1136.09   OTHER PLANTING REQUIREMENTS.
   (a)   Planting Requirements for All New Developments.  These requirements are in addition to the requirements for vehicular use areas.
      (1)   Residential and PUD Districts. There shall be a minimum of three trees planted per single family residence, doubles, twins or duplexes. Multi-family structures are to include two trees per dwelling unit. Trees may be either small or medium species.  Medium or small species trees shall be 2" minimum caliper and clear trunk.  No clump or multi-stem form trees are permitted.  Trees are to be arranged within the front, side or rear yard areas with emphasis on the front facades. In addition a minimum of one-third (1/3) of the facade (or facades in the case of corner lots) fronting the street or vehicular use area is to be landscaped adjacent to the foundation with a minimum of five (5) shrubs, ground cover or other ornamental plantings. The average initial height of these plantings is to be 24" minimum.  All residential subdivisions containing at least fifty lots or five acres (whichever is less), apartment complexes over sixteen units and condominium complexes over sixteen units, shall construct prominent entry features of at least 500 square feet at all major points of ingress and egress to such subdivisions and complexes.  Entry features shall consist of landscaping or a combination of landscaping and hardscape materials.  Lighting and irrigation should be included.  All residentially zoned developments with side or rear property lines adjacent to primary or secondary roadways shall construct a landscape buffer consisting of a 30'-0" setback with a continuous 4'-0" height minimum earthen mound.  In addition to the mounding requirement a double staggered row of 6'-0" height minimum evergreen trees at 20'-0" maximum spacing and one 2" caliper minimum small class tree and two 18" height deciduous shrubs per each 40 lineal feet of property line are to be planted.  Combining tree planting areas to achieve overall compliance is acceptable.  However, in no event is a tree planting area to exceed 100'-0".
(Ord. C28-01.  Passed 5-21-01. Ord. 57-06. Passed 9-5-06.)
      (2)   Retail Commercial and Shopping Center Use Districts. There shall be a tree planted in a landscaped area for every 50 lineal feet of building perimeter or fraction thereof. Such landscaped areas shall be adjacent to the building, 64 square feet minimum in size, and shall contain a small, medium, or large class species tree in a planting bed, architectural planter, tree grate or on an earthen mound. Large, medium or small species trees shall be 2" minimum caliper.  If tree grates or architectural planters are used, the minimum landscape area may be reduced to 36 square feet. Benches, or other appropriate landscape materials designed and located in a manner complimentary to the overall architecture of the surrounding buildings are encouraged. The intent of this regulation is to encourage an equally spaced landscape envelope around the perimeter of the building. Combining of tree planting areas to achieve overall compliance is acceptable. However, in no event is a tree planting area to exceed 100' -  0". Shrubs, groundcover or other ornamental plantings may be substituted for up to 30% of deciduous tree requirement.  These landscaped areas are to be constructed adjacent to the building and be a minimum of 20 square feet per tree converted to shrubs, groundcover or other ornamental plantings.  The average initial height of these plantings is to be 24" minimum at 5'-0" maximum spacing. Freestanding signs and flagpoles are to be set in landscaped areas.  These landscaped areas are to be a minimum two feet (2') larger than the foundation of the free standing signs or flagpoles on all sides and are to be landscaped on all sides with permanent shrubs, groundcover or other ornamental plantings.  Annuals and perennials are permitted in combination with permanent plant materials.  The average initial height of the plantings is to be 24" minimum.  Irrigation shall be required on 75% - 100% of the entire property with emphasis on areas along primary and secondary roadways and 100% of all landscape areas adjacent to the structure.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97; Ord. C17-99. Passed 7-6-99; Ord. C86-06. Passed 12-18-06.)
      (3)   Professional Services, Medical, Educational, Service, and Miscellaneous Use Districts. There shall be a tree planted for every 40 lineal feet of building perimeter or fraction thereof. Trees may be either small, medium, or large class species. Large, medium or small species trees shall be 2" minimum caliper.  6'- 0" minimum height evergreen trees may be substituted for up to 30% of deciduous tree requirement. Trees are to be arranged around all sides of the building within 64 square feet minimum of lawn or landscaped areas. In addition a minimum of 40 square feet of landscaped area shall be required for each 50 lineal feet of building perimeter or fraction thereof. These landscaped areas are to be constructed adjacent to the building and are to contain shrubs, ground cover, or other ornamental plantings. The average initial height of these plantings is to be 24" minimum at 5'-0" maximum spacing. The intent of this regulation is to encourage overall uniform landscaping treatment around the perimeter of the building. Combining of these planting areas to achieve compliance is acceptable providing that consideration is given to all facades. Free standing signs and flagpoles are to be set in landscaped areas. These landscaped areas are to be a minimum two feet (2') larger than the foundation of the free standing signs or flagpoles on all sides and are to be landscaped on all sides with permanent shrubs, groundcover or other ornamental plantings.  Annuals and perennials are permitted in combination with permanent plant materials.  The average initial height of the plantings is to be 24" minimum.  Irrigation shall be required on 75% - 100% of the entire property with emphasis on areas along primary and secondary roadways and 100% of all landscape areas adjacent to the structure, except in Educational Districts.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97; Ord. C17-99. Passed 7-6-99; Ord. C86-06. Passed 12-18-06.)
      (4)   Light and Heavy Industry Districts. There shall be a tree planted for every sixty (60) lineal feet of building perimeter or fraction thereof. Trees may be either small, medium, or large class species. Large, medium or small species trees shall be two inches (2") minimum caliper.  Six foot (6') minimum height evergreen trees may be substituted for up to thirty percent (30%) of deciduous tree requirement. Trees are to be arranged around all sides of the building within sixty-four (64) square feet minimum of lawn or landscaped areas. In addition, a minimum of twenty (20) square feet of landscaped area shall be required for each fifty (50) lineal feet of building perimeter. These landscaped areas are to be constructed adjacent to the building and are to contain shrubs, ground cover, or other ornamental plantings. The average initial height of these plantings is to be twenty-four inches (24") minimum at five foot (5') maximum spacing. The intent of this regulation is to encourage overall landscaping treatment around the perimeter of the building. Combining of these planting areas to achieve compliance is acceptable providing that consideration is given to at least three visually prominent facades. Freestanding signs and flagpoles are to be set in landscaped areas.  These landscaped areas are to be a minimum two feet (2') larger than the foundation of the free standing signs or flagpoles on all sides and are to be landscaped on all sides with permanent shrubs, groundcover or other ornamental plantings.  Annuals and perennials are permitted in combination with permanent plant materials.  The average initial height of the plantings is to be twenty-four inches (24") minimum.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97; Ord. C17-99. Passed 7-6-99.)
   (b)   Street Tree Requirements. Upon the application of a building permit for the construction of a new building or structure, the owner, builder, or developer of such building or structure shall pay an urban forestry fee, the sum of four hundred fifty dollars ($450) per lot, to the City's Community Environment Fund.  Except that for all newly platted public streets after May 31, 2005, the owner, builder or developer shall pay an urban forestry fee in the sum of six dollars ($6) per lineal foot of curb/street pavement frontage for the entire plat, to the City’s Community Environment Fund.  The Urban Forestry Fee shall be paid at the time of final plat approval or development plan approval prior to the start of construction.  Any undeveloped street or existing street with undeveloped frontage shall conform to these requirements at the time of the development.  The Service Director, his or her designee or the Urban Forester, will cause to be purchased and planted from said deposit, all required street trees and assume full responsibility for care, replacement, and maintenance, as defined by the following conditions:
(Ord. C35-05. Passed 4-18-05; Ord. C106-05. Passed 11-7-05.)
      (1)   Trees noted under Section 1136.15 Prohibited Plantings, are not to be used on city owned public property. City owned public property shall include all public rights of way, streets, alleys, parks, or other property owned by the Municipality.
      (2)   The maximum spacing between trees shall be fifty feet for large class trees, forty feet for medium class trees, and thirty feet for small class trees.
      (3)   The minimum distance between the tree and the back of street curb shall be two and one-half feet. In areas where a sidewalk exists or is proposed, the minimum distance between the tree trunk and both the edge of the street and the sidewalks shall be two feet.
      (4)   The tree location shall be at least fifty five (55) lineal feet from street intersections and ten (10) lineal feet from fire hydrants or all utilities and twenty (20) lineal feet from all street lights or utility poles and fifteen (15) lineal feet from all handicap ramps.
      (5)   A small class tree shall be used when planting under or within ten lateral feet of overhead utility wires. A small class or medium class tree shall be used when planting within ten to twenty lateral feet of overhead utility wires.
      (6)   Trees should be of the same genus and species matched in form and size and planted continuously down each street. Consideration should be given to introducing other tree genus and species for each proposed street or cul-de-sac.
      (7)   The minimum trunk caliper measured at six inches above the rootball for all street trees shall be no less than two (2) inches.
(Ord. C11-96. Passed 2-20-96; Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97; Ord. C113-04. Passed 12-20-04.)
   (c)   Retention Area Requirements.  It shall be required that all subdividers or developers plant trees adjacent to retention areas of their developments in such a manner, type quantity, and location as recommended by the Service Director, his designee or Urban Forester and recommended by the Planning Commission and as defined by the following conditions:
      (1)   There shall be a tree planted in a landscape area for every 50 lineal feet of retention area perimeter or fraction thereof; 
      (2)   Trees shall be planted adjacent to the retention area, but no closer than 20 feet from the bank;
      (3)   Trees may be either medium or large class species trees.  Trees shall be 2" minimum caliper.  Six feet (6') minimum height evergreen trees may be substituted for up to 50% of deciduous tree requirement.
   (d)   All trees planted on commercial or residential landscapes must have the ropes, burlap, 50% of the wire cage, and all trunk wrap removed prior to the City’s landscape inspection.
(Ord. C58-97. Passed 11-17-97. Ord. C57-06. Passed 9-5-06.)