Excessive growth has Winston-Salem updating plans

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Winston-Salem City planners say it’s time to update the downtown plan because faster than expected growth in the city’s core makes the last version from 2007 outdated.

Paul Norby, City/County Planning Director says based on recent growth, estimates show the number of people working downtown will double in the next 20 years. He says the number of people living in downtown will quadruple.

“Downtown is really the most dynamic place in the county. It has had tremendous change over the last 10 years,” said Norby.

That’s why city planners are now asking for residents help in revamping the plan.

City planners want ideas on where to concentrate the residential growth, business growth and ideas on ways to deal with increasing traffic and parking issues.

With Fourth Street and Trade Street reaching capacity and thriving, city planners say the new plan needs to look outside the traditional center city for ways to handle growth. It also needs to include the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

“We need to look at the other streets of the downtown, see where we can expand that energy too,” says Norby. 

Norby says some of the goals of the new plan are to, “look at things like the streetscaping we did on Fourth Street look at activity on Trade Street and how can that expand on liberty street.”

Over the next month the city is taking comments and suggestions on-line and there are two public meetings on November 13th. One is at 2pm and the other at 6pm at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

For more information and to look at the plan visit: www.dwsp.org.