Franklin Planning Board Addresses L’Oreal Expansion and Traffic Concerns

In a recent meeting, the Franklin Planning Board focused on the proposed L’Oreal manufacturing facility expansion and the associated impact on local traffic, school resources, and noise levels. The board also discussed the illegal use of the scenic corridor by semis and concerns over flooding and public transportation in Franklin.

The key issue at the forefront of the meeting was the revised concept plan for L’Oreal’s manufacturing facility expansion. The representative from L’Oreal presented adjustments to the initial proposal. The revised plan included changes to the building’s proximity to residential areas, the removal of parking on the northern side to reduce congestion, and the addition of a sound barrier for noise mitigation.

Board members engaged in in-depth discussions on the effectiveness of the proposed sound wall, particularly its ability to mitigate noise from the facility’s loading dock. The possibility of extending the wall was a point of contention, with the board requiring further information on the sound wall’s design and impact. Additionally, the board scrutinized the updated drainage system, emphasizing the need for comprehensive details about its implementation and potential effects on the surrounding environment.

Another point raised was the hours of operation for the expanded facility, with board members and residents alike expressing concerns about the impact on nearby communities. Public comments included apprehensions about future traffic patterns and the development’s overall influence on the locality. Residents suggested that the board investigate the sound wall extension thoroughly and provide sound data to accurately assess expected noise levels.

The board requested a date for the submission of fully engineered plans from L’Oreal. Although no formal action was taken during the meeting, the discussions and feedback are expected to shape the development of the site plan.

Beyond the L’Oreal expansion, the meeting addressed wider community concerns. A member raised issues about the potential increase in vehicular traffic due to the proposed development and its effects on local school resources. The member also highlighted concerns about flooding and the adequacy of public transportation in Franklin.

Furthermore, a resident voiced frustrations over the illegal use of the scenic corridor by semi-trucks and the lack of progress in enforcing measures to monitor and prevent such activity. This concern, although not directly related to the L’Oreal site, reflects broader traffic and safety challenges faced by the community.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Phillip Kramer
Planning Board Officials:
Michael Orsini, Charles Brown, Sivaraman Anbarasan, Robert Thomas, Theodore Chase, Mustapha Mansaray, Jennifer Rangnow, Sam Shaban, Meher A. Rafiq, Rebecca Hilbert, Peter Vignuolo (Planning Board Attorney), James Clarkin (Planning Board Attorney), Mark A. Healey (Director of Planning & Zoning), Christine Woodbury (Secretary to the Board)

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