If we want to avoid “build-out” in the near future in Forsyth County, a change will need to be made in the way we develop the remainder of our available land. The 2001 Legacy Plan has had successes and failures in its attempt to curb sprawl and guide compact development. While demographics show that we are not increasing our overall density in Forsyth County, our existing land use map does show increased densities along some strategic corridors. Unfortunately, the sites currently recommended for increased residential growth may not be enough to truly impact our density levels in the future. We do have new tools in place through regulatory changes which should help provide incentives for infill and increased densities, but additional strategies and tools will need to be developed. Negative perceptions of increased densities will need to be addressed through better design requirements.
For nonresidential land use, Legacy principles and Area Plan recommendations have done a good job. While progress has been made through the formation of Activity Centers, further steps must be taken to focus commercial development and continue to promote compact, walkable development. More incentives need to be created to encourage mixed-use development and strategies need to be developed to protect viable industrial and business park sites.
After community discussion, general land use principles and recommendations will be developed for this chapter. The more detailed strategies for land use objectives will be addressed in the Land Use Regulation and Area Plan chapters of this Plan.