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  • Town of Elon Land Development

    Ordinance December 2004

    (Amended 3/13/18)

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    Board of Aldermen Beth Schmidt – Mayor Richard C. Keziah, Jr. – Mayor Pro Tem Phoebe Harrison – Alderman Ronald A. Klepcyk – Alderman Lawrence Slade – Alderman Ed Swing – Alderman & PB Liaison

    Planning and Zoning Board Jim Beasley – Chair Tom Blume Zandrell Bradsher Clarence Carter Frank Chandler Mike Geary Diane Gill Robert Harris

    LDO Advisory Committee Tom Blume – Planning & Zoning Board Zandrell Bradsher - Planning & Zoning Board Darrell Gauthier – Citizen Diane Gill – Planning & Zoning Board Robert Harris – Planning & Zoning Board Richard C. Keziah, Jr. – Mayor Pro Tem Ed Swing – Board of Aldermen

    Town Staff Michael Dula – Manager Sabrina M. Oliver – Clerk

    PTCOG Consulting Staff Paul M. Kron – Regional Planning Director Johanna Isakson Cockburn – Senior Planner Elizabeth Garnett – GIS Planner

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    December 2004

    Piedmont Triad Council of Governments

  • Town of Elon i Land Development Ordinance

    Town of Elon Land Development Ordinance The Town of Elon Land Development Ordinance was developed with the cooperation of the citizens of Elon, the Board of Aldermen, the Town Planning and Zoning Board, and Town staff. This ordinance serves as a guide for the community in making land development decisions and to help provide for the orderly growth and development of the Town. The ordinance will be reviewed and revised periodically by the Board of Aldermen, as conditions within the Town’s planning jurisdiction change over time.

    Elon adopted the Town of Elon Land Development Plan in 2002. The plan provides a vision for future development that accommodates physical and economic expansion, while protecting the community’s valuable natural, cultural, and historic assets. As growth is managed in accord with this vision, well-planned land development will maintain and enhance Elon’s traditional character. As a tool for implementing the plan, this ordinance provides flexible regulations and incentives that respect private property rights while encouraging growth that maximizes the Town’s investment in infrastructure and protects key conservation areas. This ordinance calls for detailed site analyses of proposed land development projects to make sure they are properly located and fit the natural landscape and existing surrounding uses. Detailed design guidelines are provided to encourage the development of inter-connected, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with a good mixture of land uses and vibrant streetscapes and open spaces.

    To address and prevent the negative consequences of conventional development patterns, this ordinance draws from a variety of modern “new urbanist” development regulations adopted by small communities throughout North Carolina – especially the Towns of Davidson, Cornelius, Huntersville, Mocksville, and Franklinville. This ordinance goes beyond providing the minimum regulations necessary to facilitate safe and orderly growth, by advocating more traditional and sustainable planning and development practices that encourage the types and patterns of land development that will preserve and enhance what is best about the community. Through careful planning, future growth will be integrated into the fabric of the community to form coherent, functional neighborhoods and activity centers; to increase community security and identity; to enhance quality of life; and to encourage greater economic, aesthetic and social benefits for all residents.

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    Adopted this 14th day of December, 2004 by the Elon Board of Aldermen.

    ___________________________ ___________________________ Sabrina Oliver, Town Clerk Beth Schmidt, Mayor

  • Town of Elon ii Land Development Ordinance

    TABLE OF CONTENTS – Town of Elon Land Development Ordinance INTRODUCTION ................................................................................................................................ iv Ordinance Purpose ............................................................................................................ iv Community-Building Principles ......................................................................................... iv Land Development Vision .................................................................................................. v Land Development Goals and Policies ............................................................................ vii

    Chapter 1 – Authority and Applicability ........................................................................................ 1 1.1 Title ...................................................................................................................................... 1 1.2 Purpose and Intent ............................................................................................................. 1 1.3 Authority ............................................................................................................................... 1 1.4 Jurisdiction ........................................................................................................................... 1 1.5 Relation to Other Ordinances ............................................................................................ 2 1.6 Separability .......................................................................................................................... 2 1.7 Applicability ......................................................................................................................... 2 1.8 Rules of Construction ......................................................................................................... 2 1.9 Land Development Ordinance Map .................................................................................. 2 1.10 Effective Date ...................................................................................................................... 2 1.11 Official Land Development Ordinance Map ...................................................................... 3

    Chapter 2 – Planning Elements Established ................................................................................ 5 2.1 General Planning Districts Established ............................................................................. 5 2.2 Overlay Districts Established ............................................................................................. 5 2.3 Interpretation of Planning District Boundaries .................................................................. 6 2.4 Building Types Established ................................................................................................ 6

    Chapter 3 – Planning District Requirements ................................................................................ 7 3.1 Rural Residential Planning District (RR) ........................................................................ 7 3.2 Suburban Residential Planning District (SR) ............................................................... 12 3.3 Neighborhood Residential Planning District (NR) ....................................................... 16 3.4 Urban Residential Planning District (UR) ..................................................................... 21 3.5 Summary of Residential District Development Requirements ................................... 26 3.6 Neighborhood Center (NC) and Village Center (VC) Planning Districts ................... 28 3.7 Town Center Planning District (TC) .............................................................................. 32 3.7-A Town Center Planning District -1 (TC-1)…...…………………………………………….. 36 3.8 Commercial Planning District (C) ................................................................................. 40 3.9 Office and Institutional (O&I) ......................................................................................... 44 3.10 Public Institutional Planning District (PI) ...................................................................... 48 3.11 Industrial Planning District (IND) .................................................................................. 52 3.12 Traditional Neighborhood Development Overlay District (TND-O) ............................ 56 3.13 Manufactured Home Overlay District (MH-O) ............................................................. 62

    3.14 Stream Protection Overlay District (SP-O) .................................................................. 65 3.15 Summary of Non-Residential District Development Requirements) .......................... 68 3.16 Summary of Overlay District Development Requirements ......................................... 69

    Chapter 4 – Uses Permitted with Additional Requirements .................................................... 70

  • Town of Elon iii Land Development Ordinance

    TABLE OF CONTENTS – Town of Elon Land Development Ordinance Chapter 5 – Design Regulations ................................................................................................... 95

    5.1 Neighborhood Design Regulations .........................