Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Tree Protection, Buffers & Landscaping 8.5 Buffers And Screening


4. Buildings are not permitted within buffers. Structures shall not be permitted within buffer yards except those integrated into the design of the buffer, limited to fences, walls, monument signs, street lighting, bus stops/shelters, and street furniture. B. Credit for Existing Vegetation : Existing vegetation in buffer yard areas, which meets the minimum standards for a tree save area (TSA) in Section 8.4.2, shall qualify for the screening requirements. Where existing vegetation is insufficient or must be removed due to construction activity, new plantings shall be used to supplement any remaining existing vegetation in order to meet the minimum screening requirements. C. Ownership of Buffer Yards 1. Any required buffer yard, including those required as a zoning condition, for a single-family or two-family residential development shall not be credited toward meeting the minimum lot size requirements. 2. Where control and/or ownership of the buffer yard is by a separate entity, any disturbance, modifications, removal, or damage to the buffer yard by an adjacent homeowner or resident is prohibited. 3. The property owner’s association or owner shall be responsible for the maintenance and any violation related to the buffer yard as defined in this section. 4. Buffer yards may be included within residential lots only when all of the following conditions are met: a. The subdivision is limited in size and has no homeowners’ association; and b. There is no reason for the formation of a homeowner’s association other than to retain ownership and maintenance responsibilities for the buffer yard; and c. The buffer is placed within a permanent conservation easement or other legal instrument dedicated to the Town of Wake Forest.

8.5.2. Buffer Yard Requirements A.

Buffer Yard Table for Districts 1.

The following tables illustrate the required buffer yard types for each land use (zoning district for vacant property) and the composition of each buffer yard type:

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


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