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Zoning Board of Adjustment, Forsyth County


The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment is governed by the Forsyth County zoning ordinance known as the Unified Development Ordinance (“UDO”) and by state statutes. The Board has three main functions: 1) consideration of applications for special use permits; 2) consideration of applications for variances; and 3) rendering decisions on appeals of interpretations of the UDO and appeals of the decisions of the Historic Resources Commission and County Housing Administrator. The majority of the Special Use Permit applications are to place manufactured homes in residential zoning districts. Variances are requests for exceptions to the zoning ordinance, such as placing a building closer to the street than the required front yard setback.
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This Board is quasi-judicial and conducts public hearings with sworn testimony. The Board makes findings of fact and applies the relevant local and state law when granting or denying applications. Appeals from this Board's decisions are heard by the Superior Court.

Members and Non-Voting Staff Person(s)

The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Adjustment is composed of five (5) regular and two (2) alternate members. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners for three (3) year terms. The composition of the Board includes individuals from Forsyth County who have some knowledge of real estate matters or land development.

Currently Serving

NameTitleTerm Expires
Richard J Borucki 4/30/2023
Robert E Leak, III 4/30/2024
Chris Murphy Staff 10/2/2027
Phillip R Rector 4/30/2023
Bertha N Rothrock 4/17/2024
Melissa A Williams 4/30/2023


Board meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Public Meeting Room on the fifth floor of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First Street, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Other Information

Applications to appear before the Board may be made in the City/County Inspections Department office located in suite 328 of the Bryce A. Stuart Municipal Building. Applications must be made twenty (20 days before a meeting.
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For more information, please call the City/County Inspections Division at 727-2628.
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SL 1947, Ch 677, Sec 32; County Code, Sec. 23-14.
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Initial Appointments 4-3-67.
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UDO B.10-1.1

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