Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Did you know that development of the rail trail is an objecitve?

Two public hearings that included mapping activities were held at the Franklin Town Hall on March 13 and 20, 2008. Although no requests were made, translation services and assistance to disabled populations would have been provided to ensure all populations could participate in the OSRP planning process. See Appendix E for minutes of these Public Hearings. Among the thoughts expressed by the Franklin citizen attendees were their desire to acquire chapter 61B land in the north end of town if it becomes available, as well as Mt. St. Mary's Abby and the Schmidt Farm. They felt town-owned land could be used for alternative uses such as low income housing, and the public should be educated on CPA prior to presenting it on a future ballot. Citizens expressed a desire to increase the number of bike paths and trails in town, increase access to the SNETT and State Forest, identify and preserve priority habitats, as well as implement "Smart Development" concepts and initiatives.
Read more from the Open Space and Recreation Plan on the Town web site here (PDF)
Members of the Franklin Citizens Rail Trail Committee will be participating in the Public Land Use Committee meeting Tuesday evening at 6:30 PM in Room 205 in the Municipal Building.

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