City Council Public Hearing - April 6, 2015, 7:00 p.m.
A draft of the North Central Area Plan Update [pdf/9mb/57p] is complete. City Council will hold a public hearing on the plan at their next meeting on Monday, April 6, 2015, at 7:00 p.m., City Hall, Room 230, 101 North Main Street.
The Planning Board made two additions to the plan (which are reflected in the draft) before adopting it at their February meeting. The first addition is on page 21, "Contaminated Sites: Some sites in the planning area may have environmental contamination due to the presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or other contaminant. Contamination is often found on or near sites that were previously used for heavy industrial, dry cleaning, or fuel sales uses. Often, contamination issues only surface as properties are more closely examined as they are being developed or redeveloped. For more specific and up-to-date information on contaminated sites, contact the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR)." The second addition is on page 53, "General Recommendations: Carefully evaluate potential sites for development and redevelopment that may have been affected by environmental contamination in the planning area. This would be especially appropriate for residential, institutional, and public gathering uses on sites near current and former heavy industrial operations with documented environmental hazards."
The plan's kickoff meeting, held on September 16, covered the Existing Conditions Report [pdf/6mb/26p], which is a summary of the North Central Planning Area's demographic and land use trends over the last seven years. It includes current and proposed street and highway improvements, community facilities, environmental features, a list of historic resources, as well as several maps of the area. Attendees shared positive and negative attributes, as well as needs for the area [pdf/500kb/2p]. A meeting held on October 28 discussed the draft land use change maps [pdf/1.7mb/1p] and preliminary land use recommendations [pdf/200kb/10p]. A meeting held November 18 discussed preliminary recommendations for transportation improvements, community facilities, historic preservation, and economic development [pdf/2.1mb/12p].
The current North Central Winston-Salem Area Plan [pdf/2.6mb/96p] was adopted by City Council and the City-County Planning Board in 2007. The plan was prepared by the North Central Area Citizens' Advisory Committee and City-County Planning Department staff. The plan will guide future land use and public investment decisions and includes recommendations for land use, transportation, community facilities, community development and housing, design and appearance, historic preservation, and economic development.
Boundaries of the Planning Area
The North Central Planning Area [pdf/300kb/1p] encompasses approximately 2,000 acres and is bounded on the north by Reynolds Boulevard and Akron Drive; on the east by US 52; on the south by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Eighth Street, and the Southern Railway; and on the west by the Old Town Country Club. The planning area is in four city council wards. Approximately one-half the planning area is in the North Ward, approximately one-third is in the Northeast Ward, and the balance is in the East and Northwest Wards.
Kelly Bennett, Project Planner, (336) 747-7062