Innovation & Resilience Are Winston-Salem's Heritage

By A. Paul Norby, FAICP
(Posted October 23, 2017)

Innovation and Resilience Are Winston-Salem's Heritage (PDF) is an article chronicling Winston-Salem's challenges from the mid 1700s to today.

Innovation and Resilience Are Winston-Salem's Heritage

Multi-Family Housing: New Trends & Opportunities

By Marco Andrade
(Posted July 22, 2015)

The Multi-Family Housing: New Trends and Opportunities (PDF) presentation is geared towards architects and developers and includes tips for location, design, and development approval.

Narrated Video of Presentation

Request a Presentation

If you would like Planning staff to give a presentation on this topic to your group or organization, email Kirk Ericson or call Kirk at 336-747-7045.

Multi-Family Housing - New Trends and Opportunities

Area Plan Trends

By Steve Smotherman
Email Steve Smotherman
Phone: 336-747-7066
(Posted August 7, 2014)

View the Area Plan Trend Report (PDF).

Overview of Report

This report shows that 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%, while college graduates increased by 9 percentage points to nearly 40%.

Dividing US 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:

  • Age and gender distribution
  • Diversity composition
  • Educational attainment
  • Household income
  • Housing occupancy
  • Population change
  • Poverty levels
  • Type of residences (e.g, single family, town home, multifamily)

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.

Area Plan Trends - July 2014

Finding Suitable Industrial Park Sites in Forsyth County

By Steve Smotherman
(Posted May 22, 2009)

The Finding Suitable Industrial Park Sites in Forsyth County Presentation (PDF), prepared for Winston-Salem Business, Inc., indicates the advantages and limitations of Forsyth County in identifying and developing future Business/Industrial Parks. Please note that this is a large file and may take time to load.

Overview of Findings

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)
  • Availability of the site to be purchased