Wake Forest Renaissance Plan - September 2017


C h a p t e r 9 P u t P eop l e F i r s t

9.3.10 Shopfront Overlay Extension

The Town of Wake Forest currently has an ordinance that regulates the design of the first floor in newly constructed buildings along certain street frontages. The Required Shopfront Overlay ordinance states that all new development along the “designated street frontage must provide one of the following Private Frontages at sidewalk level along the entire length of the frontage:

1. Shopfront & Awning, 2. Gallery, or 3. Arcade.”

In order to realize a primary goal of this plan, to connect the commercial energy on White Street to the same that exists at Renaissance Plaza, retail shopfronts should also be required in new development along certain frontages not currently designated in the existing ordinance. The diagram to the right shows the existing street frontages where the current ordinance applies as well as additional frontages that should be designated in an extension to the existing overlay district through an amended ordinance.


Frontages in existing shopfront overlay Frontages in proposed extended overlay

RECOMMENDATION 9M: Amend the existing Required Shopfront Overlay District to include additional frontages.



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