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AGENDA Regular Town Board Meeting

1.
Pre-meeting 1.A. Budget Work Session - CIP. (5:00 p.m.)

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2.
Call to Order

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3.
Invocation - Moment of Silence

4.
Pledge of Allegiance

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5.
Mayor and Commissioner Reports-Staff Questions

6. Public Comments, Requests, or Presentations

6.A. Dr. Michael Brennan

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6.B. Mike Russell, I-77 Local Advisory Committee

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7.
Agenda Changes

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8.
Public Hearings

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9.
Other Business

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9.A. Consider decision on Petition TA18-01, a proposal by Town Staff to update various sections related to streets in Articles 3, 5 (primarily), 7, 8, 9 12 of the Zoning Ordinance and various sections of Articles 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance for improved integration of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance with the Engineering Standards and Procedure Manual. (David Peete)

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9.B. Consider decision on request by the Community School of Davidson to not install off-site road improvements for the Huntersville Athletic Complex and Park proposed at the corner of Beatties Ford Road and Bud Henderson Road under the provisions of Section 14.4.2 of the Zoning Ordinance. (Jack Simoneau) 1

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9.C. Consider adopting Resolution Accepting Offer to Purchase property as described in Resolution No. R-2018-11 to the highest and final bidder, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee for the Bank of America Pension Fund, or its assigns, in the amount of 14,750.00. (Bob Blythe)

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9.D. Consider adopting Resolution Accepting Offer to Purchase property as described in Resolution No. R-2018-10 to the highest and final bidder, Urban Concepts, LLC, or its assigns, in the amount of 100,000.00. (Bob Blythe)

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9.E. Consider adopting Resolution Accepting Offer to Purchase property as described in Resolution No. R-2017-18 to the highest and final bidder, Teron Services, Inc., or its assigns, in the amount of 175,085.00. (Bob Blythe)

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9.F. Authorize Interim Town Manager to execute Purchase Contract for Purchase and Sale for Parcel 01723311. (Max Buchanan)

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10.
Consent

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10.A. Approve the minutes of the April 2, 2018 Regular Town Board Meeting. (Janet Pierson)

10.B. Consider approving HVAC Maintenance Contract for Huntersville Recreation Center. (Michael Jaycocks)

10.C. Approve budget amendment appropriating General Fund Balance in the amount of 1,300,000 for the economic development incentive to improve and expand Patterson Road. (Pattie Ellis/Max Buchanan) 10.D. Call a public hearing for Monday, May 21, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall on Petition TA 18-03, a proposal by Trent Gustafson to amend Articles 3.2.7a), 4.7, 9.45 of the Zoning Ordinance to increase building height for hotels, not to exceed six (6) stories, with conditions. (David Peete)
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11.
Closing Comments

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12.
Closed Session - Consultation with Attorney

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13.
Adjourn

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1 Town of Huntersville Town Board April 16, 2018

To: Town Board

From: David Peete, Planning

Date: 4/16/18

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Subject: Petition TA 18-01 - Amendments to Zoning Ord. Art. 3, 5, 7, 8, 9 12 and Sub. Ord. Art. 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000.

EXPLAIN REQUEST: Consider Final Action on Petition TA 18-01, proposal by Town Staff to update various sections related to streets in Articles 3, 5 (primarily), 7, 8, 9 12 of the Zoning Ordinance and various sections of Articles 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance. Updates involve improved integration of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance with the Engineering Standards and Procedure Manual (ESAPM). ACTION RECOMMENDED: Consider decision on Petition TA18-01, a proposal by Town Staff to update various sections related to streets in Articles 3, 5 (primarily), 7, 8, 9 12 of the Zoning Ordinance and various sections of Articles 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance for improved integration of the Zoning Ordinance and the Subdivision Ordinance with the Engineering Standards and Procedure Manual. (David Peete) FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: n/a

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ATTACHMENTS: TA 18-01 Article 5 - Final Action Staff Report (4-16-18).pdf

Art 5 Draft - Final Action version (4-16-18).pdf

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Attachment A - Text Amendment Application

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TA 18-01 Amend various sections of Articles (Zoning) 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 (Subdivision) 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000.

PART 1: DESCRIPTION Text Amendment, TA 18-01, is a request by Town of Huntersville Staff to amend Articles (Zoning) 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 and (Subdivision) 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000. of both the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance to eliminate conflicts between various Town regulating-documents and to provide clarity on various development requirements. See Attachment A for application.
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PART 2: BACKGROUND

There are two major amendments that this report outlines: 1. The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization s (CRTPO) Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) has updated its street terminology and these amendments will ensure the Town s Ordinances align with their references.
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2.
Once the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM) was adopted, it became apparent during implementation of the new Manual, along with the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance, that there were discrepancies and conflicting elements that needed to be corrected or clarified in order to direct users to appropriate sections and to eliminate regulations that did not align with one another.

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Zoning Ordinance amendments include (see Attachment B pages 1-18):

Changing street classification names to align with the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization s (CRTPO) latest Comprehensive Transportation Plan (various pages); Change street classification names to align with the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM) (various pages);

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Create a clearer integration of the Zoning Ordinance and Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual as it relates to street design for any given development (page 2);

Present requirements of the Zoning Ordinance in a clearer fashion, to include, new graphics, charts and illustrations (various pages); Codify, into the Zoning Ordinance, the method for determining street cross-sections which is currently in the Huntersville Design Guidelines and is similar to the NCDOT Complete Streets Policy. NOTE that current street cross-sections are not altered via these proposed amendments, merely the process for choosing the appropriate cross-section (page 5);
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Introduction of pedestrian zone requirements for certain street cross-sections (page 6);

Green zones for ditch-type streets are proposed to be reduced from 7 feet to 6 feet, due to the accommodation of the drainage ditch (page 7); On-street parking is proposed to be required on streets serving apartments, attached houses and detached houses with lots 60 or less in width. This type of on-street parking is only recommended in the current Zoning Ordinance (page 8); On-street parking will also be required to have curb and gutter (page 8);
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Provisions for medians on streets has been added to the Zoning Ordinance, as they are frequently referenced within the ESAPM (page 8);

Design speeds for streets has been removed from Zoning Ordinance and located entirely within the ESAPM (page 9); Street geometry specifications are proposed to be moved to the ESAPM (page 9); Increase minimum right-of-way reference from 20 to 30 for farmhouse clusters. This was a conflict with the Ordinance revisions made in 2009 (page 14);
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Clear sight distance at street intersections is proposed to be updated to be compliant with American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) standards (page 15); 4

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Subdivision Ordinance amendments include (see Attachment B pages 19-22):

Street classification names are updated for consistency with Comprehensive Transportation Plan and ESAPM (page 22); Increase minimum right-of-way reference from 20 to 30 for farmhouse clusters. This was a conflict with the Ordinance revisions made in 2009 (page 23); An amendment to allow ditch-sections in lieu of curb gutter, where appropriate on certain cross-sections (page 24);

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PART 3: STAFF RECOMMENDATION

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The proposed amendments and updates proposed in this report related to Articles 3, 5 (primarily), 7, 8, 9 12 of the Zoning Ordinance and various sections of Articles 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance are written to improve integration of both the Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances with the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual. Staff recommends approval of the request as presented. The request is compliant with the goals (located in Part 4 of this report) of the 2030 Community Plan.

PART 4: RELEVANT HUNTERSVILLE 2030 COMMUNITY PLAN AND APPLICABLE LONG RANGE PLAN SECTIONS
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T-5: Context-sensitive Design of Streets Continue to support context-sensitive design of streets and the selection of appropriate street section designs for residential, commercial and industrial development applications. Staff Comment: The proposed amendments will clarify and ensure that regulations and requirements related to street design are in the proper place and organized to help assist in creating context-sensitive designs.

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ED-14: Development Review Process Support efforts to improve efficiency and responsiveness of development review process for development proposals. Staff Comment: The re-organization of certain sections of the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision Ordinance to integrate with the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual will help users to navigate the ordinances more easily, while also eliminating conflicts and incorrect references.

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PART 5: HUNTERSVILLE ORDINANCES ADVISORY BOARD

The Ordinances Advisory Board heard the request on January 4, 2018 voted to recommend approval by unanimous (9-0) vote. PART 6: PUBLIC HEARING The Public Hearing was held on March 5, 2018. A few clarification questions were asked by Town Board, but no issues were raised. No other comments were received.
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PART 7: PLANNING BOARD RECOMMENDATION

The Planning Board, on March 27, 2018 recommended approval of the proposed amendment, as presented (see attachment B) by unanimous vote (9-0). The Motion to Approve (was made) to amend the Zoning Subdivision Ordinances and Engineering Manual, as listed in the Staff Report, to be consistent and applicable with combining and conforming all of the necessary agents under the same guidelines. It is reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance because we want everything to be consistent with development of the Engineering Manual, Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances, and this brings it all together. It (also) meets T5 and ED14 in the 2030 Community Plan .

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Page 3 of 4 PART 8: ATTACHMENTS Attachment A: Text Amendment Application Attachment B: Proposed Ordinance Language (Final Action - redlined version)
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PART 9: STATEMENT OF CONSISTENCY TA 18-01

Planning Department Planning Board Board of Commissioners

APPROVAL: In considering the proposed amendment TA 18-01, to amend Articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 13 of the Zoning Ordinance and 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance, Planning staff recommends approval of these amendments as the amendments are consistent with the Town of Huntersville 2030 Community Plan policy numbers T- 5 and ED-14. It is reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance and Subdivision because the amendments eliminate conflicts between several regulatory documents and provide greater clarity for various development requirements. APPROVAL: In considering the proposed amendment TA 18-01, to amend Articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 13 of the Zoning Ordinance and 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance, the Planning Board recommends approval based on the amendment being consistent with Objectives T5 and ED14 of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan. It is reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance because it is consistent and applicable with combining and conforming all of the necessary agents under the same guidelines. It is reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance because we want everything to be consistent with development of the Engineering Manual, Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances, and this brings it all together. APPROVAL: In considering the proposed amendment TA 18- 01, to amend Articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 13 of the Zoning Ordinance and 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance, the Town Board approval is based on the amendment being consistent with (insert applicable plan reference) It is reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance because (Explain) DENIAL: In considering the proposed amendment TA 18- 01, to amend Articles 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 12 13 of the Zoning Ordinance and 2.000, 6.000, 7.000 8.000 of the Subdivision Ordinance, the Town Board denial is based on the amendment being (consistent OR inconsistent) with (insert applicable plan reference). It is not reasonable and in the public interest to amend the Zoning Ordinance because .(Explain)

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Page 1 of 25 AMEND VARIOUS SECTIONS OF THE SUBDIVISION AND ZONING ORDINACES TO CHANGE

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REFERENCES IN THESE ORDINANCES TO BE CONSISTENT WITH NORTH CAROLINA

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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION COMPLETE STREETS POLICY AND TOWN OF

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HUNTERSVILLE ENGINEERING STANDARDS AND PROCEDURES MANUAL (ESAPM).

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CHANGES TO ZONING ORDINANCE

STAFF COMMENT: Changes to these sections of the Zoning Ordinance are proposed in order to be consistent with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Complete Streets Policy and the Town of Huntersville
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Engineering Standards and Procedure Manual (ESAPM) unless otherwise noted.

Section 1. Be it ordained by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Huntersville that the Zoning Ordinance is hereby amended as follows: Under Article 3.2.4 a) Uses Permitted with conditions, amend: Commercial use in a mixed use building, located on an arterial or at the intersection of a neighborhood local street and a larger capacity street. Under Article 3.2.11.f) 1, TND Design Provisions, Neighborhood Form, add:

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Traditional Neighborhood Street Typology

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More Urban Conditions: Typical Characteristics

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Less Urban Conditions: Typical Characteristics

Staff Comment: This section from Article 5 is more appropriate to be located in the TND Zoning District because it

focuses on neighborhood form. Under Article 4 Civic Building, Building Placement/Parking/Vehicle Access, amend: Building Placement/Parking/Vehicle Access
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3.
A planting strip green zone or defined plaza should be provided to relate the building to the street.

Staff Comment: Changing from planting strip to green zone is consistent with North Carolina Department of Transportation Complete Street Policy. Under Article 5 Streets, amend: 5.1 Summary Streets should be designed to suit their functions. Many streets, especially local ones, have purposes other than vehicular traffic. As an alternative to current N.C. Department of Transportation road standards, the following street designs are provided for non-state maintained streets within the municipal limits of Huntersville and for streets within the Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction which will be maintained by the town upon annexation. Streets built to the standards of this section are eligible for town maintenance. Streets in Huntersville are to be inviting public space and integral components of community design. A hierarchical street network should have a rich variety of types, including bicycle, pedestrian, and transit routes. All streets should connect to help

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create a comprehensive network of public areas to allow free movement of automobiles, bicyclists and pedestrians. In order for

this street network to be safe for motorists and pedestrians, all design elements must consistently be applied to calm automobile traffic.
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Streets are an integral component of community design and represent the largest percentage of public open space in

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town. In Huntersville, public streets are designed with the land uses adjacent to the street to safely accommodate

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mobility, access and travel for all users. All streets should connect to help create a comprehensive network of

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public areas to allow movement of automobiles, transit vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. All elements of community 9

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design must be incorporated with the design of the street network to promote motorized speeds that are appropriate to

their context. The processes described in this Article in conjunction with the Town s Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual shall be used for the design of all public streets in the Town s jurisdiction, which includes both the Town corporate limits and the Extraterritorial Zoning Jurisdiction (ETJ).

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Staff Comment: These paragraphs were revised for clarity and to add Town s ESAPM as a reference for Article 5 and would

make the decision process described within this Article apply to all street projects, including State and Federal projects. The Article will be reformatted to include section numbers. Streets shall:
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Incorporate appropriate accommodations for all modes of transportation including, vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, and may include user amenities such as shelters, benches and bike racks.

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Interconnect within a development and with adjoining development. Cul-de-sac streets may be allowed only where topographical and/or adjacent development lot line configurations offer no practical alternatives for connections or

through traffic. Street stubs shall be provided within developments adjacent to open vacant land or land suitable for redevelopment, wherever possible, to provide for future connections. The Land Development Map, Huntersville

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Community Plan and any applicable Small Area Plans should be reviewed to locate potential connections in new

neighborhoods.

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3.
Be designed as the most prevalent public space of the T town and, thus, scaled to the pedestrian.

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Be bordered by sidewalks on both sides, with the exception of rural roads ditch-type local streets, lanes, alleys, and the undeveloped edge of neighborhood parkways (see Article 7.11). Sidewalks on one side of the road may be permitted in

the Rural zone as an incentive to protect water quality.

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Be lined with street trees on both sides, with the exception of rural roads ditch-type local streets, lanes, alleys, and the undeveloped edge of neighborhood parkways (see Article 7.11). Private drives are permitted only as described in the

Rural and Transitional zone.

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Be public. Private streets are not permitted within any new development. Alleys will be classified as public or private depending on function, according to the street acceptance policy. Private drives are permitted only as described in the

Rural and Transitional zone.

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7.
Be the focus of buildings. Generally, all buildings will front on public streets.

Staff Comment: Proposed changes clarify language. Bullet 7 was added to stress the importance that new streets are constructed for a variety of users. 5.2 Blocks, Intersections, and Traffic Calming
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Blocks Street blocks defined by public streets are the foundation fundamental design elements of traditional neighborhoods.

Block dimensions are as follows: New Development Type Linear feet as measured between cross streets

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Urban Conditions 250 to 500 feet

Major Residential Subdivisions Not to exceed 800 feet
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Large Lot Subdivisions/Industrial Areas Not to exceed 1500 feet

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In urban conditions, any dimensions of a block may range from 250 to 500 linear feet between cross streets. In major

subdivisions the dimension of blocks may not exceed 800 linear feet between cross streets. Within large-lot subdivisions the blocks may be up to 1500 feet. The block pattern should continue to establish the development pattern at the project edge. Where a longer block will reduce the number of railroad grade crossings, major stream crossings, or where longer blocks will result in an arrangement of street connections, lots and public space more consistent with this Article and Article 7 of these regulations, the Town Board may authorize greater block lengths at the time of subdivision sketch plan review and approval.
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Intersections

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Segments of straight streets should be interrupted by intersections designed to: 10

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Disperse traffic flow and reduce speeds, thereby eliminating the creation of defacto collector streets with high speed, high volume traffic; and

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Terminate vistas with a significant natural feature, a building, a small park or other public space.

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Traffic Calming Other traffic calming measures such as mini traffic-circles, neck-downs, chicanes, mid-block diverters, intersection

diverters, curb bulbs, serial hill crests, and related devices will be considered on a case-by-case basis, based on safety and appropriateness in the proposed location.

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Staff Comment: The section was reformatted. The only addition to this section is to add a block length for industrial areas.

Industrial areas are not designed to be pedestrian-oriented. A large lot subdivision is defined as a major residential subdivision in which all lots are a minimum of acre in size , thus adding industrial areas further clarifies where larger block lengths can go.
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5.3 Acceptance of Streets for Town Maintenance Streets shall be accepted in accordance with the Street Acceptance Policy adopted by the Board of Commissioners and on file

in the office of the Town Manager. as explained in Section I.J of the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual.

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5.4 Defining the Public Space of the Street As the most prevalent public spaces in Huntersville, streets should be spatially defined by buildings. Proper alignment and

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delineation of the public street space occurs when the facades of adjacent buildings are aligned much like the walls forming a

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room. Buildings that make up the street edges are aligned in a disciplined manner. The defined space observes a certain ratio of

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height to width.

Building articulation must take place primarily in the vertical plane of the fa ade. Appendages such as porches, balconies, and

bay windows are encouraged to promote the transition between the public street and the private dwelling. For good definition, the ratio of one increment of height to six of width is the absolute maximum, with one to three being a good effective minimum. As a general rule, the tighter the ratio, the stronger the sense of place. Very tight relationships of one to one can create special pedestrian places. In the absence of spatial definition by facades, disciplined tree planting is an alternative. Trees aligned for spatial enclosure are
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necessary on streets with deep building setbacks.

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5.5 Street Design Specifications.

Design should permit comfortable use of the street by motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users. Pavement widths,
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design posted speeds, and the number of motor travel lanes shall be appropriate for a multi-modal transportation network

for which it will serve. should be minimized to enhance safety for motorists and non-motorists alike. The specific design of any given street must consider the contextual of the building-types which have frontage and the relationship of the street to the overall Town street network. Decision Making Process Street design is to be tailored to the context of the area in which the street is located and shall balance the needs and desires of those living, working, and traveling on that street. All streets including new streets and improvements to existing streets within the Town s jurisdiction (excluding projects where multi-modal transportation is not allowed) will use the collaborative decision making process described below: Step 1: Define Land Use Context. What is the intensity and type of land use at present? What building type(s), massing and exterior features are common between the existing developments? Is there a Small Area Plan for the district? What does it involve and advise? Are there other adopted plans that are applicable? Step 2: Define the Transportation Context. Identify the transportation network that will influence the

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street design. What is the nature of the surrounding street network? Does the street cater to the multi-

modal design philosophy successfully? What are the incorporated street elements (lanes, sidewalks,

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bicycle lanes, traffic calming devices, landscaping)? Are transportation improvements expected for

the area? Step 3:Establish Goals and Objectives. Consider the issues and opportunities of the context (land use

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and transportation) and their impact on the design of the street network in order to develop goal sets

for all users. Step 4: Prioritize Goals. What components are acceptable and what should be modified? Do the stakeholders and larger community prefer the street network and neighborhood to change or remain the same? How would the stakeholders and larger community prefer the street network and neighborhood to change? Step 5: Develop Alternatives and Deliberate Tradeoffs. Research and test the most suitable street type and its elements using this Article. Indentify the site specific constraints (right-of-way, existing features, environmental features, topography, etc).

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Step 6: Recommend Alternatives. Apply the appropriate street cross-section in the Town of

Huntersville Engineering and Standards and Procedure Manual. Reconfigure the cross-section
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according to the context based analysis in Steps 1 and 2 to meet goals established in Step 4 and

accommodate the site specific constraints listed in Step 5. Staff Comment: NCDOT has adopted a Complete Streets Policy for all State roads in North Carolina which endorses a similar method for determining street cross-sections. This six-step process is currently in Huntersville s Design Guidelines.
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Page 6 of 25 a. Street trees and sidewalks are required on both sides of public streets except rural roads, lanes, alleys, and the undeveloped edge of neighborhood parkways except that sidewalks may be permitted on only one side of the street to accommodate low impact design in the Rural district. Planting area for street trees should be a minimum of 7 in width and sidewalks shall at a minimum be 5 in width unless otherwise provided. On Commercial Town Streets, sidewalks should be a minimum of 7 in width. A 10 minimum width sidewalk with tree grates or cut-outs is encouraged on Commercial Town Streets. Generally, canopy trees shall be planted at a spacing not to exceed 40 on center. Where overhead utility lines preclude the use of canopy trees, small maturing trees may be substituted, planted 30 on center. b.a. Elements of Street Design: The following elements specifications apply to street design: Below are cross-sections to be used for ILLUSTRATIVE PURPOSES to explain each design element discussed in this section. Residential - Type Street Elements Retail/Mixed-Use -Type Street Elements

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NOTE: On-street parking typically provided on both side of street.

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Staff comment: the following sections highlighted in gray copy show new language that are not in the current ordinance.

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a.
Pedestrian Zone is the area intended for pedestrian travel within the sidewalk corridor. The walkway section of the pedestrian zone shall be free of all obstacles (temporary and permanent) and should be of

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sufficient width to allow pedestrians to walk safely and comfortably for current and future pedestrian

activity. At a minimum, 5 feet free and clear (per ADA standards) shall be provided.

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b.
A sidewalk is required on both sides of public streets excluding residential-type streets in the Rural district, and the undeveloped side of residential-type streets adjacent to open space. Sidewalks are not required for

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alleys. On residential streets the minimum sidewalk width shall be 5 feet. In commercial and mixed-use

areas, the minimum sidewalk width is 7 feet free and clear of obstacles. When the Green Zone includes hardscaped materials (tree grates and cut outs), the minimum sidewalk width is 10 feet with 5 feet free and clear (per ADA standards).

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Sidewalk widths along thoroughfares (or higher-order streets) are established on a case-by-case basis but shall not be less than 6 feet.

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d.
Tree-grates may be utilized for street trees, however, the grate-area may only count toward 1 foot of the free and clear (per ADA standards) sidewalk area. All other material placed at the base of street trees, other than concrete or asphalt, shall not count toward the minimum sidewalk width.

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Staff Comment: Staff recommends using a zone approach to elements of the street instead of describing each element. This change allows the inclusion of other street amenities that are necessary for particular user group and these items will be more

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consistent with the NC Complete Street Policy.

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1.
Street trees are required on both sides of all public streets except along the undeveloped side of residential- type streets adjacent to open space. Street Trees shall be located within a Green Zone, which is the space

between the sidewalk and the back of curb or back of swale and sidewalk where no curb and gutter is present. Typically, Green Zones are a planting strip or hardscaped amenity zone, which serves as a buffer between pedestrians and vehicles. The Green Zone may include street trees and landscaping and often includes street furnishings and utilities. For proper To encourage tree health, Green Zones shall be provided as follows:

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a.
Curb and gutter section 7 feet in width (minimum); b. Ditch section 6 feet minimum outside the swale; c. Industrial Streets 10 feet in width; d. Alleys not required.

No additional detail provided

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2.
Generally, canopy street trees shall be planted at a spacing not to exceed 40 feet on center, and shall be a large-maturing type (see Town of Huntersville Approved Tree and Shrub List). Where overhead utility

No additional detail provided

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lines preclude the use of large-maturing canopy street trees, small-maturing canopy street trees may be

substituted, planted 30 feet on center. Street tree spacing may be field-adjusted for driveways or utilities, but should generally maintain uniform spacing. Street trees should not be planted within 40 feet of the radius return of an intersection.
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Staff Comment: The Green Zone widths have changed from a standard 7 feet on all streets to 6 feet dedicated to the Green

Zone on ditch-type streets. In a ditch-type street there is actually more land and the additional foot is accommodated in the
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drainage ditch. The Green Zone width is wider for industrial streets because large trucks tend to damage branches as they

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pass. On these streets the extra width is needed in order to guard the tree s health.

No additional detail provided

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b.
On-street parking is recommended where building type and use will generate regular parking use. Occasional on-

street parking can be accommodated without additional pavement width. For streets which serve workplace and

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storefront buildings, on-street parking lane(s) are required and should be marked as such. An on-street parking lane on at

least one side of the street is recommended on streets serving apartments, attached houses, and detached houses with lots
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or less in width. On-street parking must also be provided on one side of any street adjacent to a square, park or other Urban Open Space. Parallel on-street parking width is 7 to 8 . On-street parking should be parallel; angled parking is only permitted as an intentional design element along the main street(s) of the retail center in a planned mixed-

use development.
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3.
Parking Zone is an area to accommodate on-street parking adjacent to uses where on-street parking provides convenience. Parking widths and layout may vary. Refer to the Town s Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual for specifics on parking space widths and lengths. This area may also include

No additional detail provided

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transit stops and provide provisions for transit pull-outs.

On-street parking is recommended where building type and use will generate regular parking use need. Occasional on-street parking can be accommodated without additional pavement width. For streets which

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serve workplace and storefront buildings, on-street parking lane(s) are required and shall be marked as

No additional detail provided

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such. An on-street parking lane on at least one side of the street is required on streets serving apartments,

No additional detail provided

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attached houses, and detached houses with lots 60 or less in width. This parking should be on the side of the street that the use is located (if applicable). In some conditions, parking should be adjacent to urban

No additional detail provided

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open space. Standard curb and gutter is required where there is marked parking.

Generally, on-street parking should be parallel, and 7 to 8 feet in width; Angled parking or reverse-angle parking is only permitted as an intentional design element along the main street(s) of the retail center in a

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planned mixed-use development where appropriate.

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Staff Comment: Staff changed on-street parking for streets serving apartments, attached houses and detached houses with lots

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or less in width from recommended to required based on parking issues staff has encountered in the Town. Also, staff proposes to require curb and gutter where there is formal on-street parking.

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c.
Design speeds should not exceed 30 miles per hour on any neighborhood street. Only arterials and collectors town

boulevards may exceed this design speed.

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Staff Comment: This section was removed because a design speed is based on the context of the street. Criteria for design

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speed is located in the Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual rather than the Zoning Ordinance.

No additional detail provided

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4.
Medians. Medians that are greater than 10 feet in width should be planted. Refer to the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual for additional planting requirements. Pedestrian refuges may be

No additional detail provided

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located in the medians.

Staff Comment: Medians were added to the Zoning ordinance because they are referenced frequently in the Huntersville Standards and Procedures Manual.
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d.
Traffic control plans showing signage and pavement markings shall be prepared in accordance with the guidance of the

Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices. The developer is responsible for the initial installation of the devices or markings and the maintenance thereof until the public accepts the street for maintenance.

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5.
Traffic control plans showing depicting all regulatory, warning and street name signage as well as signage and pavement markings shall be prepared in accordance with the guidance of the Manual on Uniform Traffic

Control Devices and the Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual for all public streets. The

Tagged Passions:streets, advertising, signage, regulation, traffic, and procedure

developer is responsible for the initial installation of the devices signs and/or markings and the maintenance

No additional detail provided

thereof until the public accepts the street for maintenance. Conflicts between street signs and tree plantings

shall be avoided.
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Staff Comment: This section was modified in order to communicate to the development community what types of information

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needed to be on their Traffic control plans.

These specifications elements may be varied only in accordance with the design principles detailed above and as approved by the Planning Director in consultation with the consulting Town s Engineer or and t Transportation staff. The following illustrations present typical examples of ways in which town street cross-sections can be assembled. Lane measurements represent the width of travel lanes; add 1 or 2 feet for standard curb and gutter or 2 feet for valley curb and gutter where curb drainage is required. Staff Comment: The changes to these are described in the Zone description sections above.
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Staff Comment: This sentence was moved to the end of the Zone description above.

Street geometries for the sections illustrated on the opposite page are listed below: Boulevard
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Design Speed 35 mph

Min. Centerline Radius To be determined

Pavement Width 62 ROW Width 86 plus curb and gutter width Curb Radius 15 Drainage Curb

No additional detail provided

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Commercial Town Street

Design Speed 25-30 mph Min. Centerline Radius 165 -195 Pavement Width 44 ROW Width 74 plus curb and gutter width Curb Radius 15 Drainage Curb
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Residential Town Street

Design Speed 25-30 mph Min. Centerline Radius 165 -195 Pavement Width 44 ROW Width 68 plus curb and gutter width Curb Radius 15 Drainage Curb Staff Comment: These specifications will be found in the Huntersville Engineering and Standards and Design Manual. Drawings below to be removed: Street Design Street Design Specifications
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Page 14 of 25 Under Article 7.10.5 Urban Open Space, Parkways and Greenbelts, amend:

Article 7.10.5 Urban Open Space, Parkways and Greenbelts

Parkways Parkways are open spaces designed to incorporate natural settings such as creeks and significant stands of trees within a neighborhood. Parkways are to be entirely bounded by streets or pedestrian ROW s within developed areas. Parkways differ from parks and squares in that their detailing is natural (i.e. informally planted). Parkways are used for walking, jogging, or bicycling. In addition, small scale recreational features such as a playground area or soccer field are appropriate in parkways. Streets bordering the parkway shall match the Neighborhood Parkway street Residential Street standards in Article 5 and the Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual. Greenbelts Greenbelts are left natural but may include walking trails. In addition, schools located adjacent to Greenbelts can provide all recreational and athletic fields within the greenbelt. Streets bordering greenbelts shall match the Neighborhood Parkway street Residential Street standards in Article 5 and the Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual. Under Article 8.1. Street Frontage Required, amend:

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.3 Up to six residential lots may be served by a privately maintained easement with a minimum 20-foot 30-foot

right-of-way if designed according to the specifications of the Rural and Transitional Farmhouse Cluster

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development or the specifications of the Rural and Transitional Conservation Subdivision.

Staff Comment: At 20 this conflicts with the farmhouse cluster rules that changed in 2009. .5 A site-specific development plan may be considered for approval in the Campus Institutional and Corporate Business Districts to permit interior lot access by private drives so long as business and emergency access is furnished to all interior building sites, and proposed buildings at the perimeter of the campus and corporate
Tagged Passions:development, subdivision, sites, Conservation, Development, emergency, rural, and business

development front upon public street(s) or are buffered in accordance with this ordinance. It is intended that

subdivisions be primarily served by public streets and use of private drives is minimal. Private drives may be appropriate where property configuration or environmental constraints make their use a practical alternative.
Tagged Passions:streets, property, ordinance, development, subdivision, environment, and Development

Private drives shall be constructed in accordance with Commercial Street Retail/Mixed-Use Local Street

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standards as found in the Land Development Standards Manual Engineering Standards and Procedures

Manual and sidewalks shall be provided on at least one side of the private drive. See the Campus and Corporate Business Districts. Staff Comment: Clarification for Corporate Business . Under Article 8.8.6 d) Structures and Uses Limited in Yards, amend:

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.6 d) the frontage along a Commercial Town Street Retail/Mixed-Use Street for which specific streetscape plan

and section have been adopted by the Board of Commissioners to include limited parking and access in a series of fronting yards.
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Page 15 of 25 Under Article 8.9 Sight Triangles, amend: 8.9 Clear Sight Distance at Street Intersection

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.1 In most circumstance, a A clear view at each corner of an intersection of public or private streets or

driveways shall be maintained by establishing a sight triangle that is free of obstructions that may block a driver s view. The extent of the required sight triangle varies according to the speed limit posted speed and traffic control device(s) of the streets forming the intersection. For streets signed 35 MPH or greater, the area to be clear of view obstructions at unsignalized intersections is generally to be the triangular area formed by the point of intersection of street right-of-way lines and a point located along each right-of-way line at a distance of 35 feet from the point of intersection. For intersecting streets signed for less than 35 MPH, the shaded area in the figure below illustrates the area which must, in most instances, be clear of obstructions to driver visibility at

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unsignalized intersections. As indicated, the clear sight triangle will vary according to speed limit for traffic on

approaching street. Below is a general figure from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) A Policy on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets which depicts the required sight triangle area to be free of obstructions at an intersection. Additional information on the required sight triangles can be found in the Town s Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual.

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Drawing below to be removed

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Page 16 of 25 A sight triangle easement may need to be recorded on the property plat if the sight triangle does not fall

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completely within the recorded right-of-way. Should the sight triangle cross private property, the

developer shall secure a permanent sight triangle easement or right-of-way from all private property
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owners within the sight triangle prior to preliminary/construction plan approval.

.2 No planting, structure, sign, fence, wall, man-made berm, or other obstruction to vision shall be installed, constructed, set out, or maintained so as to obstruct cross-visibility in the sight triangle between 30 inches and 72 96 inches above the level of the center of the street intersection. .3 The limitations of this section may be modified in the instances noted below, so long as adequate sight distance is maintained relative to the posted speed limit design speed: (a) existing grades
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(a) trees trimmed such that no limbs or foliage extend into the area between 30 and 72 96 inches above

the level of the adjacent intersection. Required street trees in the green zone shall not create a walling

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effect within the sight triangle;

(b) fire hydrants, public utility poles, street markers, government signs, short electrical junction boxes
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(below 30 inches in height), and traffic control devices;

(c) buildings located in the Town Center District, the Neighborhood Center District, or the commercial

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centers of either TND District;

(d) the approved and intentional use of traffic calming techniques to reduce speed; these include, but are not limited to: a series of hill crests, neck-downs, intersection diverters, and curb bulbs.
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4.
Corner easements refer to the Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM).

No additional detail provided

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Staff Comment: This section needed to be modernized to be compliant with current AASHTO practices.

Under Article 8.15.2 Special Requirements for Lots along Thoroughfares, amend:

8.15.2 Minimum Setbacks Along Thoroughfares. The build-to line for any lot which abuts a thoroughfare classified on

the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Comprehensive Thoroughfare Plan shall be measured from the proposed right-of-way line, if

existing right-of-way is of lesser width. The Proposed Right-of-way Line established for each classification of

thoroughfare is as follows: Thoroughfare Classification Feet Freeway or Expressway Class 1 250-350 Limited Access Arterial Class II Boulevard Major Arterial 200 200

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Other Major Thoroughfare Major Commercial Arterial 100-150

Minor Thoroughfare Minor Arterial 70 Town Streets (Collector, Local, Alley) Varies according to the standards of Article 5 of the
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Huntersville Zoning Ordinance and Town s

Engineering and Standards and Procedures Manual

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Page 17 of 25 Under Article 8.27 Street Lighting, add: .4 A street lighting plan must be approved by the Town prior to Preliminary Plan or Commercial Site Plan approval.

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Staff Comment: This addition clarifies when Town Staff needs to review the lighting plan.

Under Article 9.23.4 a) Off-Site Land Clearing and Inert Debris (LCID) and Construction Demolition (C D) Landfills, amend:
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.4 a) A landfill which would be larger than 10 acres shall be accessed from a major or minor thoroughfare or from

No additional detail provided

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a
street built to commercial street Industrial Collector Street standards that connects directly to a major or minor

thoroughfare. Landfills 10 acres or less must directly connect to a major or minor thoroughfare or to a non-
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residential collector Industrial Collector Street or non-residential local Industrial Local street where available.

However, if such thoroughfares or streets are not reasonably available, the Board may nevertheless issue a special
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use permit upon finding that the use for which the permit is granted would not likely cause any injurious effect on

the property adjacent to the access. Under Article 9.24.3 c) Environmentally Sensitive Uses not Expressly Permitted, amend: .3 c) Vehicular access to the proposed use will be provided by way of a road sufficiently sized to absorb accommodate the generated trips and accommodate the vehicles typically associated with the use; a use

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considered under the standards of this special use permit process shall not be accessed through a residential

neighborhood nor from a residential neighborhood Residential Local street. Staff Comment: Changes were made for clarification purposes and where appropriate, standardized for each use. Under Article 9.30.3 Petroleum Storage Facilities, amend: .3 Vehicle access to the use shall be provided by way of a major or minor thoroughfare, or an commercial street Industrial Street directly intersecting connecting to a thoroughfare; Under Article 9.31.6 Quarries, amend: .6 That Vehicle access to the quarry shall be provided by way of a major or minor thoroughfare, or an Industrial Street directly connecting to a thoroughfare; may not make use of a residential collector street nor of a town street; and Under Article 9.34.3 d) Sanitary Landfill, amend:
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.3 d) Vehicular Vehicle access to the proposed use shall be provided by way of a major or minor

thoroughfare, or an Industrial Street directly connecting to a thoroughfare will not be provided by a

No additional detail provided

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residential collector street nor of a town street and access roads to the site will connect directly to a designated

thoroughfare; and
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Page 18 of 25 Under Article 9.38.3 d) Transfer Station for Organic and Inorganic Waste Products, amend: .3 d) Vehicular access to the proposed use shall be provided by way of a major or minor thoroughfare, or an Industrial Street directly connecting to a thoroughfare .will not be provided by a residential collector street nor of a town street, and access roads to the site will connect directly to a designated thoroughfare. Under Article 9.40.3 Trucking Terminals, amend:

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.3 The use shall be located on or directly accessible to a major thoroughfare, expressway, or freeway or

Industrial Streets; truck terminals shall not be sited such that residential or town streets are regularly traversed to access the larger capacity road. Under Article 9.44.12 Beneficial Landfills, amend:
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.12 All driveways which serve the site must be wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic at all times and an

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area on the site must be provided to accommodate vehicles entering the site so that no traffic waiting to enter the

site will be backed up on any public right-of-way. The first 20 50 feet of any driveway access to the facility must
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be paved and must directly connect to a major or minor thoroughfare or to a non-residential collector or non-

No additional detail provided

residential local Industrial or Retail / Mixed-Use Collector or Local Street. Driveway permits from the

appropriate agency must be issued.
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Staff Comment: The driveway throat was changed from 20 ft. to 50 ft. to be consistent with similar provisions in

other sections of the ordinance. The provision for which streets a landfill can access is clarified. Under Article 9.45.2 e) Hotels and Motels, amend:
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.2 e) That vehicular access to the use will be provided only by way of a major or minor thoroughfare, or a

commercial street Retail / Mixed-Use Local or Collector Street within a commercial or mixed use project. Under Article 9.52.4 Country Inn Development in the Transitional Residential Zoning District, amend:
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.4 That the use may utilize the rural lane street Residential Local Street design standards of Article 5; and

Under Article 12, amend:

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Front Lawn: The fa ade is set back substantially from the frontage line. The front lawn should be visually

continuous with adjacent yards and should be unfenced. The large setback provides a good buffer from heavy
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traffic volumes and is an appropriate design in areas where large lot single family homes are placed along a

boulevard Residential Collector Street. Green Zone: The space between the sidewalk and the back of curb or back of swale and sidewalk where no curb and gutter is present, typically a planting strip or hardscaped amenity zone, which serves as a buffer between pedestrians and vehicles. The Green Zone includes street trees and landscaping and often includes

Tagged Passions:streets, Pedestrian, plant, and traffic

street furnishings and utilities. This is also referred to as Street Yard and Street Tree Planting Easement.

Pedestrian Zone : The area intended for pedestrian travel. The walkway section of the pedestrian zone should be of sufficient width to allow pedestrians to walk safely and comfortably for current and future pedestrian activity.

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Page 19 of 25 Parking Zone: An area to accommodate on-street parking adjacent to uses where on-street parking provides convenience. Parking widths and layout may vary. This area may also include transit stops and provide provisions for transit pull-outs. Shared Vehicle Zone: The primary travel way for vehicles which can include a mixture of traffic (cars,

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trucks, buses and bicycles).

No additional detail provided

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Street Yard: The area of land along the front property line parallel to a right-of-way reserved for tree

planting and landscaping. Also called street tree planting easement or Green Zone.
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Streets (NCDOT and LDSM classification).

Freeway or Expressway (Class I). A multi-lane, grade-separated, limited access major road connecting this region, major activity centers or major roads with other regions, major activity centers or major roads. It is designed to accommodate large volumes at high speeds. Such a facility may be part of the interstate, federal, or state primary highway system. A Class I road will be built to or approaching interstate design standards. Limited Access Arterial (Class II). A multi-lane limited access major road connecting major activity centers or major roads. It is designed to accommodate large volumes of traffic at moderate speeds. Intersections are at grade, with access only at cross streets, rather that at individual driveways. All types of land uses are acceptable along this road with proper consideration to environmental stresses related to the road.

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Major Arterial (Class III). A multi-lane major roadway connecting Class I, II, or III streets with lesser streets in

the network. The Class III road may also provide connections between this and other regions. It is designed to accommodate large volumes of traffic at moderate speeds, but it is not intended to provide primary access to adjoining high trip generating uses.

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Commercial Arterial (Class III-C). A multi-lane, major roadway connecting Class I or II roads with lesser streets

in the network, the Class III-C road may also connect this region to other regions. It is designed to accommodate large volumes of traffic at moderate speeds while also providing direct access to nonresidential high trip generating land uses. A Class III-C road may be part of state primary or secondary highway systems.

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Minor Arterial (Class IV). A roadway, frequently two lanes, providing a connection from Class II and Class III

roads to other lesser roads in the system. It is designed to accommodate moderate volumes of traffic at moderate speeds. It does not have a significant function in connecting this region to other regions. Therefore, it usually only handles trips of short to moderate distances. Collector (Class V). A roadway which assembles traffic from local streets, and distributes it to the nearest arterial street. The Class V road provides direct primary access to low/medium density land uses. It is designed to carry low to moderate traffic volumes at low to moderate speeds. Local (Class VI). This is a two lane roadway which provides access directly to adjoining low/medium density land uses. It also conducts traffic to local limited and Class V streets which serve the area. The Class VI road is designed to accommodate low volumes of traffic at low speeds. A local limited street (Class VI-L) serves the same system function as the Class VI street but is located in residential environments which have been created through special conditions or design considerations. These unique environments include innovative housing developments and other similar techniques, or cul-de-sac streets in conventional subdivisions. A Class VI-L street may not provide vehicular access to elementary, junior or senior high schools, colleges, or official sites for such schools or to proposed places of public assembly including public or private parks, recreation facilities, or greenways.

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Cul-de-sac. A short minor street having one end open to traffic and the other permanently terminated by a

vehicular turnaround.
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Marginal Access Street. A public or private street adjoining or parallel to an arterial street to relieve the arterial

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street of the necessity of providing access to abutting property.

Streets (Town of Huntersville classification). Town street classification refers to the hierarchy of low speed, interconnected streets with pedestrian orientation of buildings and a fine grained section which includes street tree planting and sidewalks either side of pavement. Specific street types are illustrated in Article 5, Streets, of this
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ordinance. The required street elements can be assembled in a variety of ways depending on the fronting uses and

the function/rank of the street in the hierarchy. Streets meeting the standards of Article 5 are eligible for acceptance and maintenance by the town as public streets. Alleys may be accepted for public maintenance only if they serve a broad public purpose. Residential alleys will generally remain private.
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Streets. The term streets generally represents a continuum of roadway types that vary in form and function

serving a variety of access and mobility needs. The types range from Freeway to Local and are further described below: Freeway: High volume, high speed highways with access only at interchanges. Freeways are typically constructed to Interstate Highway standards. May incorporate special management techniques and may contain specialized accommodations for multi-occupant or transit vehicles. No parallel accommodation for non-motorized users. Expressway: High volume, moderate to high speed highway. Extremely strong access controls. Access
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typically accommodated through interchanges or right in/right out streets. May allow directional median

openings. May include specialized accommodation for multi-occupant or transit vehicles and parallel
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facilities adjacent to roadway for non-motorized users.

Boulevard: Moderate to high volume, moderate speed roadway. Includes median and may incorporate
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interchanges as appropriate. Access strongly controlled, typically provided at street intersections and may

be directional in nature (i.e. not full movement.) Shall incorporate provisions for transit, bicycle, and
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pedestrian users depending on context.

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Other Major Thoroughfares: Multi-lane, moderate to high volume roadway, speed limits vary according

to context. Often incorporate auxiliary lanes for turning vehicles. Typically includes median, individual driveways discouraged. Shall incorporate provisions for transit, bicycle, and pedestrian users. Minor Thoroughfares: Usually two lane roadways with low to moderate speeds depending on context.
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Balance of mobility and access functions. May include transit user provisions, shall incorporate non-

motorized users. Collector (Class V): A roadway which assembles traffic from local streets, and distributes it to the nearest arterial street thoroughfare. The Class V collector road provides direct primary access to low/medium density land uses. It is designed to carry low to moderate traffic volumes at low to moderate speeds. Local (Class VI): This is a two lane roadway which provides access directly to adjoining low/medium density land uses. It also conducts traffic to local limited and Class V collector streets which serve the area. The Class VI local road is designed to accommodate low volumes of traffic at low speeds. A local limited street (Class VI-L) 27 TA 18-01 Final Action Version: 4-16-18 Page 21 of 25 serves the same system function as the Class VI local street but is located in residential environments which have
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been created through special conditions or design considerations. These unique environments include innovative

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housing developments and other similar techniques, or cul-de-sac streets in conventional subdivisions. A Class

VI-L street may not provide vehicular access to elementary, junior or senior high schools, colleges, or official sites for such schools or to proposed places of public assembly including public or private parks, recreation facilities, or greenways. Town Streets (Town of Huntersville classification): Town Street classification refers to the hierarchy of low

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speed, interconnected streets with pedestrian orientation of buildings and a fine-grained section which includes

street tree plantings and sidewalks on either side of pavement. Specific street types are illustrated in Article 5,

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Streets, of this ordinance. The required street elements can be assembled in a variety of ways depending on the

fronting uses and the function/rank of the street in the hierarchy. Streets meeting the standards of Article 5and the
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Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM) are eligible for acceptance and maintenance by the

No additional detail provided

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Town as public streets. Alleys may be accepted for public maintenance only if they serve a broad public

purpose. Residential alleys will generally remain private.
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Thoroughfare. Any street on the adopted thoroughfare plan or any street which is an extension of any street on

the thoroughfare plan and which extends into the area not covered by the thoroughfare plan. The words thoroughfare and arterial are used synonymously and indicate streets which are designated as Class I, II, III, III-c, or IV. Thoroughfare: Any street (existing or proposed) on the adopted Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP) Highway Map. The words thoroughfare and arterial are used synonymously and indicate streets which are designated as freeways, expressways, boulevards, other major thoroughfare or minor thoroughfare.
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Thoroughfare Plan. The most recent map adopted by the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) which

indicates the system of roads expected to serve major access and travel needs with regard to auto, truck, and

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transit transportation. The words thoroughfare plan and arterial street plan are used synonymously.

Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP): The set of maps and accompanying data adopted and maintained by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization and its successor organizations that identify the

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region s aspirations for a long range surface transportation system. The CTP includes maps for Highway, Transit

Freight Rail, Bicycle, and Pedestrian systems and is not financially constrained. The CTP Highway Map is the

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successor to the Thoroughfare Plan; roadways identified are synonymous with the term thoroughfare.

STAFF COMMENT: Changes to these sections are proposed to use correct references and to be consistent with the Town of Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM) and the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP). Additionally, alleys are clarified that they will NOT be accepted by the Town for maintenance.
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CHANGES TO SUBDIVISION ORDINANCE

STAFF COMMENT: Changes to these sections of the Subdivision Ordinance are proposed in order to be consistent with the Town of Huntersville Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual (ESAPM), unless otherwise noted. Section 2. Be it ordained by the Board of Commissioners of the Town of Huntersville that the Subdivision Ordinance is hereby amended as follows: Under Section 2.100 Definitions, amend:
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Collector Street Plan. The system of streets shown on the Huntersville Land Development Plan which indicates

the conceptual network of primary connecting streets expected to connect arterials and/or provide access to public

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institutions within the Huntersville Planning Area Jurisdiction.

Collector (Class V). A roadway which assembles traffic from local streets, and distributes it to the nearest arterial thoroughfare street. The Class V collector road provides direct primary access to low/medium density land uses. It is designed to carry low to moderate traffic volumes at low to moderate speeds. The Collector Street is
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characteristic of conventional subdivisions approved prior to November 19, 1996, the effective date of this

amendment. Its function is replaced by one or a combination of the Town Street types defined in Article 5,
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Huntersville Zoning Ordinance.

Local (Class VI). This is a two-lane roadway which provides access directly to adjoining low/medium density land uses. It also conducts traffic to local limited and Class V collector streets which serve the area. The Class VI local road is designed to accommodate low volumes of traffic at low speeds. A local limited street (Class VI-L) serves the same system function as the Class VI local street but is located in residential environments which have

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been created through special conditions or design considerations. These unique environments include innovative

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housing developments and other similar techniques, or cul-de-sac streets in conventional subdivisions. A Class

VI-L street may not provide vehicular access to elementary, junior or senior high schools, colleges, or official sites for such schools or to proposed places of public assembly including public or private parks, recreation facilities, or greenways. The Local (Class VI) street is characteristic of conventional subdivisions approved prior to November 19, 1996. It is replaced by one or more of the Town Street types defined in Article 5, Huntersville Zoning Ordinance.

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Town Streets. The street types defined in Article 5 of the Huntersville Zoning Ordinance, intended to serve

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developments submitted and approved after November 19, 1996, the effective date of this amendment.

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Other Major Thoroughfare 100 - 150

Minor Thoroughfare 70 Town Streets (Collector, Local, Alley) Varies according to the standards of Article 5 of the

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Huntersville Zoning Ordinance and Town s

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Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual

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These street types (above) are consistent with the Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP)-Highway

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Map (as adopted by the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO)) and the

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Town Engineering Standards and Procedures Manual. These standards represent the normally required rights-

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