Sunday, December 4, 2011

Week ending - Dec 4, 2011

While the week that passed is captured here, more important are what will happen on Monday and the days ahead of us.

Monday morning, 9:00 AM the School Building Committee meets and is reported to find out the proposed dollar figures for the model school. Assuming that happens, and is approved, then the proposal will go to the MSBA for their decision in January. All this at least according to the timeline reviewed in the Forum held Nov 17th. The audio recording is available here for you to listen to at your leisure.

Finance Committee meets Tuesday evening and they get an early look at the plan for the FY 2013 budget.

The Town Council meets Wednesday and they get an update on the Master Plan. Franklin's Master Plan was last finalized in 1997 and overdue for an update. The Planning and Community Development documents talk of a schedule for updating the plan during 2009 and 2010. That schedule did not happen. Which is not to say that nothing was done. There is a whole lot of work required and several components did have progress. The details of these components are what should be covered in the meeting Wednesday.

How does the Master Plan matter? 
The Master Plan determines the overall development of the land within Franklin's boundary. What is permitted to go where. What should be kept open space? What kind of mix of commercial and industrial development should we have? It is too late to complain at a Planning Board hearing that the Big Y shouldn't be coming in to RT 140. The time to determine what can use that space is with the Master Plan.

There will be community involvement with the Master Plan. This is our time to have our say.

For example, also on the agenda for the Town Council meeting Weds are changes to the zoning bylaws to expand the area for biotechnology within the current commercial and industrial areas. If you are a neighboring property owner, now is the time to raise your concerns.

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