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Development Standards

The UDO contains a variety of development standards, including those described below.

Off-Street Parking, Loading and Circulation Standards

These standards address the minimum number of required off-street parking spaces for various uses, parking space size and aisle width standards, stacking and loading standards, bicycle parking requirements, and provision for alternative parking plans to allow flexibility in addressing parking situations in unusual circumstances.  These standards may be found in Section 30-5.A of the UDO (

Landscaping and Tree Protection Standards

 These standards address landscaping required as part of site development, including street tree, site and building landscaping, vehicular use area landscaping, property perimeter landscaping, and screening.  Additionally, a specimen tree protection requirement is established to promote continued existence of an urban forest in the City of Fayetteville. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.B of the UDO (

Open Space Requirements

Open space requirements have been established to ensure the protection of natural resource areas and continued provision of acreage for active and passive recreation within the City. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.C of the UDO (

Fences and Walls

Standards for fences and walls may be found in Section 30-5.D of the UDO (

Exterior Lighting

The City of Fayetteville supports the military mission of Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield through the implementation of “dark sky” exterior lighting requirements which minimize upward-directed site and security lighting. In addition, the exterior lighting requirements are intended to provide adequate security while minimizing horizontal light trespass unto adjoining properties.  These standards may be found in Section 30-5.E of the UDO (

Community Form Standards

These standards promote the development of a street network that supports efficient and effective vehicular and pedestrian circulation through the establishment of a connectivity index, block length and width requirements, development access requirements, traffic calming measures, and sidewalk requirements. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.F of the UDO (

Single- and Two-Family Standards

Standards promoting building orientation, location, and other one- and two-family residential development design standards may be found in Section 30-5.G of the UDO (

Multi-Family Design Standards

Standards promoting building orientation, building size, parking location, roof form, and other multi-family residential development design standards may found in Section 30-5.H of the UDO (

Commercial, Office and Mixed-Use Design Standards

Standards relating to building orientation, outparcel development, building façade design, parking location and other similar design requirements may be found in Section 30-5.I of the UDO (

Large Retail Design Standards

So-called “big box” design standards are established in this section to ensure high quality, architecturally interesting design for large retail structures. Requirements are established to address outparcel development, vacant buildings, landscaping, façade design, roof form, location and number of entrances, parking and circulation, outdoor storage, site lighting, and other design features associated with this type of development. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.J of the UDO (

Transitional Standards

Transitional standards are established to enhance the compatibility between single-family detached residential uses and more intense development, such as the promotion of building façades and heights of appropriate scale, location of parking, height and intensity of exterior lighting, operational standards, and similar requirements for intense development near or adjacent to single-family detached residential uses. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.K of the UDO (


The City of Fayetteville sign regulations address freestanding and attached permanent signage, temporary signage, and special purpose signage in order to promote adequate identification of businesses and events while meeting the aesthetic standards of the City. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.L of the UDO (

Traffic Impact Analysis

Traffic impact analyses (TIAs) are needed to determine on- and off-site improvements necessary to accommodate the traffic generation impacts of larger-scale development.  TIAs are prepared in accordance with traffic engineering standards.  TIA requirements may be found in Section 30-5.M of the UDO (

Incentives for Sustainable Development Practices

In the MR-5 and DT zoning districts, density and height bonuses are allowed when certain types of sustainable development practices are observed. These standards may be found in Section 30-5.N of the UDO (

Fire Safety Standards

Minimum fire-flow standards are established to ensure public safety (