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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

Wake County, North Carolina


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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Introduction

  • Objectives

  • Policies

  • Design Guidelines

  • Size and Spacing

  • Implementation

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines Introduction

  • Neighborhood, Communities and Regions are focused around Activity Centers

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Communities

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Neighborhoods are the smallest basic unit of development. Communities are medium size and consist of a combination of neighborhoods. Regions are large and consist of a series ofcommunities.

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Three types of Activity Centers: Neighborhood, Community and Region

  • Activity centers provide a full mix of goods and services in concentrated locations

  • Activity Centers are designed to maximize the benefit of public investment in infrastructure

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Connectivity

  • Transitional Development

  • Public Open Spaces

  • Residential Support Areas

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesConnectivity

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Transitional Development

Activity Centers Design GuidelinesTransitional Development

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesPublic Open Spaces

Public parks, open spaces and plazas provide a focus and identity for neighborhoods. They can function as both meeting places and recreation areas.

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines Residential Support Areas

  • Medium and Low Density Residential Areas

  • One and one-half miles from Neighborhood Activity Center’s Core

  • Five to ten miles for Community and Regional A C

  • Non residential uses may be permitted

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines Residential Support Areas

A residential neighborhood supports an activity center. In ideal residential support areas, pedestrian-, bicycle- and automobile- friendly environments co-exist. Non-residential uses such as daycares or churches may be allowed if compatible with residential uses.

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesObjectives

  • Broaden services and residential opportunities in the same neighborhood or community

  • Concentrate basic services and infrastructure

  • Avoid strip development and provide focal meeting points

  • Promote multiple forms of connectivity

  • Foster a variety of housing alternatives

  • Encourage compatibility among residential and non-residential areas

  • Maximize the benefit of public investment

  • Maintain and enhance the quality of the existing environment

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesPolicies

  • Designate the location of Activity Centers

  • Neighborhood Activity Centers should contain services that meet day-to-day meets

  • Activity Centers should be located at significant roads intersections

  • Planning process should include residents participation

  • Emphasize residential compatibility (appearance, traffic, noise, odor, etc.)

  • Transitional Land Use development

  • Activity Centers should meet environmental standards as required in local, state and federal regulations

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Access to Thoroughfares:

    • Access point at least 300 ft from thoroughfare

    • One point of access for each 400 feet of lot frontage

  • Transportation improvements as required by Wake County Transportation Plan

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

Connectivity

  • Parking areas in the interior of a block

  • Maximize internal connection

  • Pedestrian access to residential areas

  • Links to existing or planned greenways

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesConnectivity

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesConnectivity

Existing or planned greenway

Residential Neighborhood

Activity Center

Core Area

Site designs should include pedestrian access so that the project is connected to residential neighborhoods. Ideally, they would provide a link to existing or planned greenways.

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Activity Centers Design GuidelinesConnectivity

Residential Neighborhood

Pedestrian Connections

Activity Center

Core Area

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Building Architecture and Materials

    • Deemphasize building mass

    • Solid screening of mechanical equipment

  • Landscaping

    • Save existing trees

    • Provide foundation landscaping and Type B screening

  • Signs

    • Promote coordinated themes

    • Freestanding signs < 8ft high

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Neighborhood Activity Activity Center

Size

Up to 35 acres

Maximum Distance that Non-residential Uses May Radiate Outwards from the Center of the Activity Center (along Roadways)

800 feet

Maximum Depth that Non-residential Uses Should Extend Back from Roadways

500 feet

Minimum Separation from other Neighborhood Activity Centers

1 mile

Minimum Separation from Community or Regional Activity Centers

1.5 miles

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Community Activity Center Guidelines

Size

Up to 120 acres

Maximum Distance that Non-residential Uses May Radiate Outwards from the Center of the Activity Center (along Roadways)

1,600 feet

Maximum Depth that Non-residential Uses Should Extend Back from Roadways

800 feet

Minimum Separation from other Community Activity Centers or Regional Activity Centers

3 miles

Minimum Separation from Neighborhood Activity Centers

1.5 miles

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Regional Activity Center Guidelines

Size

Up to 375 acres

Maximum Distance that Non-residential Uses May Radiate Outwards from the Center of the Activity Center (along Roadways)

2,000 feet

Maximum Depth that Non-residential Uses Should Extend Back from Roadways

2,000 feet

Minimum Separation from other Regional Activity Centers

6 miles

Minimum Separation from Neighborhood Activity Centers

1.5 miles

Minimum Separation from Community Activity Centers

3 miles

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Activity Centers Design Guidelines

  • Not expected that an A C will be built as a single development or at the same time

  • Approval of proposed uses may be postponed to take advantage of future infrastructure improvements

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