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Community Development

Vision Statement

We will continually strive to protect and promote public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Franklin and Southampton County through effective administration of the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code and other applicable City and County land use regulations.    We will work to balance industrial, commercial and residential development and revitalization without placing a strain on municipal services and infrastructure through sound comprehensive planning.  We will promote a sense of pride in residents, landlords, and tenants to maintain their properties through active enforcement of housing and environmental codes.  We will make customer service and cooperation with other City and County departments foremost to ensure this vision always stays in clear focus.  Through these efforts, we will work to respect the past, strengthen the present, and encourage the future of Franklin and Southampton County for the benefit of its citizens and property owners.

project:Homes Weatherization Program provides free energy improvements for qualified households. To find out if you qualify, fill out and submit this application. For more information, visit the project:Homes website.

April 2019 is Clean Rivers Month. Clean Rivers Month is a community effort to clean up the Blackwater & Nottoway River Watershed. This year the Historic Southside Chapter of the Virginia Master Naturalists and the Franklin Garden Club are sponsoring this event. This cleanup can be accomplished by organizations, church groups, civic groups, schools, or any groups or individuals. Since this program began in 2001, there have been over 102,000 pounds of trash picked up by more than 2,500 volunteers! For information on how you can get involved, please follow this link. Clean Rivers 2019

Looking for public water access in the Hampton Roads area? The Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) has published this report and map to assist you in finding your closest access point and how we are working to provide more access points in the future.

The City of Franklin 2015 - 2025 Comprehensive Plan is now available for viewing and download. It is located on the Homepage of the city website and under forms and documents on the Community Development page.


2015 Code Change Guide Here!

View Floodplain Management Information Here!

View Franklin Historic Design Guidelines Here!