Planning and Sustainability Office Phone Number:  (615) 791-3212

The Franklin Department of Planning and Sustainability has, as its mission, to improve the Franklin built environment, while promoting the conservation of both the environment and historic resources through the effective and efficient use of plans and regulations. This includes maintaining far-sighted policies and goals through planning documents, such as the Sustainable Community Action Plan, and the Franklin Land Use Plan, and implementing those policies and goals through land-use regulations, such as the Zoning Ordinance, the Subdivision Regulations, and the Historic Zoning Commission Design Guidelines. The efficient and effective implementation of the plans and regulations of Franklin provides a solid foundation for an excellent quality of life for its residents and stakeholders.

The Department is also responsible for providing services that promote the short- and long-term development interests in maintaining traditionally high standards of development in residential, commercial, mixed-use, and industrial areas, as well as by providing staff assistance to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and to the various appointed bodies of the City of Franklin.  The Department of Planning and Sustainability provides the following services:

    • Provide expertise and technical assistance to the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, Sustainability Commission, Franklin Historic Zoning Commission, Battlefield Commission, and various ad-hoc committees and taskforces. This technical assistance includes review and processing submittals to these public bodies.

    • Provide expertise and technical assistance to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen. 

    • Answer questions from the public related to existing or proposed development, natural resources, and historic resources.

    • Conduct long-range planning initiatives to analyze, forecast, and guide future development.

    • Administer performance agreements and sureties, and coordinates inspections, related to improvements associated with new development, such as streets, drainage, landscaping, water/wastewater, and sidewalks.

    • Perform landscape inspections.

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