The City-County Planning Board prepares Area Plans, design studies, and corridor studies in an effort to translate the comprehensive plan into more precise terms that can be followed on a local level. Under its enabling legislation, the Planning Board is responsible for preparing and maintaining a comprehensive plan for Forsyth County. Legacy 2030, the County's overall plan for managed growth in the community, was adopted by Winston-Salem and Forsyth County in 2012. Traditionally, the comprehensive plan takes a broad, communitywide perspective for guiding growth. Various elements of Legacy 2030 are concerned with land use, housing, transportation, and other planning components.
Area Plans are documents prepared by the City-County Planning Board staff which analyze the existing characteristics, trends, problems and opportunities of specific areas of the city and county. With the assistance of a citizen committee, recommendations for future land use, zoning changes, transportation and public facility improvements are formulated. While Area Plans do not change zoning in the area, they do serve as guides for the Planning Board and elected officials to use when making zoning and other planning decisions in the area.
Upon adoption, each Area Plan becomes part of the comprehensive plan. While the Area Plan program seeks extensive involvement on the part of residents, property owners, and investors, the Planning Board has the responsibility to assure that each Area Plan is consistent with the broad public interest and with other elements of Legacy 2030. For more information on the Area Plan process, please see the links below to Area Plan Information handouts.
Since the original Legacy plan was adopted in 2001, Growth Management Areas (GMA) 1 and 2 have been divided into seven subareas for planning purposes. Similarly, Growth Management Areas 3, 4, and 5 are also divided into 13 subareas for planning purposes.
Adopted Area Plans
Area Plans in GMA 1 and 2
|Area Plan Name
|Downtown Plan [pdf/16.5 mb/32p]
||July 16, 2007 |
|Southeast Area Plan [pdf/5.17mb/52p]
||May 6, 2002 |
|South Central Area Plan [pdf/8.87mb/95p]
||August 18, 2003 |
|North Central Area Plan [2.56 mb/pdf/96p]
||April 12, 2007 |
|East/Northeast Area Plan [pdf/5.7mb/98p]
||May 5, 2008 |
|Southwest Area Plan [pdf/3.3mb/93p]
||October 5, 2009 |
Area Plans in GMA 3, 4 and 5
|Area Plan Name
||Adoption Date |
|Union Cross/Southeast Forsyth County
Area Plan [pdf/7.98mb/72p]
|March 1, 2004 |
|North Suburban Area Plan [pdf/4mb/72p]
||March 28, 2005 |
|Walkertown Area Plan [pdf/2.7mb/72p]
||October 23, 2006 |
|Southwest Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3.32mb/92p]
||January 26, 2009|
|Southeast Suburban Area Plan [pdf/5.99mb/92p]
||November 23, 2009 |
|Northeast Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3,869kb/100p]
||February 14, 2011 |
|South Suburban Area Plan [pdf/3,346kb/100p]
||March 14, 2011 |
|Rural Hall Area Plan [pdf/2.4MB/92p]
||September 12, 2011 |
|West Suburban Area Plan [pdf/5.1MB/108p]
||January 9, 2012 |
|Northwest Winston-Salem Area Plan
||March 5, 2012|
Older Area Plans, published prior to the adoption of Legacy in 2001, are available at the office of the City-County Planning Board for sale or for viewing in the office. Area Plans completed since 2001 are available for sale or online viewing. See the Publications listing or the map above for availability of Area Plans and other documents produced by Planning Board staff.
Use Google Maps to find the Area Plan for your Neighborhood
To view a searchable Google map showing area plan boundaries:
- Click on the following address to launch the application: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://www.scribblemaps.com/getkml.aspx?id=l0gajh680q%26g=554DE4F
- In the search box at the top of the page, remove the existing text and type an address.
- Move the cursor over the word “Traffic” on the right edge of the screen to activate a list of map layers.
- Left click on the “area plans – Google” layer to activate it.
- Left click on the colored area surrounding the property in question to see which area plan it is within. A text box showing its name will appear on the map.
If you are interested in finding the boundaries of a particular area plan, simply find the area plan name in the column along the left edge of the screen and left click on it. A text box showing its name and location will appear on the map.
Links to Legacy Toolkit Handouts
Kirk Ericson, Project Planner, (336)747-7045, firstname.lastname@example.org
Glenn Simmons, Principal Planner, (336)747-7065, email@example.com