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Residential Infill Development Study

New Homes, Existing Neighborhoods

Last updated Sep. 10, 2019 - 3:22 pm

The City of Raleigh is undertaking a study to gather information and make recommendations regarding the construction of new residential houses within existing neighborhoods, something known as “infill development.” The purpose of this study is to offer guidance and recommendations for possible changes to Raleigh’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). An important part of this study is to learn community perspectives on residential infill. An initial step in this engagement is to circulate a community survey to ask for opinions and perspectives.

Engagement Opportunities

Infill Flyer

We would love to hear your thoughts about residential infill! Please consider taking our short survey which will be open August 14 through September 30. Key concepts for this project and the survey are defined below.

Residential Infill

Residential Infill

When a new structure is built in an area surrounded by existing structures. The new structure could be built on a vacant lot, or an existing structure could be removed and replaced with a new structure.

Building Height

Building Height

How tall the house is as measured from the ground to the top of the highest point of a roof.

Building Size

Building Size

The overall measure of a building. Includes the measurement for height, length and width. This is also referred to as “bulk” or “massing.”

Ground Elevation

Ground Elevation

The level or height of the ground. An increase in ground elevation means the ground gets higher. A decrease in ground elevation reduces the ground level.

Retaining Wall

Retaining Wall

A structure built to hold dirt and increase or level the ground elevation. A retaining wall is not connected to a structure. A foundation wall is connected to a structure and typically increases the height of the structure on a sloped lot.

Side Setback

Side Setback

The minimum distance which a building or other structure must be set back from adjacent properties to the side.

Sprawl

Sprawl

When a city grows and expands outward; development happens away from the center of the city.


Street Setback

Street Setback

The minimum distance which a building or other structure must be set back from a street.

Water Runoff

Water Runoff

When rainwater falls onto a property and runs downhill to another property.

Next Steps

After the survey results have been analyzed staff plans on meeting with key stakeholder groups and holding a public forum in Fall 2019, stay tuned!

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