Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 12 – 11 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 Article 12.2. Defined Terms | CHAPTER 12. DEFINITIONS L 5. All other necessary determinations about impervious surfaces will be based on hydrological tests based on existing subgrade soils, slope, rainfall intensity and rainfall duration. Indigenous/Locally Adapted Species Plant and animal life forms which are naturally found in the State of North Carolina. Infrastructure Transit supportive items including but not limited to seating, shelter, trash receptacles, lighting and real-time transit schedule information provided at a transit stop for the comfort, safety and/or convenience of transit passengers. Interior Lot A lot other than a corner lot. Internal Illumination A light source concealed or contained within the sign itself, such as a neon tube, which becomes visible in darkness by shining through a translucent surface. Internal Refractive Lens A glass or plastic lens installed between the lamp and the sections of the outer fixture globe or enclosure. Refractive refers to the redirection (bending) of the light as it goes through the lens, softening and spreading the light being distributed from the light source thereby reducing direct glare. l Lake, Watercourses Any natural or relocated stream, river, brook, swamp, sound, bay, creek, run, branch, canal, waterway, estuary and any reservoir, lake or pond, natural or impounded, in which sediment may be moved or carried in suspension and which could be damaged by an accumulation of sediment. Land-Disturbing Activity Any use of the land by any person in residential, recreational, industrial, educational, service, institutional, civic, office or commercial development, highway and road construction and maintenance that results in a change in the natural cover or topography or alters the natural structure of the land mass and that may cause or contribute to sedimentation. Landfill (debris from on-site) A demolition landfill that is limited to receiving from the site stumps, limbs, leaves, concrete, brick, wood, uncontaminated earth or other uncontaminated solid waste from construction activities on the same site. Landing Pad A firm, stable and slip-resistant surface typically located between the back of curb and adjacent sidewalk constructed from concrete at a bus stop. The pad provides continuity between the sidewalk and a transit vehicle for all users and allows for the deployment of wheelchair ramps from the transit vehicle. The landing pad may also serve as the foundation to which a bench or shelter is permanently mounted and shall satisfy the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Light Source The element of a lighting fixture that is the point of origin of the lumens emitted by the fixture. Loading Area An area which contains trash collection areas, refuse containers, outdoor loading and unloading spaces, docks, outdoor shipping and receiving areas, outdoor bulk storage of materials or parts thereof and outdoor repair areas of any service stations, safety equipment inspection stations or dealers. Locally Adapted Species Non‐native species of animal and plant life that are adapted to the climatic conditions of North Carolina. Lot Coverage The amount of net lot area within designated floodway fringe areas and future conditions flood hazard areas expressed in terms of a percentage that is covered by any obstruction restricting or displacing the flow of flood waters and any fill added to the lot after May 3, 2006. Lowest Floor The lowest floor of the lowest enclosed area (including basement). An unfinished or flood resistant enclosure, usable solely for parking of vehicles, building access or storage in an area other than a basement area is not considered a building’s lowest floor provided that such enclosure is not constructed so as to render the structure in violation of the applicable non-elevation design requirements of this UDO.