(a)   Notwithstanding the provisions of § 678.02, an owner, occupant or person in control of lots or land within the City may maintain native vegetation in planned landscapes in accordance with the provisions of this division.
      (1)   A landscape plan must be submitted to the Zoning Administrator of the City. The plan shall be reviewed to assure it is in conformity with the requirements of this division. If it is in conformity, a planned landscape certificate will be issued. The certificate is subject to review and revocation if the planned landscape fails to maintain compliance with this division.
      (2)   The planned landscape must use native vegetation, including prairie grasses, in the preservation of natural plant communities. The native vegetation shall be at least ten  feet from all public rights-of-way, including sidewalks, and adjacent property lines; and, shall cover no more than fifty percent of the subject property. The intent of this division is not to allow vegetation areas to be unmanaged or overgrown when such growth provides a demonstrated health hazard, or prevents detection of accumulated trash and refuse that constitutes either a direct health hazard or provides a breeding ground for fauna known to create a safety or health hazard.
      (3)   The following plants are permitted in a natural landscaping area:
         A.   Allium cemuum (Nodding Wild Onion);
         B.   Asclepias incarnata (Swamp Milkweed);
         C.   Asclepias tuberosa (Butterflyweed);
         D.   Aster laevis (Smooth Aster);
         E.   Aster novae-angliae (New England Aster);
         F.   Bidens polylepis (Bur Marigold);
         G.   Cassia fascicuiata (Partridge Pea);
         H.   Delphinium exaltatum (Tall Larkspur);
         I.   Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower);
         J.   Euphorbia corallata (Flowering Spurge);
         K.   Filipendula rubra (Queen-of-the-Prairie);
         L.   Heliopsis helianthoides (Oxeye);
         M.   Heuchera richardsonii (Alum Root);
         N.   Liatris spicata (Dense Blazing Star);
         O.   Liatris scariosa (Blazing Star);
         P.   Lupinus perennis (Lupine);
         Q.   Monarda fistulosa (Bergamot);
         R.   Penstemon digitalis (Foxglove Beardtongue);
         S.   Physostegia virginiana (False Dragonhead);
         T.   Ratibida pinnata (Greyheaded Coneflower);
         U.   Rudbeckia fulgida (Orange Coneflower);
         V.   Rudbeckia hirta (Blackeyed Susan);
         W.   Silene regia (Royal Catchfly);
         X.   Silphium terebinthin (Prairie Dock);
         Y.   Silphium trifolium (Whorled Rosinweed);
         Z.   Solidago rigida (Stiff Goldenrod);
         AA.   Andropogan gerardii (Big Blue Stem);
         BB.   Panicum virgatum (Switch Grass);
         CC.   Sorghastrum nutans (Indian Grass);
         DD.   Spartina pectinata (Prairie Cordgrass);
         EE.   Sporobolis heterolepis (Prairie Dropseed);
         FF.   Cichorium intybus (Chicory);
         GG.   Chrysanthemum leucanthemum (Ox-Eye Daisy);
         HH.   Lobelia siphilitica (Great Lobela);
         II.   Mertensia virginica (Mertensia);
         JJ.   Lobelia cardinalis (Cardinal Flower);
         KK.   Phytolacca americana (Pokeweed);
         LL.   Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace);
         MM.   Vernonia altissima (Ironweed);
         NN.   Eupatorium fistulosurn (Joe-Pye-Weed);
         OO.   Achillea millefolium (Yarrow);
         PP.   Geranium maculaturn (Wild Geranium);
         QQ.   Dianthus deltoides (Maiden Pink);
         RR.   Dianthus armeria (Deptford Pink);
         SS.   Tradescantia virginiana (Spiderwort);
         TT.   Sisyrinemium atlanticum (Blue-eyed Grass);
         UU.   Impatiens capensis (Jewelweed);
         VV.   Mitella diphylla (Miterwort);
         WW.   Thalictrum polygamum (Meadow-rue);
         XX.   Hesperis matronalis (Dames Rocket);
         YY.   Verbascurn thapsus (Common Mullen); and
         ZZ.   Phacelia purshii (Miami Mist).
      (4)   The Bulls Run Arboretum shall be the final arbiter regarding the identification of any plant in a planned landscape.
   (b)   The Director of Public Works may maintain public lands in a natural landscape in contravention of § 678.02 without complying with division (a) of this section.
(Ord. 2001-30, passed 3-20-2001)