Planners Hope to Get Input on Population Growth

Planners in Forsyth County are looking for public feedback on population growth, and based on their projections for downtown Winston-Salem it would be a very good thing for PTAA to have representatives involved

Planners in Forsyth County are looking for public feedback on population growth, and based on their projections for downtown Winston-Salem it would be a very good thing for PTAA to have representatives involved:

But perhaps the most important growth downtown has been the number of people who live there.

From 2000 to 2010, the number of people living downtown roughly doubled, from about 1,200 residents to about 2,500, U.S. census figures show. Forsyth County planners expect that over the next 20 years, the county could grow by 120,000 people. Downtown could end up being home to about 30,000 of those people, planners estimate.

“Given the limited amount of land we have to fit 120,0000 people, where do they think that additional 120,000 people should be distributed?” said Paul Norby, planning department director.

To deal with that growth, the City-County Planning Department is reworking its Legacy Plan, an overarching document that guides development for all of Forsyth County.