Forsyth County planners: Population to increase by 120K by 2030

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Winston-Salem and county planners say growth projections show Forsyth County's population increasing by 120,000 people over the next 20 years.

But if the growth isn't planned for, the county could run out of land suitable for development.

The North Carolina Demographer's growth projections have Forsyth County planners looking to revamp the county's growth plan, Legacy 2030.

"It looks at all aspects of the communities growth and development," Planner Glenn Simmons said.

Simmons said over the next month, planners will be seeking input from Forsyth County residents.

They want opinions on everything from roads to water and sewer lines, schools and available land.

"If we were to continue to develop out over the next 20 years like we have the last 20 years we would literally run out of serviceable land," Simmons said.

While city and county planners think concentrating growth in underutilized urban areas makes the most sense, they want to see what residents think in a series of public meetings that start May 8.