Urban Workplace

Building Placement / Parking / Vehicle Access

Urban Workplace Plans

1. Buildings shall be placed on the lot within the zone represented by the hatched area. In most cases, the build to line will range from 0 to 15 feet behind street ROW Special site conditions such as topography, pattern of lot widths, or setbacks of existing buildings permit a larger setback.

2. Building facades shall be generally parallel to frontage property lines. The façade shall be determined by the massing of the building.

3. Parking shall be located primarily to the rear of the building; sideyard parking shall occupy no more than 35% of the primary frontage line and shall not be placed in any sideyard abutting an intersecting street. Where dimensions of existing lots restrict parking behind buildings, the limitations on sideyard parking may be modified.

4. Points of permitted access to the parking indicated by arrows.

5. Hedges, garden walls, or fences may be built on property lines or as the continuation of building walls. A garden wall, fence, or hedge (minimum 3 feet in height) shall be installed along any street frontage adjacent to parking areas.

6. Parking areas on adjacent lots shall be connected wherever practical.

7. Trash containers shall be located in a rear parking area (see Parking Regulations) and shall be screened from the right-of -way.

8. Mechanical and utility equipment at ground level shall be placed in the side or rear yard and shall be screened from view by opaque screening from grade level along any public street or adjacent property (Article 7.6.2). Buildings that front on more than one public street may have mechanical and utility equipment located within a street facing yard, provided it is visually screened using compatible building materials and design as the principle structure. This is applicable only where no other reasonable option exists as determined by the Administrator. Examples of features limiting the location of mechanical and utility equipment may include, but not limited to, the physical layout of existing building, the presence of easements, elevation changes, etc.

9. Building facades at street frontage lines shall be pedestrian oriented and of pedestrian scale.

Encroachment / Pedestrian Access to Building

Urban Workplace Ped Access

1. Balconies, bay windows, arcades, porches at an upper level and their supports at ground level, together with awnings above head height (minimum 7 inches to 6 feet) are permitted within the sidewalk as shown by the hatched area. Encroaching arcades should cover entire sidewalk.

2. Primary pedestrian access into the building shall be from the street frontage line (indicated by larger arrow). Secondary access may be from parking areas (indicated by smaller arrow).


The workplace building may be a large structure (15,000+ square feet) and may have a single use/tenant. Office, industrial, and commercial tenants are typical. Southern mill villages often provide examples of how these buildings can reasonably coexist with other businesses and homes. Locke Mill Plaza, in Concord, provides a good example with its placement at the end of prestigious Union Street. These buildings are critical to the town as employment centers and commercial service locations. The buildings will provide space for industry, large offices, as well as hotels, conference facilities, and large retail uses such as a full service grocery store. Where possible, structures shall be designed to terminate vistas or serve as key focal points in the neighborhood.

Special Conditions

1. Buildings in all locations should relate the principal facade to the sidewalk and public space of the street.

2. Corners: Setback at street corners will generally replicate frontage conditions. Side setbacks on a minor street may be less than the front dimension.

3. Within the limits described, front and side setbacks will vary depending upon site conditions. Setbacks should be used in a manner which encourage pedestrian activity. For example, squares or spatially defined plazas within building setback areas can act as focal points for pedestrians.

 Permitted Height & Uses

Urban Workplace Height

1. Building height shall be measured as the vertical distance from the highest finished grade relative to the street frontage, up to the eaves or the highest level of a flat roof.

2. The height of parapet walls may vary depending upon the need to screen mechanical equipment.

3. Building height to the ridge may vary depending on the roof pitch.

4. Permitted uses are indicated above, and are further controlled by zoning district standards.

Architectural Standards Principles

A. To perpetuate the unique building character of the town and its environs, and to re-establish its local identity, development shall generally employ building types that are compatible to the historic architectural vocabulary of the area in their massing and external treatment.

B. Building elevations fronting or visible from public streets shall be clad with masonry, wood, vinyl siding, stucco, or similar material. Metal paneling may not comprise a street fronting building face. Decorative metal panels such as Aluminum Composite Material (ACM) panels may be used as an accent or trim material and as cladding for building accent elements such as canopies and their supporting structure.  Decorative metal panel accents however, may not exceed 30% of any façade visible from the street. 

C. The front elevations facing the street, and the overall massing shall communicate an emphasis on the human scale and the pedestrian environment.

D. Each building should be designed to form part of a larger composition of the area in which it is situated. Adjacent buildings should thus be of similar scale, height, and configuration.

E Trailers (mobile units) may not be used as permanent workplace buildings.


A. Two wall materials may be combined horizontally on one facade. The “heavier” material should be below and can cover the first floor only (i.e. brick below wood siding).

B. Street level windows shall be untinted. Tinted glass with a minimum visual transmittance factor of 35 is permitted. Mirrored or reflective glass is not permitted in ay location.

C. Windows shall be of square or vertical proportion. Special windows may be circular or regular polygons.


A. Windows should be set to the inside of the building face wall.

B. All rooftop equipment shall be enclosed in a building material that matches the structure or is visually compatible with the structure.

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