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Public Comment Period for the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan is now Open

 

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) has announced that the Draft Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan is now available for public comment. You can review the plan and provide feedback online here.  

MassDOT is focused on making the Commonwealth’s transportation system more sustainable – to make it safe and comfortable for people to choose to walk, bike, and take transit for more of their daily trips. The Plan defines a vision for Massachusetts in which all people have a safe and comfortable walking option for short trips.  For more information on the Pedestrian Plan and to provide feedback:  https://www.mass.gov/service-details/pedestrian-plan.

In addition to the Plan, a companion document was created, called the Municipal Resource Guide for Walkability in recognition of the important role local cities and towns play. The purpose of the guide is to support cities and towns in their efforts to improve walkability as the vast majority of roadways and sidewalks statewide are under local ownership. A draft guide was released in September of 2017, and an updated version will be published with the final Pedestrian Plan later this year.

 

 

Erving Residents Invited to Attend Climate Resiliency Planning Workshop

The Town of Erving was recently awarded a $20,000 grant from the Commonwealth’s new Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) program to complete a climate change vulnerability assessment, develop resiliency strategies, and update the town’s FEMA-approved Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan. The town will be working with the Franklin Regional Council of Governments (FRCOG) on this project.  Communities that complete the MVP designation planning process become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding to implement priority projects.

Erving and FRCOG are hosting a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Community Resilience Building Workshop to help town staff, volunteers, residents, and businesses define top local natural and climate-related hazards of concern, identify existing and future strengths and vulnerabilities, and identify and prioritize actions and projects the Town can implement to increase climate change resilience.

The MVP Workshop will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Erving Senior & Community Center, located at 1 Care Drive in Erving.  Residents, business owners, and stakeholders are invited to attend.  Refreshments and lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP to Bryan Smith, Erving Administrative Coordinator at admin@erving-ma.org by September 26th.

For more information regarding the MVP planning process contact: Evan Abramson, Land Use & Natural Resources Planner, Franklin Regional Council of Governments, eabramson@frcog.org or 413-774-3167 x131

Erving MVP Meeting Flyer 100318

Fall 2018 Local Official Workshop Series

The fall workshop series for local officials is ready for registrations!

Click here for a calendar of the entire fall. For more information on each session, visit the date of the session on the Meetings and Events tab on this website.

To register for any session, email registrations@frcog.org.

Also, stay tuned this fall for two sessions in Greenfield for planning and zoning boards, offered through the Citizen Planner Training Collaborative

21- Day Public Review and Comment Period for the 2016 Long Range Transportation Plan’s Air Quality Conformity

The FRCOG will open a 21-day public review and comment period for an amendment to the 2016 Long Range Regional Transportation Plan’s Air Quality Conformity. Comments will be accepted from Monday, August 6, 2018, until Tuesday, August 28, 2018.  A copy of the draft amendment is available for review here.  A hard copy can be requested by emailing mmullaney@frcog.org or calling (413) 774-3167 x 129.

 

Franklin County Citizen Corps Transitions

As of July 1st, the Regional Preparedness Program no longer coordinates the Franklin County Citizen Corps. In order to create a more robust team of volunteers, the Berkshire Regional Planning Commission and Fairview Hospital agreed to oversee both the Berkshire and Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) units. These units will plan together, train together, and exercise together to create one larger team with two geographic foci. Please reach out to Corinne McKeown at Fairview Hospital for more information.

As part of this transition, we have dissolved the Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Hampshire Emergency Animal Response Team (HEART) has taken on our DART volunteers. For more information about HEART, please reach out to Larry Holmberg.

We wish our Citizen Corps coordinator, Robert Quinn-O’Connor a happy and relaxing summer and say thank you for taking such good care of our volunteers for the last five years.

2018 CEDS Annual Report Available

The latest update to the 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) Plan, the 2018 CEDS Annual Report, has been approved and is available to view or download here.  Please contact Jessica Atwood, FRCOG Economic Development Program Manager at jatwood@frcog.org with any questions, comments, or a request for a hardcopy of the report.

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.