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Franklin Township Focuses on Environmental Impact in Development Projects

Overview: In a recent meeting of the Franklin Township Environmental Commission, the discussion centered on the environmental implications of local development projects, including proposed subdivisions and site plans, as well as the commission’s outreach efforts to promote energy efficiency among residents. The commission debated the potential impact of new developments on the neighborhood, the importance of native tree species in landscaping, and impervious surface coverage affecting stormwater management. Additionally, they addressed concerns about a local intersection’s traffic flow, flooding issues, and the community’s participation in energy efficiency initiatives.

Overview: The Environmental Commission of Franklin Township convened on May 20th, 2024, to discuss several issues, chief among them being the environmental and community impact of local development projects. The meeting generated debate over a proposed subdivision on Franklin Boulevard, which raised concerns due to the number of trees that would be cut down to build five single-family homes. The commission discussed various mitigation measures, including the possibility of suggesting fewer homes, implementing green roofs, and ensuring adequate tree replacement.

Overview: The most recent meeting of the Franklin Environmental Commission was primarily centered around pressing environmental concerns, particularly the implementation and impact of stormwater management regulations. A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to a presentation by Susan Bristol, a municipal policy specialist from the Watershed Institute, who addressed the need for updated regulations to combat water pollution and accommodate climate change. Bristol’s presentation stressed the importance of community involvement in influencing policies and the role of environmental commissions in this process.

Overview: The Franklin Township Environmental Commission recently convened to address several issues, with the foremost being a contentious site plan application for a new warehouse. This proposed development has sparked considerable debate due to environmental concerns such as increased truck traffic, stormwater runoff, and the planned removal of 126 trees. Despite a reduction in the warehouse’s proposed size, the number of trees to be removed has not changed, maintaining the commission’s opposition due to potential environmental degradation.

Overview: The Franklin Township Environmental Commission recently convened to address a range of pressing environmental concerns and initiatives. The meeting’s most notable discussions centered around the Onyx project, a proposed warehouse near the Bucky Pipeline, and the town’s transition to LED street lighting.

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