Williamson County developing plan to manage rapid growth

Williamson County’s largest cities and smallest hamlets are taking a look at how and where growth should happen in the future as they implement the Williamson 2040 Comprehensive Land Use Plan approved by the county commission last year.

One of the first steps may be updating a state mandated growth plan implemented more than 20 years ago, which included the formation Urban Growth Boundaries.

The growth plan was set back in 2000 and hasn’t been updated despite the county’s population growing 46% between then and 2019, according to the U.S. Census. And the growth isn’t going away.

The Williamson 2040 plan predicts the county’s population will reach over 530,000 by that year.

The view of Roper's Knob in downtown Franklin from the rooftop patio of 231 Public Square building on Dec. 5, 2018.

While implementing the 2040 plan is projected to take at least five years, the county aims to have a growth management framework completed within the first two years.

“A growth plan helps us to better plan our future and utilize dollars the best way we can,” County Mayor Rogers Anderson said.

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