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The churning waterways that helped give Franklin its nickname and powered its once-thriving mills are now helping to drive its rebirth. Numerous revitalization efforts have been made since the mills closed in the s and the city slipped into decline. And several charrettes were held over the last few decades resulting in suggestions for improvement. But nothing took hold. Courtesy photo.
In latework began on the update to the Master Plan. Public hearings were held on the required Vision Section and the section on public infrastructure and utilities. All of these events have contributed to the thinking behind a Master Plan and the City has benefitted from all of these efforts.
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To move the Master Plan forward, the Planning Board has been reviewing new drafts of the plan, and it is now time for the public hearing to consider this final draft. A quick word about a Master Plan.
Per state statutes, the plan is intended to guide the Planning Board as they consider land use goals for the development of the City, and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and other regulations that impact how land can be developed. Following a public hearing, and any appropriate revisions, the Master Plan is adopted by the Planning Board.
This final draft focuses on the two required components of a plan — the Vision Section and the Land Use Section. Since every community has many moving parts, some of the discussion points cross over into areas that are beyond the jurisdiction of the Planning Board; the Board feels strongly though that all of the comments are relevant to helping to build a revitalized, strong, and vibrant City.
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Please note that the attached draft Master Plan is the main text of what will be in the final adopted plan. Photos and other graphics will be added following the public hearing and after any revisions are made.
We hope you can attend this public hearing. If you cannot attend, please feel free to send any comments to the address above. Who's My Legislator?
Event Date:. Wednesday, October 11, - pm to pm. Thank you and we hope to see you on Wednesday, October 11th at PM.