Site Designs Standards Project

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Overview

The Town of Cary has a Design Guidelines Manual that includes seven design principles:

  1. Create human scale
  2. Create a sense of place
  3. Connect uses
  4. Provide transitions
  5. Reduce parking impacts
  6. Plan for pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users
  7. Provide for open space
The purpose of the Site Design Standards Project is to improve the application of these seven principles by clearly defining usable standards, increasing consistency of staff and developer/applicant interpretations, and facilitating creation of desired results in site planning.

Details

Key goals for this project included:

  1. Explaining the Town's seven design principles with the clarity and measurability found in the Town's Architectural Design Guidelines,
  2. Producing high quality sustainable developments
  3. Establishing standards that invite flexibility
  4. Streamlining the plan approval process by applying clear standards that yield predictable outcomes
A major focus of this project was to develop specific and measurable, yet flexible, criteria and standards related to optimal site layout and thoughtful building placement, especially within the Town's mixed-use centers and other large development projects.

These Site Design Standards, adopted in August 2012, replace the Design Guidelines Manual that was adopted in 2001. The purpose of this project is to improve the application of design principles through clearly defining usable standards, increasing consistency of staff and developer/applicant interpretations, and facilitating creation of desired results in site planning. A major focus of this project has been to develop specific and measurable, yet flexible, criteria and standards related to optimal site layout and thoughtful building placement.

The Town of Cary is well-known for its high standards for urban design and project quality. Throughout the years, Cary has codified a wide range of site design standards into its Land Development Ordinance (LDO), and has established other design standards through its Community Appearance Manual and Design Guidelines Manual. This project will create specific site design standards for all types of development. These standards should consistently yield vibrant, pedestrian-friendly, well-designed places and apply to all subdivisions and site plans submitted to the Town after August 9, 2012.

Contact
Meredith Gruber, RLA, AICP
Urban Designer/Senior Planner
Town of Cary Planning Department
P.O. Box 8005
Cary, NC 27512-8005
(919) 460-4983
meredith.gruber@townofcary.org