All unpaved portions of a front yard shall be improved and maintained with landscaping. For the purposes of this section, "landscaping" shall mean the development of the open space on a property with plantings, such as trees, bushes, shrubs, hedges, lawns, other live ground cover, or greenery. Landscaping may include nonliving decorative treatment, such as walls, fences, curbs, groupings of rock, or similar accent material, interspersed with plantings, but shall not include paving.
Each proposal for the construction of a single-family residence shall be accompanied by a landscaping plan designed with the goal of maintaining the garden quality of the city of Beverly Hills and, prior to occupancy of a new residence, the subject site area shall be planted in accordance with the landscaping plan.
This section is intended to require design and implementation of a landscaping plan prior to occupancy of a new development in order to ensure that landscaping is not ignored in the design and construction process. However, this section is not intended to require a specific type or standard of landscaping. (Ord. 1158, eff. 9-20-1962; amd. Ord. 1216, eff. 10-21-1965; Ord. 73-O-1493; eff. 11-1-1973; Ord. 75-O-1575, eff. 7-3-1975; Ord. 81-O-1787, eff. 4-2-1981; Ord. 89-O-2081, eff. 12-7-1989; Ord. 95-O-2239, eff. 7-7-1995)