Community Development - January 18, 2018
The city is conducting a study to determine the mix of housing that Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will need to meet evolving housing preferences and population trends over the coming decade, and is holding meetings on Thursday, Jan. 25, to solicit public input for the study.
The meetings will be held at from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at the Neal Bolton Home & Garden Building on the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds. Enter through Gate 9 off 27th Street.
Both meetings are the same, and will build on an earlier meeting the city held in September, said Mellin Parker, the senior project supervisor for the Planning Division of the Community Development Department.
"Population trends will affect the kind of housing that we will need in the future," Parker said. "For example, the population of people over 65 is expected to grow three times as fast as the overall county population, and housing that these residents prefer will be different than the housing that residents in their 20s will want.
"At the same time, we also need to pay attention to income trends and how that affects the kind of housing the people can afford," Parker said.
The city is seeking input from everyone who has an interest in housing, including residents, tenants, landlords, builders, developers, real-estate agents and would-be homebuyers.
People who cannot attend either meeting can go to CityofWS.org/HousingStudy to watch a short presentation about the issues and leave comments.
The meetings on Jan. 25 will be facilitated by representatives of Enterprise Community Partners, a non-profit housing policy and consulting group that the city has retained to assist with the study.
For more information go to CityofWS.org/HousingStudy or call CityLink 311.