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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.


With cooler weather on the way, it is time to consider how to make your home more energy efficient. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development Weatherization Program provides funds to install measures that reduce residential heating and cooling costs for low-income families and enhance the health and safety of residents. For more information on how to participate, click on this link and contact Williamsburg James City County Community Action Agency

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.


View Floodplain Management Information Here!

View Franklin Historic Design Guidelines Here!