Franklin, NC Planning Department

Justin Setser, Town Planner
(828) 524-2516 ext. 311 or
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Town PlannerJustin Setser

Welcome to the Town of Franklin's Planning Department. Justin Setser is a native of Macon County. Upon graduation from Franklin High School Justin attended Haywood Community College, receiving an Associates Degree in GIS/GPS Technology in 2006. Justin was the former GIS Analyst for Macon County. Justin is a Franklin Fire Department Captain and served on the Town Planning Board and Board of Adjustment prior to his appointment as Town Planner. Justin is a North Carolina Certified Zoning Official (CZO). Justin is proud to be an Eagle Scout. Justin is married to Kara and they have a daughter.


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Planning DepartmentWhat We Do

The Town of Franklin Planner / Land Use Administrator is responsible for the over site and enforcement of the Town of Franklin Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Sign Ordinance, Flood Ordinance, Abandoned Car Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance, Minimum Housing Ordinance and Wireless Telecommunication Ordinance.

The Town Planner also serves as the IT Director for the Town of Franklin.

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OrdinancesView Town of Franklin Ordinances

» Online Code of Ordinances

Request for Bids for Construction of Fire Substation

Sealed bids will be received by Town of Franklin, Macon County, North Carolina, hereinafter referred to as the Owner, for the construction of a fire substation. All bids shall be sealed in an envelope marked “Sealed Bid for Fire Substation Project” and shall be returned to the Franklin Town Manager, 95 East Main Street, Franklin, North Carolina 28734 before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday October 1, 2020. Immediately thereafter, all bids will be publicly opened and read in the Town Council Board Room in the Town Hall Facility at 95 East Main Street, Franklin, North Carolina 28734.

This project shall be bid as a single-prime contract and all bids shall be submitted in compliance with N.C.G.S. 143-128. Complete plans, specifications, and contract and bid documents, hereinafter referred to as the Bidding Documents, will be available September 2, 2020, and may be obtained by appointment only at the office of Ritter Architecture PA, the Architect for the Project, at 312 East Dogwood Drive, Franklin, NC 28734, telephone number (828) 369-6611. Contacts for appointments with the Architect shall not be made before September 2, 2020.

A deposit of $100 for the first set and $50 for each additional set of Bidding Documents requested by a Bidder shall be required. Checks for deposits shall be made to Town of Franklin. All deposits for the first set of Bidding Documents will be refunded to bona fide Bidders who return the Bidding Documents to the Owner in good condition within ten days after the opening of bids and also to the Bidder awarded the contract. No refunds shall be made for deposits made for additional sets of Bidding Documents.

Each bid shall be accompanied by a cash deposit or a certified check drawn on a bank or trust company insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in an amount equal to not less than 5% of the bid or a bid bond of not less than 5% of the bid executed by a surety authorized to execute such bonds in North Carolina. The deposits and surety shall be made payable to the Owner and shall be retained by the Owner as liquidated damages in the event the successful Bidder fails to properly execute the contract within 10 days after the award or fails to give satisfactory surety as required by law. A bid may be withdrawn and the Owner may allow withdrawal of a bid without forfeiture of the bid security only as provided in N.C.G.S. 143-129.1.

By submitting a bid, the Bidder certifies that it has under its direct control or at its disposal the labor, equipment, and materials required for completing the work as specified. Lack of such control or availability of the necessary labor, equipment or materials shall constitute failure to perform the contract. Performance, Labor and Materials Payment Bonds shall be required for 100% of the contract amount with a surety or sureties authorized to execute such bonds in North Carolina. Bidders must be properly licensed and the provisions of Chapter 87 of the North Carolina General Statutes will apply to the award of the contract. As per N.C.G.S. 143-129, the Town Council reserves the right to reject any of all proposals.

It is the policy of the Town of Franklin not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender or national origin in the award or performance of any contract and this contract shall not be awarded to any Bidder found to practice such discrimination. All qualified firms are encouraged to submit bids. All Bidders are required to undertake good faith efforts to achieve minority business participation goals as prescribed in N.C.G.S. 143-128.2(f).

Summer Woodard, Town Manager


Town of Franklin CIP Final

View the Final Town of Franklin Sidewalk Capital Improvement Plan & Condition Survey. Click here for a PDF Document. Please note this is a large file (12 mb). Depending on your connection speed, may take sometime to load.

Franklin Town Plan

The Town of Franklin community is embarking on an exciting effort to create the first Franklin Town Plan, a comprehensive land use plan that sets a vision for the community and guides growth and investment for years to come. We hope you’ll be an active part of creating this plan, and will stay up to date on the project by visiting the project website

Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

Macon and Clay Counties, the Towns of Franklin, Hayesville and Highlands, along with other participating stakeholders, are now working to update the region’s multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan. The purpose of this Plan is to identify and assess our community’s natural hazard risks and determine how to best minimize or manage those risks. Upon completion, the Plan will represent a comprehensive multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for the two-county region.

This survey questionnaire provides an opportunity for you to share your opinions and participate in the mitigation planning process. The information you provide will help us better understand your hazard concerns and can lead to mitigation activities that should help lessen the impact of future hazard events. Click here to participate in the survey

Town Planning Board/Board of Adjustment Vacancies

The Town of Franklin is currently seeking to fill one vacancy on the Town Planning Board/Board of Adjustment. The Town is looking for an alternate ETJ resident to serve as a representative on this board that serves on both the Planning board and the Board of Adjustment. The Board of Adjustment meets the 2nd Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. and the Planning Board meets the 3rd Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m. The meetings are held in the Town Hall Board Room. A time commitment of approximately 2 hours a month is necessary. A resume and current address is required. For more information or to express an interest in serving on the board, please contact Town Planner, Justin Setser at (828) 524-2516.

Schedule of Fees for Zoning & Signs

If work is commenced before obtaining the proper permits the permit fee doubles.
Square Foot Area is gross area of building or sign, no exclusions.
Applicants are responsible for all advertising and administrative costs.

Fee Type Fee Schedule
Annexation - Satellite $500.00
Sign Permit (per sign) $40.00 + 0.25 per square foot
Land Development Permits  
Single Family Detached $50.00
Accessory Building on SF Lot up to 12'x12' $20.00
Multi-Family (per unit) $25.00
Apartment Buildings (per apartment) $15.00
Commercial in C-1 - Downtown $75.00
Commercial in C-2 - Other Area $100.00
Commercial in C-3 - Highway $150.00
Industrial $200.00
NMU, TND, & MICR per commercial unit $75.00
Zoning Compliance Letter $25.00
Site Plan Review & Development Permit  
Preliminary $100.00
Final $100.00
Minor - Residential 2 Lots $100.00
Major - Residential 3 to 25 Lots $250.00
Major - Residential 26+ Lots $250.00 + $15.00/lot > 25
Commercial / Industrial $300.00
Amendment (Text) $75.00
Appeals $25.00 (refundable)
Rezoning to:  
R-1 or R-2 $50.00
NMU, MICR, PUD, TND, & UV $150.00
C-1, C-2, C-3, or I-1 $200.00
Special Use Permit $150.00
Variance $150.00

Planning Board & Board of Adjustment Members

The Planning Board is an advisory board to the Town of Franklin, NC Board of Aldermen. The planning board reviews rezoning requests, text amendments and special use permits that require planning board comments.

The Board of Adjustment preforms quasi-judicial hearings for variance and appeal requests for Town of Franklin ordinances.

MEMBERSHIP: Seven total members; five (5) Town (T), and two (2) ETJ (E), plus one (1) alternate each.
» Download Town of Franklin Planning Board / Board of Adjustment Rules of Procedure (PDF Format)



Planning Board/Board of Adjustment Members

Name Term Expires Area Represented
Dr. Tom Harris, Chair November 05, 2021 Town
Janet J. Greene, Vice-Chairman February 04, 2022 ETJ
Denton Higdon February 04, 2022 Town
Susie Ledford February 04, 2022 Town
Peter Mosco September 04, 2021 Town
Dave Jones July 01, 2021 ETJ
Andrew Raby November 05, 2021 Town
James Smith June 04, 2021 Town Alt


Planning Board Meetings

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Town of Franklin Planning Board are held the 3rd Monday of each month (with the exception of holidays) beginning at 4:00 pm in the Town Hall Boardroom at 95 East Main Street in Franklin, NC. For information call 828-524-2516. Please note meetings will be cancelled if there is no business to bring before the Board.

January 21, 2020 (Tuesday)
February 17, 2020
March 16, 2020
April 20, 2020
May 18, 2020
June 15, 2020
July 20, 2020
August 17, 2020
September 21, 2020
October 19, 2020
November 16, 2020
December 21, 2020

For the latest meeting information please click here to visit the Town of Franklin's Public Notices page.

Board of Adjustment Meetings

Regularly scheduled meetings of the Town of Franklin Board of Adjustment are held the 2nd Monday of each month (with the exception of holidays) beginning at 4:00 pm in the Town Hall Boardroom at 95 East Main Street in Franklin, NC. For information call 828-524-2516. Please note meetings will be cancelled if there is no business to bring before the Board.

January 13, 2020
February 10, 2020
March 09, 2020
April 13, 2020
May 11, 2020
June 08, 2020
July 13, 2020
August 10, 2020
September 14, 2020
October 12, 2020
November 09, 2020
December 14, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who do I call if I have questions regarding the Planning Board?

A. You may call the Town of Franklin and ask for Justin Sester, Town Planner. Contact Justin Setser 828- 524-2516 ext. 311