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Envision Franklin Amendment for Alley-Loaded Single Family Houses

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What is the Envision Franklin Policy for lot widths and lot sizes of alley-loaded single family dwellings?

Envision Franklin serves as the City’s Land Use Plan and identifies lot size minimums for the Single Family, Mixed Residential, and Conservation Subdivision Design Concepts:

Single-Family lots with dwellings accessed by an alley should have a minimum lot width of 45 feet and a minimum lot size of 4,950 square feet.   

*Please note, there are additional standards for houses with front-facing garages but this amendment pertains only to alley-loaded single family dwellings. 

Why is the City reevaluating the lot width and lot size standard?

The lot width of 45 feet was established with the approval of Envision Franklin in 2017 after evaluating several neighborhoods in Franklin. This was a slight increase from what the 2008 Zoning Ordinance allowed. Some neighborhoods like Berry Farms, Lockwood Glen, and Westhaven have lots that are smaller than 45 feet in width and some neighborhoods have houses on lots that are larger than 45 feet in width. Since Envision Franklin was approved, there have been requests to incorporate lots smaller than this minimum into developments.  

What is the Planning and Sustainability Department Recommending?

The staff will likely recommend an amendment to slightly reduce the lot width minimum, and also allow a small percentage of lots to be less than the new minimum in order to achieve a further mix of housing types and lower price points.  

How can I learn more about the Envision Franklin update?

You can learn more about this project as it continues forward by checking this page for updates, attending one of the upcoming project meetings, and by emailing any comments to

The City Staff will present information related to this project at the Joint Conceptual Workshop for the Franklin Municipal Planning Commission (FMPC) and Board of Mayor and Alderman on February 27, 2020. The Joint Conceptual Workshops are held in the City Hall Training Room at 109 3rd Ave S. and typically start at 5:00 PM or 5:30 PM depending on the number of items. The final Envision Franklin recommendations will be placed on the March 26, 2020 Planning Commission agenda for a vote. 

February 13, 2020: Community Meeting in the City Hall Boardroom; presentation will begin at 6:00 PM

February 25, 2020: Project update at the BOMA Work Session @ 5:00 PM.  

February 27, 2020: Project update at the Joint Conceptual Workshop in the City Hall Training Room; exact meeting time TBD. 

March 26, 2020: This item has been deferred to a future date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 28, 2020: There will be a brief project update at the Joint Conceptual Workshop

June 25, 2020:  The FMPC is planning to vote on this amendment at the June 25th meeting. All FMPC meetings start at 7:00 PM and a public hearing will take place prior to the vote.

Please contact Andrew Orr for more information at or by phone at 550-6741.


Presentation from 8/22/2019 Joint Conceptual Workshop

Presentation from 2/13/2020 Community Meeting

Presentation from 2/25/2020 BOMA Work Session

Presentation from 2/27/2020 Joint Conceptual Workshop

Presentation from 5/28/2020 Joint Conceptual Workshop

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