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Public Comment on Amendments to the Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization MOU

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization (FCTPO) released a Draft Amendment to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming the FCTPO for public review on April 28, 2020. There will be a 21-day public comment period from Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 21, 2020. Comments can be submitted in writing to mmullaney@frcog.org or to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. The Draft MOU Amendment is available for review at the link below:

DRAFT Amendment Franklin MOU 4-25-2020

Draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program is Available for Public Review

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization released the Draft 2021-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for public review on April 28, 2020. There will be a 21-day public comment period from Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 21, 2020. Comments can be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. The Draft 2021-2025 TIP has been revised per the comments received and is available for review at the following links:

DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Text – REVISED
DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Highway List
DRAFT Franklin 2021-2025 TIP Transit List

Draft Franklin County 2021 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) Available for Public Review

The Franklin County TPO released the Fiscal Year 2021 Draft UPWP on April 28, 2020, for a 21-day public review and comment period. Comments on the draft UPWP will be accepted from Friday, May 1, until Thursday, May 21, 2020. The draft document UPWP is available for review at the link below, by calling the FRCOG at (413) 774-3167, or by contacting  lscarbrough@frcog.org to request copies. Comments should be submitted in writing via email to lscarbrough@frcog.org or by mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

Draft Franklin 2021 UPWP

Public Comment Period for Draft Amendment to the 2020 TIP Highway Project List

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization will open a 21-day public review and comment period on Draft Amendment #1 to the 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program. Comments on the Draft will be accepted from Monday, March 30, until Monday, April 20, 2020. The Draft document is available for review at the links below or by calling (413) 774-3167 x 139 to request copies.  Comments should be submitted in writing to lscarbrough@frcog.org or to Franklin regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301.

The Draft Amendment and a summary are available for review at the following links:

2020 Franklin TIP Highway Project List Amendment 1 DRAFT
2020 Franklin TIP Amendment 1 Summary

Draft 2020 Unified Planning Work Program Released for Public Comment

The FRCOG has released the draft 2020 Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) for public comment.  Comments on the Draft UPWP will be accepted from Friday, June 28, until Thursday, July 18, 2019.

Franklin 2020 UPWP revised draft

For more information, to submit comments, or to request a hard copy of the UPWP, please contact Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation and Land Use Planner at mrhodes@frcog.org or (413) 774-3167 extension 132.

 

 

Draft 2020 Regional Transportation Plan Released for Public Comment

The FRCOG has released the draft 2020 Long Range Regional Transportation Plan for public comment.  Comments on the Draft Plan will be accepted from Friday, June 28, until Thursday, July 18, 2019.  The Draft 2020 Regional Transportation Plan can be viewed here. A summary of the Plan can be viewed here.

There will be 2 public forums on Tuesday, July 16th at the JWO Transit Center in Greenfield (12 Olive Street) at 12:00 pm and 5:00 pm to review the draft recommendations of the Plan and to gather public comments.

For more information, to submit comments, or to request a hard copy of the Plan, please contact Megan Rhodes, Senior Transportation and Land Use Planner at mrhodes@frcog.org or (413) 774-3167 extension 132.

Public Comment Period Open for the Draft 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and Amendment #1 to the 2019-2023 TIP

On April 23, 2019, the Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization released a Draft Amendment #1 to the 2019-2023 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) as well as a Draft 2020-2024 TIP. There will be a 21-day public comment period on the draft TIP documents from Monday, April 29 through Monday, May 20, 2019. Comments may be submitted in writing via email to lscarbrough@frcog.org or via mail to Franklin Regional Council of Governments, 12 Olive Street, Suite 2, Greenfield MA 01301. Links to the draft TIP documents are below:

Draft Amendment #1 2019-2013 FCTPO TIP (Full Text)
Draft Amendment #1 2019 FCTPO TIP Highway Project List
Draft 2020-2024 FCTPO TIP (Full text)
Draft 2020-2024 FCTPO TIP Highway Project
Draft 2020-2024 FCTPO TIP Transit Project List

 

Erving Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Plan is Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Erving’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click here to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Erving MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Erving Select Board meeting on March 25th at 6:35 pm at Erving Town Hall.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from March 18th through April 1st. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or submit them online at www.erving-ma.gov/emergency-management/pages/municipal-vulnerability-preparedness.

You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Kimberly Noake MacPhee

A Framework for Resilience: Responding to Climate Change in the Deerfield River Watershed report just released

A Framework for Resilience is the first watershed-based climate change resiliency plan in the Commonwealth.  The Deerfield River Watershed includes all or a portion of fourteen Franklin County towns: Ashfield, Buckland, Bernardston, Charlemont, Colrain, Conway, Deerfield, Greenfield, Hawley, Heath, Leyden, Monroe, Rowe and Shelburne.    A watershed can provide a framework for understanding the interconnectedness of natural systems and the built environment as well as how climate change stressors can affect several towns simultaneously.  FRCOG’s report provides the 14 towns of the Deerfield River Watershed with information about how the climate change stressors – Changes in Precipitation, Rising Temperatures and Extreme Weather – will likely impact three important sectors – Natural Resources & Habitat, Human Health & Welfare, and Local Economy & Infrastructure.  The recommendations described in FRCOG’s Plan were designed to be:

  • Achievable (within the power of towns and individuals to implement);
  • Address multiple climate stressors and benefit multiple sectors; and
  • Build resiliency at multiple scales (property, town, and watershed).

The reality of private land holdings and fourteen town boundaries in the Deerfield River Watershed require watershed-scale approaches to climate resiliency.  Working in partnership with their watershed neighbors, towns can build a coalition of resilience that improves not only the climate resiliency of each watershed town, but over time, creates a more resilient Deerfield River Watershed.  FRCOG will be reaching out to stakeholders and convening a Resilient Deerfield River Watershed (Resilient DRW) coalition to work across town boundaries to build resiliency at the watershed scale. This project was completed with grant funding received from the Baker-Polito administration’s FY17 Community Compact Program’s Efficiency & Regionalization Grant Program. For further information contact Kimberly Noake MacPhee at kmacphee@frcog.org.

Framework for Resilience in the Deerfield River Watershed