Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Definitions 17.4 Definitions Generally*


may be obtained from engineering studies available from a Federal or State other source using FEMA approved engineering methodologies. This elevation, when combined with 2 additional vertical feet, establishes the regulatory flood protection elevation in flood hazard areas. BASEMENT (FLOODPLAIN DEVELOPMENT) Any area of a building having its floor subgrade (below ground level) on all sides. BEDROOM A room designated for sleeping, also known as a sleeping room. BEING CONDUCTED A land disturbing activity that has been initiated and permanent stabilization of the site has not been completed. BERM An earthen mound designed to provide visual interest, screen undesirable views, and/or decrease noise. BLOCK An area of land generally bounded by streets or rights-of-way and occupied by or intended for buildings. BONA FIDE FARM PURPOSES Includes the production and activities relating or incidental to the production of crops, grains, fruits, vegetables, ornamental and flowering plants, dairy, livestock, poultry, and all other forms of agriculture as defined in NCGS §106-581.1 and all other purposes described in NCGS §160D- 903. BORROW Fill material that is required for on- site construction and is obtained from other locations. BUFFER A combination of physical space and vertical elements, such as plantings or fencing, used to separate and screen incompatible land uses from each other. BUFFER ZONE The strip of land adjacent to a lake or natural watercourse. BUFFERYARD The area of a required buffer in which plantings or other screening elements are to be located. BUILDING Any structure built for support, shelter or enclosure for any occupancy or storage. BUILDING COVERAGE A percentage figure referring to that portion of a lot covered with principal and accessory buildings or structures

as measured by dividing the total area of building and structure footprints by the gross area of the lot. BUILDING SETBACK LINE, MINIMUM See “Setback, Minimum.” BUILDING FLOOR AREA The gross floor area of an individual structure built for support, shelter or enclosure for any occupancy or storage. BUILT-UPON AREA (BUA) That portion of a development project that is covered by impervious or partially impervious surface including, but not limited to, buildings; pavement and gravel areas such as roads, parking lots, and paths; and recreation facilities such as tennis courts. “Built - upon area” does not include a wooden slatted deck, the water area of a swimming pool, or pervious or partially pervious paving material to the extent that the paving material absorbs water or allows water to infiltrate through the paving material.

CAMOUFLAGE See “Stealth.”

CANOPY TREE Large-growing, shade-producing trees with an expected mature height of 40 feet or greater and an expected mature crown spread of 30 feet or greater. CARRIER OR WIRELESS CARRIER An entity licensed by the FCC to provide Personal Wireless Service.

CEASE ORDER See “Stop Work Order”

CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION OR COC (WTF) A required document issued by the Town that confirms that all work represented in the application i) was properly permitted; ii) was done in compliance with and fulfilled all conditions of all permits, including any final completion deadline; iii) was fully constructed as approved and permitted; and iv) a final inspection was requested, conducted and the Facility or Complex passed the final inspection. CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FOR SOIL EROSION AND SEDIMENTATION CONTROL A certificate issued by the Town of Wake Forest Engineering Department indicating that the permittee has achieved acceptable stabilization in accordance with the approved plan and has completed all work necessary on the site related to soil erosion. All land-disturbance shown on the approved plan is stabilized with permanent

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