Wake Forest Unified Development Ordinance - July 2022

Subdivision & Infrastructure Standards 6.4 Land Suitability


B. Extension of Time Limit: This time limit may be extended at the discretion of the Administrator upon submittal by the applicant of sufficient justification for the extension. Sufficient justification may include, but is not limited to, delays in other regulatory permits, financing institution delays, or other similar reasons beyond the control of the applicant.

6.4. Land Suitability

Land subject to flood hazard, improper drainage, or erosion; OR land that has been used for the disposal of solid waste; OR land that is for other reasons unsuitable for residential or commercial use as determined by the Administrator, shall not be platted or developed for any uses that will continue or increase the danger to health, safety, or property unless the hazards can be and are corrected. 6.4.1. Flood Hazard Area Special Flood Hazard Areas and Floodway Areas in Zone AE subject to periodic inundation by 1% annual flood as shown on FEMA flood insurance rate maps shall be identified on all plats. Special Flood Hazard Areas shall be built on only in accordance with Section 12.4 of this ordinance. No grading, clearing, removal of significant vegetation, placement of structures, fill, or any other encroachment activity shall occur within designated Special Flood Hazard Areas which would interfere with the natural water course without approval from the Administrator based upon certification that such activity mitigates the potential adverse impact to flood hazard. Streets, utility lines and structures may be placed within the Special Flood Hazard Area only if their elevation is raised above maximum flood heights or if they are otherwise flood protected. 6.4.2. Watershed Development All land located within a Watershed Protection Overlay District shall comply with the provisions of Sections 2.4.5, 12.6 and all other provisions of this ordinance regarding Watershed Protection. 6.4.3. Landfill Development Land that has been used for the disposal of solid waste and not adequately mitigated shall not be subdivided into commercial or residential building sites. This includes areas that have been used, and not adequately mitigated, for the disposal of trash, demolition waste, construction debris, stumps, and other waste materials.

6.5. Connectivity

6.5.1. Street Network A.

General: Streets shall be designed and located in proper relation to existing and proposed streets, to the topography, to such natural features as streams and tree growth, to public safety and convenience, and to the proposed use of land to be served by such streets. All proposed streets shall provide for the appropriate projection of principal streets in surrounding areas and provide reasonable access for surrounding acreage or tracts. Requirements may vary at the discretion of the Administrator where compliance is determined not feasible because of topography, the existence of environmentally sensitive lands, the need to preserve cultural resources, and/or other similar considerations. B. Streets to be Interconnected: All streets shall be designed to form part of an interconnected street pattern. Streets must connect with adjacent street networks to the extent possible. Street designs will be assessed, in terms of meeting this interconnectivity standard, on their ability to: permit multiple routes between origin/destination points; diffuse traffic; and shorten walking distances. C. Block Lengths: Block lengths shall adhere to the standards in the following table:

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


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