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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Happening This Month
Applications are NOW being accepted for the 2018 Historic Marker Program! Applications are due October 31, 2017 by 4:00 p.m. See the news story for more details. - posted 10/4/2017
Holiday Season Book Sale! The Historic Resources Commission’s publication, Winston-Salem’s Architectural Heritage by Heather Fearnbach, is going on sale for the holiday season. Starting November 21, 2017 through January 13, 2018 the price will be marked down from $60 to $45. Get your copy now!
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
An update to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Parks and Open Space Plan is underway. Five public drop-in sessions have been scheduled for November to allow City and County residents to provide their input on the update. See the Parks and Open Space Meeting Flyer [pdf/4mb/1p] for meeting dates and times or if you can't make it to the meeting, please provide your input by taking our survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/WSFC_ParksandOpenSpace.
Development Dashboard, 2017 3rd Quarter [pdf/776kb/2p] - posted 10/26/2017
Innovation and Resilience are Winston-Salem's Heritage [pdf/796kb/4p] - Article by A. Paul Norby, FAICP, posted 10/23/2017.
2018 Community Appearance Awards Call for Entries [pdf/350kb/1p]. Deadline for submittal is 10/6/2017. See web page for more information - posted 9/1/2017
Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for development of a comprehensive Downtown Streetscape Master Plan and Design Standards for Downtown Winston-Salem - posted 5/16/2017
- City Bids page (RFQ advertisement)
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