transectPlanning Department staff provide administration of land use management documents including the Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and community plan; review of construction and land development; UDO and municipal code enforcement, and support to various elected and appointed boards.

Planning Department News

Board Meetings and Agendas

  • The Planning Board will hold Joint Public Hearing and regular meeting on March 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

  • The Historic Preservation Commission will have their regular meeting on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 at 7 pm.
    April 10, 2019 Agenda

  • The Design Review Board will not have an April meeting.

Development Services Reports 

  • March 2019 Development Services Monthly Report

  • The Planning Department wants your feedback!  In order for us to serve you better, we ask that you fill out this short survey. Your responses will allow us to gauge the value of the services we provide and continue working to improve them.

  • Preliminary revisions to the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) for Wake County are available to be viewed at the NCFMP’s new webpage. The posted preliminary flood hazard data reflect restudies for portion of various flooding sources in Wake County.


Development Services 
The Development Services Division administers many of the current planning, zoning, and plan review functions that are part of the overall responsibilities of the planning department. Projects can involve new construction, repairs, replacements, renovations, remodeling, rezoning or clearing of land. General responsibilities include: addressing, annexations, code enforcement (Unified Development Ordinance & Municipal Code), flood damage prevention, site & subdivision plan review, architectural design review, zoning administration and sign permitting.

Planning Services
The Planning Services Division is responsible for the development, implementation, maintenance and evaluation of the long range plans of Wake Forest. General responsibilities include: small area and corridor planning, transportation, historic preservation, public art vision and the Greenways & Open Space program.

Planning Department Staff 

Name Job Title Email
Chip Russell, AICP Director
Jennifer Currin, AICP, CZO, LEED AP Development Services Manager
Brendie Vega, AICP Assistant Planning Director
Laurie Butler Office Assistant
Jonathan Jacobs, PE Transportation Engineer
Courtney Jenkins, CZO Planner II
Michelle Michael, MHP Senior Planner (Historic Preservation)
Suzette Morales, PE Transportation Planning Manager
Brad Pleasant Zoning Compliance Officer
Patrick Reidy, AICP, CZO Senior Planner - Development Services
Terry Savary Planning Technician/Deputy Town Clerk

Wake Forest Town Hall
Third Floor
301 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC 27587


Monday - Friday
8 am - 5 pm