Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 18 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS | Article 7.2. Landscaping and Screening Sec. 7.2.5. Screening i. This steeper slope is sufficiently stabilized; and ii. Physical constraints of the site prevent the use of a flatter slope. d. The berm shall be planted with ¾ of the required number of shrubs. e. In a C2 street protective yard, shrubs planted on a bermmay have a lesser mature height; provided that the combined height of the berm and planting after 3 years is 5 feet. f. Berms may be permitted to meander and may be permitted to be discontinuous when approved by the Planning and Development Officer. 5. Grade Change a. In lieu of a wall or fence, a natural or man-made grade separation of at least 6 feet in elevation may be provided. b. The side slopes of the grade change cannot be greater than three feet of horizontal change for each foot of vertical rise. c. The developing property must be located at an elevation lower than the property to be screened and the change in grade achieves a similar screening effect as the wall or fence. Sec. 7.2.5. Screening A. Drive-Thru Facilities Where allowed, drive-thru windows and lanes must be designed to adhere to the following standards: 1. In the DX- District and on any Urban Frontage, drive-thru windows and lanes may not be placed between the right-of-way of the street and the associated building. Drive-thru windows and lanes associated with buildings must be placed to the side or rear of the building. 2. Where drive-thru windows and lanes are allowed to be placed between the right-of-way of the street and the associated building, the entire length of the drive-thru lane, located between the drive-thru lane and the adjacent right-of-way (not including an alley), must be screened. 3. Screening must be a continuous compact evergreen hedge. At the time of installation, such screening must be at least 36 inches in height and reach a height of 48 inches within 3 years of planting. 4. In lieu of compact evergreen hedge, a screening wall with a minimum height of 48 inches may be installed. The wall must be compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. 5. No drive-thru window is permitted on the side of a building facing any Residential District. B. Loading Areas 1. Outdoor loading areas 50 square feet or larger not screened by an intervening building must be screened from view from adjacent property or public street right-of-way for their entire length. 2. Enclosed loading areas must be screened with a roll down door or other opaque screen. 3. Unenclosed loading areas must be screened by a wall totaling 8 feet in height. Walls shall be compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color. 4. Planting material must be provided so that no more than two-thirds of the surface area of the screening wall is visible at the time of maturity of the plants. 5. Screening may also be accomplished with evergreen plant material that can be expected to reach a height of 8 feet with a spread of 4 feet within three years of planting. C. Service Areas 1. Trash collection, trash compaction, recycling collection and other similar service areas shall be located to the side or rear of buildings and must be screened from view from adjacent property or public street right-of-way (not including an alley). 2. Service areas that are fully integrated into a building must be screened with a roll down door or other opaque screen. 3. Service areas that are not integrated into a building shall be screened from three sides by a wall at least 6 feet in height and on the fourth side by a solid gate at least 6 feet in height. The gate and wall shall be maintained in good working order and shall remain closed except when trash pick-ups occur. The wall and gate shall be compatible with the principal building in terms of texture, quality, material and color.