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Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010
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Department Of Planning & Community Development FY 2010

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This update to the Town Council on July 15, 2009 was presented by Director Brian Taberner.

This update to the Town Council on July 15, 2009 was presented by Director Brian Taberner.

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  • 1. Department of Planning & Community Development FY 2010 Work Plan Update & Current Priorities
  • 2. Department Staff  Bryan Taberner, Director  Beth Dahlstrom, Town Planner  Liz Cassidy, Planning Board Secretary & Administrative Assistant  Nick Alfieri, Conservation Agent & Part-time Planner  Kathy Celorier, Conservation Secretary Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 3. Support to Town Boards, Commissions & Committees  Planning Board  Conservation Commission  Public Land Use Committee  Design Review Commission  Technical Review Committee  Economic Development Committee  Other Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 4. Comprehensive Planning  DPCD is responsible for traditional land-use related activities including update of Plans and Creating Zoning Bylaws.  Open Space and Recreation Plan  Approved by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.  2008 OSRP is an update of the Town’s 2002 Plan.  Purpose of plan is to create a document that guides the Town in its efforts to preserve public and privately owned open space, protect natural resources, and enhance existing and develop new recreation resources.  Allows Town to participate in DCR grant rounds through February 2014. Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 5. Comprehensive Planning (Continued) Master Plan Update  Currently developing Scope of Work and Master Plan Outline including summary of the following elements Goals and Policy Land Use Housing Economic Development Circulation Open Space and Recreation Community Services and Facilities Natural, Cultural & Historic Resources Implementation  Establish Community Master Plan Committee  Affordable Housing Plan Update needed by May 2010 Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 6. Zoning Bylaws  Current Zoning Work :  Uses Accessory to Dwelling (Home Occupation) Bylaw  Sign By-law  Updating Commercial I Zoning District Bylaw  Later in FY10  Minor changes to Subdivision Regulations  Minor changes to site Plan Review Bylaw  Exploring need for Wind Turbine and Mural Bylaws Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 7. Commonwealth Capital  Each year DPCD prepares and the Town submits a Commonwealth Capital Application.  The resulting Commonwealth Capital Score is used to evaluate and score Franklin’s consistency with the State’s smart growth and smart energy policies.  Score is used as part of grant proposal evaluation process.  Score is used to compare Franklin with other communities, on how we’re doing balancing our community development activities through sustainable development principles.  In FY09 172 communities completed an application  Average score (mean) was 69.2 (out of a possible 140)  Franklin’s FY09 score is 90.  Previous Scores: 102 in 2008, 99 in 2006, and 90 in 2005. Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 8. Community Development / Economic Development Community Livability and Economic Viability Create a community where entrepreneurs will want to settle and raise their families. Current Community/Economic Development Priorities  Town Owned Properties  Business Attraction and Retainage  Creation of PDSs and EOAs  Downtown Revitalization Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 9. Town Owned Properties  Nu-Style Property, Grove Street  MassDevelopment Reimbursable Grant  Brownfields Assessment: work is complete and Results Documentation will be to Town soon.  What’s Next?  Request for Proposals for Purchase and Redevelopment of Property, or  Demolition and Remediation. Requires funding, and RFP for Work, then 1 above.  Funding required: MassDevelopment Loan for Demolition and Remediation or EPA Grant Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 10. Town Owned Properties (Continued)  Four Corners Property  Planning Board Endorsed the Walgreens plan for the Four Corners site on May 18, 2009  Demolition complete, and construction underway  Unresolved Parcels and Tax Title Properties  Development or Auction of Specific Parcels  Conserve Specific Parcels for Future Use  Preservation of Open Space and Natural Resources  Transfer management of specific parcels to School Department, Conservation Commission, or other Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 11. Town Owned Properties (Continued) Pond Street Property  Designated PDS  Consultant: Property assessment and draft concept plans, preliminary commercial subdivision plans  Designated EOA  Next Steps:  Complete planning and engineering documents.  RFP(s), Realtor Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 12. Business Attraction and Retainage Business Outreach  Marketing of Franklin in General to the Greater Business Community  Highlight Franklin’s Resources and Opportunities  Franklin’s Industrially Zoned areas  Downtown Historic Commercial District  Incentives, Available Assistance  Community Assets Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 13. Business Outreach (continued)  Marketing Materials/Resources  Business Outreach Packets (80% complete)  Economic Development Web Pages (50% Complete)  NEREJ Project  Opportunistic Marketing  Respond Quickly to Public Relations Opportunities  Press Releases  Fortune Small Business Magazine ranked Franklin number 10 out of the top 100 places to live and launch a business Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 14. Business Outreach (continued)  Marketing and Reuse/Revitalization of Underutilized Industrial and Commercially Zoned Properties • MassDevelopment/Town of Franklin Business Visitation Program • Massachusetts Site Finder Web Site • Partnership with other State Agencies • Work with property owners and realtors Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 15. Creation of Priority Development Sites  Forge Park (30 Parcels)  Franklin Industrial Park (20 parcels)  Pond Street  Other? Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 16. Creation of Economic Opportunity Areas  9 Forge Park – Tetra Medical  Forge Park (33 Parcels)  Franklin Industrial Park (22 parcels)  Pond Street  Other?  Grove Street area Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 17. Downtown Revitalization DPCD is working to implement many key initiatives to transform Downtown Franklin into a successful, revitalized commercial district  Franklin Center Plan  Improve access to and increase amount of public parking.  HPP Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Project  Improving Traffic Circulation and Utilizing Traffic Calming Measures  Improving Parking and Pedestrian Connections  PWED Grant and Potential Undergrounding of Utilities Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 18. Downtown Revitalization (Continued)  Promote Public and Private Investment  Continue to work with Downtown Partnership  Establishing an Image and Identity  Promote Franklin Center as a Historic Commercial District  Create and promote Cultural Corridor including a historic walking trail. Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 19. Assorted Issues  Walkable Community Workshop  Urban Center Study  Mass Dept. of Energy Resources Energy Audit  Planning for parking area near SNETT Trail  Bike Racks  Boston MPO Funded: Reimburse up to $7,000  Town to Install  Conservation Commission  DelCarte Conservation Area  Boy Scout Project – Bridge in Town Forest  Town Forest Management Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009
  • 20. Priorities  Downtown Revitalization  Roadway and Streetscape Improvement Project  HPP, PWED, Underground Utilities  Public Input, Coordination  Master Plan, Housing Plan  Continued Business Outreach  Reuse / Revitalization of Industrially Zoned Properties  Zoning By-Law Amendments  Nu-Style Property – Next Steps  Pond Street Property - Next Steps Town Council Presentation DPCD FY10 Work Plan & Priorities July 15, 2009

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