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How can downtown Winston-Salem offer affordable housing and better transportation options? How do small towns in Forsyth County retain their unique character? And what’s the best way to preserve rural areas while making them economically viable for rural land owners?

Members of the City-County Planning Board want residents to speak to these and other questions at the third and final community input meeting for the Legacy 2030 update, scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, in the Winston Room at the Joel Coliseum.

The meeting will present three important chapters in the draft update, concerning downtown, rural areas, and small towns & neighborhoods. After the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to provide feedback at round-table discussions.

The drafts of the chapters are posted online at Residents who cannot attend the meeting can read the drafts and post comments online.

By 2030, demographers predict that the county population will have grown by 120,000 people or more, to at least 475,000. However, the county only has 62,000 acres of open land that is viable for development. The Legacy 2030 update is intended to help our community plan now for this influx of people, while also ensuring there is space for commercial and industrial growth, recreation, schools, and other uses.


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