Franklin works on plans to handle population growth

Franklin has started work creating a plan that’s meant to improve the city’s infrastructure and zoning as its population grows during the next 10 years.

The city is creating a comprehensive plan that will include residents’ input on what kind of improvements they’d like to see, such as road construction and rezoning for businesses and neighborhoods, as well as ideas on how to make those improvements, Mayor Joe McGuinness said.

The city last created a comprehensive plan in 2002, which included a plan to improve the city’s entrances, build a better relationship between the city and Franklin College and add to the trail system, McGuinness said.

Some items in the plan have become outdated, such as updating streetlights in the city so they shine downward, but other projects in the 2002 plan still are being completed, such as improving the roads that lead into the city, known as the gateway project, McGuinness said.

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