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The City of Raleigh is excited to announce that they are now accepting applications for Parklets, publicly accessible temporary sidewalk extensions in the right-of-way. Although this is a new concept in Raleigh, several other US cities have enjoyed Parklets for some time. These innovative and creative public spaces will occupy a parking space in the public right-of-way and are typically sponsored by an adjacent business. They are for public use and can include seating, arts and entertainment, and a host of other creative design features. Parklets are paid for and maintained by the property owner or a designated responsible party.
Parklets are only allowed in the Downtown Overlay District and adjacent Pedestrian Business Overlay Districts with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. There must also be existing pedestrian activity due to the presence of retail, mixed-use, commercial development, or high-density residential development. Additional information including permit provisions, fees, and design standards is available on the City’s website.Anyone interested in establishing a Parklet should contact the Urban Design Center to obtain preliminary confirmation of site location standards. A Parklet Petition with signatures of support from at least 75% of property owners/leaseholders on the same block is required.