City-County Planning Board

 The City-County Planning Board was established by a special act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1948 to provide consolidated planning services to the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. As such, it is the oldest consolidated city-county agency in North Carolina.

Who is on the Planning Board?

Nine citizens are appointed jointly by the City of Winston-Salem City Council and the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners to become members of the City-County Planning Board (PDF). Serving this board is a 22-person staff with expertise in land use planning, transportation planning, economic development, historic preservation, environmental preservation, and other issues affecting the growth of our community. 

Planning Board Members

Chris Leak                   Jason Grubbs                   Walter Farabee

           Chris Leak, Chair                                     Jason Grubbs, Vice Chair                                       Walter Farabee

Clarence Lambe Jr.                   Mo McRae                 Salvador Patino

           Clarence Lambe Jr.                                              Mo McRae                                                  Salvador Patiño

Lindsey Schwab                  Brenda Smith                 Jack Steelman

            Lindsey Schwab                                                  Brenda Smith                                                  Jack Steelman

What the Planning Board Does

The special enabling act creating the City-County Planning and Development Services Department states that the function of the Planning Board shall be to make and adopt a general plan or plans for the physical development of the entire area of the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. The act also authorizes the Planning board to prepare and adopt regulations for the subdivision of land and "to make such other requirements which in the opinion of the Planning Board may be appropriate and reasonable to carry out the purposes of the general plan or plans for the physical development of the City of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County ...." consistent with other State and local laws.

In keeping with this charge, the Planning Board acts as an advisory board to the elected bodies with regard to: 1) preparation and adoption of the comprehensive plan and other plans (such as small area plans, natural resource protection plans, transportation plans, etc.), and 2) implementation of those plans by various mechanisms, especially preparation and application of the Zoning Ordinance. The Planning Board’s role with regard to zoning issues is to conduct public hearings on proposed changes to the Official Zoning Map (i.e., rezoning requests) and proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance (i.e., text amendments). In addition to these advisory functions, the Planning Board acts as a final decision-making board in regard to subdivision of land and certification of areas as blighted for redevelopment projects.

CCPB Annual Work Programs

CCPB Annual Reports

CCPB Annual Calendars

City-County Planning Board public hearings are now televised on WSTV Digital Media. Check the WSTV schedule for broadcast times.

Current Planning Board monthly agenda book (PDF)

Current Planning Board meeting agenda (PDF)

Planning Board meeting agendas and minutes 2016-present

What the Planning Staff Does

In short, staff help the Board do what it is required to accomplish under State law. Staff provide the data, information, and professional recommendations regarding land use issues and other planning policy questions to the Planning Board and elected boards to help them make informed recommendations and decisions. Staff accomplish this work through three multidisciplinary teams: Comprehensive Planning and Community Character, GIS Mapping and Design, and Land Use Administration.