Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Recap: Franklin For All Forum gets some input amid questions on MPAC and expressions of fear

Quick recap:
  • The Franklin For All Forum was a hybrid event hosted technically by MAPC in the Council Chambers. Some technical issues needed to be worked out so the meeting was slow starting
  • There were approx. 40-50 in room, another 100+ via Zoom, some other number (unknown) likely watching via cable or live stream
  • The Forum was meant to allow for (1) Q&A on the process and (2) input from Franklin residents to help develop a vision for downtown
  • EDC Plus Steering Committee Chair Melanie Hamblen provided some homework assignments (walk around Franklin, sign up for newsletter, checkout Franklin For All page, let's all be open and treat comments with respect)
  • Emma Battaglia, MAPC Project Manager, provided an overview of the project and objectives. She announced the release of the survey to enable input which will be open for at least a couple of weeks. A draft of initial zoning recommendations will come forward for review and discussion
  • The EDC Plus committee will hear and review, possibly propose something to the Town Council. Assuming the proposal includes zoning changes, the zoning changes would go to the Planning Board for their review (including 2 public hearings) before coming back to the Council. The Council would also hold a public hearing and have two readings of the changes before a final vote. Bottomline - plenty of time to review and discuss whatever changes do come from this study
My notes taken via Twitter are collected in the PDF here. The audio (and possible transcript of the audio) should be available in a couple of days.

The survey is open for your input ->   https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDBzodBPnt8a5Ce

Visit mapc.org/franklin-for-all for additional information on Franklin For All and for ongoing updates on the planning process. You can also sign up for email updates at mapc.ma/franklin-for-all-news.  Email planning@franklinma.gov if you have questions about this project or additional ideas for enhancing Franklin Center

Recap: Franklin For All Forum gets some input
Recap: Franklin For All Forum gets some input

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