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 & Events

Notice of New Fees Effective March 1, 2018


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 

Chip Russell, AICP
Director of Community Development


Brendie Vega, AICP
Assistant Director of Community Development  


Jennifer Currin, AICP, CZO, LEED AP
Development Services Manager


Suzette Morales, EI
Transportation Planning Manager


Amanda Smeller
Planner II


Terry Savary
Planning Technician/Deputy Town Clerk


Michelle Michael, MHP
Senior Planner (Historic Preservation)


Courtney Jenkins, CZO
Planner II


Laurie Butler
Office Assistant