Showing posts with label zoning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label zoning. Show all posts

Friday, December 2, 2022

Economic Development lacks consensus on approach to inclusionary zoning proposal (audio)

FM #889 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 889 in the series. 


This session of the radio show shares the audio recording of the Economic Development Subcommittee meeting held on Wednesday, November 30, 2022 in the Council Chambers with one member (Hunchard) participating virtually (hence roll call vote).  One member absent (Wierling)


Present: Chair M Hamblen, G Jones, C Frongillo, P Sheridan, G Rondeau (Plng Brd), B Hunchard (ZBA)

Quick recap:

  • The discussion centered on the inclusionary zoning proposal carried over from the prior meeting. While the group had more time to review the matter, they still could not reach consensus on a recommendation and yet did move the item for discussion by the full Council. 

  • In my view, this group, which in principle approves of the concept, and yet can't recommend an approach, likely sets the full Council discussion up for failure. Stay tuned, this is an important discussion, and no matter the next vote, Franklin needs to address this properly.


My Twitter thread:

  • Ready for Iive reporting on back to back meetings; first up, economic development subcommittee and inclusionary zoning #edc1130 https://franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-11-30_edc_agenda.pdf

  • Planning Director Bryan Taberner provides an overview of the proposed changes to introduce this measure. #edc1130 map being shown on the screen of the zoning areas

  • Clarification on 4 vs. 5 in some of the prior drafts, should be 5 in all places. #edc1130 consideration of getting affordable units after 30% of development (so if something happens, and they were planned for the end and didn't happen, the Town would be left short)

  • Also consideration for the affordable units #edc1130 that are permitted in another area. Back to the 5vs4 question, from 5 units to 14, only 1 required as affordable to meet 10% requirements; Planning Board would need to approve the alternative site

  • Question on 15 units vs 20 units gives the Planning Board ability to regulate - this is part of the density piece not part of inclusionary #edc1130 Frongillo, Q on how did we get to 10%, Hellen explains cap by state rule at 10%

  • 10% also aligns with the 10% 40b units, it is a middle road. Rondeau clarification questions answered. Halligan (from audience) comments great example of a walkthrough to say we should be working on setbacks, etc. To make the building feasible #edc1130

  • Hellen asks Q, what is the percent that would make it work? If not 35%, then 50, 70, 100? #edc1130 Frongillo still to the point this won't get us anything (maybe up to 15-20 units be4 requiring affordable) would like to work with developers to find the #s that work

  • Hamblen Qs is what is the starting point, 5, 8, 10 (vs Frongillo at 20-25 or so). #edc1130 motion to send to full council for recommendation to planning board, 6-0 via roll call 

  • Motion to adjourn, 6-0 via roll call


The recording of the meeting runs just over an hour.   

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-889-economic-development-plus-cmte-11-30-22



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The agenda and doc released for this session ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/2022-11-30_edc_agenda.pdf


Franklin TV YouTube video ->  https://youtu.be/sUk0eqtUzXE


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the zoning map shared on the screen attempted to focus the discussion
the zoning map shared on the screen attempted to focus the discussion

Saturday, November 26, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee Meeting - Nov 30 at 5:45 PM

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
November 30, 2022 - 5:45 PM


Agenda:
1. Discussion: Zoning
a. Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw
Agenda doc and remote connection info

The prior meeting started this discussion and as time ran out, the discussion resumes at this session. Catch up to the discussion before the meeting:

the "Plus" Cmte gets into housing density proposal
the "Plus" Cmte gets into housing density proposal

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Economic Development Cmte recommends next lot line changes; the "Plus" cmte gets into housing density proposal, will pick up again at Nov 30 meeting (video)

The Economic Development Committee "Plus" met on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2022 before the Town Council meeting to cover two agenda items. 

First - purely an economic development item - the next set of lot line zoning map adjustments. A continuing project and this is the next set of changes. The item after discussion was recommended to the Council for review and consideration.

Second - for the Plus side of the committee as it attempted to cover two zooning bylaw proposals that are an outcome of the Franklin For All study as well as part of the MBTA Community planning required. The committee got into a good discussion on one of the two changes proposed, did not get into the second and will pick up the discussion at their Nov 30 meeting.

Participants:
Chair, Melanie Hamblen; councilors Jones, Sheridan and Frongillo (remote participant)
"Plus" members are Hunchard, Rondeau and Wierling


My notes captured via Twitter during the meeting are found in one threaded PDF file

Franklin TV's video replay of this session is available ->

Town Administrator Jamie Hellen makes a point during the housing density discussion
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen makes a point during the housing density discussion




Sunday, November 13, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - Nov 16 at 5;45 PM

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
November 16, 2022 - 5:45 PM

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

Agenda:
1. Lot Line Clean up:
a. Area on or near Lincoln Street and Lincolnwood Drive
2. Discussion: Zoning
a. Multifamily Housing Density
b. Inclusionary Zoning Bylaw



Councilor Cobi Frongillo rode his bike and took photo of examples of housing that could not be built today with current zoning regulations.

examples of duplexes from Councilor Cobi Frongillo bike ride
examples of duplexes from Councilor Cobi Frongillo bike ride

Monday, November 7, 2022

The Vicious Cycle of Automobile Dependency

Daniel Moser (@_dmoser) tweeted on Sat, Nov 05, 2022:
The Vicious Cycle of Automobile Dependency 

Unsustainable planning practices reinforce a cycle of increased automobile use, more automobile-oriented community redevelopment, and reduced mobility options.
 

Shared from Twitter ->  https://t.co/vTpFy1UlTc


The Vicious Cycle of Automobile Dependency
The Vicious Cycle of Automobile Dependency

Sunday, September 4, 2022

MBTA Communities Zoning Guidelines Webinar - Sep 8 at 1 PM

The Baker-Polito Administration recently announced final guidelines outlining how MBTA communities can comply with the new multifamily zoning requirement. Learn more and register for an informational webinar on September 8: mass.gov/MBTAcommunities

Register for the webinar ->   https://us06web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KBSNAXLuR9yrnmklDPFx-g 


Recall that the Mass Housing Partnership has a series of webinars on this topic (Wednesday's at noon) ->  https://www.franklinmatters.org/2022/09/massachusetts-housing-partnership.html

Franklin's statistics per MA EOHED calculation:

Franklin's statistics per MA EOHED calculation
Franklin's statistics per MA EOHED calculation

MBTA Communities Zoning Guidelines Webinar - Sep 8 at 1 PM
MBTA Communities Zoning Guidelines Webinar - Sep 8 at 1 PM

Sunday, August 7, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee - Agenda - Aug 10, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee 
Meeting Agenda & Meeting Packet
August 10, 2022 - 6:00 PM

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


Agenda:

1. Discussion: “Franklin For All” MAPC Study Conclusion & Committee Recommendations
a. Staff Memo 


Agenda doc contains remote participation info ->

Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee - Agenda - Aug 10, 2022
Economic Development Subcommittee Steering Committee - Agenda - Aug 10, 2022

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Back to back Wednesday: EDC hears recommendations; Town Council gets an update on Nu-Style property

The Economic Development Subcommittee is scheduled to meet at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, June 8. The agenda is shown here. 
1. Update: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods 
a. Draft set of Recommendations - Slideshow from 5/16/22 Presentation  
https://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Public-Forum-2-Presentation_updated-5-16.pdf   
b. Updated Memo & Timeline 
Agenda doc with remote participation info ->


The Town Council has a varied and pretty full agenda. One item not heard of recently is a scheduled update on the former Nu-Style property (a brown field) located on Grove St. 

Per the memo in the agenda packet, a team will visit the town and site on Wednesday and present their update to the Council at the meeting Wednesday evening.
"ULI’s TAP will be in Town on June 8, 2022 to perform a day long assessment of a new development concept developed by DPCD ‐ North Grove PDA Revitalization and Access Roadway Project. The Technical Assistance Panel consists of professionals in the fields of development, planning, real estate, economic development and environmental science.  
In general the TAP will work to answer the following questions:
1. Is the Town’s North Grove PDA/EOA Revitalization and Access Roadway Project actually feasible  given existing constraints, or are there better options to clean up and redevelop the Town’s Nu‐Style property and stimulate private investment in the North Grove PDA? 
2. Can the Town create a public/private development partnership to implement the Proposed Project (or other project conceived during the TAP) where all parties gain in the end?  
3. What specific process should the Town (and/or public private partnership) take to implement the chosen revitalization project?   
The TAP professional will present their findings at your meeting on June 8, 2022. I look forward to seeing the results of their work. "
8. PRESENTATIONS / DISCUSSION
a. Presentation/Discussion: North Grove Priority Development Area Redevelopment Concept -

The full agenda doc and remote participation information ->   https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/06-08-2022_town_council_agenda_packet.pdf 

Back to back Wednesday: EDC hears recommendations; Town Council gets an update on Nu-Style property
Back to back Wednesday: EDC hears recommendations; Town Council gets an update on Nu-Style property

Sunday, June 5, 2022

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

 Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting
Agenda & Meeting Packet
June 8, 2022 = 5:30 PM

Agenda:

1. Update: MAPC “Franklin For All” zoning reform project for Franklin Center, including the Downtown Commercial District and surrounding neighborhoods
a. Draft set of Recommendations - Slideshow from 5/16/22 Presentation  
https://www.mapc.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Public-Forum-2-Presentation_updated-5-16.pdf
b. Updated Memo & Timeline (see below)


Re: Franklin For All Project Future Dates

The Franklin For All project is in it’s home stretch heading towards completion of the diagnostic analysis. Future dates are a sketch for upcoming meetings to note, but are subject to change:

1. June 10th at the Strawberry Stroll there will be a promotional event to help discuss the Franklin For All Project recommendations with residents and festival goers.

a. The Planning and Community Development department will be located at the intersection of Dean Ave and Main Street, directly across from the stage.
b. Attendees will be able to connect with Franklin for All project staff regarding the proposed recommendations.
c. Enjoy a town sponsored magic mirror photo booth experience to document the fun and resident aspirations of downtown revitalization.

2. June 30th Final report due (but should be in earlier and will be released upon final receipt)

3. July/August meeting of the EDC + Steering Committee to discuss prioritization of the formal recommendations by MAPC.

a. Each member of the Steering Committee will be given 3 votes to prioritize recommendations by MAPC to the staff. This is an effort to allow the committee to discuss the recommendations and give the staff some initial priorities to help focus our work and alleviate the potential to be scattered.
b. The Committee dates over the summer have not been set. We are hopeful that at the June 8th meeting we can set those dates in July or August on an evening without additional meetings after it.
c. The staff will also have some additional recommendations to consider that are not a part of the MAPC recommendations that focus on areas outside of the study zone, these are issues that have arisen locally that need to be addressed or have been discussed during this process.

4. September we will begin to publicly discuss the recommendations chosen by the Steering Committee and staff.

Agenda doc with remote participation info ->

Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM
Economic Development Subcommittee - agenda - June 8 at 5:30 PM

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 

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


Sunday, May 8, 2022

Town Council hears from Congressman Auchincloss, can't decide on parking fines, is impatient with DT progress, among items at May 4 session

FM #790 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 790 in the series. 

This session shares part of the Franklin, MA Town Council meeting held on Wednesday, May 4, 2022. 

The meeting was conducted in a hybrid format: members of the Town Council and Town Administration personnel were in the Council Chambers, some members of the public participated in person, some via the Zoom conference bridge, all to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

Quick recap:

  • Recognition of Harriet DiMartino on her 100th birthday

  • Compliance check failures continued from prior meeting; both 7-Eleven & Liquor World acknowledged and accepted violations, agreed to one day suspension of license effective May 11

  • Public hearing for street acceptances held, both ultimately passed via legislation with 8-0 vote (1 absent)

  • Congressman Jake Auchincloss, 4th Congressional District, appeared to provide multiple updates and answer questions from the Council and meeting participants. First Federal elected official to appear before Council

  • Melanson & Heath presented an overview of the just completed FY 2021 audit results; the results are good, no issues found, nor was a management letter included also a good sign that the financial processes are in good order

  • Bylaw to adjust parking fines tabled for 2nd meeting in June, more discussion clearly required on this topic. As reported, there was no consensus among the EDC which brought it forward and there remains no consensus on how to proceed

  • Second bylaw parking zone map proposed changes to add a ban on overnight parking downtown. Almost got tied to the other bylaw item (they are separate but related) but did get moved to a second reading

  • Update on Davis Thayer provided by Town Administrator. The building is still in School Committee control, confirmation received from MSBA on their awareness of closing and that the closing should have no impact if the Town does decide in future to go for MSBA funding. Not sure why the Council remains “impatient” with this status as they could have started their planning process to determine a future use anytime after the building actually closed. The School District is not using the building for education, another use can start to be determined, it will take time to do so, and likely be still not finally decided by the time the School Committee turns the building over legally to the Town

The recording runs about 3 hours and 35 minutes (3:35)

The show notes contain links to the meeting agenda. Let’s listen to the Town Council meeting of May 4, 2022

Audio file -> https://franklin-ma-matters.captivate.fm/episode/fm-790-town-council-meeting-05-04-22

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Agenda document ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/town_council_agenda_may_4_2022.pdf

My notes of the meeting captured via Twitter are shared in one PDF here. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fMWY7GtMKVFxIC_v1UtFIWXE7iIrLK4a/view?usp=sharing

You can find the Franklin TV video link here -> https://youtu.be/eTzFFC_N9ds (the meeting starts at 2:50)


Photos from this session can be found in one album ->   https://photos.app.goo.gl/RfP17XvuTeDNCLwk6

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

Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk
Congressman Auchincloss poses with Town Council, Town Administrator, and Town Clerk