Chapter 33.53
LANDSCAPING REQUIREMENTS

Sections:

33.53.010    Landscaping definitions.

33.53.020    Plant standards.

33.53.030    Screening standards.

33.53.040    Alternative designs.

SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 581    12/19/95

AMENDED SOURCE:    ADOPTED:

Ord. 601    07/23/96

33.53.010 Landscaping definitions.

(1) “Visual screen” means evergreen and deciduous trees (no more than fifty (50) percent deciduous) planted twenty (20) feet on center, two (2) shrubs planted between each pair of trees, groundcover, and a solid fence of new materials.

(2) “Visual buffer” means evergreen and deciduous trees (no more than seventy-five (75) percent deciduous) planted thirty (30) feet on center, two (2) shrubs planted between each pair of trees, and groundcover.

33.53.020 Plant standards.

(1) Deciduous trees must be one and one-half (1-1/2) inches diameter at breast height (4.5 feet from ground level) and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and eighty (80) percent after two (2) years of planting.

(2) Evergreen trees must be four (4) feet in height and may be either broadleaf or conifer and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and eighty (80) percent after two (2) years of planting.

(3) Ground cover is low evergreen or deciduous plantings at three (3) foot spacing in all directions.

(4) Shrubs must be a minimum of thirty (30) inches in height or four (4) gallons and must have a survivability rate of 100 percent after one year and eighty (80) percent after two (2) years of planting.

(5) The retention of existing natural vegetation in place of new plants is encouraged and allowed.

33.53.030 Screening standards.

(1) New or expanding commercial or industrial land uses within commercial or industrial zones shall provide a ten (10) foot visual buffer along all street frontages and a ten (10) foot visual screen along any property line abutting a residential zoning district.

(2) New or expanding commercial or industrial land uses operating under a conditional use permit in a residential zoning district shall provide a five (5) foot visual screen along all street frontages and a five (5) foot visual buffer along all other property lines.

(3) New multifamily dwellings over four (4) dwelling units shall provide a five (5) foot visual buffer along all street frontages.

33.53.040 Alternative designs.

Alternative designs may be allowed if, upon review by the Hearing Examiner, they are determined to provide landscaping substantially equivalent to the above standards.