Rigid, Yet Flexible…

“The new UDO says ‘no'” — but not to everything, or everybody –

From: Donetta Powell
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 3:27 PM
To: Carl Dawson
Cc: Jimmy Upchurch

Subject: Variance Requests for the Lorimer Road Street Improvement Petition

We are preparing a street improvement petition for Lorimer Road from Kaplan Drive to Garland Drive and will need your approval of variances to the UDO and street design standards. Based on our Transportation Staff the street classification of neighborhood yield, staff is recommending we construct the UDO required 27’ back‐to‐back street section, including a 6’ wide sidewalk on a variable 6’ setback on the west side. We are asking for variance approvals to omit the required 5’ utility easement as we are not proposing to relocate the existing utilities and to omit the 2nd sidewalk on the east side but to include grading the berm to 3.5 feet. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any additional information prior to authorizing the requested variances. Thanks!

Donetta Powell
Assessment Specialist
City of Raleigh Public Works Department

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Typical “Neighborhood Yield” Street –


Detail –



With variance adjustments for Lorimer Road –

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Note: Lorimer Road’s public right-of-way is 60 feet; a 55 foot right-of-way is more typical (see above).