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In order to subordinate the appearance of services and utilities on individual sites and throughout the town, the following standards shall apply to all services and utilities.
(A) Mechanical equipment.
(1) Mechanical equipment at ground level shall be placed to the extent practical away from public streets and buildings on adjacent sites. All mechanical equipment shall be substantially screened from public view.
(2) Mechanical equipment and antennas located on rooftops shall be camouflaged as a normal architectural feature of the building, or hidden by a decorative cornice or parapet wall, as seen from the ground.
(B) Utility lines and equipment.
(1) All utility equipment (includes meters, boxes, valves and similar equipment but does not include overhead power lines, light poles and similar equipment) shall be designed, located or screened to be as inconspicuous as possible and shall not be located on the street-side of a principal structure.
(2) All utility lines serving new development and significant redevelopment shall be placed underground whenever practicable.
(C) Trash, garbage, and recycling.
(1) All trash and recycling receptacles and storage areas shall be located and substantially screened from public view.
(2) All non-vegetative screening used to block public view of trash and recycling receptacles and storage areas shall be made of materials compatible in color and type to the principal structure(s) on the property.
(D) Drive-through windows and similar accessories.
(1) Drive-through windows, freestanding ATMs, fuel pumps, and similar devices shall only be placed in areas that will not interfere with the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles in parking and driveway areas.
(2) Drive-through windows, freestanding ATMs, fuel pumps, and similar devices shall not be placed between the primary façade of a building and the public street.
(3) Drive-through services are discouraged in the Village Commercial District. If provided, they shall be located to the rear or side of buildings away from public streets.
(E) Engineered stormwater control facilities. Projects shall incorporate stormwater control facilities to capture and retain stormwater runoff in accordance with the following criteria:
(1) All stormwater runoff from the project's built-upon area must be directed into an approved stormwater management system designed to accommodate a minimum volume of runoff generated by a 1.5" design storm. In instances where it is determined by the Town Engineer that the potential for flooding exists from a specific development plan that would not be sufficiently managed by the above requirement, the town may require the applicant to provide additional stormwater retention on a case-by-case basis.
(2) The stormwater management system shall be designed in accordance with the standards, methodology, and procedures prescribed in the state Stormwater Best Management Practices Manual (NCDENR BMP Manual).
(3) Project designs shall utilize low-impact development principles and best management practices as the primary method for the treatment of stormwater, unless it is sufficiently demonstrated to be impractical by the applicant.
(4) Stormwater plans shall be prepared by a state licensed professional engineer. Prior to the issuance of a certificate of completion for the project, a state licensed professional engineer shall certify that the proposed improvements have been constructed in accordance with the project design.
(5) All stormwater detention and/or retention ponds and basins shall be designed as an integral part of the development site and shall be aesthetically pleasing (for example, neatly landscaped, well-maintained, vegetated slopes, decorative fencing if fencing is used).
(6) For existing developed sites, stormwater control facilities shall only be required in instances where more than 1,000 square feet of lot coverage is added to or redeveloped on the site. Stormwater management requirements shall apply only to new or redeveloped areas and do not require retrofits to existing improvements which are not part of the development area.
(Ord. 04-21, passed 10-6-2004, § 42.2.4; Am. Ord. 14-02, passed 6-4-2014)