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

Phone: 540-483-3027

Steve Sandy, Director
Email: Steve Sandy

Lisa Cooper/Principal Planner
Long Range Planning
Email: Lisa Cooper 

Terrance Harrington
Senior Planner/Current Planning
Email: Terry Harrington 

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

Four components are necessary for those who need an "Agreement in lieu of a Stormwater Plan". This is specifically for single family home construction in Franklin County.  The components are:

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.

For more information regarding the Development Review Team, please contact:
Planning & Community Development

Steve Sandy, Director
Lisa Cooper, Senior Planner

Contact Us

1255 Franklin Street | Rocky Mount, VA 24151
(540) 483-3030 | info@franklincountyva.gov
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