Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 22 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 CHAPTER 7. ​GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS | Article 7.2. ​Landscaping and Screening Sec. 7.2.7. ​Design and Installation as to exhibit variety in texture, color, spread and height by using ornamental or deciduous shade trees in combination with evergreen materials. 6. In some cases, vegetative material may be placed in clusters or groups to add additional visual interest as well as to achieve intermittent levels of vertical height; and 7. In situations where the stormwater control facility utilizes a fence, all vegetative material associated with screening the facility shall be located outside the fence. 8. In situations where a fence and gate are proposed, the fence and gate shall be colored black, forest green, dark brown or similar dark color, unless the fence is constructed of masonry, wood or similar natural material, in which case it may be left to weather naturally. Sec. 7.2.7. Design and Installation A. Certificate of Compliance Required 1. The Planning and Development Officer cannot issue a certificate of compliance until all landscaping has been installed in accordance with the requirements of this UDO. 2. A temporary certificate of compliance may be issued when the Planning and Development Officer determines that due to the unavailability of plant material or weather concerns, planting landscaping would jeopardize the health of plant materials for a period of up to 1 year following the date of application for a certificate of compliance. The applicant shall make the following arrangements to secure a temporary certificate of compliance. a. Produce a contract binding for 1 year from the date approved by the City, for the completion of the landscape work. Such contract shall specify that the work shall be completed before or during the year immediately following the date of application for a certificate of compliance. The City shall not be a party or a third party beneficiary to the contract. b. The applicant shall also agree in writing that they, their successors or assigns, shall provide the required planting within the one-year period, as a condition for obtaining a certificate of compliance for the principal use so long as the principal use shall continue. The applicant shall also agree that the principal use shall be discontinued if the required planting is not provided. Violations of these provisions shall constitute an unauthorized illegal occupancy of the principal use. B. Sight Triangle 1. Landscaping shall not obstruct the views of motorists using any street, driveway, parking aisles or the approach to any street intersection. 2. All landscaping installations must comply with the sight triangle requirements of the Raleigh Street Design Manual. C. Plant Material 1. General Provisions a. Plant materials must be hardy to zone 7 in accordance with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Plant Hardiness Zone Map. b. Plant materials must be able to survive on natural rainfall once established with no loss of health. c. Tree height is measured from the top of the root ball to the tip of the main stem. d. Trees cannot be planted within a tree conservation area or the critical root zone of an existing tree. 2. Shade Trees a. All shade trees planted to meet the landscaping requirements must be a locally adapted species with an expected mature height of 35 feet or greater and an expected mature crown spread of at least 30 feet or greater unless subject to an overhead power line in which case the mature height may be less. b. All shade trees planted to meet the landscaping requirements must have a minimum caliper of 3 inches and be at least 10 feet tall at time of planting. 3. Understory Trees a. Understory trees planted to meet the landscaping requirements must be a locally-adapted species with an expected mature height of at least 15 feet and an expected mature crown spread of at least 15 feet.