The newly revised and community-approved Deed Restrictions / Covenants / By-Laws for Franklin Trace have been filed with the Assessor’s Office and are now officially in effect. This one document is now common for all sections of Franklin Trace. Please see the Document Section of the FranklinTrace.com website to download: http://franklintrace.com/documents/
The 2014 Fall Garage sale will be on Saturday, September 27, from 8AM to 2PM. Signs will be placed at the front entrance and we will coordinate with adjacent neighborhoods.
Proposal to rezone 42 acres on the northwest corner of Franklin and Southport Roads:
- 28.15 acres to permit a Kroger store
- 5.9 acres to provide for a commercial center
- 19.15 acres to provide for a multi-family residential development.
- This petition has been scheduled for a supplemental review meeting on August 22 at 9:15 a.m. The public hearing will be scheduled at a later time. The proposed uses generally fit the recommended uses of the Comprehensive Plan.
- This petition is scheduled for discussion on the Civic League’s Land Use agenda on Wednesday, Oct. 11th at approximately 7:30 p.m . Anyone interested in the petition is welcomed to attend. The Committee meets at the Civic League Community Building at 8822 Southeastern Avenue.
Northeast corner of Franklin and Southport Roads:
- Convenience gas station has been approved. A signal light will be installed as well.
Additional information regarding gearing signage on northeast corner of Five Points and Southport Roads:
- Homeowners are seeking to legally establish an existing shed with a reduced setback. The shed currently has a 13.5 foot setback and 15 feet is required.
The focus of the Board of Directors for 2014/2015 will be on maintaining and improving the community. To help make this more apparent to homeowners, we will publish periodic updates for ongoing improvements. Here’s the current list:
- The clean-up of the NW corner of the neighborhood (adjacent to Southport Road next to the corn field) was completed on 11-Aug-2014. (responsibility: HOA/landscaping contractor)
- Two dead trees will be replaced on Southport Road (responsibility: HOA/landscaping contractor)
- Purple plum bush on the right side as you’re coming into Franklin Trace will be trimmed down to remove dead limbs and allow new growth at the bottom (responsibility: HOA/landscaping contractor)
- Trim trees that are affecting the walking path in front of the subdivision (responsibility: HOA/landscaping contractor)
- There is a street light out on Southport; light number will be reported to IPL for repair. (responsibility: HOA Board)
- Removing trailer parked for long term in non-approved area (responsibility: home owner)
- Removing boat parked for long term in non-approved area (responsibility: home owner)
- Removing excessive weeds from flower bed (responsibility: home owner)
Ongoing opportunities: It’s difficult to identify and address all issues, so we ask that all homeowners continually try to eliminate these frequent problem areas to help maintain consistency throughout the community.
- Trash cans left out during the week (they should be 100% out of sight from the street or a neighbors view except for trash pickup.)
- Patio furniture/kids toys left in the driveway; if your neighbors can see it then it shouldn’t be there.
- Mailboxes should all be of the same construction and color as specified in the covenants/website.
- Yard lights need to be in working condition and turn on automatically every night per covenants.
- Parking of vehicles for excessive times in the street or long-term storage in driveways per covenants.
If you have any specific questions, please use the website contact form.
The 2014 Annual Homeowner’s meeting was held on June 11, 2014 at the Franklin Library.
- Here’s the PDF for the presentation used for the 2014 annual meeting: 2014_Annual_Meeting_presentation_Franklin_Trace_HOA
- Here’s the PDF for the meeting minutes from the 2014 annual meeting: 2014_Annual_Meeting_Minutes
If you have any questions or correction, please contact the board.
This is a reminder that the Annual Meeting is this Wednesday, June 11, 2014.
We are requesting nominations for new board members. Several existing members have served for multiple years and it would be fantastic to have fresh perspectives. Please contact the board – http://franklintrace.com/contact/ – if you are interested in joining/running.
The annual Franklin Trace Homeowners Association Meeting will be held at the Franklin Library on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014. Sign-in will be available starting at 6:00PM; the meeting will begin at 6:30PM.
Here is the address and directions:
There has been quite a bit of confusion around the displaying of signs around the Franklin Trace community, and I must admit that I was a bit confused as well. Below are the guidelines from the current (and previous) covenants around the displaying of signs:
5B. Signs. No signs or advertisements shall be displayed or placed on any lot or structures in the Development without written approval of the committee except for home or lot sales signs.
Please do not display any other types of commercial signs (i.e. lawn treatment, construction/repair, etc.)
Personal message signs (i.e. graduations, birthdays, school/team participation, etc.) are currently considered to be pre-approved by the committee; the general guideline is 1 week for displaying such signs. These signs should not contain advertisements for businesses (i.e. should in primarily/prominently feature business phone numbers, business names, etc.)
Home security system signs are approved for display. They should be located near the house, close to the shrubbery / landscaping.
For the common areas of the community, no signs are allowed at all, except with the explicit approval of the committee for a very limited amount of time (i.e. community annual meetings, yard sales, block parties, etc..)
If you have any questions, please contact the Franklin Trace Board and the Property Management Company.
After two-and-a-half years of hard work and tracking downs votes, we finally reached our milestone last week. Franklin Trace now has one set of covenants for the entire community. We no longer have to try to sort through the slight differences between sections 5A, 5B, 8, 9, 10, and 11. Here are some details on the process:
- Franklin Trace was broken into sections as it made logistics easier for the developer, with slight variations being added each time. Since development is largely complete, it was time for unified covenants.
- Zero homeowners voted against the unified document, with right at 2/3 of all homeowners overall responding to the call to vote.
- The biggest challenge was getting 75% participation from sections 9 & 11; all of the other sections required only 50% approval rate to pass. The new covenants now require 50% for all sections, which is most common for resident-owned (vs. developer owned) communities.
- Some of the changes are new for some sections of the community, but not for other sections (because they were in the previous covenants for that section.)
- Here is a link to the newly passed covenants; please review them if you haven’t seen them recently.
- The success and value of the community hinges on courtesy, consistency, maintenance, and accountability. If you have any questions or issues, please let us know.
We hope to see everyone at the 2014 annual meeting on June 11th!
The 2014 Franklin Township Block Party is May 31st at Flashbacks, from 1pm -5pm. It’s for both kids and adults and is presented by Franklin Township Living Magazine. We hope to see you there!
As in previous years, Franklin Trace has received reports of muskrat destruction of homeowner property. Muskrats live in the ponds and burrow into the banks, which eventually causes bank collapse and erosion. In addition, they will chew through fountain pump power cables.
An animal control service has been contacted and the muskrats will be removed (along with the traps) as soon as possible. We’ve diligently pursued the most humane possible method; we have requested floating traps. If you notice a muskrat captured in one of the traps, please contact us as soon as possible so that it can be removed.
If you have any questions or issues, please use any method listed in the website contact form.