I am announcing my candidacy for a seat on the Framingham Planning Board.
I am qualified. Every year, except one of the past 24 years, I have served as a Framingham Town Meeting member from Precinct 17 and on Town Meeting's Standing Committee on Planning and Zoning, which works closely with the Planning Board.
As a member of P&Z, I gained a good working knowledge of the Framingham Zoning By-Law, and reviewed the many amendments before Town Meeting.
In 1994, I also served on the Finance Committee and for 3 years I served as an Associate Member of the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Furthermore I have served for more than 20 years on the Real Property Committee and am currently its Chair. This committee is primarily concerned with proposals to buy, sell or lease town-owned land.
My purpose in running for a seat on the Planning Board is to maintain the community standards that our zoning and Master Plan set for the large projects which come before the planning board.
Over the 38 years I have lived in Framingham, I have run more than 30,000 miles in the streets and parks of our town and the surrounding communities. Because of this I have grown to love the beauty of the area and appreciate the need to protect and preserve its character
Framingham has many large tracts of land, some of which have serious environmental problems, which will become the focus of development proposals.
In my own neighborhood, the expansion of the Woodrow Wilson School was done while the nearby toxic spill issue at the General Chemical Company was unresolved. The Planning Board may not have direct jurisdiction of this issue, but if elected I will make sure it is not overlooked.
Other examples are the Sand and Gravel Property in Saxonville, the potential development at Exit 12 of the Massachusetts Turnpike, the redevelopment of the Nobscot and Mt Wayte Shopping Centers, and the potential changes to the land surrounding the reservoir off Salem End Road.
My concern is that all projects get a careful review, that citizens with an interest in a project participate, and that the Board treats all applicants fairly.
Professionally I am a retired mathematics professor having taught 29 years at Framingham State, where I was the cross-country coach for 20 of those years. I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago, a master's from Illinois Institute of Technology and a PhD in mathematics from Purdue University.
I have been a member of the Sudbury Valley Trustees and The Trustees of Reservations for 15 years because of my commitment to preserving the environment.
If elected to the Framingham Planning Board, I pledge to work to be fair and impartial in all decisions and to protect the citizens of the town from the undesirable impacts that development unavoidably brings.
Please note you must write my name and address (250 BEAVER STREET) onto the ballot.
Please visit my planned website, "Ned Price for Planning Board" soon.
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