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Planning and Zoning

This division manages the City and County land-use ordinances, policies, and procedures governing all developments within the County and City and their growth areas; manages the preparation of the Comprehensive Plan and the Annual Capital Improvement Plan for both the City and County; provides professional services and advice to the Southampton County Administrator, the County Board of Supervisors, the Franklin City Mayor, City Council, and all the various commissions, committees, and other City and County divisions involved in growth management.

This division receives subdivision plats and plans of development applications, drawings and specifications that are submitted for review then distributes these items to other divisions for review; collects final approvals from other divisions; responds to public inquiries and reviews all land disturbing permits each year to ensure compliance of Federal and State laws as well as local ordinances including the Virginia Stormwater Management and Erosion and Sediment Control Programs; processes all property activity and complaints; performs field inspections and analyses; makes recommendations; and issues violation notices when necessary; Administers several grant programs such as the CDBG Program through the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development, Hazard Mitigation Grants through the Virginia Department of Emergency Management and FEMA, the HOME Program as a member of the Western Tidewater Home Consortium and Litter Control Grant funded through the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

In addition to these professional services, responsibilities include information management of several committees, updating several sets of maps, and maintaining permanent records for all property activity. Special emphasis is on long-term Comprehensive Planning (25 years) land use and transportation planning.