Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 8 – 11 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 3 Article 8.3. Blocks, Lots, Access | CHAPTER 8. SUBDIVISION & SITE PLAN STANDARDS Sec. 8.3.5. Site Access B. Pedestrian Access 1. All existing and proposed development must provide safe, direct and convenient pedestrian access connecting main entrances of buildings, establishments or uses on a site that allows for public access, with all other such entrances and with available access points including parking, streets, sidewalks and transit stops with the exception of the following uses which are exempt: a. Single- or two-unit living; b. Multi-unit living with 6 or fewer dwelling units; c. Agricultural use; d. Parks, open space and greenways; e. Cemetery; f. Telecommunication tower; g. Off-premise sign; h. Minor utilities; and i. Other uses not containing a principal building on the premise (with the exception of a parking facility). 2. Pedestrian access shall consist of an accessible, easily-discernible and ADA- compliant walkway or multi-use path with a minimum width of 5 feet. 3. The pedestrian access surface located on private property shall be constructed of concrete, asphalt or other fixed, firm and nonslip material as approved by the PublicWorks Director. 4. Pedestrian access routes between buildings and public rights-of-way shall be physically separated from vehicular surface areas, except where required to cross a drive aisle; such crossings shall be perpendicular wherever practicable. 5. Site plans containing multiple principal buildings shall submit a phasing plan. The phasing plan shall include all necessary elements to address phasing of walkway construction for the existing principal buildings and uses on the site as new buildings and building expansion occurs in the future. 4. If a stub street exists on an abutting property, the street system of any new subdivision must connect to the stub street to form a through street. 5. When the entirety of a creek crossing is in the subdivision, the crossing must be in a single phase in its entirety. 6. When stubbing to the edge of the site, the stub street will be built to the furthest point possible without NCDWQ approval and a fee in lieu of construction is paid for the remainder. Any right-of-way and slope easements needed to build the connection shall be dedicated. 7. Where a stub street is provided, a barricade using a design approved by the PublicWorks Director must be constructed at the end of the stub street, pending the extension of the street into abutting property. A sign noting the future street extension shall be posted at the applicant’s expense. 8. The PublicWorks Director may eliminate the requirement for a stub street consistent with Sec. 8.3.6. , when: a. Steep slopes in excess of 25%; freeways, waterways, railroad lines, preexisting development, tree conservation areas, stream buffers, cemeteries, open space or easements would make the provision of a stub street infeasible; or b. A high intensity nonresidential use is located adjacent to a proposed residential subdivision. Sec. 8.3.5. Site Access A. General Access Requirements 1. All existing and proposed development must provide a satisfactory means of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle ingress and egress to and from a street or an abutting site. 2. All on-site parking areas must have vehicular access from a street, an alley, a drive aisle or a cross-access easement. 3. All on-site parking areas must be designed to allow vehicles to enter and exit the parking area in a forward motion, unless otherwise approved by the PublicWorks Director. An improved alley may be used as maneuvering space for access to on-site parking areas.