Bryan W. Furze, of 630 Brush Hill Road, announced today that he will seek election to the Milton Planning Board in the April 2014 election. Furze is seeking to fill the seat being vacated by outgoing Planning Board member, Bernard Lynch.
Furze is a Town Meeting Member in Precinct 10 and is the current chair of the Granite Avenue Park and Ride Committee. He and his partner, LeeMichael, and their son, Simon, reside in a formerly vacant farmhouse on Brush Hill Road that the couple renovated. Furze is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a member of the Urban Land Institute, where he mentors and educates high school students in urban revitalization.
Furze, in his role as vice president of leasing and asset management at a retail properties leasing firm, specializes in the reuse and redevelopment of underutilized real estate in New England. He has experience with zoning, permitting, land use place making and smart growth. He has worked collaboratively with communities on land use includes the Towns of Wellesley, Wayland, Natick, Dedham, Cambridge, Newton, City of Boston, and others in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.
Furze said he is concerned that Milton is being threatened by controversial developments in disputed locations because of a lack of a solid zoning and planning structure in place. He said he is also concerned that Milton is falling behind its peer communities because of this lack of proactive zoning and a growing threat of economic instability. “I believe that Milton can strike a better balance and gain more control of the permitting and entitlement process that we have today, and I am hopeful that the voters of Milton will give me a chance to effect change,” he said.