Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

District Provisions 2.4 Overlay Districts


or other structure, including the kind and texture of the building material, the size and scale of the building or other structure, and the type and style of all windows, doors, light fixtures, signs, and other appurtenant fixtures, as well as historic signs, significant landscape, archaeological and natural features of the area, and shall apply to all sides of any such structures that can be seen from any adjacent street (excluding rear lanes or alleys) or public park. In the case of outdoor advertising signs, exterior features" shall mean the style, material, size, and location of all such signs. 4. Limitation on Review of Interior Features : Notwithstanding this ordinance, jurisdiction of the Commission over interior spaces shall be limited to specific interior features of architectural, artistic, or historical significance in publicly owned landmarks, and of privately owned historic landmarks for which consent for interior review has been given by the owner. If an owner's consent for interior review has been filed in the office of the Wake County Register of Deeds and indexed according to the name of the owner of the property in the grantee and grantor indexes, such consent shall bind future owners and/or successors in title. The ordinance establishing the historic designation shall specify the interior features to be reviewed and the specific nature of the Commission's jurisdiction over those features. 5. Normal Maintenance and Repair/Certain Changes Not Prohibited : Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to prevent the ordinary maintenance or repair of any exterior architectural feature of a historic landmark or property located within a district that does not involve a change in design, material, or outer appearance thereof. Nor shall this ordinance be construed to prevent the construction, reconstruction, alteration, restoration, moving, or demolition of any such feature when a building inspector or similar official certifies to the Commission that such action is required for the public safety because of an unsafe or dangerous condition. Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent a property owner from making any use of their property not prohibited by other statutes, ordinances, or regulations. Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed to prevent the maintenance of or, in the event of an emergency, immediate restoration of any existing above-ground utility structure without approval by the Commission. 6. Use of Design Standards : The Commission shall adopt, utilize, and amend, as needed, standards, not inconsistent with NC General Statutes and the US Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation for altering, restoring, moving, or demolition of property designated as historic. It is the intention of these standards to ensure, insofar as possible, that changes in designated landmarks or properties located within designated districts shall be in harmony with the reasons for designation. 7. Administrative Approval for Minor Works Allowed : The Commission staff may issue a Certificate of Appropriateness for minor works as listed in the Commission's Design Standards or as otherwise directed by the Commission. Minor works shall include and are defined as those exterior changes that do not involve substantial alterations, additions, or removals that could impair the integrity of the property and/or district as a whole. No application for a minor works Certificate of Appropriateness may be denied without formal action by the Commission. 8. Delay in Demolition of Designated Properties : Any application for a Certificate of Appropriateness authorizing the relocation, demolition, or destruction of a building or structure within a HL-O may not be denied. However, the effective date of such a Certificate of Appropriateness may be delayed for a period of up to 365 days from the date of approval of the Certificate of Appropriateness. The Commission may reduce the period of delay where it finds that the owner would suffer extreme hardship or be permanently deprived of all beneficial use of or return from such property by virtue of the delay. During such period the Historic Preservation Commission may negotiate with the

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