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Watershed-Based Resiliency Plan for the Deerfield River Completed

The Deerfield River, a major tributary of the Connecticut River, is widely regarded as one of the coldest and cleanest rivers in Massachusetts. The watershed supports a wide variety of ecological, recreational, and commercial uses.  There are many active stakeholders who have a vested interest in maintaining the high quality and climate change resiliency of the watershed resources, including wetlands, floodplains, riparian corridors, forests and other vegetated open spaces that help to mitigate the impacts from severe storm events and flooding.  FRCOG’s comprehensive watershed-based plan identifies mitigation, restoration, preservation and avoidance projects/strategies that address multiple threats to watershed health and resiliency.  The recommendations apply to various scales – the Deerfield River Watershed, its ten HUC 12 subwatersheds and the 14 watershed towns in Franklin County.  The plan is available here.

MassDOT has Released a Draft of the 2018 State Rail Plan

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has issued a draft of the 2018 State Rail Plan. The plan outlines the Commonwealth’s long-term plan for the statewide rail system.  The 2018 State Rail Plan provides an overview of:

  • The existing rail system;
  • The system’s overall role in the transportation network;
  • How the system is financed;
  • Near-term priorities; and
  • A long-term investment strategy.

The draft is now available on the MassDOT website. Public comments will be accepted until February 19, 2018.

Evaluation of Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations Report Released

Evaluation of Demand for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

In 2017, FRCOG Staff assessed the demand for electric vehicle charging stations in the region with the goal of determining if the existing infrastructure is adequate or if additional charging stations are needed.  The Study found that existing public charging stations in Franklin County are well used and additional stations are needed throughout the region.  The Study and its findings can be found here.

The Franklin County Transportation Planning Organization released a Draft Amendment #2 to the 2018-2022 Transportation Improvement Program

The FCTPO has released a Draft Amendment #2 to the 2018-2022 TIP Highway Project List for public review and comment. Comments on Draft TIP Amendment #2 will be accepted from Tuesday, January 30, until Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Please submit comments to A link to the Draft Amendment follows:

Franklin TPO 2018-2022 TIP Formatted Amendment 2 DRAFT

Franklin County Municipal Directory

The FRCOG is pleased to make available the all-new digital municipal directory, with contact information for every board and department in every town. Our thanks to town hall staff for providing the information.

Click here to access the directory.



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Short Term Rental Workshop Materials

Materials from our 10/5/17 workshop on short term residential rentals are available here:

Slideshow: Short Term Rentals and Your Town

Link to DPH Memo clarifying that short term rentals qualify as public lodging and need  a lodging permit from the Board of Health.

Summary of Lodging requirements and definitions in the 14 member towns of the Franklin County Cooperative Inspection Program.

Summary of next steps for existing short term rental hosts:


Read the FRCOG Quarterly Updates!

Here are the updates we gave our Council members at their quarterly meeting on July 20 – full of information on the work of the staff and committees over the last quarter!

2017 JULY updates