Innovation and Resilience are Winston-Salem's Heritage
 (posted 10/23/2017)


An article [pdf/796kb/4p] chronicling Winston-Salem's challenges from the mid 1700s to today. 

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Multifamily Housing: New Trends and Opportunities

By Marco Andrade (posted 7/22/2015)

View slideshow: Multifamily Housing: New Trends and Opportunities [pdf/12mb/64p]This presentation is geared towards architects and developers and includes tips for location, design, and development approval.

See also below narrated YouTube video of the same presentation.

If you would like Planning staff to give a presentation on this topic to your group or organization, contact Kirk Ericson at 747-7045 or .

update: 8/18/2015

area plan booklet coverArea Plan Trends

By Steve Smotherman (posted 8/7/2014)

More than 60% of Forsyth County’s population growth of 55,000 people between 2000 and 2010 occurred in four planning areas south of Interstate 40. All planning areas of Forsyth County have become more diverse with African-Americans moving outward to the Suburban Ring. Winston-Salem and the interior of Forsyth County are becoming younger while all of the Perimeter Communities such as Clemmons, Kernersville, and Rural Hall are becoming older. The percentage of high school graduates increased by 7 percentage points between 2000 and 2012 to 85 percent while college graduates increased by 9 percentage points to nearly 40 percent.

Dividing U.S. Census data by established planning area boundaries allows, for the first time, comparisons to be made within and between individual planning areas over a 10- to 12-year period. Indicators that have been investigated include population change, diversity composition, age and gender distribution, household income, poverty levels, type of residences (e.g., single family, townhome, multifamily), housing occupancy and educational attainment. Close analysis of these statistics gives for the first time a comprehensive picture of trends within the county of where neighborhoods are increasing or decreasing in population, racial composition, income, housing mix, etc.

View the Area Plan Trends report [pdf/1.2mb/16p]. Contact Steve Smotherman at or (336) 747-7066 if you have any inquiries.

Finding Suitable Industrial Park Sites in Forsyth County

By Steve Smotherman (posted 5/22/2009)

Potential new Business/Industrial Park Sites of 100 acres or more are quickly becoming an endangered species in Forsyth County. Good Business/Industrial Park sites are necessary to be competitive with other communities for large Economic Development projects like the Dell manufacturing facility near Union Cross.

There are just 15 good sites identified presently in all of Forsyth County. Some previously identified sites have already been developed residentially and, without protection, more of these rare sites could be lost to suburban residential development.

Sites must be sifted through several factors before declaring it a prime Business/Industrial Park location including: proximity to interstate highways, adequate water supplies and sufficient wastewater treatment capacities, public regulations (e.g. zoning and watershed requirements), and the availability of the site to be purchased. 

View the PowerPoint slide show [pdf/5.84mb/58p] prepared for Winston-Salem Business, Inc. indicating the advantages and limitations of Forsyth County in identifying and developing future Business/Industrial Parks (NOTE: This is a large file and may take time to load).

Revised 10/23/2016

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