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§ 4.713  URBAN RESIDENTIAL (“UR”) DISTRICT.
   (a)   Purpose and intent.
      (1)   Purpose. It is the purpose of the Urban Residential ("UR") District to provide a residential density transition zone between low density single-family neighborhoods and higher density commercial areas. An additional purpose of the UR Districts is to encourage a range of housing choices within walking distance of rail transit stations and mixed-use urban villages. The goal is to ensure compatibility between one- and two-family districts and more intense mixed-use districts and related uses. UR neighborhoods are characterized by higher density residential structures in a highly walkable urban environment. A mixture of housing types is present to provide architectural diversity, while shallow setbacks frame the pedestrian environment with engaging building facades, improve visibility and safety of building entrances, and increase neighborhood vitality.
      (2)   Intent statements.
         a.   General development principles.
            1.   Promote a pedestrian- oriented urban form. In contrast to conventional zoning standards that place a primary emphasis on the regulation of land uses, mixed-use development standards and guidelines focus on promoting a walkable, urban form of development, consistent with the surrounding areas historic urban development patterns. The focus on form promotes buildings that conform to tested urban design principles.
            2.   Require excellence in design of the public realm and of buildings that front public spaces. The most successful and memorable urban environments are those in which walking down the street is appealing. Streets, plazas, parks, and other public spaces should be comfortable and inviting, and buildings fronting those spaces should be active and visually interesting at the pedestrian level.
            3.   Encourage creativity, architectural diversity, and exceptional design. Mixed-use is intended to promote high quality design, and the development review process for mixed-use projects is intended to promote flexibility. Standards, as well as the development review process, are intended to support creativity and exceptional design while discouraging uniformity.
            4.   Promote sustainable development that minimizes negative impacts on natural resources. Creating walkable, higher density residential districts surrounding mixed use districts supports sustainable development by providing an alternative to low density development in peripheral areas. In accordance with sustainable development principles, the mixed-use buildings and public spaces should be designed to minimize negative impacts on air and water quality and promote innovation in environmental design.
            5.   Promote walkability. Walkable communities are desirable places to live, work, and play. Walkable communities give higher priority to pedestrian activity by creating streetscapes that are safe, comfortable, interesting, and that accommodate a wide range of transportation modes and users. To foster walkability, development patterns should promote a mix of land uses and density, have an emphasis on the placement and orientation of buildings, have properly placed parking, place a high value on the design of quality streetscapes, provide access to transit, and provide unimpeded pedestrian connections to multiple destinations and open space.
            6.   Maximize connectivity and access. In order for people to feel comfortable walking, pedestrian access and connectivity among uses and amenities, including transit facilities, is essential. Connectivity and access can be accomplished by creating smaller blocks or by providing access through blocks via publicly accessible alleys, pathways, paseos, and pedestrian boulevards. Sidewalks should form a continuous network connected by frequent, safe street crossing.
            7.   Promote affordable housing and mixed income communities. Design a mix of housing based on geographic growth projections and the needs of current and future residents to accommodate families, single occupants, the elderly and those with disabilities. Access to transportation and services should be a key factor in the future distribution and allocation of affordable housing.
   (b)   Administrative review requirements. Projects that clearly conform to all UR standards may be approved administratively by the Development Services Director or designee. A waiver from the UR requirements and standards may be granted by the Urban Design Commission ( UDC) in accordance with the applicable development principles and standards.
      (1)   Conceptual Site Plan. In order to facilitate compliance with the UR development standards, developers shall submit a conceptual site plan to the Planning and Development Department for administrative review prior to submittal of permit applications for new construction projects. The site plan shall show the anticipated location of proposed streets, sidewalks and walkways, building footprints, parking areas, landscaped areas and features, and open space. The conceptual site plan must be approved before a building permit application is accepted by the Planning and Development Department. A 5% change in land uses to an approved site plan will require a new project review and approval prior to permitting.
   Conceptual Site Plan Example
 
   (c)   Uses. In the UR District, no building or land use shall be used and no building shall be hereafter erected, reconstructed, altered or enlarged, nor shall a certificate of occupancy be issued, except in accordance with the use table in Chapter 4, Article 6, and the supplemental standards of Chapter 5. The following building types will be found in neighborhoods with Urban Residential zoning: Single family house, townhouse, duplex, manor house, garden apartment, cottage court, and apartment/condominium.
      (1)   Building types permitted. The following intent statements and illustrations have been provided to demonstrate the recommended building forms in the UR District. The building types shown are not an exhaustive list. Additional building types and configurations that fit within the regulations of the UR district are encouraged. All intent statements are addressed through development standards set out in § 4.713(d) through (h).
         a.   Single family house. A single, detached residential dwelling. The front of the building is placed on, or very close to, the front property line. An elevated ground floor for residential uses is recommended to ensure privacy. Parking for a single family home is allowed on the side or rear of the building, but the preferred method is through traditional forms with detached garages at the rear when possible.
         b.   Single family attached (townhouse). A two or three story building with three or more attached dwelling units consolidated into a single structure. An elevated ground floor for residential uses is recommended to ensure privacy.
         c.   Two-family attached (duplex): side by side. A building that has the appearance of a conventional single-family house with two dwelling units side by side on an individual lot separated vertically by a shared common wall.
         d.   Two-family attached (duplex): front to back. A building that has the appearance of a conventional single-family house with two dwelling units on an individual lot with one unit located directly behind the other unit.
         e.   Manor house. A building that has the appearance of a conventional single- family house with three to five attached dwelling units consolidated in a single structure. Dwelling units within a building may be situated either wholly or partially over or under other dwelling units.
         f.   Garden apartment. A building that has the appearance of a conventional single-family house with three to eight dwelling units vertically and horizontally integrated.
         g.   Cottage court. A building type that accommodates five to nine detached dwelling units organized around an internal shared courtyard.
         h.   Apartment/condo. Multi-family residential development type that often shares a common entrance. Primary entrances are prominent and street-facing. An elevated ground floor for residential uses is recommended to ensure privacy. Parking for an apartment/condominium building is allowed on the side or rear of the building, but the preferred method is at the rear of the building or within a parking structure.
   (d)   Property development standards. In the Urban Residential (UR) District, the dimensions of yards, the placement of the building, the minimum and maximum height of buildings, the maximum residential density and the required enhanced landscaping shall be as follows:
      (1)   General yard development standards. Development shall be exempt from Chapter 6, Article 1, §§ 6.101(b), 6.101(c), 6.101(d), and 6.101(f).
      (2)   Setbacks. All setbacks shall meet the following requirements and are subject to the following provisions.
 
REQUIREMENT
DISTANCE
(1) Front Yard (min/max)
0'/20'
   Rear Yard
   (2) Primary Structure (min.)
If provided, width of adjacent alley, driveway access lot or access easement may be counted towards minimum setback.
20'
   (3) Accessory Structure (min.)
   If alley provided then
5'
0'
(4) Side Yard (min/max)
0'/20'
(5) *Side: Common Lot Line(min/max)
0'/5'
*Subject to building code spacing requirements
      (3)   Minimum height. Two stories at a minimum 18 feet of occupiable space as measured from the top of the finished slab at grade level to the top of the highest wall top plate.
         Note: Development in the UR District is exempt from § 6.100. An unroofed and unenclosed roof tup terrace, and the enclosed stairwell or elevator that strictly provides access to the terrace, shall not be included in the measurement of the total building height.
         a.   For sloped sites, average grade is determined by calculating the average of the highest and lowest elevation along natural or the improved grade (whichever is more restrictive) along the front of the building parallel to the primary street setback line.
         b.   Where a lot slopes downward from the front property line, one story that is additional to the specified maximum number of stories may be built on the lower rear portion of the lot.
      (4)   Single family lot size: 5,000 sf. maximum.
      (5)   Maximum height. Three stories or 38 feet, whichever is less as measured from the top of the finished slab at grade level to the top of the highest wall top plate.
      (6)   Maximum residential units per acre.
         a.   Three stories, single use = 40 units/acre.
         b.   Four stories, single use with height bonus (structured parking or open space) = 60 units/acre.
      (7)   Height bonus options.
         Note: Only for multifamily buildings with eight units or more. Only one height bonus can be utilized in the UR District and shall not allow for heights beyond a four story maximum. When adjacent to a one- or two-family district, all height bonuses must adhere to the transitional height place requirements, see subsection (f)(1)c.
         a.   Structured parking. One additional story of height shall be permitted if providing structured parking lot the project. Structured parking is intended to provide 100% of all off-street parking in order to fulfill the structured parking requirement.
         Note: One- and two-family residential garages shall not count toward the structured parking height bonus.
         b.   Open space. One additional story of height shall be permitted if providing a publicly accessible urban pocket park that adheres to the outline standards.
            1.   Use criteria.
               (i)   Pocket parks shall provide a community benefit such as play activity for children, relaxing spaces to enjoy lunch or meet friends, interactive artwork, pet-friendly areas, or small event and garden space.
            2.   Location.
               (i)   Pocket parks shall front public street and be publicly accessible.
               Note: Refer to subsection (h)(4), Development Standards Applicable to Privately Owned Streets and Drives with Public Access Easements.
               (ii)   Size.
                  A.    2,500 sq. ft. minimum, one acre maximum.
               (iii)   Green space.
                  A.    Pocket parks shall provide a minimum of 20% ground level green space. Additional ground area may be impervious provided the space is structured for active recreation.
                  B.    All pocket parks require tree planting. Tree planting requirement may be waived for areas that are designed for structured active recreation, such as basketball or tennis courts.
               (iv)   Seating.
                  A.   A minimum of one linear foot of seating shall be required for every 300 square feet of gross open space.
               (v)   Fencing.
                  A.   Pocket parks may be fenced but shall conform to Section (h)(2) and shall remain open to the public during daylight hours.
               (vi)   Maintenance.
                  A.   Pocket parks that are privately owned and maintained shall be publicly accessible; or
                  B.   Shall be dedicated in perpetually as public open space via a public use easement and have an established long term maintenance agreement with the Park and Recreation Department.
                  Note: Utilizing the open space height bonus does not exempt a development from applicable park dedication fees.
   (e)   Off-street parking and loading.
      (1)   Off-street parking and loading. The following table establishes the required parking for the allowed building types in the UR District. All applicable requirements and applicable nonresidential use requirements included in Chapter 6, Article 2 apply.
         a.   Parking table.
 
BUILDING TYPE/USE
REQUIREMENT
Single Family Detached
2 parking spaces per dwelling unit. See subsection (e)(3) for location requirements .
Townhouse
2 parking spaces per dwelling unit. See subsection (e)(4) for location requirements.
Duplex and Manor House (2+ units)
2 spaces per dwelling unit;
Plus, 1 space per bedroom over 3 bedrooms per dwelling unit. See Section (e)(3) for location requirements.
 
Apartment/Condominium
1 off-street required per bedroom located behind the front building line;
Plus, 1 space per 250 square feet of common areas, offices, and recreation (less hallways, laundry rooms, and storage)
Proximity to Rail Station
*If the development is within 1,320 feet of a rail transit station then .5 to 1 off-street spaces required per bedroom, located behind the front building line;
Plus, 1 space per 250 square feet of common areas, offices, and recreation (less hallways, laundry rooms, and storage).
*All partial spaces are rounded up
 
      (2)   Other off-street parking and loading standards.
         a.   Surface parking shall not be permitted between a building front and the street, except angled, perpendicular, or parallel parking that is designed to function as on-street parking shall be permitted if meets the following three conditions:
            1.   The city's traffic engineer determines that the parking does not adversely affect public safety or circulation and satisfies the conditions described in § 22-175(d) of the City Code.
            2.   Each parking space is located adjacent to and is directly accessible from a public street or publicly accessible private street; and
            3.   Surface parking permitted between a building front and the street (on-street parking) and the required pedestrian walkway shall be either dedicated as public right-of-way or be included in a public access easement recorded in the real property records of the county. In these situations, the front yard setback shall be measured from the curb instead of the property line, and the setback shall be no greater than 20 feet.
         b.   The required off- street parking for any use may be located off-site, on property within 500 feet of the subject site.
         c.   On-street parking along the lot frontage may be applied toward the minimum parking requirements only when located fully out of the travel lanes as defined in the Master Thoroughfare Plan when there is parking on both sides of the street. On-street parking that is applied toward minimum parking requirements shall be counted towards the maximum parking limitations.
         d.   Uses located in historically significant buildings shall be exempt from off-street parking requirements. For the purpose of this exemption, historically significant buildings shall include those determined by the Historic Preservation Officer to be eligible, based on the applicable criteria, for:
            1.   Listing in the National Register of Historic Places; or
            2.   Local designation as either Historic and Cultural Landmark (“HC”) or Highly Significant Endangered (“HSE”).
      (3)   Parking location for one- family detached and two-family dwellings.
         a.   All parking shall be located behind the front building line.
         b.   Garage doors that face the street must be located a minimum of 20 feet behind any front wall plane of a structure facing a publicly accessible ROW.
      (4)   Parking location for one- family attached (townhouse, rowhouse).
         a.   Garages must be placed entirely to the rear of the primary structure and accessed via a rear driveway or alley.
         b.   Garage doors must face the rear driveway or alley.
   (f)   Buffers and landscaping.
      (1)   Bufferyard and supplemental building setback.
         a.   A bufferyard is not required between the boundary of a one- or two- family development within the UR District and an adjacent one- or two-family district.
         b.   Multi-family development within the UR District shall have a five foot bufferyard. See Section 6.300(d) through (i) for bufferyard requirements.
         c.   In addition to item b., a transitional height plane of 45 degrees shall apply to portions of a building above three stories, or 38 feet, whichever is less starting from the property line of the one- or two-family district.
            1.   Any portion of a building above three stories shall be set back so that the building does not encroach the transitional height plane.
      (2)   Enhanced landscaping point system requirement. Enhanced landscaping is required along all public rights-of-way, see Section (h)(4), and shall earn a minimum set of points that are awarded for providing and maintaining specific landscaping and design features. The points are accumulated as follows:
ENHANCED LANDSCAPING SYSTEM
30 points required
20 points required for single family and duplex
10 of the required points shall come from the installation of street trees as described below:
 
Street Trees
Trees shall be planted within a planting strip or flush with the sidewalk surface using tree grates or suspended paver grates.
Tree grates shall be adjustable and shall be securely attached.
Tree grate openings shall not exceed 38 inch.
Required Spacing:
Small/Medium Canopy = 25-30 ft. on center
Large Canopy = 35-40 ft. on center
*Where necessary spacing exceptions may be made to accommodate mature trees, curb cuts, fire hydrants and other infrastructure elements.
10
Public Feature
Requirement
   Po int s A wa rd ed
Plaza
5% of net land area. Plaza shall be continuous with min. area not less than 1,000 s.f.
If 5% of net land area is greater than 2,000 s.f., multiple plazas are permitted.
15
Arcade, Structural Awning, Galleries, Balconies or other approved pedestrian shelter
4 ft min. depth for 50 percent (%) of the facade facing a primary facade or 25 linear ft., whichever is greater.
10
Playground
5 percent (%) of net land area with min. area not less than 1,000 sf.
15
Community Garden
1 pt. for every 250 sf. with minimum area not less than 1,250 sf.
5- 15
Enhanced Streetscaping
Each 50 ft. segment of street frontage is required to have 2 streetscaping terms. Items include, but are not limited to:
Benches
Trash Receptacles
Bike Racks
Planters
Materials used shall be appropriate for the adjacent street and approved by the Transportation and Public Works Department (TPW).
10
Pedestrian-Scaled Lighting
*1 light post for every 60-70 ft. (based on size of street tree) of street frontage.
Style to be approved by the Transportation and Public Works Department (TPW) and consistent with other pedestrian lights on the same block.
10
Programmed Recreation Area
3 percent (%) of net land area. Uses include, but are not limited to:
Chess parks
Bocce ball courts
Exercise/yoga facilities
10
Public Art Installation
Public art installations include but are not limited to sculpture, murals, and water features planned and executed with the specific intention of being sited or staged in the physical public domain, outside and accessible to all. Materials used shall be durable and resistant to graffiti and weather.
As approved by the Development Services Director or designee.
10
Programmed Sitting Area/Public Outdoor Dining Area
Minimum 15 seats
5
Proximity to Public Park
Within 500 ft. as measured from property line to property line
5
Sustainable Landscaping
Xeriscaping, on-site stormwater management, rain gardens, bio-swales, etc.
See Chapter 6, Table A for a recommended list of native plants for landscape use in North Central Texas
5
Paved Walkway Enhancement
1 pt. for every additional foot of sidewalk width over the city standard (up to 15 ft. wide total).
1- 11
Private Feature
Requirement
Po int s A wa rd ed
Single Family Front Porch
50% of the facade facing a primary street.
10
Window awnings, shallow door canopies, or other facade features that are not intended to provide pedestrian shelter (less than 4 ft. in depth)
25% of the facade facing a primary street or 15 linear ft., whichever is greater. Multiple features (ie: awnings) may add up to the required amount.
5
Rooftop Terrace
Minimum 200 sf.
5
*If no pedestrian lights or street trees exist on the project’s block face, measure from the end of the block to determine spacing. For trees, begin 40 feet from the curb intersection to accommodate public open space easement requirement. If trees or lights exist, measure from existing trees or lights.
 
         a.   Points shall be awarded only one for each feature category, per project. Items utilized for enhanced landscaping shall not double count toward the open space height bonus, see subsection (d)(7).
         b.   Submittal of landscape plan. The location and description of decorative paving, sidewalk furniture or other decorative elements, if any, shall be indicated on the landscape plan.
         c.   Section 6.301(h) “Landscape Area Required” does not apply to developments in the UR District except:
            1.   Section 6.301(h)(1)b.;
            2.   Section 6.301(h)(1)d.; and
            3.   When there is a front yard setback of at least five feet, front yard landscaping is required for areas outside the ground level patios, parkways, and pedestrian walkways. Front yard landscaping must adhere to the shrub and native plans as listed in Table A of § 6.301(h), as well as other applicable regulations described or referenced within the UR regulations.
         d.   Irrigation. An irrigation system shall be installed to provide total water coverage to all plant materials installed pursuant to § 6.301 (i) irrigation.
         e.   In addition to required trees and shrubs, all of the required landscape area must be covered with grass, organic mulch, live groundcover, decorative paving, sidewalk furniture or other decorative elements.
      (3)   Landscaping in parking and driveway areas.
         a.   Parking lots and driveways that are located adjacent and parallel to a public street shall be screened from the public right- of-way with landscaping, berms, fences, or walls up to three feet in height.
         b.   Landscape islands, linear landing strips, bio-swales, or rain gardens shall be required in parking lots with 12 or more spaces. All landscape islands and strips shall have at least one tree.
Parking lot screening: Perspective
Required Spacing for Parking Lot Tree Planting
         c.   Every parking space is required to be not more than 60 feet from a large canopy tree, planted within a median, strip or island, measured from the trunk at planting.
         d.   Required size of landscape islands and linear landscaping strips containing trees:
            1.   Within parking lots with non-porous surfaces: 130 square feet, eight feet minimum width.
            2.   Planted in structural soil: 64 square feet; eight feet minimum width. The use of approved structural soil shall be limited to landscape islands and adjacent walkways and parking area necessary for proper tree growth. Structural soils shall not be used for fire lanes in parking lots.
            3.   Within parking lots with approved porous surfaces for parking areas excluding fire lanes: 16 square feet. Tree trunks should be protected by wheel stops or other physical barriers excluding curbs.
            4.   Linear landscaping strips are encouraged in lieu of landscaping islands where possible.
      (4)   Urban forestry.
         a.   Through either preservation or planting, provide 5% site canopy coverage.
         b.   Submission of applicable urban forestry plans for review shall follow § 6.302(g), Urban Forestry Plan/Permits.
   (g)   Facade design standards.
      (1)   Required drawings. To illustrate compliance with the following standards, elevation drawings shall be submitted to the planning and development department for those building facades that are oriented to:
         a.   Public streets.
         b.   Private streets and walkways that are publicly accessible through a public use easement; or
         c.   Publicly accessible open space.
      (2)   Parking structure facade standards.
         a.   All pedestrian level parking structure facades that face a public space shall be designed to incorporate architectural elements and materials that complement the adjacent building or buildings in the area.
         b.   Landscaping (trees and shrubs) may be utilized for screening purposes but must screen all pedestrian level parking garage facades immediately upon installation. See § 6.301, Table A for a recommended list of native plants for landscape use in North Central Texas.
Precedent Images: Parking garage with architectural screening elements and complimentary building materials
Precedent Images: Landscaping as parking garage screening
         c.   Parking structure openings shall not exceed 50% of the total ground floor facade.
         d.   Green screens for living wall systems may be utilized for screening purposes but must utilize an approved plant material from the provided vine species list.
         e.   The property owner is responsible for maintaining all required landscaping in good health and condition and in good health and condition and the removal of any litter that has accumulated in landscaped areas. Any dead, unhealthy, damaged or missing landscaping and screening must be replaced with landscaping and screening that conforms to the UR ordinance within 90 days (or within 180 days where weather concerns would jeopardize the health of plant materials).
Precedent  Image: Parking garage screening  with green screens
APPROVE VINE SPECIES
APPROVE VINE SPECIES
EVERGREEN
Scientific Name
Common Name
Bignonia capreolata
Cross Vine
Lonicera sempervirens
Coral Honeysuckle
Parthenocissus “Hacienda Creeper”
Hacienda Creeper
Ficus pumila
Fig Vine
Gelsemium sempervirens
Carolina Jessamine
Hedera helix
English Ivy
DECIDUOUS
Scientific Name
Common Name
Wisteria frutescent
Texas Wisteria
Campsis radicans
Trumpet Vine
Parthenocissus triuspidata
Boston Ivy
PERENNIAL/LOW GROWING
Scientific Name
Common Name
Clematis pitcheri
Purple Clematis
Clematis texensis
Scarlet Clematis
Passifloraceae incarnate
Passion Vine
 
      (3)   Facade variation.
         a.   Each new building facade that is greater than 50 feet in width and is oriented to a publicly accessible street or open space shall incorporate each of the following scaling elements. For building facades less than 50 feet in width, a minimum of two elements are required.
            1.   Expression of building structural elements such as:
               (i)    Floors (banding, belt courses, etc. not less than one inch deep and four inches wide).
               (ii)    Columns (pilasters, piers, quoins, etc. not less than one inch deep and six inches wide).
               (iii)    Foundation (water tables, rustication).
            2.   At least two variation in wall plane not less than three feet in depth or projection and not less than two stories in height for multi-story buildings. Such elements could include patterns of door and widow openings by utilizing sills, mullions, and other scale providing window elements, and/or more pronounced architectural features such as porches, alcoves, and roof dormers;
            3.   Changes in material, material pattern, or noticeable change in color or shade. Each change of material shall involve a minimum one inch variation in wall plane or noticeable change in color.
         b.   New building facades oriented to a publicly accessible street or open spaces shall include differentiation between the first and second level and the upper levels with a cornice, canopy, balcony, arcade, or other architectural features.
         c.   If a project consists of more than one block face, each sequential block of new construction shall contain a different building facade to encourage architectural variety within large projects, using the required architectural elements listed in and/or other architectural features.
      (4)   Building materials. Not less than 70% of all new building facades (not including door and window areas) facing publicly accessible streets or open space shall be constructed of the following masonry materials:
         a.   Stone.
         b.   Brick.
         c.   Terra cotta.
         d.   Patterned pre-cast concrete.
         e.   Cement plaster stucco.
         f.   Cement board siding.
         g.   Cast stone or prefabricated brick panels.
   Example:
   (A)   Facade total: 200 x 20 = 4,000 sf.
      Door and Window Area: 500 sf.
   (B)   Required Masonry: 4,000 - 500 x .70 = 2,450 sf.
   (C)   Approved Masonry Material: 2,450 sf.
      Non-approved Masonry Material: 1,550 sf.
      (5)   Building entries.
         a.   In order to create a pedestrian-oriented environment in which buildings are oriented toward publicly accessible streets and sidewalks, a principle building must have its main entrance from a public sidewalk or plaza, or from a private sidewalk or plaza that is publicly accessible through a public use easement.
         b.   Primary entrances shall not be from a parking lot. Secondary entrances from parking lots are permitted.
         c.   Building entrances shall incorporate arcades, roofs, porches, alcoves, or awnings that protect pedestrians from the sun and rain.
         d.   Residential entries.
            1.   Apartments, condominiums, and manor houses with street level units abutting a one- or two-family district, or along a frontage with an established residential character, shall provide individual street oriented entries for each unit along the primary street frontage.
Precedent Images: Individual street level residential entry/stoops
            2.   Apartments and condominiums shall provide primary entrances at intervals not to exceed 125 linear feet of street- oriented building frontage. Entrance spacing is measured from the edge of door to the edge of the next door.
            3.   Townhouses shall have individual street-oriented entries for each unit.
            4.   Manor houses shall have a single primary entrance provided however, that a manor house with two units (duplex) may have one primary entrance for each unit. Each primary entrance must be provided under a shared porch or one of the entrances must be accessed from a side facade of the structure.
   (h)   Other development standards.  Development in the UR District shall be subject to the pertinent development standards in Chapter 6, and the following provisions:
      (1)   Signs.
         a.   On premises signs on single family houses, manor houses with two dwelling units and townhouses are limited to one unilluminated nameplate per unit bearing the family name of the occupants residing in the residence not to exceed one square foot in area.
         b.   For apartments, condominiums and manor houses containing more than two dwelling units, attached identification signs shall be permitted, subject to the following provisions:
            1.   Attached signs shall be permitted to identify the name of the property upon which displayed.
            2.    A sign or com bina tion of signs shall have a maximum allowable area of exposure on each dedicated street frontage of not more than one square foot of sign area for each ten linear feet of frontage along said street; provided, however, at least one sign shall be allowed having an area of 12 square feet.
            3.   Signs may be illuminated, but the source of light shall not be visible.
         c.   An illuminated sign for those uses permitted that are not residential is allowed. The sign shall not exceed 30 square feet in area, shall be no higher than six feet above grade, and shall be placed a minimum of ten feet behind the property line. Such sign shall not be placed within 20 feet of drives providing ingress and egress to the property.
      (2)   Fences and gates.
         a.   Conventional gated complexes with perimeter security fencing along public streets are prohibited. Fences shall not be located in the area between building facades and the property line.
         b.   Exterior security fences and gates that are located along public streets, along private streets or walkways that are publicly accessible through a public use easement, or along publicly accessible open space shall not extend beyond building facades.
         c.   All fences and walls taller than four feet must be open style.
         d.   All fences and railings shall be architecturally compatible with the character of the building and be constructed of high quality materials including: wrought iron, composite fencing, treated wood, aluminum, or metal. Chain link, barbed wire, and concertina wire material is prohibited.
         e.   All walls shall be architecturally compatible with the character of the building and constructed of high quality materials including stone, decorative blocks, brick, cast stone, or stucco over standard concrete masonry blocks.
         f.   For private residential patios and yards, a front yard fence, railing, or low wall may extend beyond the building facade if the following requirements are met.
            1.   Fences, railings, and walls shall not exceed three feet (36") in total height as measured from the ground to the top of the fence, railing and/or the wall; however
            2.   For elevated residential stoops the total fence railing and/or wall height shall not exceed five feet (60") total.
Precedent Images: Fenced residential patio/stoop
      (3)   Screening.
         a.   Service areas.
            1.   Trash and recycling collection, and other similar service areas, must be located to the side or rear of buildings and behind the primary structures on street frontages.
            2.   All refuse and recycling collection containers shall be located on a concrete pad and shall be screened on three sides by a fence or wall.
            3.   The design, colors, and materials of screening elements shall be architecturally compatible with the character of the building.
         b.   Wall-mounted equipment.
            1.   Wall- mounted equipment located on any surface that is visible from a public street (not including an alley) must be fully screened by landscaping or an opaque wall or fence that is compatible with the principle building in terms of texture, quality, material and color.
         c.   Roof-mounted equipment.
            1.    Architectural screenings elements of sufficient height shall conceal roof top mechanical equipment from ground level view from abutting property or abutting public street (not including an alley).
         d.   Ground-mounted equipment.
            1.   Ground mounted mechanical equipment that is visible from a public street (not including an alley) must be fully screened by landscaping or an opaque wall or fence that is compatible with the principle building in terms of texture, quality, material and color.
      (4)   Privately owned streets and drives with public access easements. Private streets and drives with public access easements shall be considered public streets or right-of-way for the purpose of review for compliance with setbacks parking, screening, enhanced landscaping, facade variations, fenestration, and other UR design requirements normally based on streets.
      (5)   Residential design standards. Multi-family developments are exempt from the requirements of § 6.506 “Unified Residential Development”.
(Ord. 20159-04-2012, § 1 (Exh. A), passed 4-3-2012; Ord. 22809-08-2017, § 1 (Exh. A), passed 8-1-2017, eff. 9-7-2017; Ord. 23309-08-2018, §§1–2, passed 8-7-2018; Ord. 24030-02-2020, § 22, passed 2-4-2020)