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.

town of franklin nc ordinances

OrdinancesView Town of Franklin Ordinances

» Online Code of Ordinances
» Noise Ordinance (PDF)
» UDO Driveways Draft (PDF)

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

Request for Proposal
Comprehensive Land Use Plan Development and Implementation
for the Town of Franklin, North Carolina

The Town of Franklin is soliciting proposals from land use planning consultants (“vendor”) with demonstrated qualifications and experience to work with Town officials, review existing land use regulations, gather public input, evaluate current infrastructure, service levels and capacity for growth, and develop a final recommended Comprehensive Land Use Plan (the “Plan”) for the Town.


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 Address Area Represented
Dr. Tom Harris, Chair October 05, 2018 196 Wilkie Street Town
Janet J. Greene November 17, 2017 198 Dryman Road ETJ
Denton Higdon October 05, 2018 30 Fox Hound Trail Town
Susie Ledford December 07, 2018 709 Harrison Avenue Town
Peter Mosco April 06, 2018 241 Maple Street Town
Dave Jones April 04, 2019 209 Shady Oaks Drive ETJ
Andrew Raby December 07, 2018 220 Bidwell Street Town


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 22, 2019 (Tuesday)
February 18, 2019
March 17, 2019
April 15, 2019
May 20, 2019
June 17, 2019
July 15, 2019
August 19, 2019
September 16, 2019
October 21, 2019
November 18, 2019
December 16, 2019

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 14, 2019
February 11, 2019
March 11, 2019
April 08, 2019
May 13, 2019
June 10, 2019
July 08, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 09, 2019
October 14, 2019
November 12, 2019 (Tuesday)
December 09, 2019

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