Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 1 – 12 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS | Article 1.5. Measurement, Exceptions & General Rules of Applicability Sec. 1.5.3. Coverage F. Density 1. Residential density is expressed in units per acre and is calculated by dividing the total number of dwelling units by the gross site area. 2. Although minimum lot sizes may allow additional units, density serves as the maximum number of units per acre. 3. Transfers are restricted to properties under the same ownership which are located outside anyWatershed Protection Area and in the same development as the dedication for right-of-way less than 60 feet in width. 4. A map showing the property and right-of-way dedication shall be recorded in theWake County Registry with an indication that the roadway dedication density allowance has been utilized for the particular property prior to recording any subsequent maps in the development. 5. No density transfer shall be allowed if the developer has executed a reimbursement contract. 6. The density transfer is applicable to all those portions of greenway dedicated after September 1, 2013 provided that the dedicators waive their statutory right to withdraw the dedication. 7. The dedicated greenway easement carries the residential density as shown on the Official Zoning Map for that location. 8. When a site is partly within a CM District, density may be transferred from the CM District, which carries the residential density of the contiguous zoning district. If more than 1 zoning district adjoins the CM District, the CM District shall be divided by carrying the boundary lines separating the districts into the CM-zoned area. Sec. 1.5.3. Coverage A. Defined Building coverage is the maximum area of a lot that is permitted to be covered by roofed buildings or structures. Building coverage does not include paved areas such as parking lots, driveways or pedestrian walkways. B. Intent 1. Outdoor amenity areas are intended to provide usable on-site open space in both residential and non-residential developments for the healthy enjoyment of occupants, invitees and guests of teh development. 2. In more intensely developed urban contexts, outdoor amenity areas are also intended to provide visual breaks. C. General Requirements 1. Where outdoor amenity area is required, it must be provided on-site and must be available for use by or as an amenity for the occupants, invitees and guests of the development. 2. All required outdoor amenity areas must be ADA accessible. 3. Required outdoor amenity area may be met in 1 contiguous open area or in multiple open areas on the lot; however, to receive credit, each area must be at least 10 feet in width and length. 4. Required outdoor amenity area may be located at or above grade. 5. Required outdoor amenity area cannot be parked or driven upon, except for emergency access and permitted temporary events. 6. In all other districts except DX-, required outdoor amenity area may be covered but cannot be enclosed. 7. Stormwater detention wet ponds and dry ponds shall not be considered an outdoor amenity area. GSI practices may be used to meet up to 10% of the requirement for the amenity area. 8. Tree Conservation areas shall not be considered an outdoor amenity area. D. Additional Requirements for Urban Plazas Amenity areas located within the DX- District or the NX-, CX- or OX- Districts with an urban frontage, and associated buildings in excess of 4 stories in height must meet all of the following: 1. Amenity areas associated with a general building, or mixed use building that is 50% or more non-residential in floor area must be located contiguous to the public sidewalk and be visually permeable from the public right-of-way. When a mixed use building is more than 50% residential by floor area, only half of the required amenity area must meet this standard.