1280.03  SCREENING AND BUFFERING WHEN LOTS ABUT A RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT OR RESIDENTIAL USE.
   Screening and buffering along the entire length of the common boundary shall be provided in accordance with the following regulations and shall be approved as part of the development plan required by Chapter 1290.
   (a)   Required for the Following:  Screening and buffering shall be required according to the following:
      (1)   When a lot in any Commercial or Industrial District abuts a Residential District, such lot shall provide and maintain the screening and buffering required in this Section.
      (2)   When a lot in a Multi-family District abuts Single-Family District, such lot shall provide and maintain the screening and buffering required in this Section.
      (3)   When a lot in a residential district is devoted to a nonresidential conditional use, such lot shall provide and maintain the screening and buffering required in this Section.
   (b)   Width of Buffer Yard.  Each required buffer yard shall have the minimum width equal to the parking setback required for the district.
   (c)   Screening.  Screening within the buffer yard shall consist of one or a combination of the following:
      (1)   A dense vegetative planting incorporating trees and/or shrubs of a variety which shall be equally effective in winter and summer.
      (2)   A non-living opaque structure such as a solid masonry wall, or a solid fence.
      (3)   A fence with openings through which light and air may pass together (board-on-board) with a landscaped area at least five (5) feet wide.
      (4)   A landscaped mound or earthen berm at least five (5) feet wide.
   (d)   Location.  The location of the wall, fence, or vegetation shall be placed within the buffer yard to maximize the screening effect as determined by the Planning Commission.
   (e)   Height of Screening. The height of screening shall be in accordance with the following:
      (1)   Visual screening walls, fences, or mounds and fences in combination shall be a minimum of six (6) feet high measured from the natural grade, except as set forth in subsection (e)(2) below.
      (2)   Whenever the required screening is located along the common side lot line in the area extending from the front building line of the residential use to the street, the required screening shall not exceed a height of three (3) feet.  Fences and walls in a front yard shall also comply with Section 1280.11.
      (3)   Vegetation shall be a minimum of six (6) feet high measured from the natural grade, in order to accomplish the desired screening effect.  The required height shall be achieved no later than twelve (12) months after the initial installation.
         (Ord. 8-13. Passed 5-14-13.)