Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Erosion, Flood, Stormwater & Watershed Standards 12.7 Watercourse (Riparian) Buffer Areas


area, direct run-off away from the surface waters and maximize the utilization of stormwater control measures (SCM's). B. Additional Neuse River Buffer Standards: The Neuse River regulations of this section and 15 A NCAC 2B.0233 shall not apply to riparian buffer areas with existing and ongoing uses established as of July 27, 1997. A use shall be considered converted, and no longer excluded from this rule if: 1. Impervious surface is added to the riparian buffer in locations where it did not exist previously; 2. An agricultural operation within the riparian buffer is converted to a non- agricultural use; 3. A lawn within the riparian buffer ceases to be maintained. Existing forest vegetation of any width present after this date must be protected and maintained in accordance with the Neuse River regulations of this section and 15 A NCAC 2B.0233. C. Buffers to be Shown on Plans: All required watercourse buffers shall be shown on all approved site plans and subdivision plans. Where designated by the Administrator, the placement of signs may be required to relay the buffer protection requirements to the public. D. Exclusion of Watercourse Buffer Areas from Lots: Single-family lots created through a site and/or subdivision plan shall not be platted into a watercourse buffer area except through the approval of the Administrator when all of the following conditions are met: 1. The subdivision is limited in size and has no homeowners association; 2. There is no other reason for the formation of a homeowners association (e.g., covenant, other common areas, engineered stormwater control structures); 3. The buffer is placed in a permanent conservation or other legal instrument dedicated to the town or other approved conservation or governmental entity (required documents must be provided prior to recordation of the plat for the impacted area).

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


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