Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 1 – 13 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Article 1.5. Measurement, Exceptions & General Rules of Applicability | CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS Sec. 1.5.4. Building Setbacks eating areas, plazas, courtyards, fountains, active recreation areas or public art. 3. Amenity areas installed in conjunction with an apartment or townhouse building type may contain any of the amenities listed above in subsection D.2, as well as courts, pools or fields used for active recreation. 4. All required outdoor amenity areas must provide one linear foot of seating for each 50 square feet of required open space area and one two-inch caliper tree for every 1,000 square feet of required open space area. 5. For all buildings greater than 7 stories in height, the minimum amount of required open space area specified in chapter 3 shall be increased. An additional 50 square feet of amenity area is required for each building story above the seventh story. In no case shall the required amenity area exceed 12% of the gross site area. Sec. 1.5.4. Building Setbacks A. Setback Types There are 4 types of setback – primary street setback, side street setback, side setback and rear setback. Through lots are considered to have 2 primary street setbacks. B. Measurement of Building Setbacks 1. Primary and side street setbacks are measured perpendicular from the edge of the existing or proposed right-of-way, whichever is greater. 2. Side setbacks are measured perpendicular from the side property line. 3. Rear setbacks are measured perpendicular from the rear property line or the edge of the existing or proposed right-of-way, whichever is greater, where there is an alley. C. Multiple Street Frontage Lots A multiple street frontage lot must designate at least 1 primary street. A lot may have more than 1 primary street. The Planning and Development Officer will determine which street or streets are the primary streets based on: 1. The street with the highest street classification; 2. The established orientation of the block; 3. The street abutting the longest face of the block; Side (Interior) Side (Street) Right-of-Way Property Line Property Line Right-of-Way Setback Area Primary Street Side Street Primary (Street) Rear 4. The street parallel to an alley within the block; and 5. The street that the lot takes its address from. D. Setback Encroachments All buildings and structures must be located at or behind required setbacks, except as listed below. Underground structures covered by the ground may encroach into a required setback. 1. Building Features a. Porches (raised structures attached to a building forming a covered entrance) may extend up to 9 feet, including the steps, into a required setback, provided that such extension is at least 3 feet from the vertical plane of any lot line. b. Stoops (small raised platforms that serve as entrances to buildings) may extend up to 6 feet into a required setback, provided that the landing is at least 3 feet from the vertical plane of any lot line. Stoops may be covered but cannot be fully enclosed. c. Balconies (platforms projecting from the wall of a building with a railing along its outer edge, often accessible from a door or window) may extend up to 6 feet into a required setback, provided that the landing is at least 3 feet from the vertical plane of any lot line. Balconies can be covered but cannot be fully enclosed.