At Monday's Franklin Board of Aldermen meeting, the board addressed an ongoing topic of rezoning that has been on the radar for the last few months. Under consideration were sections of East Main, West Palmer, Green and Gaston Streets. Town Planner Derek Roland was at the meeting to discuss the ins and outs of the rezoning plan.
“We've had a situation where a mobile home burnt down on Gaston Street and because of the way it was zoned, the owner couldn't even replace it with a similar home,” said Roland. “There has been similar situations with businesses that are obviously set up for mechanic type shops but because of the zoning, if a business goes out, a new one can't move into the building offering the same type of service. East Franklin is zoned as a C-2 so rezoning the area of West Palmer and East Main to a C-2 would allow the section of the town to grow economically and welcome businesses who are looking to move in here.”