Located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, the Village of Clemmons has historically served as a bedroom community suburb to Winston-Salem. In recent years, the village experienced significant growth that stressed local roads, created demand for new community amenities such as parks and greenways, and resulted in sprawling land development patterns. The village lacked an identity and historic core, and citizens have long wished for a community “heart” that could provide the village with an identity and unique sense of place. In 2008, Clarion Associates, in association with Warren and Associates, Martin/Alexiou/Bryson, and the Walker Collaborative, was hired by the village to work with a citizen-based steering committee to prepare its first comprehensive plan.
Evaluation of current policies and plans identified the need for a joint strategy with Forsyth County to guide future land
use patterns and increase the Village’s economic base to improve its fiscal health. Other plan components include redevelopment and infill design strategies for aging commercial corridors; updated zoning and design standards to better reflect community goals; focused efforts to create a village center; incentives for housing diversity to serve changing demographics; and a multi-modal transportation strategy to provide linkages between destinations for pedestrians and cyclists.
The process encouraged public engagement at key points and included a fun-filled kick-off event to educate citizens; a design charrette focusing on corridor redevelopment, gateways, and design of a new civic center; and a fiscal forum to educate citizens about budget limitations under the current tax structure. The plan was completed in the winter of 2010.