Envision Franklin

Vision & Guiding Principles | ENVISION FRANKLIN 23 CONTEXT-RESPONSIVE INFILL A. Infill development in established areas should be compatible with the surrounding context and respect the City’s unique historic character. This will be achieved by design that complements the fundamental neighborhood patterns and does not overwhelm or detract from existing buildings. See Appendix E. B. Infill design should respect the block’s existing lot widths, building forms and orientation, height and scale, siting, the rhythm of development along the street, front setbacks, and backyard patterns. The edges of an infill development should blend into adjacent neighborhoods or downtown without buffers. C. Residential teardowns, especially when combining two or more lots, for the purpose of infill development of a different scale is discouraged because it can erode the character of established neighborhoods. D. The trend is rising for tearing down smaller single-family dwellings within established neighborhoods and rebuilding larger, modern-scale dwellings on the same lot. These new structures should relate to and strengthen the core characteristics of the neighborhood, while mitigating adverse impacts on adjacent dwellings. Retaining the existing front facade and adding onto the dwelling in the rear are encouraged over complete tear-downs. E. In certain areas, infill should foster transition in neighborhood form where change is expected or where enhancement of community character is desired. See Appendix E. INFILL DEVELOPMENT SHOULD COMPLEMENT ITS SURROUNDINGS, BE SUSTAINABLE AND RESPECTFUL OF THE ENVIRONMENT, AND ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE AND THE ECONOMIC HEALTH OF THE COMMUNITY.