Planning Board (City-County)


  • Second Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
    • At its meeting on the second Thursday of each month, the Planning Board makes recommendations on changes to the zoning ordinances, both changes to the map indicating how property is zoned and changes in the regulations as written in the text of the City and County zoning ordinances, and approves land subdivisions.
    • Bryce Stuart Municipal Building
      5th Floor Public Meeting Room
      100 E First Street
      Winston-Salem, NC 27101
  • Fourth Thursday of each month at 4:30 p.m.
    • The meeting on the fourth Thursday is a work session for the consideration of long range planning matters.
    • Bryce Stuart Municipal Building
      Planning Board Conference Room
      100 E First Street
      Winston-Salem, NC 27101

All meetings are open to the public.

Meeting Video

City-County Planning Board public hearings are now televised on WSTV Digital Media. Check the WSTV Schedule for broadcast times.

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Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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Chris Leak                   Jason Grubbs                   Walter Farabee

           Chris Leak, Chair                                     Jason Grubbs, Vice Chair                                       Walter Farabee

Clarence Lambe Jr.                   Mo McRae                 Salvador Patino

           Clarence Lambe Jr.                                              Mo McRae                                                  Salvador Patiño

Lindsey Schwab                  Brenda Smith                 Jack Steelman

            Lindsey Schwab                                                  Brenda Smith                                                  Jack Steelman

Method of Appointment

No more than five of the nine members may reside within the corporate limits of Winston-Salem, and all appointments are made jointly by both governing boards. The City Council upon the recommendation of the Mayor shall appoint five city residents, and the County Commissioners shall appoint four non-city residents, with the appointments becoming effective upon concurrence by the other governing board.

Number of Members

Nine citizens are appointed jointly by the City of Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to become members of the City-County Planning Board (PDF). Serving this board is a 22-person staff with expertise in:

  • Economic development
  • Environmental preservation
  • Historic preservation
  • Land use planning
  • Transportation planning
  • Other issues affecting the growth of our community

Terms of Office

Four years

Chief Staff Person

Chris Murphy
Planning and Development Service Director
Phone: 336-747-7049

Current Membership - City Resident Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Salvador Patiño

September 2026
Lindsey Schwab

February 2027
Chris Leak, ChairBlack Male2February 2025
Mo McRae
Latina Female
February 2026
Walter O. FarabeeBlack Male1March 2025

Current Membership - Non-City Resident Appointments

NameRace & GenderTermExpiration
Jason GrubbsWhite MaleN/AFebruary 2021
Clarence R. Lambe, Jr.White MaleN/AFebruary 2027
Brenda Joyce SmithWhite FemaleN/AFebruary 2024
Jack SteelmanWhite MaleN/AFebruary 2024

Authority for Creation

The authority for establishing the City-County Planning Board is Chapter 677 of the 1947 Session Laws as amended. The Board was created by an ordinance jointly adopted by the City Council and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on February 13, 1948.

Purpose / Function

The purpose of the Planning Board is to carry out planning functions for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County as required by law or as assigned by the governing boards. As an advisory board, its duties include:

  • Approving plat maps showing subdivisions
  • Determining and fixing minimum sizes of lots and establish building lines, except where building lines have already been established by City ordinance
  • Preparing and adopting regulations governing the subdivision of the land into streets or lots
  • Preparing and maintaining a long range general development plan for the entire county, including such considerations as development of land and the location of:
    • Playgrounds and open spaces
    • Public buildings
    • Streets and roads
    • Utilities
  • Preparing and recommending area plans that go into more detail about smaller areas of the City and County
  • Reviewing and making recommendations on major capital expenditures and zoning map changes

Reports & Documents

Work Program

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Annual Reports

View Most Recent Annual Report (PDF) | View Past Annual Reports


View Current Calendar (PDF) | View Past Calendars