Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 9 – 19 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 6. by Sec. 9.2.2.D.2. and the Raleigh Stormwater Control andWatercourse Buffer Manual. No sampling of pollutant loading is required as part of the inspection; 7. The original signature and seal of the engineer, surveyor or landscape architect; and 8. All inspection reports shall be on forms supplied by the City. An original inspection report shall be given to the Office of Development Services beginning from the date of the as-built was first certified under Sec. 9.2.2.D.3. and each year thereafter on the anniversary date of the certification. Sec. 9.2.3. Watercourse Buffers A. Natural Resource Buffers 1. General Rules for All Natural Resource Buffers Natural resource buffers are intended to provide an area where stormwater flows in a diffuse manner so that the stormwater runoff does not become channeled and infiltration of the stormwater and filtering of pollutants can take place. The following rules apply to all required natural resource buffers. a. Natural resource buffers shall be delineated on recorded final subdivision plats or at the time of development of the property. b. The City Council may reduce the width of natural resource buffers when it determines that the extent of the natural resource buffer yard will deprive the landowners of reasonable use of their property. c. The width of the natural resource buffer shall be measured perpendicularly to the flow of the watercourse and horizontally from the edge of the watercourse banks. When no watercourse banks exist, the centerline of the watercourse shall be used. 2. Falls Watershed Protection Overlay District, Swift Creek Watershed Protection Overlay District and Conservation Management District Watercourse Buffers Natural resource buffers shall be established along primary and secondary watercourses in a -FWPOD, -SWPOD or CM District. a. Primary Watercourse Natural Resource Buffers Natural resource buffers along primary watercourses must meet the following standards. i. The buffer must be a minimum of 60 feet wide along each side of any watercourse draining 25 or more acres. ii. The buffer must be a minimum of 35 feet wide along each side of any watercourse draining 5 or more acres but less than 25 acres. iii. The buffer must be a minimum of 35 feet wide along each side of any watercourse which is a stream draining less than 5 acres. iv. In the event that the property or subdivision contains impervious surface lot coverage in excess of 24% in a secondary reservoir watershed protection area, the buffer shall be no less than 100 feet wide along each side of the watercourse. b. Secondary Watercourse Natural Resource Buffers Unless part of a primary watercourse natural resource buffer, the secondary watercourse natural resource buffers consists of one or more of the following: i. Lands within the flood prone areas that adjoin primary watercourse natural resource buffers; or ii. Lands with slopes 15% or greater, adjoining a primary watercourse natural resource buffers or a flood prone area. 3. Metro-Park Overlay District Watercourse Buffers Natural resource buffers shall be established as primary tree conservation areas pursuant to Sec. 5.2.2.C.2. and Article 9.1. Tree Conservation along primary and secondary watercourses in a -MPOD. Required tree conservation areas shall meet the following standards. a. The primary tree conservation area must be a minimum of 50 feet wide along each side of any watercourse draining 25 or more acres. b. The primary tree conservation area must be a minimum of 25 feet wide along each side of any watercourse draining 5 or more acres but less than 25 acres. 4. Urban Water Supply Watershed Protection Overlay District Watercourse Article 9.2. Stormwater Management | CHAPTER 9. ​NATURAL RESOURCE PROTECTION Sec. 9.2.3. Watercourse Buffers

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