Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 1 – 19 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 Sec. 1.5.8. Pedestrian Access A. Intent 1. The street-facing entrance regulations are intended to concentrate pedestrian activity along the street edge and provide an easily identifiable and conveniently-located entrance for residents, visitors and patrons accessing a building as pedestrians from the street. 2. Access points should be located or identified in a manner visible to the pedestrian from the street and be accessible via a direct path. B. General Requirements 1. An entrance installed after September 1, 2013 providing both ingress and egress, operable to residents or customers at all times, is required to meet the street facing entrance requirements. Additional entrances from another street, pedestrian area or internal parking area are permitted. 2. The entrance spacing requirements must be met for each building, but are not applicable to adjacent buildings. 3. An angled entrance may be provided at either corner of a building along the street to meet the street-facing entrance requirements. C. Administrative Alternate Findings The Planning and Development Officer may in accordance with Sec. 10.2.17. allow a non-street-facing entrance, subject to all of the following findings: 1. The approved alternate meets the intent of the street-facing entrance regulations; 2. The approved alternate conforms with the Comprehensive Plan and adopted City plans; 3. The pedestrian access point is easily identifiable by pedestrians, customers and visitors; 4. Recessed or projecting entries or building elements have been incorporated into the design of the building to enhance visibility of the street-facing entrance; and 5. The pedestrian route from the street and bus stops and other modes of public transportation to the entrance is safe, convenient and direct. Sec. 1.5.9. Transparency A. Intent The transparency requirements are intended to lend visual interest to street- facing building facades for both pedestrians and building occupants and minimize blank wall areas. This is not applicable to residential uses. B. General Requirements 1. The minimum percentage of windows and doors that must cover a ground story facade is measured between 0 and 12 feet above the adjacent sidewalk. More than 50% of required the transparency must be located between 3 and 8 feet of the building facade. 2. The minimum percentage of windows and doors that must cover an upper story facade is measured from top of the finished floor to the top of the finished floor above. When there is no floor above, upper story transparency is measured from the top of the finished floor to the top of the wall plate. 3. In a mixed use building, or general building where an Urban Frontage is applied, a minimum of 60% of the street-facing, street-level window pane surface area must allow views into the ground story use for a depth of at least 8 feet. Windows shall not be made opaque by non-operable window treatments (except curtains, blinds or shades within the conditioned space). 4. Glass shall be considered transparent where it has a transparency higher than 80% and external reflectance of less than 15%. Glass on upper stories may have any level of transparency and external reflectance. Ground Story Transparency Upper Story Transparency 12’ Finished Floor Wall Plate Finished Floor Article 1.5. Measurement, Exceptions & General Rules of Applicability | CHAPTER 1. ​INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS Sec. 1.5.8. ​Pedestrian Access