South Suburban Area Plan Update Draft Cover


REVISED Planning Board Draft South Suburban Area Plan Update (6/8/2017) [pdf/12mb/80p]

Planning Board Draft South Suburban Area Plan Update [pdf/11.5mb/80p]

Meeting 3 Presentation 3/21/2017 [pdf/6.90mb/39p]

Proposed Land Use Recommendations Slideshow 2/21/2017 [pdf/6mb/39p]

South Suburban Area Plan Update - Existing Conditions [pdf/6.73mb/36p]

Kickoff Meeting Notes [pdf/257kb/5p]

South Suburban Area Plan Citizen Meeting Dates [pdf/2.4mb/1p]

Proposed Land Use Map [pdf/5mb/1p] NOTE: big map and file size

2011 South Suburban Area Plan [pdf/9.79mb/100p]


Winston-Salem City Council Public Hearing
Anticipated Fall 2017—Date To Be Announced

The South Suburban Area Plan was adopted by the Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in 2011 and is in the process of being updated. A public hearing before the Winston-Salem City Council regarding the South Suburban Area Plan Update is tentatively anticipated to occur in fall 2017. The final public hearing date will be posted here once it has been determined. Planning Staff will make a brief presentation about the draft plan to the City Council before interested citizens speak on the draft plan. All interested citizens are invited to attend the meeting and share their comments regarding the plan during the public hearing. A PDF copy of the revised Planning Board draft plan is located above under documents.

The City-County Planning Board recommended adoption of the South Suburban Area Plan Update after a scheduled public hearing on Thursday, June 8, 2017, after several citizens commented on the plan. The plan was recommended with revisions to the Special Land Use Conditions section of the revised Planning Board draft plan (see pages 40-45 of the PDF copy located above under documents). These revisions relate to the future use of selected commercial sites along W. Clemmonsville Road and S. Main Street.

A drop-in meeting was held on April 18, 2017 where citizens were able to ask questions about the completed draft plan and give comments to staff.  A citizen meeting was held on March 21, 2017 where staff presented recommendations related to transportation, parks, community facilities, historic resources and other related topics. A discussion on proposed land use recommendations for the planning area was held on February 21, 2017. These recommendations were intended to respond to comments and concerns voiced by citizens during the brainstorming session at the kickoff meeting held on January 24, 2017. At this kickoff meeting, the existing conditions report was presented which covers the demographics, existing land use, transportation features and housing statistics, among other topics.

For more information, please contact Steve Smotherman, lead planner, by email at or by phone at 336-747-7066.

Planning Area Boundary

South Suburban Area Plan Boundary

The South Suburban Planning Area [pdf/640kb/1p] is bounded on the north by Silas Creek Parkway and I-40, on the east by Thomasville Road, on the south by the county line, and on the west by Ebert Road. The planning area is located in the South and Southeast City Council Wards and in unincorporated areas in the county and is within the City's and County's zoning and planning jurisdictions.

Plan Recommendation Highlights

The following recommendations are among those included in the South Suburban Area Plan, beginning on page 37:

  • Concentrate the highest density and mix of development at the Peters Creek and the Oliver’s Crossing Activity Centers.
  • Facilitate development of W. Clemmonsville Road/S. Main Street, Konnoak Drive/S. Main Street, S. Main Street and W. Clemmonsville Road/Old Salisbury Road, S. Main Street/Fishel Road and the Willard Road/Thomasville Road Activity Centers.
  • Encourage the mix, type, density and design of development that facilitate walking, bicycling and the use of transit facilities.
  • Protect residential areas from inappropriate residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional encroachment. 
  • Cluster residential development on large undeveloped parcels identified for residential use to protect natural features, natural vegetation, historic resources, farmland, and provide open space.
  • Locate industrial uses in areas identified for business and industrial parks concentrated off US 52.
  • Concentrate commercial development in designated areas and do not allow it to take the form of strip development along the major roads in the planning area.
  • Allow institutions to grow and expand to meet their needs in a manner compatible with their surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Emphasize site design that creates variety-rich neighborhoods.
  • Encourage the revitalization of older and underutilized commercial and industrial sites and buildings.
  • Construct the proposed extension of the Salem Creek Greenway.
  • Create new parks and recreation areas at identified potential park locations.
  • Improve accessibility in the area, including improvements to US 52, NC 109 (Thomasville Road) and W. Clemmonsville Road.
  • Implement proposals for sidewalks on identified roads.
  • Implement proposals for road improvements to accommodate bicycles.

Contact Information

, Project Planner • (336) 747-7066

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