Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

District Provisions 2.4 Overlay Districts


v. Design: Shall be vertically oriented. Split rail and chain link are prohibited. Privacy fences and garden fences, such as chicken wire, are permitted only in the rear yard. Design Standards The following design standards shall be applied to alterations to existing structures and new construction. The following design standards do not apply to ordinary maintenance or repair of the exterior of existing structures.



Residential and Lodging Uses

i. Porches: Front porches and existing entrances shall be preserved and/or replication of entrances and porches shall be based on historical evidence. As such, existing front porches shall not be enclosed or screened in; however, existing screened in front porches are permitted and may be repaired or replaced provided that transparent screens are utilized and installed from the inside of the porch, behind the railing and other porch features. If new construction is proposed, front porches shall be provided and meet the following standards: (a) Span a minimum of 50% of the front façade width


Be located symmetrically on the front façade


Shall not be enclosed or screened in

ii. Roof: Only Side-Gable, Pyramidal, Triple-A Gable, and Gable-front roof types are permitted. iii. Building materials: Exterior walls shall be finished in wood clapboard, cementitious fiber board, wood shingle, wood drop siding or primed board. Brick, stone, stucco, and vinyl siding are not permitted. Except that: (a) Existing structures may replace existing materials in kind, and (b) Accessory buildings not visible from the public right-of-way are not subject to the building material requirements. iv. Foundation materials: Principal building foundations shall be brick or brick veneer. v. Finished Floor Elevation: The finished floor elevation at the front façade shall be a minimum of 18 inches above grade for principal structures. vi. Utilities: Skylights, solar panels, utilities, mechanical equipment, satellite dishes, air conditioning units, and associated structures shall only be located on rear or side slopes of the roof, on rear or side portions of the building, and in rear or side yards provided they are not visible from the public right-of-way or are screened from view from the public right-of-way with vegetation or fencing. b. Civic and Educational Uses . i. Building materials: Exterior walls shall be finished in accordance with Section 5.4.3, except that stucco, EIFS, and metal shall not be permitted. ii. Orientation: The primary entrance shall face the primary street. If side or rear parking is utilized, a front entrance shall still be provided. iii. ADA Compatibility: Fire exits, landings, ramps, chair lifts, and other access features shall be located on the building where they have the least visibility

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