Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 4 – 15 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Supp. No. 1 Article 4.7. Planned Development (PD) | CHAPTER 4. SPECIAL DISTRICTS Sec. 4.7.5. General Design Principles 4. For all Master Plans that include a Mixed Use District, a general description of how the PD District conforms with the Urban Design Guidelines for Mixed Use Developments in the Comprehensive Plan and the General Design Principles for PD Districts listed in Sec. 4.7.5. 5. A general description of how the PD District conforms with the Comprehensive Plan. 6. A description of how the PD District meets the intent of Sec. 4.1.1.F. C. In lieu of the establishment of a property owners' association, if a unit of government or its institutions owns all of the land in the Planned Development District, it may contract with the City of Raleigh to be fully responsible for the maintenance, repair and replacement of open space areas, private drives and walkways, private utility lines located outside City of Raleigh utility easements or public street rights of way, stormwater control facilities and any other shared facility not conveyed to the City which serves more than one lot in a Planned Development District. D. The open space shall be available to all persons within the development. This contract shall further provide that if any portion of the Planned Development District is sold to a non-governmental entity without first establishing a property owners' association, the property shall automatically and without further public hearing be rezoned to the zoning district(s) which preceded the establishment of the Planned Development District. E. A memorandum of this contract describing the property and the provisions of the contract shall be recorded with the local county register of deeds office. All documents required herein shall be submitted prior to the recording of any plats or issuance of any construction permit in those instances where the property is already subdivided. Sec. 4.7.5. General Design Principles If applicable, the following general design principles will be considered when reviewing an application for a PD District. A. When at least 20 residential units are proposed, the project includes a variety of housing stock that serves a range of incomes and age groups, and may include detached houses, attached houses, townhouses, apartments and dwelling units above first floor commercial spaces. B. Uses are compact and well-integrated, rather than widely separated and buffered. C. Compatibility among different uses is achieved through effective site planning and architectural design. D. A variety of business types are accommodated, from retail and professional offices to live-work. Office uses vary from space for home occupations to conventional office buildings. Retail uses range from corner stores to larger format supermarkets. E. Special sites, such as those at a terminated vista, are reserved for public or civic buildings and spaces that serve as symbols of the community, enhancing community identity. F. The project includes a variety of street types designed to be accessible to the pedestrian, bicycle and automobile. Streets are connected in a way that encourages walking and reduces the number and length of automobile trips. G. Bicycle circulation is accommodated on streets and on dedicated bicycle paths, greenways or trails with adequate bicycle parking facilities being provided at appropriate locations. H. Building facades spatially delineate the streets and civic spaces, and mask parking lots. I. Architecture and landscape design are based on the local climate, topography, history and building practice. J. The project includes open space as a significant element of the project's design. Formal and informal, active and passive open spaces are included. Open spaces may include, but are not limited to, squares, plazas, greens, preserves, farmers markets, greenways and parks. K. The project is compatibly integrated into established adjacent areas, and considers existing development patterns, scale and use. L. The project is a clearly identifiable or legible place with a unique character or unique tradition. M. Public art, including but not limited to, monuments, sculpture and water features, is encouraged. N. Entertainment facilities, including but not limited to, live music venues and theatres, are encouraged. Sec. 4.7.6. Master Plan Amendments Any amendment to an approved PD Master Plan, including those approved prior to September 1, 2013, shall follow the procedures below.