Showing posts with label Franklin For All. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Franklin For All. Show all posts

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Franklin For All: 05/16/2022 via YouTube (video)

Via YouTube, Franklin TV shares the second Franklin For All Forum that was held on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The meeting was held at THE BLACK BOX. It was hosted by MAPC via Zoom and broadcast via Franklin TV as well as live streamed. 

Emma Battaglia, MPAC hosted the session and made the presentation with 11 recommendation for Franklin to consider. The presentation document link is provided below.

This recording runs about 70 minutes https://youtu.be/Ps5BnZdeqYY




Franklin Matters notes captured via Twitter and shared in summary form
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LM5r6VLuDw4yE2JPFEtw3ABaE4AbDADi/view?usp=sharing 

The audio recording is also available for your listening pleasure

Emma Battaglia, MPAC
Emma Battaglia, MPAC 

Franklin For All Forum #2 reveals 11 recommendations - 05/16/22 (audio)

FM #799 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 799 in the series. 

This shares the second Franklin For All Forum that was held on Monday, May 16, 2022.

The meeting was held at THE BLACK BOX. It was hosted by MAPC via Zoom and broadcast via Franklin TV as well as live streamed. The video will also be available on YouTube.

Links to the meeting information and my notes captured during the Forum are in the show notes. 

This recording runs about 70 minutes.  Let’s listen to the Franklin For All Forum held May 16, 2022.  Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-799-franklin-for-all-forum-2-05-16-22

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Franklin For All project page ->
https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/  

The presentation document to share the 11 recommendations
https://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Public-Forum-2-Presentation_updated-5-16.pdf 

My notes captured via Twitter and shared in summary form
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1LM5r6VLuDw4yE2JPFEtw3ABaE4AbDADi/view?usp=sharing 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit www.Franklinmatters.org/   or www.franklin.news 

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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word cloud create from the survey results gathered by MAPC
word cloud create from the survey results gathered by MAPC

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Franklin For All - recommendation presentation for you to read and think about

The Franklin For All project got an update from MAPC on the proposed recommendation Monday, May 16 in a hybrid forum at THE BLACK BOX. 

While the presentation should have been made available before hand to create an informed discussion that night, it is now available for us all to read, review and think about.

What should downtown Franklin be in the future? What do we need to consider doing to get there?

You can find the presentation on the Franklin For All site  https://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Public-Forum-2-Presentation_updated-5-16.pdf

Or read the embedded copy here


A photo album capturing most of the presentation pages as well as the other items displayed on easels around the room can be found online

word cloud create from the survey results gathered by MAPC
word cloud create from the survey results gathered by MAPC


Sunday, May 15, 2022

Franklin TV: Franklin For All Forum - Monday, May 16, 6:30 PM

Rezoning downtown for economic growth & diverse housing
by Pete Fasciano, Executive Director 05/15/2022

There is a  public meeting scheduled for Monday, 6:30 PM at THE BLACK BOX.

Franklin For All is a community-driven process to establish a vision for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and adjacent neighborhoods, and make rezoning recommendations to best achieve the vision. This will unlock development to expand housing choices, support local business, take advantage of new infrastructure, and foster a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. There will be multiple engagement opportunities for the public to weigh in on their vision for Franklin Center and the proposed approach to rezoning.

The Project’s Timeline

Fall 2021 = Project start-up and analysis of existing zoning 
Winter 2021-2022 = Public engagement to set a vision for Franklin Center 
Winter/Spring 2022 = Context analysis and development scenarios 
Spring/Summer 2022 = Public engagement to review zoning recommendations 
Summer/Fall 2022 = Rezoning Franklin Center

Franklin enjoys a compact downtown with an MBTA Commuter Rail Station, a museum, a performing arts theater, Dean College, and a mix of restaurants and retailers. There are also events throughout the year, including the Strawberry Stroll and the Harvest Festival, that draw large crowds to the area. Significant time and resources have been devoted to enhancing the area with a focus on improving traffic flow, safety and emergency response time, improving roadways, fostering a pedestrian environment, improving the overall appearance, and stimulating private sector investment.

Franklin For All seeks to build on Franklin Center’s existing assets and become a vibrant, mixed-use destination. More people living in a walkable downtown means more spending at local shops, fewer car trips and less greenhouse gas emissions, and more interactions amongst residents, fostering a stronger sense of community. Through rezoning, we can remove restrictions that hold back quality projects to encourage development that directly meets a shared vision for Franklin Center.

To learn more:  https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/

And – as always –
Thank you for listening to wfpr●fm. 
And, thank you for watching. 
Get this week's program guide for Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) online  http://franklin.tv/programguide.pdf   


You can participate in person or via remote on Monday. To sign up for the remote participation, register here

Franklin TV: Franklin For All Forum - Monday, May 16, 6:30 PM
Franklin TV: Franklin For All Forum - Monday, May 16, 6:30 PM

Friday, May 13, 2022

Reminder: Franklin For All Public Forum on Monday, May 16


REMINDER: PUBLIC FORUM ON MONDAY!
This upcoming Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM, join MAPC and the Town of Franklin for the next Franklin For All hybrid public forum. This event will take place at THE BLACK BOX (15 West Central Street) and over Zoom. Weigh in on draft zoning recommendations and learn about next steps for the rezoning effort. Doors to The Black Box open at 6:00PM.

Click the button below to register and tell us if you plan to attend in-person or remotely.
Metropolitan Area Planning Council | 60 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111

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Reminder: Franklin For All Public Forum on Monday, May 16
Reminder: Franklin For All Public Forum on Monday, May 16


Saturday, May 7, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee discusses Franklin For All objectives (audio)

FM #789 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 789 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 in the Council Chambers.  


Quick recap:

  • Next Franklin for All Forum is scheduled for May 16, at THE BLACK BOX. MAPC may provide the recommendations beforehand to enable a worthy discussion as they are looking for feedback on the high level proposals. The subcommittee expressed desire to have such documentation beforehand. While MAPC was present they did not commit to do so,

  • Much of the meeting was simply discussion among the subcommittee on the goals, how to accomplish them, etc. Towards the end of the discussion, they did get to some of the key items in that some of the process for making things “by right” need to be improved, so the discussion on what those should be can be expected to occur at subsequent meetings. 


The recording of the meeting runs about 56 minutes.   

Audio link ->  https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-789-economic-development-subcmte-mtg-05-04-22


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Meeting agenda doc -> 

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-05-04_edc_agenda_.pdf


Franklin TV YouTube video ->  https://youtu.be/UnEXp2fNNtU 

 

My notes taken via Twitter and captured in one PDF can be found here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Sirs0iYh47R0ECMd0VBWK16NIpKNGhP8/view?usp=sharing



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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.


How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

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You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

Economic Development Subcommittee discusses Franklin For All objectives (audio)
Economic Development Subcommittee discusses Franklin For All objectives (audio)

Thursday, May 5, 2022

You're Invited! Franklin for All - Recommendation Review Public Forum set for Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

You're Invited! Franklin for All - Recommendation Review Public Forum set for Monday, May 16 at 6:30 PM

The next phase of Franklin For All is ready! Our project consultants have created draft rezoning recommendations utilizing the feedback provided by over 600 residents during the visioning survey. Join us for a hybrid public forum at 6:30pm on Monday, May 16th at The Black Box or via Zoom. Weigh in on draft zoning recommendations and learn about next steps for the rezoning effort. Doors open at 6:00pm.

Register for the forum here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0td-mrrzMrE9AK0ufr5wI3nHVYjCRISTLJ

You can learn more about this project on our project website here: https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/

Shared from -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/youre-invited-franklin-all-recommendation-review-public-forum-set-monday-may-16-630pm

You're Invited! Franklin for All - Recommendation Review Public Forum
You're Invited! Franklin for All - Recommendation Review Public Forum

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - May 4, 2022 - 5:45 PM

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
May 4, 2022 - 5:45 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street

Agenda:
1. EDC + Steering Committee Discussion: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods

 

Agenda doc & connection info ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-05-04_edc_agenda_.pdf

Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - May 4, 2022 - 5:45 PM
Economic Development Subcommittee - Agenda - May 4, 2022 - 5:45 PM

Sunday, April 24, 2022

"One thing nearly everyone agrees on: Massachusetts faces a housing crisis, and needs to build more"

"Everyone should do their part. 
That was the thinking behind the ambitious housing legislation that Massachusetts lawmakers passed just over a year ago. 
The basic idea: require suburbs where the single-family home reigns supreme to do more to help address the housing shortage. The legislation mandates new multifamily zones in 175 cities and towns, known as “MBTA Communities” because they have a subway, commuter rail, bus, or ferry station, or neighbor a town that does. It sets the stage for potentially hundreds of thousands of new apartments and condos to be built across Eastern Massachusetts in the coming years."
Continue reading the article (subscription may be required)

My 'quick' take on this complicated issue to summarize:
  • Franklin is underway with the Franklin For All planning effort
  • The requirement is for zoning changes (if required) to be approved by 2024 to meet the goals set by State (not yet published - currently in review process from feedback on the draft released)
  • It is not yet clear that Franklin needs to do much to change zoning (unless we really want to) as it appears, we are already within the proposed goals (remains to be confirmed). In Town Council presentation on this matter, for the downtown commercial zone we already permit more than what is required. How much we already have within the downtown zone (vs what is required) is an open question
  • The process will not be completed quickly, MAPC has draft recommendations scheduled to be reviewed on May 16 (recommendations not yet released)
  • Once released and reviewed, the recommendations still need to be reviewed by the Economic Development Subcommittee, potential zoning changes referred by Town Council to Planning Board, Planning Board does public hearings and makes recommendation back to Town Council, Town Council also does public hearings and discussions before voting
  • Please follow along this journey, we all need improvements to housing stock especially affordable housing in Franklin


"One thing nearly everyone agrees on: Massachusetts faces a housing crisis, and needs to build more"
"One thing nearly everyone agrees on: Massachusetts faces a housing crisis, and needs to build more"


Monday, April 4, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - April 6, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda 

April 6, 2022 - 5:30 PM

Meeting will be held at the Municipal Building
2nd floor, Council Chambers
355 East Central Street


Agenda:
1. Update: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods


 
Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - April 6, 2022
Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting - April 6, 2022


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Franklin for All survey responses due Friday, April 1, 2022

Franklin! You have until Friday, April 1 to provide your feedback on the Downtown for Franklin for All survey. The responses from the visioning survey will be used by our project consultants at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to create the draft zoning recommendations.

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/franklin-all-one-week-left-complete-visioning-survey

Franklin for All survey responses due Friday, April 1, 2022
Franklin for All survey responses due Friday, April 1, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Franklin For All - One Week Left to Complete the Visioning Survey! - Due April 1

Franklin For All - One Week Left to Complete the Visioning Survey!

Franklin! You have one more week to give us your feedback on the Downtown for Franklin for All before the survey closes on April 1st. The responses from the visioning survey will be used by our project consultants at the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to create the draft zoning recommendations.

To learn more about Franklin for All, visit our project webpage: https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/

Access the survey here: https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/preview/SV_1SW9jOR99Rzvevk?Q_CHL=preview&Q_SurveyVersionID=current

Shared from Town of Franklin page -> https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/franklin-all-one-week-left-complete-visioning-survey

Franklin For All - One Week Left to Complete the Visioning Survey! - Due April 1
Franklin For All - One Week Left to Complete the Visioning Survey! - Due April 1

Sunday, March 20, 2022

This Franklin For All Discussion reveals insights on process and accessory dwelling units - 03/15/22 (audio)

FM #755 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 755 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares my conversation with several members of the Economic Development “Plus” Committee to talk about the Franklin For All process. We recorded this via the Zoom conference bridge Mar 15, 2022.  


  • Chair, Melanie Hamblen, Town Council 

  • Beth Wierling, member of the Planning Board

  • Cobi Frongillo, member of the Town Council

  • Bruce Hunchard, chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals

 

The recording runs about 38 minutes, so let’s listen to the conversation about the Franklin For All project and process. 

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-755-franklin-for-all-discussion-03-15-22



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Respond to the survey by April 1 => https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bDBzodBPnt8a5Ce  


Franklin For All Forum - March 7, 2022

 

Franklin For All project page ->  https://www.mapc.org/resource-library/franklin-for-all/ 

 

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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial.  


This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

 

How can you help?

  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors

  • If you don't like something here, please let me know


Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.


For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/ or www.franklin.news/


If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com


The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.


I hope you enjoy!

------------------


You can also subscribe and listen to Franklin Matters audio on your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

This Franklin For All Discussion reveals insights
This Franklin For All Discussion reveals insights

Monday, March 14, 2022

"traditional mixed use walkable neighborhoods dramatically outperform car centric suburbia"

Jonathan Berk (@berkie1) tweeted  Sat, Mar 12, 2022:
Suburbia is Subsidized: Here's the Math

"In every case, in every region @UrbanThree has analyzed, traditional mixed use walkable neighborhoods dramatically outperform car centric suburbia."

🎥 @notjustbikes
https://t.co/zrM27tEcGB

Shared from Twitter: https://t.co/WCYVMDTl1w

If you haven't completed the survey on Franklin For All, please do so ->    https://mapc.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/preview/SV_1SW9jOR99Rzvevk?Q_CHL=preview&Q_SurveyVersionID=current