Plan Status - ADOPTED 2017

South Suburban Area Plan Update Cover


South Suburban Area Plan Update [pdf/24.1mb/78p]

The South 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 November 30, 2017, and the Winston-Salem City Council adopted the plan on November 6, 2017. The City-County Planning Board recommended approval of the plan on June 8, 2017. The plan update will guide future area 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

South Suburban Area Plan Boundary

The South Suburban Planning Area [pdf/909kb/1p] encompasses approximately 15,500 acres and is bounded on the north by Silas Creek Parkway and I-40, on the east by Thomasville Road, on the south by the Davidson County line, and on the west by Ebert Road. Approximately 73% of the land area is in the City of Winston-Salem, with 36% of the total area in the South Ward, 36% of the area in the Southeast Ward, and 2% in the Southwest Ward.  Approximately 27% of the total planning area is in unincorporated Forsyth County.

The Peters Creek Parkway Corridor Plan Area is also contained within the South Suburban Area, and this plan contains additional recommendations for properties within this area. The corridor plan is available here.

Plan Recommendation Highlights

The following recommendations are among those included in the South Suburban Area Plan Update:

  • Develop Activity Centers along growth corridors as transit-oriented, high-density, mixed-use nodes.  Buildings in Activity Centers should be placed close to the street with parking located to the side or rear of the buildings and provide pedestrian and vehicular access connections between uses.
  • Consolidate office and commercial uses at existing commercial/office locations, in designated Activity Centers, and in Special Land Use Condition Areas.
  • Encourage rehabilitation/redevelopment of older and underutilized commercial sites in the planning area with building façade improvements, street yards and buffer yard plantings, and parking area improvements.
  • Neighborhoods should be protected from inappropriate residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional encroachment.
  • Continue revitalization of vacant or underutilized industrial sites in the planning area. Existing industrial sites could be converted to other uses compatible with surrounding residential areas. Focus on the infilling of existing industrial parks near Old Lexington Road.
  • Provide sidewalks on at least one side of all new roads and on both sides of roads that provide access to institutions and public facilities.
  • Establish at least one new community park that is easily accessible from a main road.
  • Establish a new recreation center in the planning area to serve the southward growth of Winston-Salem.
  • Develop walkable neighborhoods and create a network of bikeways, sidewalks, and greenways will provide for needed transportation choices for all segments of the population.
  • Begin construction of the Salem Creek Greenway Extension in the next 5 to 7 years.
  • Retain existing historic resources.
  • Support the Voluntary Agriculture District provisions for farmers who want to keep their land in agricultural use.

Contact Information

Steve Smotherman, Project Planner

, Project Planner • (336) 747-7066

Revised 8/26/2019

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