Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 8 – 30 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 3 CHAPTER 8. SUBDIVISION & SITE PLAN STANDARDS | Article 8.5. Existing Streets Sec. 8.5.1. General Provisions Article 8.5. Existing Streets Sec. 8.5.1. General Provisions This Article describes guidelines for the construction of street improvements and streetscapes for existing streets throughout the City. It is intended to address when street and streetscape improvements are appropriate through the application of the pre-approved street types in this chapter. The City has an approved Street Design Manual which provides further details. A. Intent 1. The intent of the existing streets regulations is to provide the application of the street typology map and the streetscapes to existing streets to reflect the character and context of areas in the City. 2. The existing street regulations provide adequate travel lanes for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. 3. Administrative Design Adjustments approved by the PublicWorks Director pursuant t o Sec. 8.5.1.G. may be appropriate when an existing building would impede expansion, when transitioning from a different street section or where strict compliance with this UDO and the Raleigh Street Design Manual would pose a safety hazard. B. Applicability 1. General a. Any new development activity and any addition or repair subject to the requirements of Sec. 10.2.5. a nd Sec. 10.2.8. must meet street type and streetscape standards of this Article for existing streets abutting the subject property. b. The streetscape types of Sec. 8.5.2. shall be applied based on the zoning and frontage type applied to the subject property. c. Unless otherwise specifically provided, no permit for the construction, reconstruction, extension, repair or alteration of any building, structure or use of land and no building or land or any part of any building or land, may be occupied or used until the streetcape requirements of this Article have been met. d. Gated public streets shall not be permitted. e. Administrative design adjustments approved by the PublicWorks Director pursuant to Sec. 10.2.18. may be appropriate when an existing building would impede roadway expansion; when transitioning from a different street section; or where strict compliance with this UDO and the Raleigh Street Design Manual would pose a safety hazard. 2. Additions and Repairs a. A building or site may be renovated or repaired without meeting the streetscape standards, provided there is no increase in gross floor area or improved site area. b. When a building or site is increased in gross floor area or improved site area cumulatively by more than 10%, the streetscape provisions of this Article must be met. 3. Change in Use Exempt A change in use does not trigger application of the streetscape requirements of this Article. C. Letter of Acceptance 1. Sidewalks, streets and street trees must be installed prior to the issuance of a letter of final acceptance. 2. A conditional letter of acceptance may be issued in accordance with Sec. 8.1.3. where the PublicWorks Director determines that landscaping in the public right-of-way cannot be installed due to inclement weather conditions, a surety in the amount of 125% of the value of the landscaping shall be provided to the City, in accordance with Sec. 8.5.1.B. The landscaping improvements shall be installed within 12 months of issuance of the conditional letter of acceptance. 3. Where determined appropriate by the PublicWorks Director, the sidewalk and street tree planting area may occur on private property subject to an easement for public access. D. Tree Planting 1. Unless otherwise noted below, all trees planted in accordance with this Article must be shade trees. 2. Where overhead utilities exist, 1 understory tree shall be planted every 20 feet on center, on average.