Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Recreation Facility Fees, Parks & Open Space Land 7.5 Neighborhood Park Design Standards


7.5.3. Accessibility / Visibility A.

All recreation spaces shall be conveniently accessible to all residents of the development and shall have at least 20 feet of frontage on at least one public street within the development. B. No residential unit within a development shall be further than ¼ mile (1320 feet), as measured along a road or pedestrian path, from a recreation space as defined above or other publicly-accessible park facility. C. All recreation spaces shall be visible from dwelling units that are adjacent to the neighborhood park. This includes dwelling units on properties that share a property boundary with the neighborhood park or front the neighborhood park from directly across a street. At least one-quarter of the total land dedicated shall be located outside special flood hazard areas, watercourses, and watershed buffers. All land dedicated shall be outside of wetlands and waters subject to State or Federal regulatory jurisdiction. Within the area proposed for dedication, sufficient engineering data and/or detail shall be indicated to ensure compliance with this section. B. Areas including ponds, lakes, wetlands, or easements for public utility transmission lines shall not exceed more than 50% of the required neighborhood park space. Minimum Amenities (All Neighborhood Park Types): 1. Required recreation space shall be planned, improved, and usable by persons living nearby. Improved shall mean cleared of underbrush and debris and shall contain 2 or more of the following amenities: landscaping, walls or pathways, fences, walks, lighting and electricity, fountains, ball fields, and/or playground equipment. 2. Public Seating: Provide seating areas appropriate to the intended use of the space (e.g., park benches and durable theft/vandalism-resistant chairs in formal/active spaces and garden wall seats in informal/passive spaces). 3. Supplement Tree Planting/Significant Species Preservation: A minimum of 1 tree (2 inch caliper minimum measured 6" above the ground at installation) to be planted in at least 350 square feet of soil or 1 preserved existing canopy tree a minimum of 12” caliper for every 2,500 square feet of required park space. 4. Trash Receptacle: Garbage receptacles and recycling receptacles shall be required for each park space. 5. Bicycle Parking: At least 4 short-term bicycle parking spaces shall be required for every one-quarter acre of neighborhood park space and every ½ mile of greenway. Bicycle parking shall be designed according to the bicycle parking standards in Section 9.6. B. Minimum Amenities (Parks per 7.5.1.A): At least 25% of the park space land shall be required to be designated for active recreation purposes such as playgrounds, tennis courts, ball fields, volleyball courts, etc. The remainder of the park may be designed for passive recreation purposes such as walking, jogging, cycling, disc golf, relaxation, etc. Preservation of natural or cultural resources such as steep slopes, rock outcroppings, mature woodlands or water resources may also be counted towards passive recreation provided there is some method for public enjoyment and appreciation of such resources.

7.5.4. Usability A.

7.5.5. Minimum Amenities Within Parks A.

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


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