Sunday, December 16, 2018

FM #155 - Economic Development Committee - Dec 12, 2018 (audio)

FM #155

This internet radio show or podcast is number 155 in the series for Franklin Matters.

This recording shares the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held before the Town Council meeting on Wednesday, December 12, 2018.

The discussion covered the two scheduled agenda items. The first up heard additional research on whether to modify the existing brewing distillery bylaw to remove the kitchen requirement. Do tap rooms, tasting rooms, really need to have a kitchen?

You can listen to the discussion as it developed. Ultimately, the motion moved to the Town Council by a 4-0 vote to remove kitchens from the tasting bylaw.

The second item was a discussion on the proposed Mixed Business Innovation Zoning District to help control and enable appropriate reuse of the Clark, Cutler, McDermott property.

After discussion on various aspects of the pros, cons, what was really being attempted, the motion moved to the Town Council by a 3-1 vote (Kelly = no). 

The official meeting minutes are also included in the show notes that accompany this podcast.


1. Brewery, Winery, Distillery Bylaw Issues - food requirement
2. Clark, Cutler, McDermott rezoning

Future Meetings:
3. 2013 Master Plan Update
4. Housing - Generally
a. Over 55 Housing Overlay
a. Inclusionary Zoning Discussion
b. Multi-Family Housing in Residential V and Commercial 1
c. R7
d. Downtown extension/C1/Village District Discussion
e. Affordable Housing Plan

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The total meeting recording runs just about 58 minutes. Without further ado, here is the audio recording.


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Meeting Minutes for the Economic Development Committee

Members present: Matthew Kelly, Glenn Jones, Melanie Hamblen, Eamon McCarthy Earls.

Also in attendance: Deborah Pellegri, Anthony Padula, Joseph Halligan, Deputy Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Planning Director Bryan Taberner, Building Inspector - Gus Brown, Planner - Amy Love and Steve Sherlock. Also participating was an unidentified potential brewing establishment owner.

Matt Kelly called the meeting to order at 5:45 PM, and read a statement into the record regarding attendance of Town Councilors not on the Economic Development Subcommittee.

Brewery, Winery, Distillery Bylaw Issues - food requirement. Jamie Hellen provided a summary of the issue before the Committee. The discussion was to determine if the Town should continue to require food for the new farmer series facilities (Brewery, Winery or Distillery with taproom) as the current by-law reads. There was discussion about Breweries starting off as only serving beer, and expanding in the future into serving food. 

There was discussion about the breweries being a gathering spot and customers expecting food to be served. Mr. Taberner said they can order food from local residents to be delivered to the brewery. Mr. Hellen said they researched with many local breweries and even breweries from out of state, that none of them are required to serve food. There was further discussion on the hours of operation and how much they are allowed to pour per customer.

Motion to move to Town Council, Mr. Earls, second by Mrs. Hamblen, voted (4-0).

Mixed Business Innovation Zoning District — Mr. Hellen provided an overview of the proposed new zoning district and also provided a map that included what lots the zoning is proposed to be applied. Mr. Taberner further explained the uses that would be allowed in this district, if the property were to be re-zoned. 

In addition, the Use Table would add 3 more uses catered to the zone. Mr. Taberner said he has spoken with some of the property owners who agree this would be good for property uses. Mr. Kelley asked about adding a residential portion to this zone. Mr. Kelley said he thought this would be a tear down and residential should be allowed on the upper floors. 

There was discussion of the current industrial uses and potential for future of the buildings. Mr. Padula asked if the Town was trying to control what goes there. Mr. Hellen said they are trying to make the property more marketable and attract more businesses there. Mr. Jones said they are trying to re-purpose the property. 

Mr. Eamon said with the single story mill, there are not much option currently with the zoning. The MBI zoning would better help sell the building. Mr. Taberner explained that currently the only use is heavy manufacturing and explained the definition of heavy manufacturing.

Motion to move to Town Council, Mr.Jones, second by Mr. Earls, voted (3-'1). 

Next EDC meeting TBD.

Meeting Adjourned at 6:45 PM

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