Planning Ordinance

(Effective May 1, 2015)

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 Cover Page 
 
Preface: General Planning Principles 

Section 1: Purpose and Applicability 
 
1.1 Title
Page 1-1
1.2 Authority 
Page 1-1
1.3 Jurisdiction 
Page 1-1
1.4 Purpose and Intent 
Page 1-2
1.5 Consistency with All Adopted Plans 
Page 1-2
1.6 Required Conformance with this Ordinance 
Page 1-3

1.7 Planning Ordinance Map 
Page 1-4

1.8 Transitional Provisions 
Page 1-5

1.9 Conflict with Other Laws 
Page 1-6

1.10 Effective Date 
Page 1-6

Section 2: Planning Areas
 
2.1 General
Page 2-1
2.2 Planning Areas
Page 2-7
2.3 Overlay Districts 
Page 2-79

Section 3: Additional Requirements 
 
3.1 Purpose and Applicability 
Page 3-1
3.2 Additional Requirements 
Page 3-2
3.3 Temporary use Standards 
Page 3-13

Section 4: Design Standards
 
4.1 Purpose and Intention
Page 4-1
4.2 Applicability and Administration
Page 4-2
4.3 General Site Design Requirements
Page 4-2
4.4 General Building Design Requirements
Page 4-6

4.5 Specific Building Type Requirements
Page 4-11

4.6 Existing Industrial Campuses
Page 4-17

4.7 Renovation of Existing Structures
Page 4-17

 

Section 5: Affordable Housing
 
5.1 General Goals 
Page 5-1
5.2 Covered Development Projects 
Page 5-2
5.3 Affordable Housing Plan 
Page 5-4

5.4 Approved Affordable Housing Providers
Page 5-6

5.5 General Provisions 
Page 5-7

Section 6: Subdivision and Infrastructure Standards
 
6.1 Purpose and Intention 
Page 6-1
6.2 Applicability 
Page 6-2
6.3 Required Improvements 
Page 6-3
6.4 Subdivision Standards 
Page 6-4
6.5 Connectivity 
Page 6-4
6.6 Implementation of Street Standards 
Page 6-7
6.7 Street Design and Classification
Page 6-9
6.8 Sidewalks and Greenways
Page 6-18

6.9 Bicycle Facilities
Page 6-21

6.10 Transportation Impact Analysis 
Page 6-22

6.11 Improvement Guarantees
Page 6-26

6.12 Easements and Dedications 
Page 6-28
6.13 Street & Greenway Acceptance Requirements 
Page 6-29


Section 7: Parks and Open Space
 
7.1 Purpose and Intention 
Page 7-1
7.2 Dedication and Conservation Requirements 
Page 7-2
7.3 Payment in Lieu of Dedication and Conservation 
Page 7-3

7.4 Park Standards
Page 7-4

7.5 Open Space Standards 
Page 7-10

7.6 Ownership and Maintenance 
Page 7-11
 

Section 8: Parking and Driveways 
 
8.1 Purpose and Intention 
Page 8-1
8.2 Applicability 
Page 8-1
8.3 Type and Amount of Parking
Page 8-2
8.4 Parking Lot Design Standards 
Page 8-3

8.5 Parking Standards for Detached House,
Attached House Townhouse, and Live Work Building Types

Page 8-8

8.6 Bicycle Parking Standards 
Page 8-9

8.7 Driveways 
Page 8-13


Section 9: Tree Preservation, Landscaping and Screening
 
9.1 Purpose and Intention 
Page 9-1
9.2 Applicability and Administration 
Page 9-2
9.3 Tree Coverage and Preservation 
Page 9-4
9.4 Street Tree Plantings 
Page 9-7

9.5 Site Landscaping 
Page 9-8

9.6 Parking Area Landscaping 
Page 9-9

9.7 Screening
Page 9-11

9.8 Installation and Maintenance Standards
Page 9-12

Section 10: Lighting
 
10.1 Purpose & Intention 
Page 10-1
10.2 Applicability & Administration 
Page 10-1
10.3 Exemptions & Prohibitions 
Page 10-2
10.4 Design Standards 
Page 10-3
10.5 Street Lighting 
Page 10-6

 

Section 11: Signs
 
11.1 Purpose & Intention 
Page 11-1
11.2 Applicability & Administration 
Page 11-2
11.3 General Provisions 
Page 11-3
11.4 Primary Sign Types 
Page 11-5
11.5 Other Sign Types 
Page 11-14
11.6 Signs That Do Not Require a Permit 
Page 11-19
11.7 Prohibited Signs 
Page 11-21
11.8 Maintenance & Upkeep of Sign
Page 11-22 

Section 12: Nonconformitites
 
12.1 Purpose & Applicability 
Page 12-1
12.2 Nonconforming Uses & Structures 
Page 12-1
12.3 Nonconforming Lots
Page 12-4
12.4 Nonconforming Signs 
Page 12-4
12.5 Nonconforming Plans 
Page 12-5
12.6 Appeals & Modifications 
Page 12-6 

Section 13: Boards and Commissions 
 
13.1 Boards and Commissions
Page 13-1
13.2 Planning Board/Board of Adjustment
Page 13-1
13.3 Design Review Board/Historic Preservation Commission
Page 13-3

13.4 Meetings, Hearings and Procedures of all Boards and Commissions 
Page 13-4
13.5 Staff 
Page 13-4
13.6 Attendance Policy for Boards and Commissions 
Page 13-4 

Section 14: Administration Procedures 
 
14.1 Purpose & Intention 
Page 14-1
14.2 Applicability 
Page 14-1
14.3 Types of Development Proposals 
Page 14-2
14.4 Public Input Session 
Page 14-2
14.5 Low-Impact Subdivision 
Page 14-4
14.6 Conservation Easement Subdivision 
Page 14-8
14.7 Conditional Planning Area 
Page 14-10
14.8 Master Plan 
Page 14-14
14.9 Preliminary Plat 
Page 14-17
14.10 Final Plat 
Page 14-18
14.11 Individual Building 
Page 14-20

14.12 Design Review
Page 14-22
14.13 Building Permit Process 
Page 14-23
14.14 Temporary Use Permit process 
Page 14-24
14.15 Required Documents for Development Proposals 
Page 14-25
14.16 Termination of Applications & Approvals 
Page 14-34
14.17 Amendments to Approved Plans 
Page 14-36
14.18 Vested Right Requirements 
Page 14-36
14.19 Certificate of occupancy 
Page 14-38
14.20 Appeals and variances 
Page 14-38
14.21 Changes and Amendments to the Planning Ordinance 
Page 14-40

 

 Section 15: Violations and Penalties 
 
15.1 Notice To Comply 
Page 15-1
15.2 Penalties for Violation & Enforcement Mechanisms 
Page 15-2
15.3 Specific Types of Violations 
Page 15-4

 
 Section 16: Definitions 
 
16.1 Intent Page 16-1
16.2 Rules of Construction  Page 16-1
16.3 Definitions  Page 16-3

 Section 17: Watershed Protection Overlay District 
 
17.1 Authority and Enactment 
Page 17-1
17.2 Jurisdiction
Page 17-1
17.3 Definitions 
Page 17-1
17.4 Effective Date and Adoption Date 
Page 17-4
17.5 Rules Governing the Interpretation of Watershed District Boundaries 
Page 17-4
17.6 Exceptions to Applicability 
Page 17-5
17.7 Establishment of Watershed Areas and Areas for the High Density Option 
Page 17-6
17.8 Density Averaging 
Page 17-17


 Section 18: Floodplain Overlay District
 
18.1 General
Page 18-1
18.2 Definitions
Page 18-3
18.3 General Provisions
Page 18-12
18.4 Administration and Enforcement
Page 18-14

18.5 Appeals and Variances   
Page 18-21

18.6 Provisions for Flood Hazard Reduction   
Page 18-25

18.7 Legal Status Provisions   
Page 18-33


 Section 19: Erosion Control
 
19.1. Title
Page 19-1
19.2. Preamble
Page 19-1
19.3. Definitions
Page 19-2
19.4 Scope and Exclusions
Page 19-5
19.5 Forest Practice Guidelines
Page 19-6
19.6 General Requirements
Page 19-6
19.7 Basic Control Objectives
Page 19-6
19.8 Mandatory Standards for Land-disturbing Activity
Page 19-7
19.9 Design and Performance Standards
Page 19-8
19.10 Erosion and Sedimentation Control Plans   
Page 19-9

19.11 Permits   
Page 19-12

19.12 Inspections and Investigations   
Page 19-12

19.13 Penalties   
Page 19-14

19.14 Injunctive Relief   
Page 19-17

19.15 Restoration of Areas Affected by Failure to Comply   
Page 19-17

19.16 Appeals   
Page 19-17

19.17 Severability   
Page 19-20

19.18 Effective Date   
Page 19-20

19.19 Revisions   
Page 19-20


 Section 20: Post Construction Stormwater Ordinance 
 
20.1 Overview
Page 20-1
20.2 Administration and Procedures  
Page 20-8
20.3 Standards
Page 20-16
20.4 Development and Redevelopment Mitigation  
Page 20-24
20.5 Undisturbed Open Space
Page 20-25
20.6 Maintenance
Page 20-29
20.7 Violations and Enforcement  
Page 20-32
20.8 Definitions
Page 20-38


 Section 21: Stream Buffer Overlay District

21.1 Purpose
Page 21-1
21.2 Stream Buffers and Stream Buffer Management Zones
Page 21-1

21.3 Land Management Practices within the Stream Buffer Management Zones
Page 21-3

 Section 22: Local Historic District Guidelines 
 
I. Introduction            
II. Changes to Building Exteriors   
III. New Construction and Additions
   
IV. District Setting and Site Features  
V. Relocation or Demolition

 

 
Complete Planning Ordinance: Click Here
Updated 4/26/2016