Envision Franklin

Appendix | ENVISION FRANKLIN 129 APPENDIX B Main Street, New Highway 96 West, Hillsboro Road, Murfreesboro Road, and Lewisburg Avenue. It is important to note that the local street network in Central Franklin is impacted by the surrounding character areas. Character areas to the west and south have numerous local roadways, but there are few streets that access the eastern and northern portions of the City. Traffic from the West Harpeth and Southall character areas must pass through the downtown core in order to access several of the City’s primary routes, including Mack Hatcher Parkway, Liberty Pike, Cool Springs Boulevard, and Interstate 65. The lack of transportation routes surrounding the downtown core puts additional vehicles on the smaller Central Franklin streets, which causes congestion and inefficiencies in the transportation network. LAND USE AND GROWTH Central Franklin contains a wide mix of land uses. The predominant use is residential; however, commercial retail, institutional, office, and limited industrial areas are mixed in the area. The most diverse area is the historic downtown core, a 16-block National Register District, which contains uses of all categories. Period-style residential dwellings following a traditional development pattern are located south and west of the downtown core. These neighborhoods are well-established and face a character shift if unregulated teardowns and incompatible infill development continue. New and infill development in these neighborhoods should better align with the established character. Massing, scale, height, setbacks, and architectural attributes should be a primary focus for new construction in the area so that the historic character of the area is not compromised. Neighborhoods following a more conventional pattern are located west, north, and east of the downtown core. Development pressure for denser single-family and multifamily residential uses exist in these areas. In selected locations that are evolving in character, these denser residential uses may be appropriate. Adequate infrastructure to serve existing and future development within Central Franklin is to be provided. This includes improvements to the transportation system and utility infrastructure in the area. Utility infrastructure is aging and is in need of significant upgrades to meet current standards for fire protection and stormwater management. For future nonresidential development, adequate parking will need to be provided. This is needed to support existing and future development and minimize any impacts to established neighborhoods. CENTRAL FRANKLIN DEMOGRAPHICS/ GENERAL INFORMATION The Central Franklin Character Area is approximately 4,000 acres and is centrally located in Franklin. Mack Hatcher Parkway represents the northern and eastern boundaries. The southern boundary includes Lewisburg Avenue and Downs Boulevard. The western boundary runs in a northsouth direction and adjoins the eastern edge of the West Harpeth Character Area. ENVIRONMENTAL/ GEOLOGY/TOPOGRAPHY The Harpeth River corridor flows through Central Franklin beginning near the northwest corner and extending to the southeast corner. The river corridor surrounds the downtown core on both the north and east sides. In addition to the river corridor itself, there are smaller fingers and drainage areas that extend through both the west and east sides of Central Franklin. These areas are all impacted by floodplain constraints, as well. Many of these areas near the downtown core and within the floodplain are existing open spaces including Harlinsdale Farm, Bicentennial Park, and Pinkerton Park. TRANSPORTATION/ACCESS Six roadway corridors extend outward from the downtown core area into surrounding areas of Franklin. These include Columbia Avenue, West