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Community Preservation Committee - Meeting Agenda - May 18, 2021

 Community Preservation Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 18, 2021 - 7:00 PM


1. Approval of Minutes for

a. March 30, 2021 Minutes
b. April 6, 2021 Minutes

2. Recreation Presentation & Discussion

Exhibit References:

1. Open Space & Recreation Plan
2. April 6, 2021 Open Space presentation


Agenda doc and connection info


Community Preservation Committee - Meeting Agenda - May 18, 2021
Community Preservation Committee - Meeting Agenda - May 18, 2021

Recap: Economic Development SubComm Meeting - 05/12/21 - downtown parking zoning, housing production plan

Quick Recap:
  • The parking downtown seems to be a never ending topic and as such ran through a number of nuances during this session. Conversation could be better if folks stuck to the topic and didn't get sidetracked with other personal issues or mind reading assumptions. At the end, the proposal to reduce from 1.5 to .5 spaces per lot was moved to Town Council for discussion, referral to Planning Board, public hearing process, and then back to Council for their hearings and ultimate vote.
  • The housing production plan was released for public comment. Public hearings will be scheduled for discussion and comment collection. A revision is anticipated based upon the feedback and likely sometime later this year, the Planning Board and Town Council will need to vote to approve before submitting to the State. This is a component of the Master Plan to be updated next year 
As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting in real-time via the virtual session
The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #edc0512
The agenda doc for this meeting can be found

  • Real time reporting underway for the Economic Development subcommittee meeting #edc0512
  • Agenda doc and connection info #edc0512
  • First of series of guidance on the American Rescue Plan for restaurants etc. Town will share the info via their normal channels #edc0512 link to SBA application in doc
  • Social media audience is part of spreading the word. Word of mouth helps. Maybe some effort but look into it, money to be used within guidelines. #edc0512
  • Moving on to parking bylaw discussion for C1 and downtown commercial. #edc0512 reduces the parking requirements in these two districts. Proposed to go to .5 vehicles parking per lot. Can't really go to zero per legal enforcements. Would have taken planning board out of mix ->
  • ".5 is something we can live with" Q why not address non-residential also? Can be addressed. This is a proposal for discussion. Direct cost, opportunity cost, of parking passed on to renters business or residents; indirect costs, encourages impervious surfaces, etc. #edc0512
  • Can there be more opportunity for shared spaces? Already possible to get an agreement from a nearby location to bring to planning board. Some spaces need to be required downtown. #edc0512
  • Parking has been going back and forth, when Marino came downtown, we dropped parking to 1.5 and I wouldn't go lower for mixed used per Padula chair of Planning Board. Q Was an outside study done on parking downtown? No, Planning dept did so several years ago #edc0512
  • Will be contracting with MAPC in near future to look at parking and zoning all together. #edc0512 meters removed to encourage parking, easy payment process was evaluated but not cost effective. Town sold only 4 parking passes this month for commuters, that will change
  • Will be looking around 1 mile of the downtown station per new state guidelines looking to enhance the transportation and retail, residential opportunities. #edc0512 "nothing has ever been denied due to parking" building or parking lot is impervious
  • Planning Board looks at the mix of business, we are forgetting (in this discussion) about handicap access (and can't do so). Example of possible brewery at the old oil place on Alpine; where would folks park if zero is allowed. #edc0512
  • #edc0512 Q on why the 1.5 per units in the trans oriented development. If we could rebuild from scratch, we could do something, we are trying to live with a situation that started with horses/carriages. $20k/space for a parking garage. Where is the snow going to go?
  • #edc0512 I live downtown and have 4 vehicles, two in the driveway and two on the street. Should wait for the survey/study before making the decision. No need to rush this, esp now in pandemic when things are different.
  • With 1.5 per mixed use and up to 5 residents in a 2 bedroom unit, they could have 3 cars (or more) and have no place to park, with nothing left for retail. #edc0512 C1 is along the 140 corridor, downtown commercial is a separate zone. Need to make an equal balance
  • C1 used to be in the center of town and was changed to be downtown commercial. #edc0512 need to get residential development downtown. As for the proposal, ok; as for other things we can/could consider doing; req parking in back of building?
  • Takes away ability for a developer to address his site and opportunity. Let's talk about it during the Master Plan process. We have used this for years and amended over time. We could redo it all at once but it will be time consuming #edc0512
  • Can count parking on street vs lot, count differently? It is like that now. If we create a town around cars, then we have to live and make do with cars. Let's try and plan around not a car. #edc0512 Town Council can't micromanage what goes where
  • Conversation could be better if folks stuck to the topic and didn't get sidetracked with other 'stove pipe' issues. #edc0512 motion to forward to council, seconded, passes 4-0 via roll call Next up housing production plan draft
  • #edc0512 memo and doc, the two go together
  • Public comment extended and open to June 30 on the housing plan #edc0512 Housing Trust will hold public hearing as part of series of public sessions, comments, questions and inputs sought. Other boards and Committees will need to be involved
  • Updates go to town council and planning board, both need to approve before it goes to state for their sign off and acceptance. #edc0512 send input to planning dept via email or letter to be part of the process.
  • Community preservation Committee also could/should review as they touch housing. #edc0512 consider Jun 16 at 7 PM as next EDC meeting for housing with public hearing input Motion to adjourn, second, passes 4-0

Audio of meeting to be available in a couple of days 


Town administrator Jamie Hellen making a point during EDC meeting
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen making a point during EDC meeting

FM #541 - School Committee Mtg - 05/11/21 (audio)

FM #541 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 541 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares the School Committee meeting held on Tuesday, May 11, 2021.

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: some of the School Committee members were in the Municipal Bldg, other members joined the public via conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents released for this meeting are included in the show notes. My notes taken during the meeting are also linked to.

The recording runs about 56 minutes, so let’s listen to the School Committee meeting for May 11. (yes, that is correct, first meeting under an hour in quite some time).

Audio file =



School Committee agenda

Meeting packet folder 

My notes captured during the meeting 


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FM #541 - School Committee Mtg - 05/11/21 (audio)
FM #541 - School Committee Mtg - 05/11/21 (audio)

FHS girls lacrosse tops Milford on Friday

From and Twitter we share the FHS spring sports results:

Boys Lacrosse = Milford @ Franklin, 3:45

[Girls Sprg Varsity Lacrosse] Franklin HS defeats Milford HS, 20 to 3.

For all the results around the Hockomock League on Friday
FHS Panthers
FHS Panthers

May Quarterly Cultural District Partners Meeting - May 17

Good Morning,

The Franklin Cultural District Committee has continued to plan  for the upcoming ArtWALK Celebration which will be held on the weekend of June 11th - 13th. 
On Monday, May 17th at 7:00 PM the committee is inviting all of our Cultural District Partners to join us for our May quarterly meeting. At this meeting the committee will update you on all of the ArtWALK happenings.
The meeting will be held via the zoom platform. Below you will find the  zoom link for this meeting.

The Cultural District Committee is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Cultural District Partners Meeting
May 17, 2021 07:00 PM

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Escape to the Arts - Jun 11-13
Escape to the Arts - Jun 11-13, 2021

Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Taking

Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Taking

The legal notice of the FY 2020 listing of properties
Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Taking
Fiscal Year 2020 Tax Taking


Franklin Senior Center: Email blast - May 14, 2021

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Save the Date: 

The Metro North Alzheimer's Partnership Virtual Education Program.   Care Partner Overload and Burnout Syndrome  on  May 26th from 10-11:30 am presented by  Tammy Pozerycki.  This program is open to caregivers, families, professionals and general audiences.  People can register by calling the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or   REGISTER HERE 

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National Senior Health & Fitness Day 5/26th -  It happens to be National Senior Health and Fitness Day on May 26th! What better way to get moving and kickoff your Spring than keeping your mind & body healthy! Join us at the Enclave in Franklin for a fun filled day of exercise, education, healthy snacks and great company. Meet the team of our partner agencies who work so hard to enhance the wellbeing of our residents. Fox Rehab will present the "Benefits of Exercise" and Barbara, our Lifestyles Director, will get you moving and grooving with a group fitness activity outside. *Activities will have proper social distancing and attendees are required to wear masks for safety. ENJOY: Tasty snacks | Hydration stations | Health screenings Mobility equipment checks | Goodie bags with swag and more! Please register by calling the Concierge at 508-520-1150

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Natural Gas prices to increase through 2022.  Here's why: 

30 minute chair exercise routine for seniors or beginners 


More unusual and strange musical instruments 

Jeffry Li sings "You Raise Me Up" on America's Got Talent.  This gave me goosebumps! 

Unique vocal stylings - how do they do that?!?! 

Just for Fun

Test your eye power.  How sharp are they? 

Having a dog in your life is the best decision 

The difference between Chinese, Japanese and Korean chopsticks 


Animals can be jerks - funny animal videos 

Don't go rafting without at Baptist in the boat - Jeanne Robertson 

Kindness Matters

Deaf man moved to tears when neighbors learn sign language to talk to him 

Motorcycle group visits a young girls lemonade stand to thank her Mom for saving their lives 

People's reactions to paintings of their loved ones who have passed away - Get the tissues ready for this. 

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1:15 Healthy Sleep

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10:00 Discussion Group 

11:00 Cardio 

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*Thursday  at 1pm -Bingo IN PERSON call to register 508-520-4945

*Thursday at 1:30 - Franklin Matters Q & A with Steve Sherlock - via zoom

*Thursday at 6:30pm - Name That Tune! The BEST game show around! Email to register for this zoom event.

*Friday at 11am - Sunshine Zoom - for members with memory loss - 1 hour of socialization,

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*Friday at 12:30 - Finding Easy Walks with Marjorie Turner Hollman -Marjorie Turner Hollman is a writer who loves the outdoors and has completed three guides to easy walking trails in Massachusetts. She has recently released her latest book, Finding Easy Walks Wherever You Are. With limited mobility, she uses hiking poles when heading outdoors. She has been published in local, regional, and national publications.  Join us for this FREE zoom event.  Email to register to attend. 

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