By Don Hebbard
On October 10, 2006, the Town Board adopted a Comprehensive Plan for the Town of Franklin. This document was the result of months of work by citizens and town officials.
The stated mission: “To guide future growth and development within the Town of Franklin in a manner that respects the town’s rural character, so that its unique sense of place is enhanced, its agriculture, historic, and natural resources protected; and its social and economic vitality ensured for years to come.”
A lofty mission statement at the time, which should still be applicable today.
The Comprehensive Plan covered many topics: land use, natural resource protection, agriculture and farmland protection, historic preservation, community aesthetics, traffic, recreation, community service, watershed protection, and economic development. Assessment of the situation in 2006 was documented for each topic, and recommendations were developed for the future of each area. Continue reading…