The New Hanover, N.C., County Board of Commissioners is considering several self-storage design requirements that would apply where new projects are zoned by right. The move mirrors aesthetic demands officials typically place on developments proposed for areas in which storage is a conditional use. If adopted, the restrictions would apply to building exteriors, colors and materials, according to the source.
Restrictions under consideration include:
- Transparent windows or doors would comprise at least 10 percent of a building façade that faces a public or private street, shared parking area, pedestrian walkway or designated open space.
- Building exteriors visible from the street or abutting properties would feature color tones found predominately in the natural environment.
- Metal would be prohibited as a primary material on exterior walls and perimeters visible from an arterial street or residential district or development.
- Outdoor storage would be limited to licensed and operational boats and