In This Issue:
• On April 17, 2012, the Town Council approved multiple amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance. While many of the amendments are not substantive, two amendments change basic regulations. First, the Town Council increased the distance from 300 feet to 600 feet from a subject property for public notification and neighborhood meeting notice requirements, which will increase the number of property owners notified of certain development applications. Second, the Town Council amended the Flood Damage Prevention Overlay District regulations to prohibit new non-residential development in the floodplain.
• The Town of Cary is considering updates to the Site Design Standards, which would replace the current Design Guide Manual adopted in 2001. The site design standards, which are still in draft form,
will apply to all new development and re-development and will address vehicular and pedestrian circulation, building placement and orientation, and community gathering spaces. A public hearing will be held on May 24, 2012, and the Town Council will likely consider these proposed updates in July 2012. To access the Site Design Standard Draft, visit our website at http://www.tricc.org/docs/DRAFT%20Site%20Design%20Standards%20033012.pdf
A public hearing was held on April 19th regarding a proposed land dedication ordinance applicable to
multi-family developments. As proposed, this ordinance would impose a flat fee per multi-family dwelling unit in an amount equal to 65% of the average fee over the previous five-year period applicable to subdivided residential lots.
The matter was referred to the Planning and Zoning Board, which will meet on May 21, 2012. To access the Land Development Ordinance Text Amendment, visit our website at
• The Morrisville Town Council recently approved a mechanism for charging a stormwater utility fee
to fund stormwater programs necessary for the Town to comply with its NPDES Phase II permit requirements. The Town Council adopted a fee-based funding mechanism based on the average impervious surface area for a single-family detached dwelling, referred to as an “Equivalent Residential Unit” or ERU. A single-family detached dwelling is equal to one ERU; a townhouse unit is equal to one-half ERU; and a multi-family or non-residential use is equal to the site’s impervious surface divided by 2,800 square feet. The ERU coefficient is then multiplied by the fee rate adopted by the Town Council. The Town Council indicated its support for an annual fee of $15.00 per ERU. If the Town Council approves the fee, it could be applied as early as July 2012.