Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Lighting 10.3 Design Standards


10.2.2. Exemptions

The following exemptions shall be granted from the requirements of this section:

A. Luminaires used for public-roadway illumination may be installed at a maximum height of 37 feet and may be positioned at that height up to the edge of any bordering property. B. All temporary emergency lighting needed by the Police or Fire Departments or other emergency services, as well as all vehicular luminaires, shall be exempt from the requirements of this ordinance. C. All hazard warning luminaires required by Federal regulatory agencies are exempt from the requirements of this article, except that all luminaires used must be red and must be shown to be as close as possible to the federally required minimum lumen output requirement for the specific task. D. Individual residential lighting that is not part of a site plan or subdivision plan for street or other common or public area outdoor lighting. E. Lighting associated with holiday, festival or other temporary uses permitted in Section 4.7. F. Lighting of public art that has been permitted or otherwise approved by the town. G. Other Municipal or State lighting installed for the benefit of public health, safety, and welfare. H. All fixtures installed or temporarily used by public agencies, their agents, or contractors for the purpose of illuminating public streets. I. Lighting of US and North Carolina State Flags provided the flag standard does not exceed the maximum permitted building height for that district.

10.3. Design Standards

10.3.1. General Design Standards A.

Background spaces such as parking lots and driveways shall be illuminated as unobtrusively as possible to meet the functional needs of safe circulation and of protecting people and property. B. Foreground spaces, such as building entrances and plaza seating areas, shall utilize lighting that defines, highlights, or enhances the space without glare. C. The style of light standards and fixtures shall be consistent with the style and character of architecture proposed on the site. D. Light poles and fixtures shall be of a matte or low-gloss grey, black, dark earthen, or bronze finish, unless permission is granted by the Administrator for a special color scheme or theme. E. No outdoor pole lighting fixture shall be located within any required landscape buffer yard or street yard, except for those lighting encroachments permitted by Section 4.3.4. F. Unique areas or neighborhoods within the jurisdiction, such as but not limited to any locally designated municipal historic district, any National Register historic district, and downtown Wake Forest, may have additional design standards for lighting. G. Light sources must be compatible with the light produced by surrounding uses and must produce an unobtrusive degree of brightness in both illumination levels and color temperature. H. Natural areas and natural features shall be protected from light spillage from off-site sources.

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


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