Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 8 – 12 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 3 CHAPTER 8. SUBDIVISION & SITE PLAN STANDARDS | Article 8.3. Blocks, Lots, Access Sec. 8.3.5. Site Access C. Driveways 1. All Driveways a. All driveway design and construction must comply with the Raleigh Street Design Manual, or the Fire Code when conflict exists. b. Driveway dimensions measured at the street right-of-way shall be in accordance with the following table: Width (min) Width (max) Radius (max) Residential on a local street, up to 6 off-street parking spaces 10' 18' 10' Residential 7+ off-street parking spaces (one way) 12' 16' 10' Residential 7+ off-street parking spaces (two-way) 20' 24' 10' Mixed Use/Commercial (one-way) 12' 18' 10' Mixed Use/Commercial (two-way) 20' 32' 15' Industrial/Service 30' 40' 30' c. The PublicWorks Director may require wider driveways where unusual traffic, grade or site conditions exist. 2. Driveways for Residential Uses Unless modified by either an administrative design adjustment authorized in this UDO, or by a zoning condition contained in an adopted conditional use zoning ordinance the regulations in subsection C.2 shall apply. a. When an improved alley with a width of at least 20 feet is provided, all vehicular access shall take place from the alley. Access may be taken from the side street on corner lots. b. Except for townhouse lots, all lots 40 feet or less in width platted after the effective date of this UDO are required to take vehicular access from an alley. c. No residential lot may have more than 2 driveways on the same street. Multiple driveways that service 1 lot may be no closer than 40 feet to each other. d. Non-alley loaded driveways may intersect a street no closer than 20 feet from the intersection of 2 street rights-of-way. e. Driveways must be located a minimum of 3.5 feet from the side lot line. However, a driveway may be located on the lot line closer than 3.5 feet if it is shared with an adjacent lot. f. Parking and driveway areas shall not constitute more than 40% of the area between the front building line and the front property line. 3. Driveways for Mixed Use and Nonresidential Uses Unless modified by either an administrative design adjustment authorized in this UDO, or by a zoning condition contained in an adopted conditional use zoning ordinance the regulations in subsection C.3 shall apply. a. If on-site parking areas can be accessed from an improved alley with a right-of-way of at least 24 feet in width, access from the alley is required and new curb cuts along the public right-of-way are not allowed. b. Driveways are allowed based on the property frontage of any street. Additional driveways require approval from the PublicWorks Director. c. Driveways accessing up to 80-foot wide street rights-of-way must be spaced 200 feet apart centerline to centerline and driveways accessing more than an 80-foot wide street right-of-way must be spaced 300 feet apart centerline to centerline. d. A driveway serving any non-residential use or multi-unit living shall not be permitted to access neighborhood yield or neighborhood local streets unless the proposed access point is the lesser of 300’ from an avenue, boulevard or parkway, or the intersection of another public street. e. Offers of cross-access shall be prohibited where a proposed non- residential use or multi-unit living may potentially obtain access from a neighborhood or residential street, unless the resulting access meets the provisions of subsection d above. f. Driveways may intersect a street no closer than 50 feet from the intersection of 2 street rights-of-way, not including an alley. g. Nothing in this section shall prevent all site access to any property.