The 2025 Franklin County Comprehensive Plan identifies two (2) unincorporated towns and seven (7) villages.  The two (2) unincorporated towns are Westlake and Ferrum and the seven (7) villages are Burnt Chimney, Callaway, Hales Ford, Glade Hill, Penhook, Snow Creek, and Union Hall.    These areas are primary focus for local services, social activities, and community life as well as providing opportunities for employment.  Community facilities include, but are not limited to, elementary schools, recreation areas, fire and rescue sites, post offices, and churches that serve the needs of the surrounding rural community.  Franklin County’s Comprehensive Plan seeks to strike a balance between growth, development, and an expanding population, and at the same time, preservation of farmland, rural character, and scenic beauty.  The Future Land Use Chapter of the Plan states “development in villages or towns should be based on adopted community plans”.   Furthermore, policies of the Plan suggest “to establish, identify, and plan the enhancement of key gateways and entry points to the towns and villages and to establish guidelines for landscaping, setback, and coordination of access so as to enhance the quality of these points”.

Area Plans:

Union Hall

Westlake-Hales Ford 

Planning & Community Dev.
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