Sunday, February 9, 2020

FM #202 - Economic Development Subcommittee - Feb 5, 2020 (audio)

FM #202

This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 202 in the series, that we are now producing in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (

The Economic Development Subcommittee chaired by Councilor Melanie Hamblen met on Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. 

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen, Councilor Andy Bissanti (member), Councilor Glenn Jones (member), Community Development and Planning Director Bryan Taberner and Councilor Eamon Earls (member - arrived late) spoke during the meeting. Assistant to Town Administrator Chrissy Whelton, Admin Assistant Alicia Alleyne, and Joseph Halligan (Vice-Chair Planning Board) participated but did not speak.

Town Council Chair Tom Mercer was also present for part of the meeting but did not actively participate to avoid the Open Meeting Law requirements (can’t have more than 4 Councilors in a meeting without having a Town Council agenda posted).

Discussion items
1. EDC Goals Prioritization Review
an extended discussion around the items on the Town Council goals listing that were aligned for the EDC and a few others added to it which you'll hear during the discussion
2. Lot Line Clean up #3: Areas near Pleasant, Chestnut & Brook Streets
a continuation of the plot line clean up effort so each plot would be contained within a single zone as opposed to being split over a couple of them
Get a copy of this agenda on the Town of Franklin page

Without further ado, here is the recording for the meeting approx 80 minutes


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Town Council Meeting 
2020 and 2021 Goals 
Town Council Workshop 
January 8, 2020
EDC List

Economic Development - To the EDC

  • Revise Solar Bylaw in Residential districts - in process.
  • Continue Lot Line "Clean ups" around town - in process.
  • Zoning Changes
  • lnclusionary Zoning bylaw proposal to stabilize the Town's Affordable Housing Inventory with the state to ensure we maintain 10% affordable housing stock and preserving local zoning -- March 4th EDC
  • Master Plan Update before the Council -- Expected June/July 2020
  • Draft and Adopt state Affordable Housing Plan
  • Residential 5 and C-1 density
  • The Franklin Crossing Neighborhood District rezone
  • Approve Snow Removal bylaw on sidewalks - To review per TC April/May
  • Present Economic Profile to the Town Council - EDC to evaluate or implement ideas based off of the recommendations in the final report - Tentative March Presentation
  • Ferrara Parking Lot Lease for continued commuter rail and free municipal parking in downtown -- in process.
  • Nu-Style (Grove Street) options
  • Review BioTechnology Bylaw (EDC)
  • Analyze Food requirement and closing hours for restaurants (EDC)
  • Review and cleanup Marijuana Overlay District
  • Revise Over 55 Overlay, including open space requirement (EDC)
  • Monitor Mixed Innovation Business District (EDC)
  • MBTA parking Lot in Downtown

You can find the full agenda doc (including the plot line proposal map)

The Economic Development page referenced during the meeting

FM #202 - Economic Development Subcommittee - Feb 5, 2020 (audio)
FM #202 - Economic Development Subcommittee - Feb 5, 2020 (audio)

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