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Showing posts with label community. Show all posts

Monday, June 10, 2024

The Town of Franklin is conducting a Survey to upgrade the town website, please provide your input!

Franklin Website Upgrade Community Survey

The Town of Franklin is updating their website, and we need your help!

The administrative team is working on constructing a new more accessible website for the Franklin community. As part of this project, we're seeking valuable insight from the community through a survey that will ask various questions about your opinions on the current website. This is in order to make the most accessible, informative, and user-friendly experience for the next version of the website. 

Please click the link below to fill out the Community Survey:

https://forms.gle/gfQr7p2qRvNDCX5R8

We greatly appreciate your input!

Shared from ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/home/news/franklin-website-upgrade-community-survey


The Town of Franklin is conducting Community Survey to upgrade the town website, please provde your input!
The Town of Franklin is conducting a Survey to upgrade the town website, please provide your input!

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Franklin Public Schools Wellness Advisory Council Recognized for Completing MA SWITCH Program

Superintendent Lucas Giguere and Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Dr. Tina Rogers are pleased to share that Franklin Public Schools was recognized for completing the School Wellness Initiative for Thriving Community Health (SWITCH) Massachusetts Wellness Coaching Program.  

On May 21, Franklin Public Schools School Wellness Advisory Council (SWAC) was recognized at the Healthy Kids, Healthy Programs Summit by the Acting Commissioner of the Department of Education and Secondary Education (DESE). The District also received a large banner outlining the recognition that will be displayed on the fencing of the Oak Street Complex.

Franklin Public Schools Wellness Advisory Council Recognized for Completing MA SWITCH Program
Franklin Public Schools Wellness Advisory Council Recognized for Completing MA SWITCH Program


The SWITCH program is a statewide initiative for supporting and advancing wellness efforts for Massachusetts students, schools and communities.
 
Members of the council worked to conduct a Wellness Policy Assessment, updating the policy to meet state and federal requirements, as well as action planning, prioritizing and implementing wellness initiatives and monitoring and evaluating results.

"I am very proud of our council members on this great accomplishment for our District," said Superintendent Giguere. "In our schools, we are dedicated to providing students with the top wellness practices, allowing for academic success and overall student performance."

The SWAC was created in 2013. It was established to recommend, review and help implement school district policies addressing school nutrition, nutrition education, physical activity and related issues that impact student health. The SWAC meets monthly and includes representation from students, parents, FPS staff, School Committee members and administrators from across the district developing programs that actively promote wellness in schools and maximize opportunities for grant awards.

The SWAC was selected to participate in DESE's two-year coaching model. The first year focused on evaluating and then revising Franklin's Wellness Policy using the WELLSAT Scorecard. The second year focused on implementing the policy.

Many community members have participated in SWAC over the years. Currently, the committee is chaired by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tina Rogers and members include, Director of Food Services Colin Boisvert, Director of Life Long Learning Pattie Gay, YMCA Coordinator Krystina Edens, FHS Nurse Melissa Conroy, Community Member Elise Stokes, School Committee Member KP Sompally, Public Health Nurse Alisha Deptula,  Health and Wellness Director Kristin Letendre Smith, parent Stacey Federico,  Associate Director of Franklin Food Pantry Laura Doherty and three Franklin High School students.

On behalf of SWAC, "The SWAC Committee is fortunate to have built connections with many community partners. These relationships strengthen our initiatives by expanding our reach and providing support from businesses and organizations. We are grateful to these businesses and organizations for their support of education in Franklin."

SWAC will host a table at the June 14 Franklin Farmers' Market.

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Tuesday, June 4 - Employer Event at Natick Community & Senior Center

This free program is available through a grant from the Massachusetts Councils on Aging (MCOA) and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs

Meet Local Employers

Align Opportunity and Need

Tuesday June 4th

At the Natick Community & Senior Center

117 E Central St

2 – 3:30 pm


Join us to meet and chat with some area employers. Hear their perspectives on the current market and learn what skills are in demand. Ask questions and learn what they say you must do to impress employers.

 

Why you need to attend this session: In this competitive market you need every edge you can gain. Who better to learn from than the companies that are hiring!

 

Currently Scheduled to Appear:

·        AFLAC

·        Michael J. Connolly & Sons

·        MassHire

·        MilliporeSigma

·        Town of Natick

·        United States Army Garrison – Natick



New to the program? Register at: https://50plusjobseekers.org/register/

 

For more information email: 50plusjobseekersadmin@mcoaonline.com


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Ed Lawrence
CPRW; NCOPE
Certified Interview Coach
Authorized DISC Administrator
Member, CPRW Certification Committee
 

 
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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Tri-County Cougar Community Night - May 14

"Don't miss this opportunity to talk to our staff and students about our extracurricular offerings!!!"
Tri-County Cougar Community Night - May 14
Tri-County Cougar Community Night - May 14

For more about Tri-County visit them on the web at -> https://www.tri-county.us/

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
May 13, 2024 = 6:00 - 7:30 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Follow Up from Previous Meeting
● Legislative Forum Update
● Strawberry Stroll Update
● Newsletter Update & May Newsletter Planning
● New Website Update



Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee schedules meeting May 13 at 6 PM

Thursday, April 25, 2024

Franklin Food Pantry recognized for service to the community with Tree of Life Award by Temple Etz Chaim

From the Franklin Food Pantry Facebook posting: 

"From an idea over 30 years ago, The Pantry has blossomed into a beacon of hope, nourishing over 660 households last year - and Temple Etz Chaim has been there from the beginning. We are humbled by their unwavering support and deeply honored to receive the Tree of Life Award for service to the community.  
Photo: Rachel Flum, Chair, Board of Directors (R) accepts the Tree of Life Award on behalf of the Franklin Food Pantry alongside Isaac Chartoff (L) who was also awarded for his individual service."
Franklin Food Pantry recognized for service to the community with Tree of Life Award by Temple Etz Chaim
Franklin Food Pantry recognized for service to the community with Tree of Life Award by Temple Etz Chaim






Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Community Read discussion scheduled for Tracy Kidder's "Rough Sleepers"

"Community Read Discussion incoming! 
We have two dates and times! (1 behind, 1 forthcoming!)
What are some questions you have to start us off?"

Community Read discussion scheduled for Tracy Kidder's "Rough Sleepers"
Community Read discussion scheduled for Tracy Kidder's "Rough Sleepers"

Saturday, April 6, 2024

Sign up to perform with the Franklin Public Schools Music Department at PorchFest - June 1

You have heard that Franklin Porchfest 2024 will be held on June 1 (rain date June 2). You can sign up to join the "Community Side by Side Performance" with the Franklin Public Schools Music Department for this event.

Whether you  have not performed since High School or you are a professional musician, come perform side by side with our talented FHS Symphony Orchestra, Band, and Chorus in a performance of "God Bless Americaat the Franklin Porchfest on June 1! 

Rehearsals will take place at FHS:
  • Wednesday, May 15 - 6-7 PM Room 131 @ FHS
  • Wednesday, May 29 - 6-7 PM Room 131 @ FHS
Performance
  • Saturday, June 1 (rain date Sunday, June 2) at the Franklin Town Common 3:15 PM (Time subject to change)
Final details will be sent to those who sign up by May 9.
Sign up here to sing -> https://forms.gle/g6us4yQ89nHqehW29

Sign up to perform with the Franklin Public Schools Music Department at PorchFest - June 1
Sign up to perform with the Franklin Public Schools Music Department at PorchFest - June 1

Download a copy of the flyer to share or as a reminder ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xM4CWqmG3Lh7r2ALRcRrPYuRWvdFUfBi/view?usp=drive_link

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Town Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts & Culture Agenda for April 3, 2024 Meeting

April 3, 2024 Town Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts & Culture Meeting Agenda

When: April 3, 2024 - 5:30 PM

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


Agenda:
1. Presentation of the Arts & Culture in Franklin 2023 Public Input & Recommendations Report  ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif10036/f/uploads/1._arts_culture_20240130_170221_0000.pdf

 

Town Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts & Culture Agenda for April 3, 2024 Meeting
Town Council Ad Hoc Subcommittee for Arts & Culture Agenda for April 3, 2024 Meeting


Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Monday, March 11, 2024

FHS Empty Bowls community workshop a success

Yesterday (03/09/24), Empty Bowls hosted a Saturday Open Studio at FHS. It was a wonderful morning filled with students, parents, and returning EBers who have attended many Saturday Studios over the years. 
Thank you to all who helped EB prepare for the 9th annual fundraiser. The event takes place on Thursday May 23rd and tickets go on sale in early April through the Franklin Food Pantry’s website. 
@franklinfoodpan @franklinmatters.ma @fhs.pantherbook @franklinculturalcouncil02038 @fhs_emptybowls

FHS Empty Bowls community workshop a success
FHS Empty Bowls community workshop a success

Friday, March 8, 2024

Franklin's Event Outlook: March 8, 2023 to March 14, 2024

Friday, March 8

7:00pm Flowers for Algernon (ticketed event) (Franklin High School) 

7:30pm Tarzan (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)


Saturday, March 9

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

10:00am Story of the Personalized Calendars (Franklin Historical Museum)

2:00pm Tarzan (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

2:00pm Voices United Annual Show (Hopedale, MA)

6:00pm `Cinema 80’ Feature Films "The Kid"  (Franklin Historical Museum)

7:30pm Tarzan (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)

8:00pm Matt Nakoa (Circle of Friends Coffeehouse)


Sunday, March 10 = Daylight Saving Time starts

9:00am Fallen Heroes: Marshall E. Rollins & John A. Schur (Franklin Veterans Walkway)

1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

1:00pm Story of the Personalized Calendars (Franklin Historical Museum)

1:15pm Second Sunday Speaker (Franklin Historical Museum)

2:00pm Tarzan (ticketed event) (THE BLACK BOX)


Tuesday, March 12

7:00pm FBRTC Meeting ((Franklin TV Studio)

7:00pm Trivia Night (Raillery Public House)


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Why have multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar.

Respectfully, the Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events      https://www.franklinculture.org/things-do/pages/calendar

Find the full Community event calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26 

Franklin's Event Outlook: March 8, 2023 to March  14, 2024
Franklin's Event Outlook: March  8, 2023 to March  14, 2024

Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting- March 11 at 5 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
March 11, 2024 - 5:00 PM

Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room


A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Legislative Forum Update
● March Newsletter Feedback
● April Newsletter Planning
● Strawberry Stroll Planning



Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting- March 11 at 5 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee Meeting- March 11 at 5 PM

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM

Franklin Public Schools - Franklin School Committee
Community Relations Subcommittee
March 4, 2024 - 5:00 PM


Municipal Building - 3rd Floor Training Room

A G E N D A
"The listing of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law."
● Review of March Newsletter draft
● Follow up on previous meeting open items


Agenda doc contains remote participation info ->

Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM
Community Relations Subcommittee - Mar 4 at 5 PM

Friday, February 23, 2024

Franklin's Event Outlook: February 23, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Friday, February 23

7:00pm Good Thomas (live music)


Saturday, February 24

9:00am Fallen Hero Recognition: David Laughlan III - WWII (Veterans Memorial Walkway - Town Common)

10:00am Girl Scout cookies (Stop & Shop)

10:00am Franklin Historical Museum (always free)

6:00pm Cinema 80: "The Freshman"  (Franklin Historical Museum)

7:00pm Jamie Barrett (live music) 


Sunday, February 25

8:00am Girl Scout cookies (Dunkin, King St)

11:00am Girl Scout cookies (Learning Express)

1:00pm Franklin Historical Museum (always free)


Monday, February 26
9:00am Fallen Hero Recognition: Richard L. Desper - Vietnam (Veterans Memorial Walkway - Town Common)

Tuesday, February 27

2:30pm Rainbow Café (Franklin Senior Center)

7:00pm Trivia Night (Railery Public House)


Wednesday, February 28

7:30pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)


Thursday, February 29

7:30pm She Loves Me (ticketed event) (Dean College)


Why have multiple calendars?
There is a Cultural events calendar upon which other community events are layered to create the Community calendar. The Library and Senior Center calendars are too full of events to include all their events so we tend to focus on the major events. Town and School meetings are also kept separate. Links for all the calendars are shared here:

The Cultural calendar displays only the cultural events      https://www.franklinculture.org/things-do/pages/calendar

Find the full Community event calendar  https://www.franklinmatters.org/p/blog-page.html

If you have an event to add to the calendar, you can use the form to submit it for publication:  https://forms.gle/oPdi8X3ZbHHyrHzo6

The Library calendar of events ->    calendar link

The Senior Center calendar of events ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/node/39/events/month/39/2023-12

The Town meeting calendar is found  https://www.franklinma.gov/calendar
The School district calendar is found  https://www.franklinps.net/calendar-by-event-type/26 

9Franklin's Event Outlook: February 23, 2023 to February 22, 2024
Franklin's Event Outlook: February 23, 2023 to February 29, 2024

Thursday, February 22, 2024

One Franklin: Community Coffee Conversations at Birchwood Bakery from 7 to 9 PM today

"Beginning Feb 22, then continuing every other Thursday 7-9 PM. One or more members of One Franklin will be at Franklin’s Birchwood Bakery to connect, discuss the latest developments around an override proposal and to just have good conversations at a great spot in town.

All are welcome to come by and say hi ultimately we are all working together for the same outcome… One Franklin, where everyone benefits from our united effort to nurture and value our community."


One Franklin: Community Conversations at Birchwood Bakery from 7 to 9 PM today
One Franklin: Community Coffee Conversations at Birchwood Bakery from 7 to 9 PM today


Sunday, February 18, 2024

Annual Report Of Department Of Planning And Community Development: FY 2023 Report

The Department of Planning and Community Development (DPCD) maintains a professional staff that provides the Town of Franklin with a wide array of planning services. DPCD's mission is to plan and implement comprehensive policies and initiatives that work to fulfill the land use-related goals of the people of Franklin. We make every effort to maintain the character of the community while enhancing its economic, cultural and social vitality.

The DPCD's staffing reflects the diverse skills needed to complete the many activities and roles the Department participates. DPCD's activities and services include, but are not limited to comprehensive planning, economic development, subdivision plan, site plan and conservation plan review, open space and wetlands preservation, historic preservation, zoning by-law and subdivision regulation development, downtown revitalization, brownfields redevelopment, affordable housing, public transportation, transit oriented development, natural hazard mitigation and municipal vulnerability planning, and sustainable development including use of smart growth and low impact development concepts. The Department regularly identifies and sources funding for various community development projects and activities. DPCD balances its approach to these initiatives through long-term planning and public participation. For the last four fiscal years DPCD staff has also had responsibility of operating the Town's Passport office.

Support of Town Boards and Committees 
DPCD personnel provide staff support to several boards, commissions and committees, including the Planning Board, Conservation Commission, Design Review Commission, Technical Review Committee, the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, and the Cultural District Committee. Approximately 60 to 65 percent of the Department's total staff hours are utilized on Planning Board and Conservation Commission related issues. Since the start of the COVID-19 Pandemic DPCD staff has needed to spend much more of available staff time on running public meetings; in efforts to ensure citizen engagement and comply with open meeting law regulations, meetings have been conducted remotely using the Zoom platform.

In addition, DPCD staff provides professional technical assistance to other public entities on an as needed basis, including Town Council, Zoning Board of Appeals, Town Council's Economic Development Sub-committee, and various ad hoc committees, including the Master Plan Update Committee and Open Space and Recreation Plan Update Committee.
 
Site Permitting and Guidance
DPCD is not a permit granting authority; its function during the permitting process is to integrate laws, regulations and plans with the Town's goals to ensure that the best interests of the Town and its residents are served. DPCD personnel organize and attend meetings, provide technical assistance, offer professional opinions, and guide developers, businesses and residents through the Town's various permitting processes.

Conservation and Natural Resource Protection 
DPCD provides support to the Conservation Commission, as provided by MGL Chapter 131, Section 40. Conservation and Natural Resource Protection Staff, specifically the Town's Conservation Agent, is responsible for speaking for the Conservation Commission when they are not present (see separate Conservation Commission Annual Report). Although not a permit authority, the Conservation Agent does have limited police powers to regulate activities previously approved by the  Conservation Commission, stop unauthorized activities, and promote and protect Franklin's natural resources, including its wetlands, streams, brooks, ponds, lakes and watersheds. In addition, Conservation staff provides administrative support and reviews applications being presented to the Conservation Commission, manages the Commission's peer review consultants, and provides professional support to other Town Boards and Departments.

During the 2023 fiscal year DPCD staff worked on various conservation and land use related projects, including continued implementation of the DelCarte Conservation Property Master Plan; this year work included coordination of the seventh year of pond treatments. A priority for DPCD's Conservation and Natural Resource Protection Staff during FY23 was working with the Conservation Commission and other organizations and staff to manage update of the Town's Open Space and Recreation Plan.

Comprehensive Planning and Zoning DPCD is responsible for traditional land-use related activities including updating the Town's plans, and amending and creating zoning bylaws. A description of zoning and land use issues worked on by DPCD during FY23 is summarized below.

Zoning Bylaw Amendments 
DPCD worked on several amendments to Franklin's Zoning Bylaw during FY23. Several years ago DPCD began a project to better define the Town's zoning districts by following parcel lines. Where parcels are within two or more zoning districts DPCD developed zoning map amendments to move Zoning District boundaries so each parcel is only in one zoning district, in most cases based on the current land use. During FY23 DPCD developed and Town Council approved Zoning Map Amendments 23-887 and 23-891, finally completing this multi-year Zoning Map update project. DPCD developed Zoning Map Amendment 23-899 that updates the Marijuana Use Overlay District map. The Amendment is expected to be approved by Town Council during the first quarter of FY24.

During FY22 DPCD worked on a planning/zoning study with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) to identify a vision for downtown and surrounding neighborhoods and make zoning changes that will unlock development potential and foster a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood. The "Franklin For All” Project was a community-driven three phased process. During the last quarter of FY22 MAPC developed a final project report in the form of four project status memos and an Executive Summary. The Vision & Zoning Recommendations memo contained eleven recommendations that was used during FY23 by DPCD and the Town Council's Economic Development Sub-committee to begin Phase III of the Franklin For All Project, Rezoning. Several related Zoning Bylaw Amendments were developed during FY23, including:

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 22-889 made several small changes to the Zoning Bylaw's use regulations, including allowing multifamily housing in the Commercial I and General Residential V zoning districts By-Right, up to 1 unit per 2,250 SF of lot area. The amendment also added multifamily with Three Housing Units to the use regulations.

Zoning Bylaw Amendment 22-890 added a new section to the Town's Zoning Bylaw, §185-51 Inclusionary Zoning. Multifamily developments with 10 or more housing units are now required to have at least ten percent of the housing units as affordable.

Zoning Bylaw Amendments 23-894, 23-895, and 23- 896 added a definition for Accessory Dwelling Units and related regulation to the Town's Zoning Bylaw.

DPCD developed Zoning Bylaw Amendment 23- 898R that makes two small changes to the Zoning Bylaw's dimensional regulations including increasing the maximum percent of impervious lot coverage in the General Residential V Zoning District. The bylaw amendment is expected to be approved by Town Council during the first quarter of FY24.

Additional zoning bylaw amendments are being developed including adding a 40R Smart Growth Overlay Zoning District, which will be presented to the Town in the first half of FY24.

During the last half of FY23 DPCD staff took the first steps towards updating the Town of Franklin's 2013 Master Plan. DPCD staff provide administrative and technical support to the Master Plan Committee and its five subcommittees, as well as coordinate the efforts of the consultant team hired to develop an updated plan. The Master Plan update process will continue through FY24 and hopefully be completed by the summer of 2024.

U S Passport Application Acceptance Office
The U.S. Department of State designated the Town of Franklin as an official U.S. Passport Application Acceptance Facility over 20 years ago. For the last several years DPCD has managed the Town's Passport Application Acceptance Office, which is located on the first floor of the Municipal Building. The Passport Application Acceptance Office is open three days per week (by appointment only) to assist residents of Franklin and surrounding communities with passport applications. During FY23 Passport Office personnel reviewed/accepted DS-11 Passport applications for 785 applicants, and took 550 passport photos. Applicants utilizing the Town's Passport Application Acceptance Office services were hoping to travel to over 50 countries.

Planning and Implementation of Community Development and Economic Development Projects 
Each year the DPCD works on many community and economic development initiatives. The Department develops strategies, proposes policies, bylaw changes and Town Council resolutions, manages projects, and seeks grants in efforts to balance Franklin's community livability with its economic viability. DPCD encourages responsible community development that meets the goals and objectives of the Town's various planning documents, and the State's Sustainable Development and Smart Growth Principles. Some of DPCD's more important recently completed or ongoing projects and initiatives are summarized below.

Affordable Housing 
Since 2017 the Town of Franklin's most important affordable housing project has been the proposed 60-Unit Franklin Ridge Senior Housing project on Veterans Memorial Drive. DPCD has consistently worked with the Project Proponent, Town Administration, the Municipal Affordable Housing Trust, and professional staff from the Town's Engineering and Water/Sewer departments to move this important project forward. During FY23 DPCD took the lead, working with Town of Franklin's Engineering and Water and Sewer Department professional staff, to develop a FY23 Community One Stop for Growth grant proposal that would pay for construction of needed infrastructure improvements. In October 2022 the Town received notice it was being awarded a $3.2 million MassWorks grant for the Veterans Memorial Way and Franklin Ridge Infrastructure Project. Funds will pay for final design/engineering and construction of the extension to Veterans Memorial Way, including roadway, sidewalks and all required utilities, and a booster pumping station that is required to enhance water pressure and fire protection for the Franklin Ridge Senior Housing Project, as well as the existing Eaton Place affordable senior housing development, Bright Hill Subdivision, and two additional Municipal Affordable Housing Trust owned parcels. This infrastructure portion of the Franklin Ridge housing development work, which is being managed by the Town, will begin in July 2023 and is expected to be substantially complete in 18 to 24 months.

Regional Planning 
DPCD regularly attends meetings and works on various regional planning issues with a variety of regional organizations, including Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), the Southwest Advisory Planning Committee (SWAP Committee), and the I-495/MetroWest Corridor Partnership. Franklin's Town Planner Amy Love is currently very involved with regional planning issues as the Town's representative to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, and the SWAP Committee. In addition, the DPCD occasionally supports the initiatives of other regional organizations including the Franklin Bellingham Rail Trail Committee, Friends of the SNETT, the MetroWest Tourism and Visitors Bureau, and the Charles River Watershed Association.

Downtown Revitalization 
For more than twenty years the Town has made revitalization of Downtown Franklin a major focus and has worked to improve the Downtown in a variety of ways. DPCD continues to work on projects related to implementation of the Franklin Center Plan, which was developed in 2002 and 2003 to provide Town officials with a vision and basic strategy for revitalization of Downtown Franklin. One important component of the Franklin Center Plan is Cultural Uses. The issue of Cultural Economic Development has been a focus for DPCD for many years, including providing assistance to the Town's Cultural District Committee in a variety of ways on a range of projects, including grant writing, grant management, and providing staff support in preparing for and running monthly meetings.

DPCD works regularly on a wide range of economic development projects and programs, and is one of DPCD's top priorities, second only to providing excellent administrative and technical assistance to the Town's boards, commissions and committees. Potential benefits to the Town from successful implementation of DPCD's business retainage and attraction initiatives are significant. Efforts focus on increasing the value of Franklin's commercial and industrial tax base, filling the Town's empty and underutilized industrially zoned buildings, and attracting  the  right mix of companies to the community. DPCD regularly communicates with realtors, property owners and businesses to make them aware of State and Federal technical assistance programs and financial resources that can be made available to further their development, and to raise awareness of DPCD as a resource for local businesses.

DPCD works regularly with Massachusetts Office of Business Development (MOBD), MassDevelopment and other agencies in efforts to attract the right mix of companies to the Town of Franklin's industrial and commercial areas.

At the end of FY22 DPCD met with a representative from MOBD and representatives of Plansee USA LLC to discuss Plansee's plans to expand their operations at 115 Constitution Boulevard. The company was researching State and Local incentives that may be available to manufacturers looking to make major investments in their facilities. Plansee representatives agreed the company would work to obtain Investment Tax Credits from the State, and a Tax Increment Financing agreement (TIF agreement) from the Town. On June 30, 2022 Plansee provided the Town with a letter of intent to seek development incentives through the Massachusetts Economic Development Incentive Program (EDIP), including a TIF agreement from the Town. DPCD worked with Plansee, MOBD and the Town Administrator during the first weeks of FY23 to assess the proposed expansion project, and develop a TIF agreement, which was approved on July 20, 2022 by Town Council approval of Resolution 22-44. In September 2022 the Massachusetts Economic Assistance Coordinating Council approved the ten year TIF, certified the company's economic development expansion project, and approved $125,000 in State investment tax credits. Plansee is a technological leader in high precision machining, and part of the company's expansion included a state-of-the-art Manufacturing Training Center, which opened later in the fiscal year.

DPCD will continue to undertake a wide range of community and economic development projects, programs, and planning initiatives that will keep the Town of Franklin's goals and objectives current and representative of residents' needs and desires. DPCD is proud of its accomplishments and welcomes public input on all of its efforts to improve the quality of life for the residents of Franklin.

Respectfully submitted,

Department of Planning & Community Development Staff.

The Dept of Planning & Community Development report can also be found in one PDF ->  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1tIWf8cDeUFjhWHxYNgdS6f95en3KloEG/view?usp=drive_link

The full Town of Franklin FY 2023 Annual Report can be found online

Annual Report Of Department Of Planning And Community Development: FY 2023 Report
Annual Report Of Department Of Planning And Community Development: FY 2023 Report