All applicants are encouraged to start at Stage One with a preliminary meeting which allows the applicant and the City to have a conversation about the possible site development and the specifics of the permitting process. Stage One allows Framingham to inform the applicant about possible financial resources to assist with project development. There are no obligations from either side as a result of this meeting; it is strictly informational.
To start Stage One, an applicant will need to fill out the Meeting Request Form or contact the Planning Board Office to schedule a meeting with the Director of Community & Economic Development, the Planning Board Administrator, and/or the Building Commissioner.
What the applicant can expect from the Preliminary Meeting
To better understand what is and is not allowed on a specific property;
If a property has not been located for a new business or expansion of an existing business, this can be discussed with the potential to find a property;
To better understand the potential permitting process for applicants that are preparing for stage two;
Establish a clear idea of what will be required of both the applicant and the Town of Framingham;
Determine availability of financial resources that support company growth such as financing, workforce training, etc.; and
Establish the next steps.
Applicants are not expected to have site plans or official application submittal materials at a stage one meeting but are encouraged to bring whatever preliminary documents are available.