In response to COVID-19, FRCOG offices are closed. Staff are working remotely. Email is likely the most efficient way to reach us. You can find our contact information on the Staff page under the About link below.

Building, plumbing and wiring inspectors are responding to emergencies only.

All meetings, workshops and forums are cancelled or have been changed to a call-in or video format.  Please look for emails from FRCOG staff about specific meetings or on our calendar at the Meetings and Events link below.

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FY21 Assessments

FY21 Assessments for each Franklin County Town, as well as all members of the Franklin County Emergency Communications System (FCECS), are available. These assessments support the budgets for the General Fund and Fee for Service Program budgets voted by the Council on January 30, 2020.

Although this information has been mailed to each Town, we hope posting it here will be useful to Administrators, Town Coordinators, Finance Committees and other Departments as they plan FY21 budgets and Town Meetings. Call Claire McGinnis x111 or Bob Dean x108 with questions.

Franklin County town assessments

FCECS assessments

Rural Policy Advisory Commission Drafting MA Rural Policy Plan

MA Rural Policy Plan Released

The MA Rural Policy Advisory Commission (RPAC) released its Rural Policy Plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (PDF file, 30mb). The Plan identifies, highlights and offers policy recommendations related to the unique issues and challenges faced by rural Massachusetts.  The Plan provides a socioeconomic summary of rural Massachusetts and addresses 15 Focus Areas that were identified through listening sessions held across the state in late 2018. The goal of the Plan is to provide a thorough but succinct outline of each Focus Area that identifies the issues and highlights sub-regional differences, describes current related state policies and a best practices from Massachusetts or other parts of the country or the world, and provides prioritized recommendations.  Members of the RPAC and rural Regional Planning Agencies have shared in the effort to engage and solicit input from a large swath of stakeholders throughout Massachusetts through meetings and other efforts, and in sharing in the writing of the Plan.

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Introduction

Broadband and Cell Coverage

Climate Change and Resiliency

Cross-Jurisdictional Service Sharing

Economic Development

Education

Housing

Land Use and Working Landscapes

Municipal Board and Staffing Constraints

Municipal Financial Capacity Constraints

Public Health and Healthcare

Reversing Population Trends

Transportation – Other Modes

Transportation – Roads, Bridges and Culverts

Water and Sewer Infrastructure

Workforce needs

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Read the Ecological Resilience in Deerfield Report

In conjunction with the Deerfield Tree Inventory project, students from the Conway School of Landscape Design conducted a town-wide ecological assessment, assessing the role of trees in climate change resilience. Read Ecological Resilience in Deerfield: Trees As Living Infrastructure.



The Deerfield Tree Inventory project was funded by a MA Department of Conservation and Recreation Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grant.  As part of this project, FRCOG planning staff inventoried public trees, analyzed findings and prepared a tree planting and maintenance plan. This project builds upon the 2016 Tree Inventory conducted by the FRCOG and includes data gathered in 2016. The Deerfield Tree Inventory report will be released in June 2018.

 

 

View the Buckland Rail Yard Plan

The Conway School of Landscape Design partnered with the FRCOG to re-imagine the parking lot and rail yard behind the Salmon Falls Gallery in Buckland in fall of 2017. David Grist, Conway School student, conducted extensive analysis and design. View his findings and recommendations in this plan set: Rail yard-plan set-FRCOG-final comp.

A page from David Grist’s final plan set:


A. Chudinskio studija – reklama, dizainas, logotipai, firminis stilius ir interneto svetainių kūrimas https://www.adf.lt/

Charlemont MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Charlemont’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Charlemont MVP public meeting on June 25, 2018 at 10:00 a.m., located at the Charlemont Town Hall at 157 Main Street.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13 to June 27. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to psmith@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Pat Smith

Ashfield and Conway MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan for the Towns of Ashfield and Conway and the South River Watershed is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the MVP public meeting Wednesday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Conway Town Hall.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 13th to June 27th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to kmacphee@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Kimberly MacPhee

Buckland MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Buckland’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link  to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Buckland MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Buckland Select Board meeting on June 26 at 5:30 p.m., located at the Buckland Town Hall, Second Floor. Click on this link for meeting notice details. Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 14th – 28th. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to MRhodes@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments
12 Olive Street, Suite 2
Greenfield, MA 01301
Attention: Megan Rhodes

Draft Colrain MVP Plan Available for Review and Comment

The Town of Colrain’s draft Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Resiliency Plan is available for public review and comment. Click on this link to read the MVP Plan and/or attend the Colrain MVP public meeting, held in conjunction with the Colrain Select Board meeting on June 4 at 5:30 p.m. at the Colrain Town Office, located at 55 Main Road in Colrain.  Public comments will be accepted during the meeting as well as during a public comment period from June 4 to June 18. You may hand in your comments at the public meeting or email comments to maryc@frcog.org. You may also mail comments to:

Franklin Regional Council of Governments

12 Olive Street, Suite 2

Greenfield, MA 01301

Attention: Mary Chicoine