The Planning Division of the Planning and Development Services Department is a joint City-County agency serving Winston-Salem and unincorporated Forsyth County as well as the smaller municipalities of Bethania, Tobaccoville, Rural Hall. Our staff has expertise in land use planning, transportation planning, economic development, historic preservation, neighborhood revitalization, environmental protection, and other issues affecting the growth of our community. Staff provides the data, information and professional recommendations regarding land use issues and other planning policy questions to the Planning Board and elected boards to help them make informed recommendations and decisions.

The Planning Board was established by a special act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1948 to provide consolidated planning services to the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. As such, it is the oldest consolidated city-county agency in North Carolina. The Board is served by Planning staff which also functions as an administrative department of City and County governments.

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Current Month Agenda Book [pdf/9.04mb/88p] for May 10, 2018, Planning Board Public Hearing

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Community Appearance Awards, Wednesday, May 30

 May is Historic Preservation Month!

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Draft Lighting Ordinance Frequently Asked Questions [pdf/989kb/3p] - posted 5/10/2018

Upcoming Lighting Ordinance Meetings - posted 5/7/2018

Draft Lighting Ordinance and Survey - posted 4/25/2018

Development Dashboard, 2018 Quarter 1 Report [pdf/544kb/2p] - posted 4/25/2018

Northeast Suburban Area Plan Update [pdf/12.4mb/74p] - posted 3/20/2018

South Suburban Area Plan Update [pdf/24.1mb/78p] - posted 3/20/2018

Adaptive Reuse [pdf/3mb/36p] - posted 3/5/2018

Winston-Salem's Residential Opportunity Areas 2017 Update [pdf/13.7mb/26p] highlights sites for residential infill development in the center city area of Winston-Salem - posted 12/7/2017

Development Dashboard, 2017 Year-End Report [pdf/677kb/2p] - posted 1/23/2018

Innovation and Resilience are Winston-Salem's Heritage [pdf/796kb/4p] - Article by A. Paul Norby, FAICP, posted 10/23/2017.

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May 23

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May 23

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May 24
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May 31

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Department Location
Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building
100 E. First St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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P.O. Box 2511
Winston-Salem, NC 27102

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