Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

District Provisions 2.5 Floating Overlay Districts


The floating overlay districts are included as tools for development regulation that will encourage integrated mixed-use development as the town continues to grow and expand. The intent of the floating overlay districts is to allow more flexibility for these types of development in certain instances without requiring a standard legislative rezoning process. Instead, administrative (by-right) and/or quasi-judicial processes are established to allow development to proceed under the regulations outlined for each floating overlay district. When a floating overlay district is applied, the requirements for the floating overlay district shall supersede any conflicting requirements of the base district. All requirements of the base district that do not conflict with the standards of the floating overlay district shall apply. 2.5.1. Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) A. Purpose and Intent: The Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) is a floating overlay district option established to allow for the development of fully integrated, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented neighborhoods in order to minimize traffic congestion, suburban sprawl, infrastructure costs and environmental degradation. This district is a planned development district in that it is created through the combination of other form-based districts as sub- districts under the umbrella of the TND. B. Process and Applicability: 1. The TND Floating Overlay District designation shall automatically apply by-right to all development sites of 100 acres or greater. The approval of TND Master Plans on such properties shall follow the procedures for Subdivision Master Plans found in Section 15.9.1. The designation of land allocations by transect zone (as outlined in Section 2.5.1.E below) shall be made a part of this application and approval. 2. Development sites of less than 100 acres may be developed under a TND Floating Overlay District subject to the Conditional District rezoning process established in Section 15.15.A {} TND Master Plan, indicating land allocations by transect zone (as outlined in Section 2.5.1.E below), proposed subdivisions of property, and other information required by Section 15.15 shall be made a part of the Conditional District Master Plan application and approval. C. Findings of Fact for TND Master Plan Approval: In granting approval of a TND Master Plan, the approving authority shall make the following findings of fact, in addition to other findings of fact required elsewhere in this ordinance: 1. The plan is in compliance with the specifications of this ordinance. 2. The plan conforms to the adopted plans (as applicable) for the physical development of the town. 3. The impacts to adjacent property of higher-intensity, non-residential uses are adequately mitigated. 4. The impacts of traffic generated by the TND on the existing road network are mitigated. 5. All neighborhoods have identifiable centers and edges. 6. All lots are within walking distance to retail and/or recreation opportunities (a distance not greater than ¼ mile). 7. Uses and housing types are mixed and in close proximity to one another. 8. Street networks are interconnected and blocks are small. 9. Civic buildings are given prominent sites throughout the neighborhood.


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


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