Community Planning

In recent decades, Wake Forest has transitioned from a small, rural town to a bustling suburban community. While this growth presents many opportunities, it is important to carefully plan for the rise of new development to ensure it aligns with the community’s vision and strengthens the Town’s overall character. Community Planning efforts seek to achieve this by carefully analyzing trends in development, housing, and placemaking, which are then translated into actionable policy.

Housing Affordability Plan

The Wake Forest Housing Affordability Plan examines existing local housing conditions, determines housing needs, establishes a vision and associated goals for housing in the community, and recommends policies to help achieve this vision. 

Housing Counseling Services

The Town of Wake Forest, in partnership with DHIC (formerly Downtown Housing Improvement Corporation) offers free Homeownership Counseling Services, including pre-purchase and post-purchase counseling, financial capability counseling, and homebuyer workshops. For more information, contact Antione Jordan at 919-435-9501.

Housing Rehab Program

The Town of Wake Forest, in partnership with Rebuilding Together of the Triangle, offers free critical repair services for homeowners who qualify in the Northeast Community. Homeowners may receive a maximum of $15,000 from the Town of Wake Forest for these repairs. Applicants must occupy their home and earn less than 80% of the Raleigh MSA Area Median Income. For more information, contact Antione Jordan at 919-435-9501.

Community Plan

Adopted in 2022, the Wake Forest Community Plan contains the vision statements, policies, and actions that have guided growth in the Town of Wake Forest for more than a decade. The current plan is broken into the key sections: Town Areas; Town Transportation; Town Appearance; Growth Management; Quality of Life; and Growth Strategy Map.

Northeast Community Plan

The Northeast Community Plan outlines a strategy for enhancing the social, cultural and historical character of the Northeast Community by identifying needed public services, desired physical improvements within the neighborhood, and economic development opportunities that could bring local services and jobs to the area.

Renaissance Plan

The Renaissance Plan provides policy and programmatic recommendations for the revitalization of the historic downtown. Additionally, it proposes a number of realistic development opportunities for the downtown area with the goal of creating a more vibrant core for all who visit, work, and live in Wake Forest.

South Main Street Corridor Study

The South Main Street Corridor Study examines existing traffic and access management conditions along South Main Street from US 1 (Capital Boulevard) to NC98 Bypass (Dr. Calvin Jones Highway) and will recommend policies to improve safety, traffic flow, and bike & pedestrian infrastructure. 

Wake County Hazard Mitigation Plan

The Wake County Hazard Mitigation Plan is a multi-jurisdictional effort to help communities identify and better prepare for various hazards and natural disasters. Per the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000, each jurisdiction in the United States is required to maintain a hazard mitigation plan in order to be eligible for federal disaster mitigation funds. To learn more about the Wake County Hazard Mitigation Plan, click here.



Community Planning
Long Range Planning Manager
919 435-9542