It has been more than a decade since Franklin drew up a long-range plan for development. In that time, the city has been devastated by flooding and an economic recession, which reduced growth to a near standstill.
Thus, a long-range plan drawn up to meet a future envisioned in 2002 is not one that meets the needs of the 2013 reality nor the anticipated changes in the city over the next several years.
From 1970 to 1990, the city’s population was steady at about 12,000 people. By 2000, that number had grown to about 20,000. About 2,600 homes were built in Franklin between 1995 and 2010, and the city’s future plans were focused primarily on residential growth.