April 1, 2012

Framingham Planning Board: Stephanie Mercandetti

We've got an open seat on the Framingham Planning Board with two write-in candidates mounting serious campaigns. I'm supporting Stephanie Mercandetti. If you live in Framingham and care about creating a more livable community, I hope you'll write in Stephanie Mercandetti in this Tuesday's Framingham town election, too.

Stephanie says she supports the "Complete Streets" model of community planning. This takes a full view of design -- making sure people can move safely whether by motor vehicle, walking or bicycling. This type of planning would, say, look at a retail center and see if there's a way to design a streetscape that would encourage walking between, say, Shoppers World and the movie theater as well as making sure there is adequate traffic flow and parking, instead of designing a center where most people get in their cars and drive less than a quarter of a mile because it feels too dangerous to try to cross the streets.

She is former local affairs director for state Sen. Dave Magnani and is now economic development and grants officer for the Town of Walpole. "She favors better planning, a team approach to economic development, and a permitting process that is timely and transparent," noted the MetroWest Daily News in endorsing her.

Framingham would be well served to have another knowledgeable planning professional on the Board in Stephanie Mercandetti.