Franklin County, Virginia, is currently updating its code requirements related to land use and development – commonly known as the Zoning and Subdivision ordinances. These ordinances help to guide growth and development by governing how land is used, arranged, and built upon. The ordinances play a vital role in protecting property rights by mitigating the potential impacts of development, and by establishing clear expectations for investment decisions.

The process of updating Franklin County’s land development ordinances will take approximately two years, with intense public input and in-depth analysis of various growth management strategies.

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."     -Daniel Burnham


Project Scope:

The Land Development Ordinance Update consists of six phases or “tasks.”

(1) Project Initiation: Identify critical issues; establish a Technical Advisory Committee to review assumptions and draft ordinance text.

(2) Demand/Capacity Analysis: Analyze land availability, market demand, and the effects of regulation under various scenarios.

(3) Diagnosis: Assess how the existing code is working; prepare a detailed outline for efficient and user-friendly code structure.

(4) Public Outreach: Employ various and innovative approaches to maximize public input in all areas of the County.

(5) Recommendations: Present a series of “best practices” for code development.

(6) Draft Ordinance Language: Develop the code; solicit public comment; adopt and implement.

THE TOOLKIT
Interested in the Ordinance Update Process? Want to know the latest information, or when staff and the consulting team will be meeting in your neighborhood? View the latest edition of “The Toolkit”, an on-line newsletter dedicated to the Development Ordinance Project.

August 21, 2009 January 15, 2010
September 18, 2009 January 21, 2010
September 25, 2009 
October 9, 2009 
October 16, 2009  

 LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE UPDATE DOCUMENTS
THE PROJECT
RESIDENTIAL DEMAND ANALYSIS
LAND DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE UPDATE-INTERIM REPORT

 

For more information regarding the Land Development Ordinance Update, please contact:

Neil Holthouser, AIC Director or Lisa Cooper



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Neil Holthouser, AICP (Director)

Planning and Community Development

1255 Franklin Street-Suite 103

Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Phone: (540) 483-3027
Email: Neil Holthouser

 

Lisa Cooper

Senior Planner/Long Range Planning

Email: Lisa Cooper

 

Susannah Smith, AICP, CFM,
Affiliate-ASLA

Senior Planner/Current Planning
Email: Susannah Smith

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