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 December Planning Board meeting will hold their Joint Public Hearing and regular meeting on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

  • The Historic Preservation Commission will have their regular meeting on December 12, 2018 at 7 pm.  

  • The Design Review Board meeting will be held on December 13, 2018 at 4:00 pm in the Board Chambers.

Development Services Reports 

  • October 2018 Development Services Monthly Report

  • 2016 Annual Development 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 

Chip Russell, AICP


Brendie Vega, AICP
Assistant Director


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


Suzette Morales, PE
Transportation Planning Manager


Transportation Engineer


Patrick Reidy, AICP, CZO
Senior Planner - Development Services


Terry Savary
Planning Technician/Deputy Town Clerk


Michelle Michael, MHP
Senior Planner (Historic Preservation)


Courtney Jenkins, CZO
Planner II

Brad Pleasant
Zoning Compliance Officer

Laurie Butler
Office Assistant