Comprehensive Plan Update


What is a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan is the outlining of a 10-year strategic vision. Through research, evaluation, and, most importantly, community input, it sets goals and objectives for county growth and acts as a blueprint for county governments, as well as their public and private partners, to address opportunities and to build upon existing community assets. The comprehensive planning process creates a unique opportunity for public involvement and collaboration to promote growth that is consistent with the diverse needs and desires of the community. 

What is included in a comprehensive plan?

A comprehensive plan addresses a range of land use, growth management, and preservation topics. As part of these topics, the plan outlines goals for meeting housing needs, expanding access to community facilities and utilities, such as schools, libraries, sewer and water systems, etc., and protecting the many natural and historic assets of the county among other important factors.

Imagine Franklin 2035

 Franklin County is currently updating its comprehensive plan, known as Imagine Franklin 2035. Drafting this update is a community-based process, and we need everyone’s voice and participation to map out the future of Franklin County. To share your thoughts or to learn more about the update, visit

2012 Comprehensive Plan Documents

Franklin County Forward 

Franklin County Forward - Executive Summary