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Neighborhood Meeting | Neighborhood Development and My Residence

08 Nov 2016 8:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

On Tuesday, October 18, more than 20 Washington Park neighbors gathered at the Central Y to hear a presentation on zoning and development by Kirk Ericson, Principal Planner for the City of Winston-Salem addressing the questions: What is zoning? What is the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)? What is a National Historic District? How do zoning designations, historic designations, and the UDO affect what home owners can do with their homes and properties in Washington Park? How is the UDO enforced? 

  Mr. Ericson delivered a clear and informative talk about zoning in the city in general and in Washington Park in particular. He described zoning as the set of guidelines and regulations that implement the long-range planning recommendations of the area plans developed and revised to translate the Legacy 2030 plans for each neighborhood. The South Central Area Plan is the set of recommendations that includes Washington Park and it sets ideals for  future land use, transportation and community facilities and environmental and economic development. Since the recommendations are not binding, staying in touch with council members to make sure voices in our neighborhood are heard is of prime interest to WPNA. 

   Mr. Ericson talked about the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) – the set of regulations that manage zoning regulations, land subdivision regulations, environmental regulations and historic preservation regulations. He discussed different historic neighborhood designations and the interaction of zoning regulations and historic designations. He also talked in detail about the zoning process, i.e., the process by which zoning is applied to areas of the city. 

   You can see a pdf of Kirk Ericson's presentation here.

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