Envision Franklin

Design Concepts | ENVISION FRANKLIN 45 USES Primary Single-Family Residential Secondary Accessory Dwellings, Institutional, and Recreation FORM Building Placement Buildings and their main entrances should be oriented toward the street. Double frontage, reverse frontage, and flag lots are discouraged. The front setback for infill buildings should be within a range determined by the existing historic structures on the same block face. New buildings should not be closer to the street than any historic structure nor further from the street than any historic structure. As long as it is within this range, the new building will not be out of character with the rest of the block. If the same block face does not have any historic structures, then the established setback range should be maintained. Side-yard setbacks of new buildings should be consistent with existing buildings along the block so that the established contextual rhythm and spacing is not disrupted. Rear-yard setbacks of new buildings should be designed to maintain privacy for both new and existing neighboring properties. Building Character The small-town identity of downtown should be preserved through special attention to massing and scale of new development. Historic buildings should be protected and enhanced. Compatible infill development is encouraged when it is designed with context sensitivity, particularly with respect to existing residential uses and structures. Downtown neighborhoods should be protected through consistent appearance and quality within and outside of the Historic Preservation Overlay. New buildings should be designed to be compatible with the established character along the street and should be sensitive to nearby buildings. Some of these established characteristics include detached, deeply recessed garages, and front porches. Accessory dwellings should fit in contextually to the principal dwelling. Building Height New buildings should appear to be within one-half story of the average building height of existing structures along the same block face. In no case should the building height exceed two and one-half stories. Lot Size Lot depths, sizes, and widths vary between blocks and on individual blocks and should be designed so that new lots are appropriately sized for each block to ensure contextual compatibility. In no case should lots be less than 6,500 square feet. SITE DESIGN Landscape Infill developments should have landscaping and street trees consistent with surrounding established lots. Amenities Institutional uses and public parks serve as active and passive recreation and meet the open-space needs in this area. Bicycle and pedestrian connections to these locations should be enhanced and improved. HISTORIC RESIDENTIAL