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POLICY 13

Landscaping: Require landscaping in conjunction with new development that complements its surroundings and enhances the built environment.

Planting outside production and processing building
Plants screening parking area
Native plants along sidewalk

A well-designed landscape will create and define spaces while softening the built environment. Landscaping provides beauty and visual interest, shade and environmental benefits, as well as screening and buffering of uses. It is important to consider the types of plants and trees and how they will tolerate and impact their surrounding environment. Design and maintenance of the landscaped areas are important factors as well.

ACTION STEPS

The City will seek to accomplish the following action steps to require landscaping in conjunction with new development that complements its surroundings and enhances the built environment.

  1. In general, larger, well-placed, contiguous planting areas that create and define public and private spaces shall be preferred to smaller, disconnected areas.
  2. Plant and tree types should complement the surrounding area and should include a variety of species throughout the site that include seasonal interest. Species should be indigenous or proven adaptable to the local climate and should not be invasive on native species.
  3. Landscaped areas should include plant and tree types that address ecological function, including the interception and filtration of stormwater, reduction of the urban heat island effect, and preservation and restoration of natural amenities.
  4. Landscaped areas should be maintained in accordance with Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles, to allow views into and out of the site, to preserve view corridors and to maintain sight lines at vehicular and pedestrian intersections.
  5. Landscaping plans should be designed to facilitate future maintenance including the consideration of irrigation systems, drought and salt-resistant species, ongoing performance of storm water treatment practices, snow storage, access to sun, proximity to buildings, paved surfaces and overhead utilities.
  6. Green roofs, living walls, and porous pavement are encouraged but are not meant to be a substitute for ground-level landscaping of sites as landscaping provides both a natural amenity and aesthetic beauty to the urban landscape.
  7. Boulevard landscaping and improvements, in accordance with applicable city polices, are encouraged.
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