Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Lighting 10.1 Purpose And Applicability


10. Lighting

10.1. Purpose And Applicability

10.1.1. Purpose

The standards set forth in this section are designed to focus on the actual physical effects of lighting, as well as the effect that lighting may have on the surrounding neighborhood. It is the intent of this section to:

Minimize light pollution, such as glare and light trespass.

Conserve energy and resources.

Maintain night-time safety and utility.

Improve the night-time visual environment.

10.1.2. Applicability

Unless otherwise specified, this section shall apply to all development in the Town of Wake Forest which requires an application and/or UDO approval as specified in this ordinance. This includes, but is not limited to, changes of use, building expansions/reconstruction and parking area expansions for existing development according to the provisions in Section 13.1. The notable exception shall be any Planned Unit Development District, which may create its own lighting standards through the PUD Concept Plan.

10.1.3. Nonconforming Lighting

Any nonconforming lighting fixture lawfully in place or approved by the town prior to the adoption of this ordinance shall be exempt from these requirements. Routine maintenance, including changing the lamp, ballast, starter, photo control, lens, and other required components, is permitted for all existing fixtures. At the time that a nonconforming fixture, which was installed prior to the adoption of this ordinance, is replaced, moved, upgraded, or otherwise changed, the fixture must be replaced by a fixture that is in compliance with this ordinance and the NC Energy Code.

10.2. Prohibitions And Exemptions

10.2.1. Prohibitions

The following lighting types shall be prohibited within the jurisdiction of the Town of Wake Forest: A. The use of laser source light or any similar high intensity light for outdoor advertising or entertainment is prohibited. B. The operation of searchlights for advertising purposes is prohibited. C. Site lighting that may be confused with warning, emergency, or traffic signals is prohibited. D. Lights that flash, move, revolve, rotate, scintillate, blink, flicker, vary in intensity or color, or use intermittent electrical pulsation are prohibited. E. Awnings and canopies used for building accents over doors, windows, and etc. shall not be internally lit (i.e. from underneath or behind) so as to visually turn a translucent material into an internally illuminated material. Lighting may be installed under canopies that light the sidewalk, or downlights onto the architectural features of a building.

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


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