Town sets three public hearings in August

Franklin residents will have the opportunity to give input on two re-zoning petitions and a move to regulate the location of sweepstakes establishments during a series of public hearings set by the town for next month.

The town board approved the three public hearings for their August 5 meeting. The first issue up for discussion will be a petition by the town to re-zone East Main, Gaston, Green, and West Palmer Streets. The second hearing is on a re-zoning petition filed by residents of Pauline Avenue, and the third public hearing concerns new regulations on locations of electronic machines and sweepstakes.

Franklin Land Use Administrator Derek Roland says the town seeks to amend part of its Unified Development Ordinance to keep sweepstakes parlors out of areas such as Main Street. He says the planning board also recommended the town enforce the same set-back restrictions as private clubs, “Aside from being permitted in C3 highway commercial district, they would also have to be 250 feet away from any residential use, or 500 feet away from another establishment that has electronic machines and devices for sweepstakes as well.”

The UDO change will also include clear definitions of electronic machines and sweepstakes games.