April 26, 2023 By Tracy Shriver
My name is Tracy Shriver, and I am running for the Town of Hingham Planning Board.
My wife and I moved to Hingham in 2017 when we found out we were having our first child. We chose Hingham for many reasons, including its great public school system (our oldest is currently enrolled in Kindergarten at East Elementary); public access to water and open space; multiple connections to neighboring communities – including the commuter rail and ferry service; Hingham’s history and character; and, most importantly, the people who make up the Hingham Community. Our family has grown since 2017, and we love calling Hingham “Home.”
I earned a Master’s degree in Architecture and have been a licensed architect in Massachusetts since 2002. Since 2012, I have been at Elkus Manfredi Architects as a Senior Project Manager/Associate, working on amazing projects in Boston revitalizing historic structures. I am lucky to work with great teams of colleagues, consultants, and clients. I believe I would bring valuable skills and experience to service on the Planning Board:
I am a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and am a US Green Building Council LEED Accredited Professional.
My entire professional career, which began in 1995, has focused on creating places and spaces that make people feel welcomed, spur activity and interaction, achieve sustainable, long-term solutions, working together to help solve complex challenges, and enhance community.
Upon moving to Hingham, I joined the Historic Districts Commission in 2019 and became the Chair in 2021.
I was a member of the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Study Committee that presented a proposed zoning amendment to the Planning Board and is currently the subject of a Warrant Article at Town Meeting.
In school, I participated in several design/build projects, including building a children’s library in Jiutepec, Morales, Mexico; repurposing an existing agricultural structure in to a social club for a local farming community in Havana, Cuba; and building a straw bale home for a family in the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, who fostered many children within their community.
My experience with the ADU Study Committee led me to pursue this opening with the Planning Board. After several meetings and conversations with members in the community, I decided to run for the Planning Board in the upcoming election on Saturday, April 29.
The Planning Board has a large responsibility to every member of the community. The position requires a lot of work and dedication that I’m excited to provide. In August of 2021, still in the midst of the Pandemic, the Planning Board approved an updated Master Plan. One of the major responsibilities of the Planning Board will be to implement elements of that Master Plan. I believe my professional skills and experience, my respect for what makes Hingham such a special place to live, and my desire and dedication to enhance those attributes for everyone in our community will be a positive addition to the talented Planning Board.
I respectfully request your vote on Saturday, April 29.