Government Affairs Update

Troi Bachmann, Joint Government Affairs Director, HBAWS & WSRAR

Government Affairs Local Update 


From the Desk of Troi Bachmann
Joint Government Affairs Director 


Work Ready Forsyth: Forsyth County has applied to become an ACT certified Work Ready Community, which is a program aimed at linking workforce development with education and providing for the unmet labor needs of local employers. The certification process is a two-part system: the first aims to have individuals receive National Career Readiness Credentials and demonstrate an aptitude for workplace skills, and the second part is to have businesses in the community recognize this is a credential that can be used in hiring practices. Find out more about the program here.

Forsyth County needs employers to sign on that they are interested in the program. If you are interested, fill out this Employer Support Form and send to Taylor Strassburg at strasst2@forsyth.cc.

Forsyth County GeoData: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County are in the process of moving away from the old GeoData platform. GIS Information can now be found at http://mapforsyth.org/.

Proposed Winston-Salem Fence Ordinance: In an effort to regulate the appearance of fences and maintain visibility in public right-of-ways, the City of Winston-Salem has drafted an ordinance pertaining to fences. The proposed ordinance specifies that the height standards apply to fences in front yards with an opacity of greater than 50%. Fences in front yards higher than 4 feet above grade will be permitted if no more than 50% of the fence is opaque. The draft ordinance includes the following provisions:

Prohibits residential fences within public-right-of-way or on public utility easements without written permission, or in areas that would obstruct visibility for motorists at street intersections.

HeightProhibits installation of fence higher than 4 feet in front yard setback; prohibits fence higher than 8 feet in side or rear yard.

Materials: Ornamental iron, steel, or aluminum, wood, composite materials designed to appear as wood, metal, or masonry, chain-link, and vinyl fence panels are PERMITTED fencing materials. PROHIBITED materials include barbed wire, razor wire, concertina wire, and debris, junk, rolled plastic, sheet metal, untreated plywood, or waste materials.

Currently, the amortization period for removal of non-conforming fences is 6 months.  Enforcement of the ordinance would be complaint-driven. Temporary fences for construction purposes are exempted from the provisions in the ordinance.

The City is seeking public feedback on the ordinance. You can find the draft here. Please forward any comments or questions to me at thicks@ncrealtors.org.

Downtown Streetscape Master Plan: WS/FC Planning is seeking input on improvements to Downtown. Please take a moment to complete a short survey to tell us your thoughts on sidewalks, lighting, parking, trees, and more in Downtown. The survey is available online at http://bit.ly/winstonsalemstreets.

For more information on the project, go to www.cityofws.org/dtstreetscape.

Forsyth County 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.

GAD Out of Office:

Troi will be out of office without access to email until Jan. 29. Should you have an government affairs emergency, please contact Nicole Arnold at NCR at narnold@ncrealtors.org.

Troi Hicks | Local Government Affairs Director

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