Area Plans

Area plans are documents prepared by the Planning and Development Services staff that analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems, and opportunities of specific areas of the City and County. These can be the larger areas defined for the Legacy Update Series of area plans, or more targeted areas based on road corridors or interchanges on the proposed Northern Beltway.

With the assistance of local citizens, recommendations for future land use, zoning changes, and transportation and public facility improvements are formulated. While area plans do not change zoning in the area, they do serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning and other planning decisions.

Upon adoption, each area plan becomes part of the comprehensive plan. While the area plan program seeks extensive involvement on the part of residents, property owners, and investors, the Planning Board has the responsibility to assure that each plan is consistent with the broad public interest and other elements of Legacy 2030. The Legacy Update Series of area plans were implemented between 2012 and 2018 and cover all of Forsyth County, with the exception of three Rural Policy Areas.

  1. Area Plans
  2. Updates Map
  3. Status Reports

Winston-Salem Area Plans

Area PlanAdoption Date
Downtown PlanDecember 4, 2023
East / Northeast Area Plan UpdateNovember 2, 2015
North Central Area Plan UpdateApril 6, 2015
Northwest Area PlanMay 1, 2017
South Central Area Plan UpdateOctober 6, 2014
Southeast Area Plan UpdateSeptember 3, 2013
Southwest Area Plan UpdateAugust 1, 2016

Suburban Area Plans

Area PlanAdoption Date
North Suburban Area PlanMarch 13, 2014
Northeast Suburban Area Plan UpdateDecember 14, 2017
Rural Hall Area Plan UpdateAugust 8, 2016
South Suburban Area Plan UpdateNovember 30, 2017
Southeast Forsyth County Area Plan UpdateOctober 7, 2013
Southeast Suburban Area Plan UpdateMay 9, 2016
Southwest Suburban Area Plan UpdateAugust 31, 2015
Tobaccoville Area Plan UpdateMarch 25, 2013
Walkertown Area Plan UpdateJune 9, 2014
West Suburban Area Plan UpdateAugust 2, 2018