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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The R.J. Reynolds Building renovation is a finalist for Great Historic Rehabilitation, and Salem Square is a finalist for Great Public Space in the 2017 Great Places in North Carolina Awards sponsored by APA-NC. Vote at these links: R.J. Reynolds Building and Salem Square (links open in new window). You can vote once every 24 hours, and a Facebook account is required. Voting ends 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

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Downtown Winston-Salem High-Rise Development Opportunity Sites [pdf/11.9mb/28p] - posted 2/1/2017

Development Dashboard, 2016 Year-End [pdf/457kb/2p] - posted 1/26/2017

WO Winston Overlay Public Meeting Notes [pdf/84.9kb/1p], Draft Revised Ordinance [pdf/251kb/5p] and WO Amendment Slideshow [pdf/1.94mb/10p] - posted 1/26/2017

Commercial Development/Redevelopment Design Techniques [pdf/6.18mb/19p] - posted 11/2/2016

Development Dashboard, 2016 3rd Quarter [pdf/585kb/2p] - posted 10/28/2016

Forsyth County Food Access Report [pdf/2.9mb/15p] - posted 10/25/2016

Strategic Infrastructure Improvements Recommendations 2016 Update [pdf/438kb/3p] - posted 10/12/2016

Winston-Salem Northern Beltway Map - posted 9/27/2016

City-County Planning Board 2015-2016 Annual Report [pdf/1.3mb/8p] - posted 9/1/2016

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100 E. First St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Winston-Salem, NC 27102

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