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Design Adjustments

Last updated Aug. 30, 2018 - 8:48 am

The purpose of a Design Adjustment is to allow a developer to seek variance from specific elements of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and the Raleigh Street Design Manual.

All Design Adjustments shall be reviewed in accordance with the provisions of Section 10.2.18 of the UDO and the applicable Design Adjustment findings.

Prerequisites

A request for Design Adjustment may be submitted at the time of application for a plan submittal. A Design Adjustment may also be requested by staff during plan review if it is deemed necessary. The application cannot be processed until a plan is in review. The Design Adjustment must be approved prior to any plan approval.

Submittal Requirements

Submittal Requirements
  • Design Adjustment Application
  • Application and support documentation shall be submitted via email to Designadjustments@raleighnc.gov;
  • Upon submittal of a complete application package, a response will be provided to the applicant with information of the Public Notification Requirements;
  • After the response, client shall deliver first class stamped and addressed envelopes with the complete notification letter to:
Development Services, Development Engineering
One Exchange Plaza, Suite 500
Raleigh NC, 27601

Intake ChecklistCustomers must submit the following items for a complete application package:
    • Signed Design Adjustment Application;
    • Page(s) addressing the required findings;
    • Plan(s) and support documentation;
    • Notary page filled out; must be signed by the property owner;
    • First Class stamped and addressed envelopes with completed notification letter (after response for Public Notification).

Additional Information

Design Adjustment criteria can be found in Chapter 8 of the Unified Development Ordinance under the following articles:

Article 8.3. Blocks, Lots and Access. This article lays out criteria for a well-connected street network. New streets should be designed with future development in mind to encourage vehicular and pedestrian access within and to adjacent developments. Pedestrian, bike and vehicular access should be safe, direct and convenient. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.3.6.

Article 8.4. New Streets. This article describes guidelines for the construction of new streets throughout the City and is intended to provide a catalog of pre-approved street types that are appropriate to use. The City has approved a separate Street Design Manual which provides further details. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.4.1.E.

Article 8.5. Existing Streets. This article describes guidelines for the construction of street improvements and streetscapes for existing streets throughout the City. It is intended to address when street and streetscape improvements are appropriate through the application of the pre-approved street types in this chapter. The City has an approved Street Design Manual which provides further details. Criteria for design adjustments can be found in Section 8.5.1.G.

Expected Processing Time

Once the application (including all applicable support material) is submitted, staff will generate a response to accompany the submittal to the Development Services Director or Designee. The review and decision shall take into consideration all provided information and the Design Adjustment findings for the request and either approve, approve with conditions, or deny the request within 60 days of receipt of a completed application.

Additional review time may be necessary when the Design Adjustment involves review by another municipal or state entity or when detailed engineering studies are submitted to or required by the Development Services Director or Designee.

Fees

There are no fees associated with a Design Adjustment application.

Next Steps

Applicants will receive a staff Response Letter for their record of approval, approval with conditions, or denial.

In accordance with Section 10.2.11, an appeal to the Development Services Director or Designee decision may be made to the Board of Adjustment within 30 days from the date of the decision.

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