Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 19 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Article 7.2. Landscaping and Screening | CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.2.6. Stormwater Retention Ponds & Detention Basins b. New buildings shall provide a parapet wall or other architectural element that screens roof-mounted equipment from view. c. For existing buildings with no or low parapet walls, roof-mounted equipment shall be screened on all sides by an opaque screen compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. 3. Wall-Mounted Equipment a. Wall-mounted equipment shall not be located on any surface that directly faces a public right-of-way (not including an alley). b. Wall-mounted equipment located on any surface that is visible from a public right-of-way (not including an alley) must be fully screened by landscaping or an opaque screen compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. 4. Ground-Mounted Equipment a. Ground-mounted equipment screening shall be as high as the highest point of the equipment being screened. b. Screening shall consist of landscaping or an opaque screen compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. E. Utility Service Areas 1. Utility service areas located outside of the public right-of-way that exceed 42 inches in height and 42 inches in any other dimension must be screened from the public right-of-way. 2. Screening shall consist of landscaping or a wall or fence compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. 3. Utility service areas must be located an adequate distance from the public right-of-way to allow for any required screening to be installed without encroaching into the public right-of-way. 4. Screening is not required for utility service areas located more than 50 feet from the public right-of-way. Sec. 7.2.6. Stormwater Retention Ponds & Detention Basins A. Applicability All stormwater retention ponds and detention basins permitted, constructed or modified to a cumulative extent greater than 50% of their original size shall be screened for their entire length as set forth in Sec. 7.2.6.C. W hen amenity features are provided as set forth in Sec. 7.2.6.B. , no screening of the stormwater control facility is required. B. Amenity Provisions Permanent stormwater retention ponds and detention basins may be supplemented with certain features which enable the facility to function as an amenity in addition to its primary function as a stormwater device. In situations where amenity features are provided consistent with these provisions, no screening of the stormwater control facility from on-site or off-site views shall be required. In the event a permanent stormwater retention pond or detention basin loses a feature by which the facility qualifies as an amenity, the feature shall be restored within 30 days or the facility shall be subject to the screening provisions listed in Sec. 7.2.6.C. 1. Basic Amenity Features To qualify as an amenity, the following basic amenity features must be provided within any stormwater control facility. a. Integration of the permanent stormwater retention pond or detention basin into the design of public areas within the site or development through the use of appropriate placement, common building materials, textures, features or other treatments intended to lend architectural significance to the stormwater control facility. For the purposes of this section, "integration" shall mean at least two of the following 3 elements: i. Proximate placement of the stormwater facility to the principal structure; ii. Provision of pedestrian access to the facility through installation of a delineated walk or trail from the principal structure; or iii. Utilization of similar planting materials and building materials as used in the principal structure.