Government Affairs Update

Virginia Troi Hicks, Joint Government Affairs Director

Government Affairs Local Update – Oct. 30

From the Desk of Troi Hicks
Joint Government Affairs Director 


The early voting period will end on November 3. If you are not yet registered to vote or need to make updates to your voter registration, you must do so during this period. You can lookup early voting sites HERE. Election Day is Tuesday, November 6. Make sure you exercise this important right!



UDO 283: This zoning text amendment will allow residential building, townhouse and residential building, multifamily in the HB and GO zoning districts. The amendment was passed at the 10/15 Winston-Salem City Council meeting.

Forsyth County Sales Tax Referendum: This November, Forsyth County residents will vote on a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase. Revenue from the sales tax will pay for the Forsyth County Hall of Justice project, and non-prepared grocery items and gasoline will be exempt from the tax. If the sales tax increase does not pass, the County has said they will have to raise property taxes 3.1 cents in 2019. If passed, the sales tax will not take effect until April 2019. The referendum will appear on the ballot in the following manner:

“[ ] FOR      [ ] AGAINST

Local sales and use tax at the rate of one-quarter percent (0.25%) in addition to all other State and local sales and use taxes.”

More information about the sales tax can be found on THIS brochure.

Winston-Salem Bond Referendum: Winston-Salem residents will vote on 5 different bond packages in the following categories: Streets and Sidewalks, Parks and Recreation, Public Safety Facilities, Economic Development, and Housing. For more information about specific projects, click here.

UDO Update: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Planning will be working in the next year to make updates to the Unified Development Ordinances. These updates are intended to make the UDO more user-friendly.  You can find an initial draft of the Code Assessment here, and more information about the project here.

Troi Hicks | Local Government Affairs Director
Mail:  4511 Weybridge Ln | Greensboro, NC 27407
Telephone: Office 336.808.4233 | Mobile 336.491.1316