NCC2050 Large Industrial Structures

Large Industrial Structures 1.4.24_Page_1 Opens in new windowOverview:  As a major component of the NCC2050 Comprehensive Plan, New Castle County encourages development that fosters both a strong economy and a high quality of life for county residents.  

Achieving this requires a regulatory balance that: 

  •  Ensures that large industrial buildings are developed in a manner that is sensitive to surrounding communities 
  • Enhances public participation in the planning process 
  • Encourages context-sensitive development through updates of the County’s Guiding Principles (UDC Appendix 7)

To achieve this goal, the Department supports Ordinance No. 23-104: Development, Redevelopment, Large Industrial Structures, Heavy Retail / Service Uses and Guiding Principles.   (click here or the graphic to the right to learn more)

What Does This Legislation Do?

1.  Ensures that large industrial buildings are developed in a manner that is sensitive to surrounding communities. The proposed ordinance will reduce the maximum size for large industrial buildings from 450,000 square feet to 200,000 square feet. Industrial buildings or additions larger than two hundred thousand (200,000) square feet of gross floor area may be approved dependent on compliance with the Unified Development Code and the following standards:

  • Are designed to minimize noise impacts on adjacent neighborhoods and evaluated by a noise study
  • Are designed to minimize both vehicular light glare and building lighting which may affect adjacent residential neighborhoods
  • Mask or soften building size through upgraded buffering (i.e. street trees, berming, on-site landscaping)  

2.  Enhances public participation in the planning process. 

  • Requires a public hearing for all new and proposed additions to large industrial buildings that exceed 200,000 square feet of gross floor area.

3.  Encourages context-sensitive development through updates of the County’s Guiding Principles. The design of the proposed development should incorporate the following to minimize visual impact:

  • The buildings are designed to include common architectural design elements such as facade materials, window treatment, and roof lines
  • The large industrial building includes design elements such building wings, articulated facade, a reduced height by setting the ground floor partially below grade or locating the building topographically so that it is better screened by surrounding buildings to minimize its appearance
  • The development is designed to minimize the visual impact of the larger industrial building, through landscaping, berming and other buffering techniques as well as building design and configuration

While traffic capacity is not a primary function of county government, all development projects would still be required to comply with established transportation criteria contained in the Unified Development Code.

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