Area plans are documents prepared by the City-County Planning Board staff that analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems and opportunities of specific areas of the city and county. With the assistance of local citizens, recommendations for future land use, zoning changes, and transportation and public facility improvements are formulated. While area plans do not change zoning in the area, they do serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning and other planning decisions.

Upon adoption, each area plan becomes part of the comprehensive plan. While the area plan program seeks extensive involvement on the part of residents, property owners, and investors, the Planning Board has the responsibility to assure that each plan is consistent with the broad public interest and other elements of Legacy 2030. For more information on the area plan process, please see the links below to area plan information handouts.  

Below is an interactive map that shows the status of the area plans in Forsyth County. You may click on an area to obtain the name of the plan, its status, adoption year and link to the adopted plan, or you may enter an address in Forsyth County to zoom into a plan area to obtain the same information.

You may also view a full-page, interactive version of the map directly in the ArcGIS Online viewer or print a page-size countywide Area Plan Status Map [pdf/681kb/1p]. 


Adopted Area Plans 

Area Plan Status Report [pdf /1mb/39p] - posted 10/2/2013 

Area Plans in Central Winston-Salem

Area Plan Name Adoption Date
Downtown Plan [pdf/4.8 mb/58p]    April 1, 2013 
East/Northeast Area Plan [pdf/5.5mb/104p]  May 5, 2008
North Central Area Plan [2.56 mb/pdf/96p] April 12, 2007
Northwest Area Plan [pdf/5.1mb/94p] March 5, 2012
South Central Area Plan Update [pdf/32mb/86p]  October 6, 2014 
Southeast Winston-Salem Area Plan Update [pdf/39mb/62p]  September 3, 2013
Southwest Area Plan [pdf/3.3mb/93p]  October 5, 2009 

Area Plans in Suburban Winston-Salem, Forsyth County, and Towns  

Area Plan Name  Adoption Date 
North Suburban Area Plan  [pdf/47mb/66p]  March 13, 2014 
Northeast Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3,869kb/100p]  February 14, 2011
Rural Hall Area Plan [pdf/2.4mb/92p]    September 12, 2011 
South Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3,346kb/100p]    March 14, 2011   
Southeast Forsyth County Area Plan Update [pdf/45.6mb/70p]  October 7, 2013  
Southeast Suburban Area Plan [pdf/5.99mb/92p]  November 23, 2009 
Southwest Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3.32mb/92p]     January 26, 2009  
Tobaccoville Area Plan Update [pdf/7.0mb/60p]  March 25, 2013
Walkertown Area Plan Update [pdf/57.56mb/60p]  June 9, 2014
West Suburban Area Plan [pdf/5.1mb/108p] January 9, 2012  

Older area plans, published prior to the adoption of the 2001 Legacy Plan are available at the office of the City-County Planning Board for sale or for viewing in the office. 

Legacy Toolkit Handouts

Contact Information

Kirk Ericson, Principal Planner, (336) 747-7045

Updated 1/14/2015

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