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Franklin may see referendum on subdivision law
FRANKLIN, Pennsylvania: A petition was circulated for referendum by concerned citizens in Franklin who believe a proposed subdivision law is unnecessary due to extra level of regulation. The regulation, according to residents, overlaps with current state regulatory agencies. Opponents also state that the law would possibly discourage development because of a longer process that the law would bring.
If the referendum is passed to election and enacted by public vote, the referendum would vote down the law that would regulate subdivisions and create a town planning board. The town planning board would approve subdivisions of five or more lots completed within a 10 year time span.
During a public hearing held on July 27, 2009, residents presented Town Clerk Sandra Oliver the petition, which was signed by 150 voters. The town is now in the process of reviewing the petition and also if a referendum could be held on this particular law.