Who are We?

The Comprehensive Planning and Design (CPAD) section is involved in the implementation of Legacy 2030, Forsyth County's comprehensive plan. The work of CPAD focuses on area planning, Legacy-related text amendments, Legacy monitoring and maintenance, RUCA review, growth management, activity centers, downtown planning, and the identification and research of development trends.

What are our Current Projects?

  • Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan
  • Legacy Toolkit
  • Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas
  • Trends Report
  • Healthy living initiatives
  • Area Plan Updates
  • Downtown Planning
  • Central Library Study
  • Design assistance to City and County departments as requested
  • Environmental Reviews
  • What are our Responsibilities?

    Area Planning

    Area Plans are documents prepared by the City-County Planning Board that analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems and opportunities of specific areas of the city and county. From the analysis, recommendations are made for future land use, zoning changes, transportation, and public facility improvements. While Area Plans do not change the zoning of an area, they do serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning or other planning decisions. All areas of the county are covered by adopted area plans based on policies of the 2001 Legacy plan. Each area plan will be updated to reflect the policies of the Legacy 2030 comprehensive plan. currently, the Tobaccoville and Southeast Winston-Salem area plans have been updated to reflect these policies. The Southeast Forsyth County, Walkertown, North Suburban, and South Central Winston-Salem plans will be updated in the next fiscal year. For more information, see the Area Plan section.

    Legacy-Related Text Amendments

    Legacy 2030, the adopted comprehensive plan for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County makes a variety of recommendations to promote quality growth and conserve our community’s cultural and environmental resources. While some Legacy recommendations are generalized, others are more specific with respect to the direct implementation of Legacy goals through development ordinance amendments. The CPAD work group’s role is to draft recommended text changes and oversee their adoption through a formalized public review process. Sample recent ordinance changes include revised subdivision street standards, traditional neighborhood development standards, infill development standards, revisions to the Sign Ordinance, and revisions to existing planned residential development standards.

    Downtown Planning

    Over the past several years, planning staff have been involved with the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership (DWSP) in revitalization efforts for downtown Winston-Salem. Since 1988, the downtown plans have been periodically updated to reflect trends and the evolution of new development. The City-County Planning Board and City Council adopted the Downtown Plan for Winston-Salem in 2002, and has adopted, updated and revised versions of the Plan in 2005 and 2007. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and city staff are continually working on implementation of the Plan. The Plan has helped in transforming downtown into a vibrant center of offices, commercial, restaurant, entertainment and urban residential activity. The 2012 Downtown Plan update was recently adopted.

    Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas (RUCA)

    At the request of the City Council, Planning staff has looked at struggling urban commercial areas, also known as Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas (RUCAs). Staff has prepared recommendations for public improvements, regulatory changes, and financial incentives. The City Council initially committed 1.5 million dollars for the improvement of these areas. These monies were focused on public and private site improvements. The city selected three areas for the first round of funding: Waughtown/Thomasville, Liberty Street, and Washington Park. A second round of funding has been made available to five declining commercial areas.

    Trends Report

    The Trends Report analyzes recent demographic, economic, and development trends in Forsyth County. Using a variety of national and local data sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, the Trends Report provides information and insight into how Forsyth County is changing and what these trends may signal for Forsyth County’s future.

    As Forsyth County continues to adapt to its changing economy, 2011 Forsyth County Trends and Development Patterns Report [pdf/2.35mb/71p] is a straightforward and objective reference document that can be used by a variety of groups who have an interest in the past, present, and future of Forsyth County.

    What are our Current Projects?

    What are our Responsibilities?

    Area Planning

    Area Plans are documents prepared by the City-County Planning Board that analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems and opportunities of specific areas of the city and county. From the analysis, recommendations are made for future land use, zoning changes, transportation, and public facility improvements. While Area Plans do not change the zoning of an area, they do serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning or other planning decisions. All areas of the county are covered by adopted area plans based on policies of the 2001 Legacy plan. Each area plan will be updated to reflect the policies of the Legacy 2030 comprehensive plan. For more information, see the Area Plan section.

    Legacy-Related Text Amendments

    Legacy 2030, the adopted comprehensive plan for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County makes a variety of recommendations to promote quality growth and conserve our community’s cultural and environmental resources. While some Legacy recommendations are generalized, others are more specific with respect to the direct implementation of Legacy goals through development ordinance amendments. The CPAD work group’s role is to draft recommended text changes and oversee their adoption through a formalized public review process. Sample recent ordinance changes include revised subdivision street standards, traditional neighborhood development standards, infill development standards, revisions to the Sign Ordinance, and revisions to existing planned residential development standards.

    Downtown Planning

    Over the past several years, planning staff have been involved with the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership (DWSP) in revitalization efforts for downtown Winston-Salem. Since 1988, the downtown plans have been periodically updated to reflect trends and the evolution of new development. The City-County Planning Board and City Council adopted the Downtown Plan for Winston-Salem in 2002, and has adopted, updated and revised versions of the Plan in 2005 and 2007. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and city staff are continually working on implementation of the Plan. The Plan has helped in transforming downtown into a vibrant center of offices, commercial, restaurant, entertainment and urban residential activity. Staff is currently completing work on the 2012 Downtown Plan update.

    Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas (RUCA)

    At the request of the City Council, Planning staff has looked at struggling urban commercial areas, also known as Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas (RUCAs). Staff has prepared recommendations for public improvements, regulatory changes, and financial incentives. The City Council initially committed 1.5 million dollars for the improvement of these areas. These monies were focused on public and private site improvements. The city selected three areas for the first round of funding: Waughtown/Thomasville, Liberty Street, and Washington Park. A second round of funding has been made available to five declining commercial areas. 

    Trends Report

    The Trends Report analyzes recent demographic, economic, and development trends in Forsyth County. Using a variety of national and local data sources, such as the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, and the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, the Trends Report provides information and insight into how Forsyth County is changing and what these trends may signal for Forsyth County’s future.

    As Forsyth County continues to adapt to its changing economy, 2009 Forsyth County Trends and Development Patterns Report [pdf/8.22kb/65p] is a straightforward and objective reference document that can be used by a variety of groups who have an interest in the past, present, and future of Forsyth County. An updated Trends Report is currently available online.

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