Franklin Zoning Change Passes First Reading

| February 5, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – An ordinance for a zoning change in Franklin in the 1000 block of Chestnut Street passed on a first-reading basis at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The ordinance would change the zoning of lots number 1266 through 1287, 900 B and C, 901 B and C, 902 B and C, and 903 through 931, which are located between Tenth Street and Hillside Avenue, bordered by Elm Street and Chestnut Street, and between Tenth Street and Ninth Street, bordered by Elm Street and Park Street, from Industrial to Transitional Residential Commercial.

The zoning change was initiated in response to a request from Venango County. The county is seeking to put a multi-family dwelling at 1013 Chestnut Street, but the area is currently zoned industrial despite 29 of the 39 parcels being residential. Technically, those 29 residential parcels are currently not allowed by the zoning of the area, and the change will make those parcels legal.

“This will essentially create this new zone, and it will actually open up the area for some uses that aren’t currently allowed in an industrial zone, and it may actually make some improvements to that area, for example, certain commercial businesses may be able to move into that area,” City solicitor Brian Spaid stated.

A public hearing will then be held at 7:00 p.m. March 4, prior to the March meeting.

Then, a second reading will be voted on during the March 4 meeting.

Other Business

In other business the council:

  • Approved the following Parade and Park requests: Riverfront Park for United Way of Venango County Healthy Kids April 7, 14, 28, May 5, and 12; Riverfront Park for Franklin Alliance Church Sunrise Service April 21; Bandstand Park for Franklin Jr-Sr High School Graduation June 2; and Bandstand Park for County of Venango Employee Picnic July 26.

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