Who are We?

Kirk Ericson Marco Andrade Kelly Bennett Steve Smotherman  

, Principal Planner, 336-747-7045  

, Project Planner, 336-747-7057

, Project Planner, 336-747-7062

, Project Planner, 336-747-7066

, Project Planner, 336-747-7060

, Planner, 336-747-7059

The Comprehensive Planning and Design (CPAD) section is involved in the implementation of Legacy 2030, Forsyth County's comprehensive plan. The work of CPAD focuses on small area planning, Legacy-related text amendments, Legacy monitoring and maintenance, growth management, activity centers, design, downtown planning, public art, and the identification and research of local development trends.

What are our Current Projects?

  • Legacy 2030 Comprehensive Plan
  • Corridor and interchange plans
  • UDO Code Assessment
  • Downtown Planning
  • Design assistance to City and County departments, as requested
  • Economic development assistance
  • Public Art Commission staffing
  • Environmental Reviews
  • Quarterly Development Dashboard reports
  • Revitalizing Urban Commercial Areas (RUCA) assistance 

What are our Responsibilities?

Small Area Planning

Small Area Plans are documents prepared by the City-County Planning Board that analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems and opportunities of specific areas of the city and county. Types of small area plans include Legacy Area Plan Updates, Corridor Plans, Northern Beltway Interchange Plans and Strategic Area Plans. These plans make recommendations for future land use, zoning changes, transportation, and public facility improvements. While such plans do not change the zoning of an area, they serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning or other planning decisions. All areas of the county are covered by adopted area plans based on policies of the Legacy plan. For more information, see the Area Plan section.

Legacy-Related Text Amendments

Legacy 2030, the adopted comprehensive plan for Winston-Salem and Forsyth County makes a variety of recommendations to promote quality growth and conserve our community’s cultural and environmental resources. While some Legacy recommendations are generalized, others are more specific with respect to the direct implementation of Legacy goals through development ordinance amendments. The CPAD work group’s role is to draft recommended text changes and oversee their adoption through a formalized public review process. Sample recent ordinance changes include revised subdivision street standards, mixed-use development standards, infill development standards, revisions to the Sign Ordinance, revisions to existing planned residential development standards, urban agriculture standards, and parking regulation revisions.

Downtown Planning

Over the past several years, planning staff have been involved with the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership (DWSP) in revitalization efforts for downtown Winston-Salem. Since 1988, the downtown plans have been periodically updated to reflect trends and the evolution of new development. The City-County Planning Board and City Council adopted the Downtown Plan for Winston-Salem in 2002, and has adopted, updated and revised versions of the Plan in 2005 and 2007. The Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership and city staff are continually working on implementation of the Plan. The Plan has helped in transforming downtown into a vibrant center of offices, commercial, restaurant, entertainment and urban residential activity. The most recent Downtown Plan update was adopted in 2013.

Public Art

Winston-Salem and Forsyth County approved resolutions establishing the Public Art Commission. This Commission is composed of both city and county representatives. The Public Art Commission meets at 2:00 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month in the Stuart Municipal Building second floor conference room.

Revised 9/10/2019

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