, and we never have to fear about all the abuses out there?” Paquette reported.

But numerous citizens are however remaining with thoughts and fears about the probable issues that could stem from enabling for ADUs to be crafted.

Sean Silk, a District 2 Framingham resident, said he is from the implementation of ADUs, and referred to situations of zoning rules in Framingham’s Central Organization district becoming overturned since of overcrowding—which he believes will transpire if ADUs are authorized in neighborhoods. Silk explained that overcrowding in neighborhoods could also make targeted traffic concerns and fire concerns.

“This trouble exists right now for us the place we allowed variations in zoning which led to overcrowding and abuse,” Silk reported. 

District 6 Framingham resident Kathie McCarthy explained she does not consider ADUs are vital, in aspect because spouse and children customers do not have to have an more kitchen area, which an ADU would give.

“Those of us who have aided our family members associates and taken care of them as they age or for whatever reason have performed this productively without the need of [ADUs],” McCarthy mentioned.

Though Framingham citizens are nevertheless divided on the issue, other towns & cities in Massachusetts have permitted ADUs.

Practically 70 communities in Massachusetts allow ADUs, centered on a 2018 examine from the Metropolitan Place Scheduling Neighborhood. 

Considering the fact that at the very least 2014, Senior Planner for Planning & Group Enhancement Shane O’Brien mentioned, the City’s Learn Prepare cited a aim of letting ADUs to be produced in single-loved ones homes.

In 2020, the city’s Learn Prepare the moment yet again bundled a goal to strengthen housing by permitting ADUs. Zoning laws had been never ever altered.

Although ordinances for ADUs have been turned down in the previous, District 4 Councilor Michael Cannon, who originally proposed the ordinance in 2018, believes weighing the community’s worries will aid Framingham get 1 phase nearer to legalizing ADUs. He re-submitted a new ordinance this calendar year.

“I also believe that just mainly because a remedy could not or wasn’t located in the previous, that we shouldn’t endeavor to locate a answer right now,” Councilor Cannon claimed.

Underneath the City’s present-day zoning laws, in-law residences are technically banned, except via a exclusive permit in particular districts only.


Grace Mayer is a senior at Boston Higher education studying advertising and journalism. She is also the head arts editor for Boston College’s newspaper, The Heights, wherever she’s protected the arts conquer for three yrs. She is thrilled to report on a range of beats for Framingham Supply this summer months. You can make contact with her at [email protected]