Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 14 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 7. ​GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS | Article 7.2. ​Landscaping and Screening Sec. 7.2.1. Intent Article 7.2. Landscaping and Screening Sec. 7.2.1. Intent A. The intent of the landscaping regulations is to provide meaningful and well designed screening and buffering. B. Tree and shrub plantings should not interfere with the safe vehicular and pedestrian circulation on the site. Sec. 7.2.2. Applicability A. General No permit for the construction, reconstruction, extension, repair or alteration of any building, structure or use of land and no building or land or any part of any building or land, may be occupied or used until landscaping has been provided in accordance with the requirements of this UDO. B. Additions 1. A building or site may be renovated or repaired without providing additional landscaping, provided there is no increase in gross floor area or improved site area. 2. When a building or site is increased in gross floor area or improved site area by up to 25%, landscaping is required for the additional floor or site area only. 3. When the gross floor area or improved site area is increased by more than 25%, both the existing use and the additional floor or site area must conform to the landscaping requirements of this UDO. C. Change in Use A change in use does not trigger application of this section except when there is a specific use standard requiring landscaping for the new use. D. Landscaping Limit 1. In no case shall required landscaping (parking lot landscaping, protective yards and tree conservation areas) exceed 30% of the total lot area, except in Watershed Protection Overlay Districts. 2. Where the required landscaping exceeds 30%, the individual requirements can be reduced on a pro rata basis to achieve the 30%. 3. The required tree conservation areas cannot be reduced by more than 50%. Sec. 7.2.3. Administrative Alternate Findings The Planning and Development Officer in accordance with Sec. 10.2.17. may approve an administrative alternate subject to all of the following findings: A. The approved administrative alternate meets the intent of the landscaping and screening regulations; B. The approved administrative alternate conforms with the Comprehensive Plan and adopted City plans; and C. The approved administrative alternate is considered equal to or better than the standard.