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Planning & Community Development
Office of Development Services
1255 Franklin Street, Suite 103
Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Phone: 540-483-3027 or e-mail us

E-Mail: Steve Sandy, Ext. 2217
Director of Planning

E-Mail: Lisa Cooper Ext. 2642
Principal Planner/Long Range Planning

E-Mail: Terry Harrington, Ext. 2430
Senior Planner/Current Planning

E-Mail: Hannah Powell, Ext. 2304
Clerk to Planning Commission

E-Mail: William Raney, Ext. 2324
Development Review Specialist II

E-Mail: Ronald Wilson,Ext. 2429
Development Review Coordinator

E-Mail: Tina Franklin, Ext. 2427
Development Review Specialist I

E-Mail: Austin Taylor, Ext. 2310
Development Review Specialist II

Monday - Friday
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Comprehensive Plan

Franklin County, Virginia—appreciating its rural, scenic Blue Ridge landscape and rich cultural and agricultural heritage is a uniquely balanced, highly educated, prosperous, and diverse land of families, businesses, and communities of faith who thrive amongst interconnected neighborhoods where personal responsibility and community interdependence are cherished.

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is found in the Code of Virginia Section 15.2-2223, which states in part:

“The Comprehensive Plan shall be general in nature;”

“The plan, with accompanying maps, plats, charts, and descriptive matter, shall show the localities long-range recommendations for the general development of the territory covered by the plan.”


Franklin County’s first Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1975, showed how land within the County was used, recommended how it should be used, provided general guidelines for future development, and an implementation strategy. In 1985, the County updated the Plan and gave particular attention to growth around Smith Mountain Lake. The County adopted another Comprehensive Plan in 1995 and focused this plan on the rural nature of the County changing due to industrial growth and the attraction of Smith Mountain Lake for residential and commercial development. In preparation of adopting the 2025 Comprehensive Plan, which was ultimately adopted by the Franklin County Board of Supervisors on May 22, 2007, Franklin County undertook several feasibility studies for water and sewer and began to reconsider its future road network, capital improvements plan, and its development standards in general. The 2025 Comprehensive Plan illustrates Franklin County’s desire to maintain its rural character and scenic views, as well as to provide new job opportunities for its citizens. The Plan attempts to address new challenges that face Franklin County in the next twenty years and to provide a framework to help guide public officials to meet the Goals, Objectives, Strategies, and Policies established by the Franklin County Planning Commission.

2025 Comprehensive Plan Sections

Vision Statement
Natural Conditions
Population & Demographics Analysis
Housing Analysis
Comprehensive Housing Affordability Analysis
Community Facilities
Cultural Resources
Existing Land Use
Goals, Objectives & Strategies Chapter
Future Land Use Chapter
Neighborhood Analysis - Appendix 1
List of Maps