Who are We?

The Community Character section is comprised of four staff members who are involved in a variety of cultural and environmental resource concerns within Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in accordance with the Legacy Development Guide. The team provides staff support to two advisory commissions: the Historic Resources Commission and the Community Appearance Commission. The team also supports other internal and external planning agency responsibilities including Parks, Open Space, and Greenways; Historic Preservation; Farmland Preservation; and environmental sustainability.

What are our Primary Responsibilities?

Historic Resource Planning

Historic Resource staff work with citizens, property owners, businesses, public agencies, and other community organizations to help identify, preserve, and promote the community’s unique heritage. Serving as professional liaison to the Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission (HRC), staff are responsible for administration of the Historic (H) and Historic Overlay (HO) Districts as well as Forsyth County’s Local Historic Landmark (LHL) program. Additional ongoing services include coordination of the community’s "Certified Local Government" responsibilities, review of National Register of Historic Places nominations, Section 106 (National Historic Preservation Act) review, redevelopment plan review, administration of Winston-Salem’s Historic Marker program, and coordination of Historic Preservation Month. Historic Resource staff also respond to public inquiries about various historic preservation issues, such as available financial incentives, sources of historical information, appropriate rehabilitation/preservation techniques, and questions about specific historic properties.

Parks, Recreation, Open Space, Greenway Planning and Environmental Sustainability

The Community Character staff works with other agencies both within and outside City-County government to plan the locations and coordinate the implementation of parks, greenways, recreational facilities, and community open space. The team also evaluates new development proposals and zoning requests for compliance with existing guidelines and plan recommendations.

Community Appearance Commission

The Community Character staff provides staff support to the joint City-County Community Appearance Commission (CAC) to facilitate the development and implementation of various commission initiatives pertaining to street corridor improvements, gateway treatments, the biennial CAC Awards Presentation, and revised Sign Ordinance Standards. The CAC also reviews and makes recommendations on various publicly funded developments and capital improvement projects. 

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