If the zoning change were accepted, the developer would still be required to come forward with the formal proposal for the land and homes to be built. The Planning Board would hold their public hearings before issuing the permits required. Other sections of the Town government (Zoning Board of Appeals, Conservation Commission, etc.) would get involved depending upon the nature of the proposal.
Based upon what happened with the Cook's Farm situation, once the Town Council approved the zoning change, they were no longer involved in the project. The Town Council is a legislative body, they enact the bylaws, the other boards, and commissions and town departments are responsible for ensuring the the process and regulations are adhered to.
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TOWN OF FRANKLIN
ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT 16-775
ZONING MAP CHANGES FROM RURAL RESIDENTIAL I TO
RESIDENTIAL VII AN AREA ON SUMMER STREET
A ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENT TO THE CODE OF THE TOWN OF
FRANKLIN AT CHAPTER 185 SECTION 5, ZONING MAP
BE IT ENACTED BY THE FRANKLIN TOWN COUNCIL THAT:
The Code of the Town of Franklin is hereby amended by making the following
amendment to §185-5, Zoning Map:
By changing from Rural Residential I to Residential VII an area containing 10.810± acres, comprising of the following parcel of land as shown on the Town of Franklin's Assessor's Maps: Parcel Number 302-008-000.
The area to be rezoned is shown on the attached zoning map (“Zoning Map - Rural Residential I to Residential VII”).
The foregoing Zoning By-law amendment shall take effect in accordance with the Franklin Home Rule Charter and Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40A, Section 5.
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The following 44 page PDF document contains the bylaw map adjustment request and associated documents:
- proposed zoning map change for the one parcel on Summer St
- Letter from Jeff Nutting to Town Council acknowledging receipt of request for zoning change and including the details on the housing developments in the pipeline (Sep 6 letter also shared separately)
- section of Franklin code highlighting the change requested
- a map of the zoning districts currently approved for Franklin
- a map of the sewer and water connections in the area of Summer St parcel
- letter from Attorney Cornetta on behalf of the Hunchard's including the owner petition for the zoning change.
- the last 20 pages are architectural renderings of the proposed development
|screen grab of one of the proposed housing views|
This 44 page PDF document can also be found on the Town of Franklin webpage