Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Part 4 - Following the Residential VII bylaw timeline

This is Part 4 of a series to collect the development of the Residential VII Zoning history in one place. The Residential VII zoning bylaw was discussed, written, and approved in 2013 and then applied to Cook's Farm in 2014. 

The Council meeting Wednesday January 18, 2017 has the agenda item to decide if this zoning bylaw should be applied to the Summer St parcel. 

The timeline for 2013 covers from when the Town Council first heard of the proposal and the need for bylaw changes, through the joint workshop, to the ultimate passage of the zoning bylaw now known as Residential VII. 

The audio recordings of several Town Council meetings held during 2013 are shared here.  

We went back into the archive to bring these out with the help of Franklin TV. The video on demand archive on the official Town of Franklin webpage only goes back to 2014. So we are going back to

  • June 19, 2013 = the first meeting that the Town Council heard about the proposal for Cook’s Farm and of the need for the Residential VII zoning change.
  • Sep 11, 2013 -= Residential VII zoning bylaw proposal referred to the Planning Board
  • Sep 25, 2013 = Residential VII zoning comes back to the Council for the first reading and barely makes it to the 2nd reading by a 5-2 vote (2 recuse)
  • Oct 16, 2013 = Residential VII comes up for the 2nd reading and passes by a 6-1 vote (one of the prior ‘no’ votes changed)

Other supporting links for this timeline
1 - Town Council meeting - June 19, 2013
My notes reported live during the meeting
There is no copy of the official meeting notes from the Town of Franklin for this session. The archive goes from June 5 to July 17, 2013.

The audio recording of the June 19, 2013 meeting can be found here

From the June 5 meeting:
SUBCOMMITTEE REPORTS: Franklin Citizen’s Committee – Councilor Kelly announced a meeting regarding the Cooks Project would be held on Thursday, June 13th at 7:00PM.
June 5 meeting notes

The archive of Town Council minutes goes from June 5 to July 17, 2013
The archive of Town Council minutes goes from June 5 to July 17, 2013

2 - Town Council - Special workshop on Residential VII bylaw language - July 31, 2013

My notes reported live during the meeting July 31, 2013
The workshop (like most of this type) was held in the 3rd Floor Training Room at the Municipal Building and not recorded by Franklin TV. I have been unable to find if I did record the meeting (which I usually do). There are no minutes from this meeting in the archive.

3 - Town Council - Residential VII comes before Council and gets referred to Planning Board - Sep 11, 2013

My notes reported live during the meeting

Milford Daily News - article posted (Fri Oct 4, 2013) before the 2nd vote

The meeting minutes can be found here

4 - Town Council - Residential VII 1st hearing sees a divided Town Council move the measure to a 2nd reading by 5-2 vote - Sep 25, 2013

My notes reported live during the meeting

Sep 25, 2015 official minutes

Key section of the Sep 25 minutes

Planning Board - needed to re-do their vote to NOT recommend the Residential VII bylaw:
CITIZEN COMMENTS: ►Planning Board Chairman Anthony Padula announced a housekeeping error at the September 23rd Planning Board Meeting when a motion was heard before the audience had an opportunity to comment on a presentation made by Ron Roux. Mr. Padula said the zoning bylaw amendment would be added to the October 7th Agenda and would be voted on again at that meeting
(From the official minutes linked to above)

5 - Town Council - Residential VII bylaw passes by 6-1 vote - Oct 16, 2013

My notes reported live during the meeting

Section from the official minutes for the meeting

Cook's Farm being built as the first Residential VII development on RT 140
Cook's Farm being built as the first Residential VII development on RT 140

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