Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Subdivision & Infrastructure Standards 6.5 Connectivity


Minimum Block Length

Maximum Block Length

Rural & Suburban Districts*

250 feet

800 feet

Urban Districts *

250 feet

400 feet

*District classifications as urban vs. rural & suburban is outlined in Section 2.2 D. Block Width: Blocks shall have sufficient width to provide for 2 tiers of lots of appropriate depth except where otherwise required to separate residential development from through traffic. E. Cul-de-Sacs: Permanent dead-end streets or cul-de-sacs shall be no longer than 400 feet. In general, streets with one end permanently closed shall be avoided unless the design of the subdivision and the existing or proposed street system in the surrounding area clearly indicates that a through street is not essential at the location of the proposed cul-de-sac. F. Reserve Strips Prohibited: Reserve strips and non-access easements adjoining street rights-of-way for the purpose of preventing access to or from adjacent property (except those required by the Board of Commissioners to prevent access to thoroughfares), and half-streets shall not be permitted. G. Subdivision Access Points: Subdivisions shall maintain external access points through street connections to existing roads and/or stubs to future development at the rate of at least one external access point for every 100 single family lots. H. Street Stubs: 1. The following stub street standards listed below shall apply unless: a. The development contains one or more of the following land uses: a duplex, or detached residential lot no larger than two acres; elementary school, secondary school, landfill, cemetery, public safety station, correctional institution, religious institution; or b. The development contains a Local Historic Landmark, individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places; or c. An adopted conditional district or planned unit development rezoning ordinance contains a zoning condition removing the requirement.


Stub Street Location and Arrangement a. New development shall connect to any existing street stub from an adjacent property. If the Town collected payment in lieu from the adjacent development for an unbuilt street stub, the Town shall issue the amount collected to be used by the owner or applicant to construct the existing stub onto the parcel under development. b. New development shall stub to all adjacent properties at the rate of at least one street stub per 800 feet of property boundary when connecting to rural and suburban districts and at least one street stub per 400 feet when connecting to urban districts. c. Local stub streets to adjacent parcels shall be arranged and designed to allow future constructable connections. Local streets shall not be designed or located in a manner to stub to the following:


Railroad or controlled access highway; or

ii. Previously established tree conservation area, open space, or public park; or

Town of Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance – July 19, 2022


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