Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 11 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Article 7.1. Parking | CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.1.7. Vehicle Parking Lot Landscaping Sec. 7.1.7. Vehicle Parking Lot Landscaping A. Intent 1. The intent of the vehicle parking lot landscaping requirements is to minimize the visual impact of large areas of vehicular parking as viewed from the public right-of-way and dissipate the effects of the urban heat island. 2. A well designed parking lot utilizes landscaped islands and clear delineations to break the parking lot into smaller segments. 3. Tree and shrub plantings should not interfere with the pedestrian circulation on the site. B. Applicability 1. This section applies to all on-site surface parking areas with more than 10 spaces. For purposes of this section, multiple platted lots contained on a single site plan and any separate parking areas connected with drive aisles are considered a single parking area. 2. At least 1 shade tree must be planted in each surface parking area with 10 spaces or less. 3. In an Urban Frontage or -TOD, this section applies only to on-site surface parking areas with more than 40 parking spaces. At least 1 tree must be planted for every 10 spaces in each surface parking area with 40 spaces or less. 4. All surface parking areas of any size within any district with frontage on any portion of a street right-of-of way (not including an alley) must be screened along the street edge by a Type C3 street protective yard under Sec. 7.2.4.B. C. Perimeter Islands 1. A landscape perimeter island shall be provided along primary internal access drives. 2. A landscaped perimeter island must be a minimum of 5 feet wide, landscaped with shrubs installed at a rate of 30 shrubs per 100 linear feet that under typical conditions can be expected to reach a height and spread of 3 feet within three years of planting. All shrubs shall be a minimum of 18 6Rows(max) Interior Island Median Island Terminal Island PerimeterIsland 10Spaces(max) 30Spaces(max) inches tall when planted. In lieu of planting a hedge, a wall at least three feet in height may be installed. 3. A perimeter island may also serve as the location for a sidewalk connecting the use and the street. In such case, the sidewalk shall be a minimum of 6 feet wide and the remaining planting area shall be no less than five feet wide. D. Interior Islands 1. A landscaped interior island must be provided every 10 parking spaces. Interior islands must be distributed evenly throughout the parking area. 2. An interior island must be a minimum of 8 feet in width and be a minimum of 300 square feet in area. 3. All rows of parking must terminate with a landscaped interior terminal island. No more than 30 parking spaces may be located between terminal islands. 4. Interior islands may be consolidated or intervals may be expanded in order to preserve existing trees.