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

  • The Planning Board will meet Tuesday, May 2.

  • The Historic Preservation Commission will meet Wednesday, May 10.

  • The Design Review Board will meet Thursday, May 11.

  • View/Download the April 2017 Development Services Monthly Report

  • View/Download the 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.

  • Wake County Housing and Community Revitalization has released the 2016 Draft Action Plan for review and comment. Please send any questions or comments to Emily Fischbein, AICP, 919-508-0781.


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
Planning Director


Brendie Vega
Assistant Planning Director


Daryl Vreeland
Transportation Planning Manager

Tim Clark
Senior Planner


Terry Savary
Office Assistant


Michelle Michael
Senior Planner (Historic Preservation)


Courtney Jenkins