§ 6.6 GATEWAY CONDITIONAL ZONING DISTRICTS.
   6.6.1   Gateway Conditional Zoning District standards. In addition to the five Base Zoning Districts detailed in § 6.5, the Butner Gateway also includes three Conditional Zoning Districts. These exist as floating zones as shown on the Butner Zoning Map, and can be applied to individual properties in the designated areas through approval of a conditional zoning following the procedures for a conditional zoning detailed in § 6.3 and applying the applicable standards for each district detailed in this section.
      (A)   Butner Cove Gateway (BCG) District.
 
Purpose
To encourage walkable, mixed-use development at the southern entrance to Butner that creates a high-quality gateway into the community, with commercial and higher density residential uses and activities that serve local and regional residents, workers, visitors, and the traveling public.
 
Density, Form, and Uses
Single-Family Attached Dwellings (Townhomes)
Multi-Family Dwellings (Condos, Apartments)
Other Uses
Net Density (d.u./acre )
Min.
8
10
N/A
Max.
12
60
N/A
Min. Height1
Stories
N/A
2
2
Feet
N/A
27
27
Max. Height1
Stories
4
7/202
7/202
Feet
48
72/2402
75/242
Allowable Frontage Types3
Shopfront, walk-up, green
Mix of Uses
Required (residential, commercial, and at least one of the following: office; institutional)
Allowable Uses
See Table of Permitted Uses
Site Design
Min. Lot Area (square feet)
3,500
10,000
2,000
Min. Lot Width (feet)
20
50
20
Build-To Line (feet)
Min.
10
0
0
Max.
20
20
20
Min. Build-To Zone Street Frontage Occupied by Buildings (%)
804
804
804
Min. Front Setback (feet)
N/A (see Min. Build-To Line above)
Min. Side Setback (feet)
105
0
0
Min. Corner Side Setback (feet)
105
0
0
Min. Rear Setback (feet)
Alley- Loaded
6
N/A
N/A
Other
0
0
0
Off-Street Parking Types
Surface lot, parking deck, underground parking
Off-Street Parking Locations
To the side, behind, above, below
Off-Street Parking Ratio
See § 6.6.1(D)(7)6
Streets and Blocks7
Street Types - Internal Streets8
Main street; avenue
Street Types - Adjacent Arterials8
Parkway with median, or as determined by Planning Director in consultation with North Carolina Department of Transportation
Pedestrian Facilities
Both sides of every street; safe crossings; connected network within and between projects
Bicycle Facilities
Sharrows on local streets; bike lanes on every collector; multi-use paths on every arterial; bicycle parking9
Streets
Transportation Impact Analysis10, right-of-way dedication, street connectivity11
Block Length (feet)
Min.
300
Max.
600
Parks and Open Space
Parks and Open Space (% of site)
12
Parks (types)
Provide central green or promenade, pocket parks, and at least two of the following or equivalent facilities if approved by Town Recreation Director:
Walking trails/fitness trails
Dog parks
Pickle ball and/or bocce courts
Adventure playgrounds
Regional trail connections
Swimming areas
Climbing walls
Public lake access
 
 
Notes:
1   Applicants must meet the standards for either stories or feet. The following uses are exempt from this requirement: retail/service use with gasoline sales, all educational facilities, self storage if screened from all public rights-of-way or designed to look like an office use.
2   The first number is the standard north of Gate 1 Road. The second number is the standard south of Gate 1 Road.
3   Frontage types are described in more detail in § 6.6.1(D)(2).
4   The minimum build-to zone street frontage is the percentage of the street frontage that includes a building or other qualifying frontage, and is only required along the primary street adjacent to the development site.
5   This number is the minimum separation between townhome buildings, not individual units.
6   See § 6.6.1(D)(7) for details on parking requirements.
7   Applicants must submit a street plan that includes map(s) and text showing how their application meets the requirements for streets and blocks for this district.
8   All street types are as defined in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's latest version of its Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Guidelines and must meet these standards.
9   Bicycle parking shall be provided as specified in § 13.7.3, with the addition that it shall be provided for all new developments, regardless of size, and that the bicycle parking spaces be covered with a permanent canopy that is structurally sound and visually consistent with the adjacent buildings in order to shelter the spaces.
10   A Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) must be conducted using the current methodology of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the TIA shall identify all improvements needed to maintain the current level of service on existing roadways.
11   Each project shall maintain a minimum Street Connectivity Index score of 1.5 or greater throughout the development, in the manner detailed in § 14.3.4(B) and (C).
 
      (B)   Butner Cove Village (BCV) District.
Purpose
To encourage walkable, mixed-use development with a small-town feel at the southern entrance to Butner that creates a high-quality gateway into the community, with residential and smaller-scale commercial, civic, and recreational uses and activities that serve Butner residents, workers, and visitors.
Density, Form, and Uses
Single-Family Detached Dwellings
Single-Family Attached Dwellings (Townhomes)
Multi-Family Dwellings (Condos, Apartments)
Other Uses
Net Density (d.u./acre )
Min.
5
6
6
N/A
Max.
8
10
10
N/A
Min. Height1
Stories
1
1
2
2
Feet
20
20
27
27
Max. Height1
Stories
3
3
3
3
Feet
35
36
36
39
Allowable Frontage Types2
Shopfront, walk-up, green, detached
Mix of Uses
Required (residential and at least two of the following: commercial; office; institutional)
Allowable Uses
See Table of Permitted Uses
Site Design
Min. Lot Area (square feet)
4,500
3,500
10,000
2,000
Min. Lot Width (feet)
50
25
50
20
Build-To Line (feet)
Min.
10
10
0
0
Max.
30
20
20
20
Min. Build-To Zone Street Frontage Occupied by Buildings (%)
N/A
603
603
703
Min. Front Setback (feet)
N/A (see Min. Build-To Line above)
Min. Side Setback (feet)
6
104
0
0
Min. Corner Side Setback (feet)
10
104
0
0
Min. Rear Setback (feet)
Alley- Loaded
10
6
N/A
N/A
Other
0
0
0
Off-Street Parking Types
Surface lot, parking deck, underground parking
Off-Street Parking Locations
To the side, behind, above, below
Off-Street Parking Ratio
See § 6.6.1(D)(7)5
Streets and Blocks6
Street Types - Internal Streets7
Main street; avenue; street; alley
Street Types - Adjacent Arterials7
Parkway with median, or as determined by Planning Director in consultation with North Carolina Department of Transportation
 
Streets and Blocks (Cont’d)
Pedestrian Facilities
Both sides of every street; safe crossings; connected network within and between projects
Bicycle Facilities
Sharrows on local streets; bike lanes on every collector; multi-use paths on every arterial; bicycle parking8
Streets
Transportation Impact Analysis9, right-of-way dedication, street connectivity10
Block Length (feet)
Min.
250
Max.
350
Parks and Open Space
Parks and Open Space (% of site)
15
Parks (types)
Provide central green or promenade, pocket parks, neighborhood park, and at least two of the following or equivalent facilities if approved by Town Recreation Director:
Walking trails/fitness trails
Dog parks
Pickle ball and/or bocce courts
Adventure playgrounds
Regional trail connections
Swimming areas
Climbing walls
Public lake access
Notes:
1   Applicants must meet the standards for either stories or feet. The following uses are exempt from this requirement: all educational facilities.
2   Frontage types are described in more detail in § 6.6.1(D)(2).
3   The minimum build-to zone street frontage is the percentage of the street frontage that includes a building or other qualifying frontage, and is only required along the primary street adjacent to the development site.
4   This number is the minimum separation between townhome buildings, not individual units.
5   See § 6.6.1(D)(7) for details on parking requirements.
6   Applicants must submit a street plan that includes map(s) and text showing how their application meets the requirements for streets and blocks for this district.
7   All street types are as defined in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's latest version of its Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Guidelines and must meet these standards.
8   Bicycle parking shall be provided as specified in § 13.7.3, with the addition that it shall be provided for all new developments, regardless of size, and that the bicycle parking spaces be covered with a permanent canopy that is structurally sound and visually consistent with the adjacent buildings in order to shelter the spaces.
9   A Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) must be conducted using the current methodology of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the TIA shall identify all improvements needed to maintain the current level of service on existing roadways.
10   Each project shall maintain a minimum Street Connectivity Index score of 1.5 or greater throughout the development, in the manner detailed in § 14.3.4(B) and (C).
 
      (C)   Butner Cove Village (BCV) District.
Purpose
To provide a community node of mixed-use development near the main entrance to Butner, with uses and activities that serve Butner residents, workers, visitors, and the traveling public.
Density, Form, and Uses
Single-Family Detached Dwellings
Single-Family Attached Dwellings (Townhomes)
Multi-Family Dwellings (Condos, Apartments)
Other Uses
Net Density (d.u./acre )
Min.
5
6
8
N/A
Max.
8
10
12
N/A
Min. Height1
Stories
1
1
2
2
Feet
20
20
27
27
Max. Height1
Stories
3
3
4
4
Feet
35
36
48
51
Allowable Frontage Types2
Shopfront, walk-up, green, detached
Mix of Uses
Encouraged (residential and commercial, with the following uses optional: office; institutional)
Allowable Uses
See Table of Permitted Uses
Site Design
Min. Lot Area (square feet)
4,000
3,500
10,000
2,000
Min. Lot Width (feet)
45
25
50
20
Build-To Line (feet)
Min.
10
10
0
0
Max.
30
20
20
20
Min. Build-To Zone Street Frontage Occupied by Buildings (%)
N/A
603
603
703
Min. Front Setback (feet)
N/A (see Min. Build-To Line above)
Min. Side Setback (feet)
6
104
0
0
Min. Corner Side Setback (feet)
10
104
0
0
Min. Rear Setback (feet)
Alley- Loaded
10
6
N/A
N/A
Other
0
0
0
Off-Street Parking Types
Surface lot, parking deck, underground parking
Off-Street Parking Locations
To the side, behind, above, below
Off-Street Parking Ratio
See § 6.6.1(D)(7)5
Streets and Blocks6
Street Types - Internal Streets7
Main street; avenue; street; alley
Street Types - Adjacent Arterials7
Parkway with median, or as determined by Planning Director in consultation with North Carolina Department of Transportation
Pedestrian Facilities
Both sides of every street; safe crossings; connected network within and between projects
Bicycle Facilities
Sharrows on local streets; bike lanes on every collector; multi-use paths on every arterial; bicycle parking8
Streets
Transportation Impact Analysis9, right-of-way dedication, street connectivity10
Block Length (feet)
Min.
300
Max.
600
Parks and Open Space
Parks and Open Space (% of site)
12
Parks (types)
Provide central green or promenade, pocket parks, and at least two of the following:
Walking trails/fitness trails
Dog parks
Pickle ball and/or bocce courts
Adventure playgrounds
Regional trail connections
Swimming areas
Climbing walls
 
Notes:
1   Applicants must meet the standards for either stories or feet. The following uses are exempt from this requirement: retail/service use with gasoline sales, and all educational facilities.
2   Frontage types are described in more detail in § 6.6.1(D)(2).
3   The minimum build-to zone street frontage is the percentage of the street frontage that includes a building or other qualifying frontage, and is only required along the primary street adjacent to the development site
4   This number is the minimum separation between townhome buildings, not individual units.
5   See § 6.6.1(D)(7) for details on parking requirements.
6   Applicants must submit a street plan that includes map(s) and text showing how their application meets the requirements for streets and blocks for this district.
7   All street types are as defined in the North Carolina Department of Transportation's latest version of its Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) Guidelines and must meet these standards.
8   Bicycle parking shall be provided as specified in § 13.7.3, with the addition that it shall be provided for all new developments, regardless of size, and that the bicycle parking spaces be covered with a permanent canopy that is structurally sound and visually consistent with the adjacent buildings in order to shelter the spaces.
9   A Transportation Impact Analysis (TIA) must be conducted using the current methodology of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, and the TIA shall identify all improvements needed to maintain the current level of service on existing roadways.
10   Each project shall maintain a minimum Street Connectivity Index score of 1.5 or greater throughout the development in the manner detailed in § 14.3.4(B) and (C).
 
      (D)   Conditional Zoning District standards.
         (1)   Purpose. The development standards in this subsection (D) apply to all Gateway Conditional Zoning Districts. They are intended to support high-quality, walkable, mixed-use, and connected neighborhoods and districts that allow for some flexibility in development standards to help achieve these outcomes.
         (2)   Frontage types. Frontage types establish the desired development form along the street edge to shape the experience from the public right-of-way. Each development shall provide a regulating plan in map form that identifies which of the following frontage types it will use along each street and developed area throughout the project.
            i.   Shopfront. This frontage type is marked by storefronts with large display windows on the first floor of multistory buildings that are pulled up to the back of the sidewalk to help create an engaging experience for pedestrians.
            ii.   Walk-up. This frontage type is marked by multi-story residences pulled up to the back of the sidewalk to help create a main street feel.
            iii.   Green. This frontage type is marked by multi-story residences with a modest setback filled with green space to help create a downtown residential feel. This frontage type is often found on streets just off the main street.
            iv.   Detached. This frontage type is marked by single-family residences with a front yard to help create an intown residential neighborhood feel.
            v.   Other. An applicant may propose another frontage type for consideration by the town and explain in a short narrative how it supports high-quality, walkable, mixed-use, and connected neighborhoods and districts.
         (3)   Building frontage requirements. Buildings and building entrances shall be designed in accordance with § 6.5.2(E)(2)(iv), and submit all necessary information on the concept plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (4)   Building element encroachment standards. The building elements specified in § 6.5.2(F)(1)(ii) are allowed to the extent detailed in § 6.5.2.(F)(1)(ii).
         (5)   Site design standards. Each proposed development shall submit building elevations, site designs, streetscape details, and a landscape plan to demonstrate how it incorporates the following site and building design principles.
         i.   Create a walkable environment that is safe and inviting for pedestrians. Provide wide sidewalks with street trees, benches, human-scale lighting, interesting ground-level storefronts and facades, and outdoor dining spaces. The pedestrian facilities shall provide a continuous network throughout the development;
         ii.   Include frequent public spaces. Provide pocket parks, public plazas, promenades, and other parks and public spaces throughout the development that include seating and landscaping to provide welcoming, comfortable, and green destinations for residents and visitors;
         iii.    Orient buildings to the street and use high-quality materials. Orient the main building facade to the street, make the main entrance clearly visible to help pedestrians find where to enter, and use high-quality, durable building materials such as brick, stone, and other forms of masonry;
         iv.   Minimize blank walls. Limit long stretches of blank walls. Instead, provide large windows with storefront displays and architectural details such as projecting and recessed building walls and other design elements to create more interesting buildings and a more engaging pedestrian environment;
         v.   Minimize the visual impact of parking. Screen surface parking lots with vegetation, low-lying walls, trellises, and/or other features to create a more pleasing streetscape and reduce the visual impact of parking. Line parking decks with other uses such as retail shops on the ground floor and residences on upper floors;
         vi.    Create interesting views. Establish strong terminal vistas and a sense of discovery and arrival, such as by siting signature buildings at the end of a street view, to increase the quality and interest of the project design;
         vii.   Use landscaping to help improve the outdoor experience. Use a coordinated landscape palette of trees, shrubs, and other vegetation to promote visual continuity and help create an attractive and comfortable outdoor experience;
         viii.    Provide public art. Install public art that is distinctive and meaningful to the site and the community in visible locations to increase the visual appeal and interest of the development;
         ix.   Avoid garage dominance and vary house designs. Set back garages or move them to alleys to provide an unbroken street frontage that is safer and more pleasant for pedestrians. Vary building facades, roof lines, and colors within an overall coordinated set of building designs and architectural styles to improve the visual interest of the development;
         x.    Promote energy efficiency and green building. Install electric vehicle charging stations, use green building techniques such as passive and active solar design, and incorporate low-impact stormwater management practices to reduce the environmental impact and operating costs for residents and tenants of the project;
         xi.   Provide wayfinding signage. Use attractive, consistent, and readable wayfinding signage to help people find their way to the places they want to go to in the development and the community.
         (6)    Use standards. Developments shall meet the use standards in Article 7, and submit all necessary information on the concept plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (7)   Parking.
         i.   Developments should provide the amount of parking needed to adequately serve their project without providing parking that sits largely unused for much of the year in order to minimize the footprint of surface parking, promote a walkable environment, and put more space on the site into productive use. As a result, developments shall:
            (a)   Use the parking standards in Article 13 as a parking maximum;
            (b)   Provide shared parking between uses with different times of peak parking demand to the maximum extent practicable;
            (c)   Provide off-street parking in the form of parking decks or underground parking wherever possible;
            (d)   Provide on-street parking within the development but not on arterial roads to the maximum extent practicable. Applicants do not have to count on-street parking towards their parking maximum;
            (e)   Submit all necessary information on the concept plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         ii.   Applicants may request additional parking or alternative forms of parking beyond what is allowed for consideration by the Town Council where applicants can demonstrate that the added parking is necessary for the safe functioning of the development.
         (8)   Landscaping. Developments shall meet the landscaping requirements in Article 9, and submit a landscape plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (9)   Tree protection. Developments are encouraged to qualify for the tree preservation and protection incentives included in Article 11.
         (10)   Perimeter buffers and transitions.
         i.   Developments shall meet the buffer requirements for Moderate Intensity Zoning Districts in Article 10 for the outer perimeter of the project, and submit all necessary information on the landscape plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         ii.   Applicants may request a modification to the perimeter buffer requirements for consideration by the Town Council where the proposed project will abut an existing project approved under the same Gateway Conditional Zoning Designation and where the applicant can demonstrate that the revised buffering will promote connectivity and visual cohesiveness as well as mitigate any potentially negative visual impacts between the projects.
         (11)   General development standards.
         i.   Applicants shall meet the general development standards in Article 8, which cover topics such as fences and walls, screening, outdoor lighting, loudspeakers, building design standards, drive-through windows, and dumpsters, and submit all necessary information with the concept plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         ii.   Applicants may request modifications to general development standards for consideration by the Town Council where the applicant can demonstrate that the proposed modifications will promote a walkable design and improve the visual appearance of the project.
         (12)   Signage.
         i.   Applicants shall meet the sign requirements in Article 12, and shall submit a master sign plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         ii.   Single-family detached and attached components of each project shall meet the sign standards for the RT District.
         iii.   Multi-family and non-residential components of each project shall meet the sign standards for the CB District.
         iv.   Applicants may request modifications to the sign requirements for consideration by the Town Council by submitting an alternative sign plan that demonstrates that the revised sign standards improve the visual quality of the development and promote walkability. The proposed alternative sign plan shall specify the size, type, height, setback, location, design, materials, illumination, and number of signs to be allowed in the development.
         (13)   Subdivision standards. Applicants shall meet the subdivision standards in Article 14, and submit all necessary information on the concept plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (14)   Water supply watershed standards. Applicants shall meet the water supply watershed standards in Article 15, and submit all necessary information with the concept plan and the stormwater management plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (15)   Stormwater management. Applicants shall meet the stormwater management requirements in Article 15, and submit all necessary information as part of the stormwater management plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (16)   Flood damage prevention. Applicants shall meet the flood damage prevention requirements in Article 16, and submit all necessary information with the concept plan and the stormwater management plan to demonstrate compliance with these standards.
         (17)   Parks and open space. Applicants shall meet the standards for parks and open space as specified in this section in consultation with town staff.
         (18)   Other town ordinance requirements.
         i.   Applicants must meet all other town ordinance requirements, if applicable.
         ii.   If any standard in § 6.6 conflicts with any other town standard, the standard in § 6.6 shall apply.
(Ord. A.22.01, passed 4-7-2022)