Plan Status - ADOPTED 2012

West Suburban Area Plan CoverDocuments

West Suburban Area Plan [pdf/4.94mb/108p]

The West Suburban Area Plan was adopted by the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners in January 2012 and the Winston-Salem City Council in November 2011. The City-County Planning Board recommended adoption of the plan in September 2011. The plan was prepared by the West Suburban Area Citizens' Advisory Committee and the staff of the City-County Planning Department. The plan will guide future land use and public investment decisions and includes recommendations for transportation, community facilities, design and appearance, historic preservation, and environmental issues.

Planning Area Boundary

West Suburban Area Plan Boundary

The West Suburban Planning Area [pdf/535kb/1p] is bounded on the north by Reynolda Road, on the east by Silas Creek Parkway, on the south by US 421, and on the west by the proposed western leg of the Northern Beltway and by the Lewisville town limits. The planning area has land in three city council wards, including the Southwest, West, and Northwest Wards. A portion of the planning area is in the unincorporated Forsyth County jurisdiction.

Plan Recommendation Highlights

The following recommendations are among those included in the West Suburban Area Plan, beginning on page 37:

  • Facilitate development of the Country Club/Shallowford, Sherwood Forest, Robinhood Village, Reynolda/Fairlawn, Yadkinville/Transou, Harper Hill Commons, and Gordon Manor Activity Centers.
  • Encourage the mix, type, density, and design of development that facilitate walking, bicycling, and the use of transit facilities.
  • Protect residential areas from inappropriate residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional encroachment.
  • Cluster residential development on large undeveloped parcels identified for residential use to protect natural features, natural vegetation, historic resources, and provide open space.
  • Locate industrial uses in areas identified for industrial development.
  • Concentrate commercial development in designated areas and do not allow it to take the form of strip development along the major roads in the planning area.
  • Allow institutions to grow and expand to meet their needs in a manner compatible with their surrounding neighborhoods.
  • Emphasize site design that is compatible with existing neighborhoods.
  • Encourage the revitalization of older/underutilized commercial/industrial sites/buildings.
  • Construct new greenways in accordance with the plan recommendations.
  • Establish at least one new district or community park in the planning area.
  • Improve accessibility and traffic congestion in the area.
  • Implement proposals for sidewalks on identified roads.
  • Implement proposals for road improvements to accommodate bicycles.
  • Encourage studies on the unique mid-twentieth-century architecture that exists in the planning area.

Contact Information

Kirk Ericson, Project Planner

, Project Planner • (336) 747-7045 

Revised 1/28/2016

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