Welcome to the YES! Weekly Pop Quiz, where we ask elected officials about their jobs. This week, we address questions to members of the Winston-Salem City Council regarding items discussed during the council’s March 1 meeting. The rules are simple: No research, no callbacks.


1. During the March 1 meeting, Planning Director Paul Norby presented revisions to the city’s development ordinances for Growth Area Management 2. What was the stated purpose of the revisions?

2. True or false? Under the changes adopted by city council, businesses are required to only set aside 100 square feet of landscaping for every 10,000 square feet of parking area.

3. True or false? Under the changes adopted by city council, building setback requirements have now been eliminated for all businesses in office and commercial zoning districts, even those adjacent to residential areas.

Mayor Allen Joines:

1. To revitalize the urban commercial areas in the city. [ ]

2. True. [ ]

3. False. [ ]

Derwin Montgomery, East Ward:

1. Eliminate some of the restraints, some of the unforeseen things that have happened. [X]

2. I really don’t remember the exact number. [X]

3. False. [ ]

Dan Besse, Southwest Ward:

1. The general purpose was to promote redevelopment in the inner city neighborhoods. [ ]

2. True. That’s one of the changes that’s applicable in certain situations. [ ]

3. False. [ ]

Correct Answers

1. To spur non-residential development in the city.

2. True.

3. False.