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 a 2018 graduate of the Rural Economic Development Institute (REDI) and has complete the County and Municipal Administration course at the UNC School of Government. Justin is proud to be an Eagle Scout.


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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

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is my residence or business located within the jurisdiction of the Town of Franklin?

A. This map (click here for PDF) shows the jurisdiction the Town of Franklin has in Macon County. If you live or own property in the two colored areas on the map then direct your development and ordinance questions to the town offices. Just as a note, just because you have a Franklin address that doesn’t necessarily mean the property in question is located in the Town city limits or Extra Territorial Jurisdiction (ETJ).

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

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

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 + Additions $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 $500.00
Variance $300.00
Flood Permit $50.00
Copies .05 cents
Large Maps 36 x 36 $10.00
Zoing Violation per day $500.00
Sign Violations per day $50.00
Wirless Tel Comm Substantial Modification $5,000.00
Wireless Tel Comm Eligible Facility $1.000.00

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 August 02, 2024 Town
Dave Jones July 01, 2022 ETJ
Andrew Raby November 05, 2021 Town
James Smith August 02, 2024 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 19, 2021 (Tuesday)
February 15, 2021
March 15, 2021
April 19, 2021
May 17, 2021
June 21, 2021
July 19, 2021
August 167, 2021
September 20, 2021
October 18, 2021
November 15, 2021
December 20, 2021

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 11, 2021
February 08, 2021
March 08, 2021
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
August 09, 2021
September 13, 2021
October 11, 2021
November 08, 2021
December 13, 2021