Showing posts with label site plan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label site plan. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

FM #615 - Franklin (MA) Planning Board Meeting - 09/27/21 (audio)

FM #615 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 615 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the Franklin, MA Planning Board meeting held on Monday, September 27, 2021. The recording was captured via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.


Quick Recap:

  • Public hearing on 40 Alpine Row discusses multiple updates and continues to Oct 18 (in recording at approx. 38 seconds)

  • Public hearing on 5 Fisher St discusses multiple items and continues to Oct 18 (in recording at approx. 21 minutes)

  • Public hearing on Housing Production Plan (HPP), after clarifications on the "plan" as being Town based/Town controlled (not State), still requiring much work to make happen, and that the Planning Board would still "get a bite at the apple", the HPP is approved 5-0 roll call vote  (in recording at approx. 46 minutes)

  • Site plan modification request to split 2 plots into 3 approved by 5-0 vote via roll call  (in recording at approx. 1 hour 11 minutes)

  • Citizen comment on complete streets (begin approx. 1 hour 19 minutes)

 Links to the meeting agenda and associated documents are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 1 hour and 36 minutes, so let’s listen to the Planning Board meeting of Sep 27. Audio file -> https://player.captivate.fm/episode/048d7b83-9e78-43fc-bfae-c5ebf1650595



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Planning Board agenda:

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_27_2021_agenda.pdf 


Planning board meeting documents:

https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/events/331296 

 

My notes taken via Twitter during the meeting can be found

https://www.franklinmatters.org/2021/09/planning-board-recap-92721-housing.html


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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.  


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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.


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FM #615 - Franklin (MA) Planning Board Meeting
FM #615 - Franklin (MA) Planning Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved, hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St

Quick Recap:
  • Public hearing on 40 Alpine Row discusses multiple updates and continues to Oct 18
  • Public hearing on 5 Fisher St discusses multiple items and continues to Oct 18
  • Public hearing on Housing Production Plan (HPP), after clarifications on the "plan" as being Town based/Town controlled (not State), still requiring much work to make happen, and that the Planning Board would still "get a bite at the apple", the HPP is approved 5-0 roll call vote
  • Site plan modification request to split 2 plots into 3 approved by 5-0 vote via roll call

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As with most meetings in this pandemic period, I took my notes via Twitter during the meeting reporting live via the Zoom conference bridge.

 

The Twitter hashtag can be found online  #pb0927  https://twitter.com/search?q=%23pb0927&src=typed_query 


Planning Board agenda:

https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_27_2021_agenda.pdf 


Planning board meeting documents:

https://www.franklinma.gov/planning-board/events/331296 

 

Photos captured during the meeting and shared via Twitter can be found in one album

https://photos.app.goo.gl/barTW8HVVbFYx3Kz9


  • Live reporting underway for the Planning Board meeting underway in Chambers and virtually via Zoom as well as live stream via local cable (Verizon or Comcast) #pb0927
  • Agenda doc and connection info here https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/september_27_2021_agenda.pdf… #pb0927 
  • Halligan recused himself from this first hearing as he is an abutter #pb0927
  • Engineer Mike Maglio comments on project changes #pb0927
  • Project update uses map on stand, diagrams also in PDF doc linked to with the agenda #pb0927
  • Discussion on easements for town sewer and drain lines thru property should be included as condition of certificate of occupancy #pb0927
  • Discussion on pavement levels they differ between parking lot and site plan requirements, to be looked at by developer. #pb0927
  • Additional questions and clarifications, will need to be continued to Oct 18. #pb0927 no others to speak, hearing closed vote via roll call. Associate available but only activated for special permit, not a site plan (as this is).
  • New hearing opens, same engineering team provides updates for the former Clark Cutler McDermott property on 5 Fisher St. Study being done for parking uses and what is expected. #pb0927
  • Multiple updates to comments and adjustments requested #pb0927
  • Items outstanding from Planning and Engineering, brewing/distillery drainage requires coordination with Charles River, food processing would be covered with DPW requirements and grease trap #pb0927
  • Discussion on storm water flows within lot, and supposedly reduced before going off and across the street. Exposure to our well from this discharge. To be resolved before they return #pb0927 no additional comments, to be continued to Oct 18
  • Discussion on parking and 'hiding' the parking as it increases in the front. Don't want to block too much as it would affect line of sight entering and exiting property. #pb0927
  • Motion to continue to 18th via roll call, passes 5-0 #pb0927
  • Next up, housing production plan, open the public hearing, waive reading of notice, passes via roll call 5-0 #pb0927 final version presented incorporates comments and meetings as the plan developed Planner Amy Love provides overview
  • Halligan has question for B Taberner (who is not present) if the plan is accepted, each item would still need to go to State before coming back to be executed each possible change thru normal process #pb0927 Amy was able to answer the question, this is a plan
  • State approval would like be months rather than weeks #pb0927 Planning Board chair concerned about Council making zoning overruling possible planning board decision. Discussion on intent vs. working language
  • Planning Board fearful of Council action overriding their preference, but for that to occur, PB would still be involved and decide, if then the Council tries to go over, there would still be discussions before a decision. #pb0927
  • This is a town plan, not State. Some members confused/fearful of state (ala Council) and really fearful of losing their own control. Any project needs to be approved by town with water, sewer, police, fire, etc. #pb0927 there is not town owned land to make this happen
  • It would be private land owners to make the deals, public hearing opens for public comment, M Morrengello (?) speaking for the housing plan, asking for a vote for affordable housing and seniors. #pb0927
  • B Wierling speaking for the housing plan as well, glad to hear the #pb0927 members had changed opinions from prior meetings. We were not educated enough in prior meetings. Close hearing, via roll call passes 5-0; motion to accept plan via roll, passes 5-0
  • Next up, street extension, waive reading, passes 5-0 via roll call, revision to plot plan of 2006, plan approved before as two lot, now owner looking for additional lot to be added #pb0927
  • According to private road covenant it was not intended to be plowed, town did not want ownership of road. Motion to close hearing, via roll call passes 5-0 #pb0927 
  • Motion to approve modification via roll call passes 5-0
  • Council candidate J Callaway-Tripp asking questions about the complete street plan and meeting last week, mostly protocol as she had no knowledge of it, it had already been approved. Also thinks that the EDC held the meeting, and it was a town meeting #pb0927
  • Meeting did adjourn via roll call vote,  passing 5-0; got distracted and almost forgot to close out the thread #pb0927

Audio recording of meeting to be available in couple of days

 

Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved,  hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St
Planning Board Recap 9/27/21 - Housing Production Plan approved,  hearings continued on 40 Alpine Row and 5 Fisher St

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

FM #424 Planning Board Meeting - Food Pantry segment - 12/21/20 (audio)

FM #424 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 424 in the series.

This session of the radio show shares the public hearing segment of the Planning Board meeting held Monday, Dec 21, 2020. The segment covers the site plan and renovations for the proposed new location of the Franklin Food Pantry at 138 East Central St. 
 
The meeting was conducted virtually via Zoom conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick Recap:
  • Surprise, the Planning Board is concerned about parking on the site
  • After initially objecting to a request for a waiver of the $1500 site plan fee, the Board did reconsider and vote to waive the fee. The Food Pantry is a 501(c)3 operation operating only on grants and donations to provide support for its clients, mostly Franklin residents
  • More importantly, the site is contaminated from previous use as an auto dealer and that complicates how to handle stormwater and snow removal. Should be impossible but will be complicated and possibly expensive
  • Residential abutter concerned about losing their green bush divider along the property line and to talk with the Food Pantry planners to work out an agreement

The recording runs just over an hour, so let’s listen to the Planning Board discussion on the Franklin Food Pantry plans to move into 138 East Central St.
Audio file = https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-424-planning-board-mtg-food-pantry-segment-12-21-20
 

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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/

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 iTunes or your favorite podcast app; search in "podcasts" for "Franklin Matters"

 

FM #424 Planning Board Meeting - Food Pantry segment - 12/2120 (audio)
FM #424 Planning Board Meeting - Food Pantry segment - 12/2120 (audio)

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Planning Board: Public Hearing Notice - Site Plan - 138 East Central Street (to be the new home of Franklin Food Pantry)

Franklin Planning Board
Public Hearing Notice


In accordance with the Town of Franklin Zoning By-Laws, the Franklin Planning Board will hold a Remote public hearing on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 7:15 PM for a Site Plan application at 138 East Central Street in Franklin,  MA prepared by United Consultants, Inc. and submitted to the Department of Planning & Community Development on November 25, 2020, by Franklin Food Pantry, Franklin, MA.

The property is located in the Commercial I Zoning District (Assessors Map 286 Lot 027) on East Central Street. The applicant is proposing to modify the site to include additional parking, landscaping and building access.

The hearing will provide an open forum for the discussion. This meeting will be done remotely via the “ZOOM” platform. Residents can visit the Town Website (Franklinma.gov) and click on the Town Calendar for up to date information on how to access the meeting

Please note: This will be your only written notice of this public hearing. All future Public Hearings on this matter, will be posted on the Planning Board’s website under Agendas.

Please contact the Department of Planning & Community Development at (508) 520-4907 if you require further information or if you need to make arrangements to provide translation services for the hearing impaired, or for persons with language barriers.

To access records and files for this project, please email alove@franklinma.gov

Anthony Padula, Chairman 

 

 
 
138 East Central Street (to be the new home of Franklin Food Pantry)
138 East Central Street (to be the new home of Franklin Food Pantry)