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(a) This Section provides the requirements for landscaping, landscaped buffers, walls, and/or fences to define urban spaces, and buffer less intense uses from those of greater intensity and physical impact. Required buffering and landscaping shall consist of maintained living vegetative material such as trees, shrubs, ornamental plants or non-vegetative materials such as earth mounding or fencing made of wood. This Chapter provides minimum landscaping and buffering standards for:
(1) The development of land to provide suitable buffering between incompatible land uses;
(2) Buffering from view visually undesirable uses and establishing a greater sense of privacy from visual or physical intrusion, the degree of privacy varying with the intensity of the buffering. Even minimal buffering can provide an impression of separation of spaces, and more extensive buffering can shield entirely one use from the visual assault of an adjacent use;
(3) Providing more attractive views from roads and adjacent properties;
(4) Protecting, preserving and promoting the aesthetic appeal, character and value of the surrounding neighborhoods;
(5) Protection of the health, safety and welfare of the community through the reduction of noise, air and visual pollution, and artificial light glare.
(b) The provisions of this Chapter are necessary to safeguard the public health, safety and welfare. Nothing in this Chapter shall prevent the provision of landscaping in excess of the minimums specified herein.
(Ord. 2014-09. Passed 2-19-14.)