Zoning Board of Adjustment

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) is a land use board comprised of five regular voting members and two alternate board members.  The members of the board are all volunteers and are appointed by the Mayor.

The ZBA conducts public hearings on 4 types of applications under their jurisdiction:  Variances, Special Exceptions, Administrative Appeals, and Equitable Waivers of Dimensional Requirements. The provisions of the Franklin Zoning Ordinance determine whether you need approval for your project under one of these applications.

The Zoning Ordinance is a collection of land use regulations that have been adopted by the City Council.  As the City has changed over the years so has the Ordinance.  The overall purposes of the Ordinance are to:

  • Encourage the most appropriate use of land throughout the city;
  • Promote a safe and healthy built environment;  and,
  • Prevent conflict between differing land uses [allowing a factory in a residential zoning district for example].

Amendments to the Ordinance are prepared by the Planning Board and presented to the City Council for final approval.

Staff Contacts

Name Title Phone
Richard Lewis Planning & Zoning Director (603) 934-2341
Cheryl Fisher Administrative Assistant (603) 934-2341

Zoning Board Members

NameTitleTerm Expires
Glen Feener

Chair

January 2023

Debbie Davis

Member

January 2021

Kathlene Fleckenstein

Vice Chair

January 2022

David Testerman

Member

January 2021

Jeffrey Dickinson

Member

January 2023

Cecile Cormier

Alternate

January 2022

Robert Hubble

Alternate

January 2022