1136.05   MINIMUM LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS.
   (a)   Unless otherwise approved by Council, this chapter defines the minimum requirements that shall be met in regard to perimeter landscaping for noncompatible land use areas, landscaping for service areas and interior landscaping for businesses, buildings, structures or other new developments of the land. A landscape plan shall be submitted with all final development plans.  It is encouraged that a landscape plan be submitted with all preliminary development plans.
   (b)   Vehicular use areas in excess of 7,000 square feet or including more than twenty-five parking spaces shall not be constructed, enlarged or reconstructed in the City until a landscape plan has been approved by Council. The Planning Commission shall not give approval to any landscape plan submitted to them pursuant to this section unless it conforms to the requirements of this chapter, except when the strict adherence would result in an inferior plan.  Acceptable adjustments may include the combining, density and/or relocation of landscape materials, parking peninsulas, islands, aisle end islands, and mounding dimensions.  All decisions to combine, relocate or adjust any required items will be based on the preservation of existing landscaping and the safety and welfare of the public.  Required quantities shall not be reduced except as determined by the Urban Forester. Landscape plans submitted pursuant to this chapter shall be prepared and sealed by a registered landscape architect or approved landscape designer and shall, where appropriate, be submitted as part of the site plan submittals required for a building permit pursuant to the Zoning Code. Landscape plans submitted pursuant to this chapter shall be drawn to scale, including dimensions and distances, and clearly delineate any existing and proposed parking spaces or other vehicular use areas, access aisles, driveways, lighting and their location. The plan shall clearly identify size and description of all landscaping materials including locations of existing trees.
(Ord. C11-96. Passed 2-20-96; Ord. C17-99. Passed 7-6-99; Ord. C28-01.  Passed 5-21-01.)
   (c)   Change of Use for Single Use Structures.  All existing non-complying parking areas and/or drive aisles will be required to comply with the provisions of this chapter, as outlined in 1136.06.  All existing non-complying structures will be required to comply with the provisions of this chapter, as outlined in 1136.09.  All existing non-complying service structures will be required to comply with the provisions of this chapter, as outlined in 1136.08.  The landscape material shall be installed at the time of the change of use.  Where possible, appropriate landscape setbacks shall be permanently established.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97.)
   (d)   Change of Use for Multiple Use Structures.  All existing non-complying parking areas and/or drive aisles, existing non-complying structures, and existing non-complying service structures will be required to comply with the provisions of this chapter.  The percent of landscape material to be installed will be determined by the portion (percent of total structure square footage) that use or tenant occupies (i.e.:  if said tenant occupies 20% of total structure, 20% of required landscape material will be installed).  The landscape material shall be installed at the time of the change of use.  Where possible, appropriate landscape setbacks shall be permanently established.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97.)