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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


Erosion and Storm Water Management

Soil erosion is the process of detachment and transportation of soil materials by water, wind, ice and gravity. Franklin County’s Erosion and Sediment Control Program's goal is to control soil erosion, sedimentation, and non-agricultural runoff from regulated "land-disturbing activities" to prevent degradation of property and natural resources.

Virginia was among the first states to specifically address ESC from construction sites by establishing Virginia's ESC Program nearly 30 years ago.

Title 10 of the Code of Virginia, adopted in 1973, requires all localities to adopt a local erosion and sediment control program. The 1986 Appropriations Act required the Division of Soil and Water Conservation to conduct a review of local compliance with the Erosion and Sediment Control Law. The state regulates all land disturbing activities of 10,000 square feet or greater.  In addition to this, local ordinance requires permitting if the land disturbance is 3,000 square feet or greater and within 200’ of surface water. For single family dwelling please see the link below for Erosion and Sediment Control Agreement in lieu of a plan.

ESC/SWM Manual

Erosion & Sediment Control Agreement in Lieu of

Storm Water Management

For permit coverage effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2024:

Chapter 7 Erosion and Sediment Control and Stormwater Management


Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Program

  • Provides procedural information to citizens and developers and accepts applications for site plans, erosion control plans and other land development applications.
  • Reviews sign permit applications, inspects sites, issues sign permits.

Should there be any questions or concerns regarding any of the regulations or permits listed above, citizens should contact Ronald Wilson, Development Review Coordinator.  Phone: 540-483-3027, Ext. 2429 or E-Mail: Ronald Wilson