Plan Status - ADOPTED 2014

North Suburban Area Plan Update CoverDocuments

North Suburban Area Plan Update [pdf/46.0mb/66p]

The North Suburban Area Plan Update has been adopted by the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners adopted the plan on May 12, 2014, and the Winston-Salem City Council adopted the plan on April 7, 2014. The City-County Planning Board and the Town of Bethania Board of Commissioners recommended approval of the plan at public hearings on March 13, 2014. The plan update will guide future land use and public investment decisions including recommendations for transportation, community facilities, housing and community development, design and appearance, historic preservation, and economic development.

Planning Area Boundary

North Suburban Area Plan Boundary

The North Suburban Plan Area [pdf/417kb/1p] encompasses 14,619 acres (22.9 square miles) and includes portions of Winston-Salem, Bethania, and unincorporated areas under Forsyth County’s zoning and planning jurisdiction.

Polo Road / N. Cherry Street Community Enhancement Workshop final report [pdf/13mb/122p] is also available for public review.

Plan Recommendation Highlights

Proposed land uses are shown on the Proposed Land Use Map [pdf/5.4mb/1p]. The following are key recommendations included in the North Suburban Area Plan:

  • Low-density attached residential development, with a density of zero to eight (0 – 8) dwelling units per acre, is recommended for ten areas, notably for the south side of Shattalon Drive near Murray Road and for selected parcels in the Long Creek Village subdivision.
  • Intermediate-density residential development, with a density of eight to eighteen (8 – 18) dwelling units per acre, is recommended for 18 locations, notably: Ziglar Road west of US 52; along Shattalon Drive west of University Parkway;  along Murray Road north of Shattalon Drive; and along Silas Creek Parkway near Fairlawn Drive. 
  • Large-scale office development is recommended for 7 areas, including: undeveloped land located at E. Hanes Mill Road and Pinebrook Knolls Road; and along W. Hanes Mill Road, Mercantile Drive, and Corporate Square Drive.
  • Commercial development is recommended for 19 locations, notably: along Hanes Mill Road within the University/ Hanes Mill Activity Center; within the Reynolda Road/Fairlawn Drive Activity Center; North Point Boulevard between University Parkway and Indiana Avenue; N. Patterson Avenue between the US 52 interchange and Akron Drive; and the southeast corner of the Main Street/ Bethania Road intersection in Bethania.
  • Mixed-Use development is recommended on the east side of University Parkway between Home Road and North Cherry Street and for the area at the intersection of Silas Creek Parkway with Fairlawn Drive.
  • Encourage redevelopment of the area immediately surrounding the N. Cherry Street/Polo Road intersection.
  • Complete proposed long-term transportation projects including the widening of W. Hanes Mill Road from University Parkway to Museum Drive (U-2729); Motor Road realignment to North Point Boulevard at Indiana Avenue; and construction of the Eastern Beltway between US 52 and Germanton Road (U-2579F).
  • Construct the Mill Creek Greenway North, Phase 1 (a 2.15 mile proposed section connecting Bethabara Park to the Hines and Sara Lee soccer fields and passing west of North Forsyth High School to W. Hanes Mill Road).
  • Coordinate historic preservation efforts with organizations such as the Piedmont Land Conservancy to preserve not only architectural elements but significant open space and farmland development in the area.

Contact Information

Steve Smotherman, Project PlannerKelly Bennett, Planner

, Project Planner • (336) 747-7066

, Planner • (336) 747-7062

Revised 1/27/2016

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