Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Administration 15.3 Public Notification


15.3. Public Notification

The following procedures have been established for development applications/petitions that require notification of the public prior to consideration and/or approval.

15.3.1. Level 1 – Sunshine List

A notice of the pending application/meeting shall be posted in a prominent location in Town Hall and on the town’s web site, and a notice of such meeting shall be mailed, e-mailed, or delivered to each person and media provider that has filed a written request for notice with the Town Clerk. This notice shall be posted and mailed, e-mailed, or delivered at least 48 hours before the time of the meeting. Notices shall be distributed by email. Non-media members of this list shall be charged an annual fee (as set in the fee schedule) to receive all notices by mail. Members of this distribution list must renew their participation in this distribution on an annual basis.

15.3.2. Level 2 – General Notice In Newspaper

A notice shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the town once a week for 2 successive weeks, unless the notice is for an annexation public hearing which requires a single notice. The first publication shall appear no less than 10 days or more than 25 days prior to the date fixed for the legislative or evidentiary public hearing. The notice shall include the time, place and date of the hearing/meeting and include a description of the property and the nature of the proposal. Mailed Notice: The owners of all property affected by a pending action (e.g., new overlay district) shall be notified of the hearing/meeting by first class mail. Such notification shall be postmarked at least 10 but not more than 25 days prior to the date to the meeting at which the matter is to be heard. B. 15.3.3. Level 3 – Notification To Affected Property Owners A. Published Notice – Full Community Notification: As an alternative, to the mailed notice requirements in the above paragraph, the town may elect to serve notice through a full community notification for pending actions that affect at least 50 properties with at least 50 different property owners. The town shall publish notice of the hearing/meeting in a newspaper of general circulation in the town. Two advertisements shall be published in separate calendar weeks. Each advertisement shall not be less than one-half of a newspaper page in size. The advertisement shall only be effective for property owners who reside in the area of general circulation of the newspaper which publishes the notice. Property owners who reside outside of the newspaper circulation area, according to the address listed on the most recent property tax listing for the affected property, shall be notified by first class mail. C. Posted Notice: In addition to providing mailed notice or published notice, as required in paragraphs A and B above, a sign shall be placed in a prominent location on the subject property(ies) or on an adjacent public street or highway right-of-way with a notice of the pending action and a phone number to contact for additional information. D. Additional Requirements for Third Party Re-Zonings: Except for a town-initiated zoning map amendment, when an application is filed to request a zoning map amendment and that application is not made by the owner of the parcel of land to which the amendment would apply, the applicant shall certify to the Board of Commissioners that the owner of the parcel of land as shown on the county tax listing has received actual notice of the proposed amendment and a copy of the notice of legislative or evidentiary public hearing. The applicant shall certify that proper notice

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


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