1168.10  GENERAL BUFFERING STANDARDS.
   (a)   Once buffering has been approved by the Community Development Director and established by the developer, it may not be used, disturbed or altered for any purpose.
 
   (b)   A buffer area shall consist of an area within a required interior setback adjacent to a property line and having a depth equal to the amount specified in the type of buffering required and containing a length equal to the length of the property line of the abutting use or uses.
 
   (c)   A buffer area shall only be occupied by utilities, screening, sidewalks,  bikeways, and landscaping. No buildings, accessways, or parking areas shall be allowed in a buffer area except where an accessway has been previously approved by the City.
 
   (d)   Buffering may be located in required front, rear, and side yards.
 
   (e)   In no case shall landscaping or buffering be established so as to block the sight distance at street or drive intersections. All landscaped areas on corner lots and in median strips shall meet the sight distance standards of Section 1168.04 (Sight distance). Sight distance concerns shall be reviewed and approved as part of the Site Plan or Development Plan review process.
(Ord. 2014-09.  Passed 2-19-14.)