A.   Generally: Landscaping of all properties shall be installed and maintained in accordance with section 5-2-3 of this Code.
   B.   New Residential Subdivision, Semipublic, And All Income Producing Property Uses:
      1.   Single-family dwelling units shall provide a minimum of two (2) deciduous shade trees per lot.
      2.   All other uses shall be subject to mandatory landscape plan and specifications with a landscape plan required to be developed and installed with an emphasis upon the following areas:
         a.   The boundary or perimeter of the proposed site at points adjoining other property.
         b.   The immediate perimeter of the structure.
         c.   The perimeter of parking and loading areas.
      3.   All landscaping incorporated in said plan shall conform to the following standards and criteria:
         a.   Approved Plants Required: Plantings suitable for complying with this chapter shall be as approved by the Zoning Administrator.
         b.   Minimum Size: All plants must at least equal the following minimum size in conformance with American Nursery Association standards measured from the top of the ball or container to the top of the tree/shrub or bottom of the evergreen leader:
Potted/Bare Root
Or Balled And Burlapped
Potted/Bare Root
Or Balled And Burlapped
Evergreen trees (evergreen or deciduous)
3 feet to 4 feet high
Low shrubs:
24 inches to 30 inches
24 inches to 30 inches
Spreading evergreen
18 inches to 24 inches
Ornamental trees
11/2 inch diameter
Shade trees
2 inch diameter
Tall shrubs and hedge material (evergreen or deciduous)
3 feet to 4 feet high
         c.   Spacing:
            (1)   Plant material centers shall not be located closer than three feet (3') from the fence line or property line and shall not be planted to conflict with public plantings based on the judgment of the Zoning Administrator.
            (2)   Where plant materials are planted in two (2) or more rows, plantings shall be staggered in rows unless otherwise approved by the Zoning Administrator.
            (3)   Where massing of plants or screening is intended, large deciduous shrubs shall not be planted more than four feet (4') on center, and/or evergreen shrubs shall not be planted more than three feet (3') on center.
         d.   Design:
            (1)   The landscape plan must show some form of designed site amenities (i.e., composition of plant materials, and/or creative grading, decorative lighting, exterior sculpture, etc., which are largely intended for aesthetic purposes).
            (2)   All areas within the property lines (or beyond, if side grading extends beyond) shall be treated. All exterior areas not paved or designated as drives, parking or storage, must be planted into ornamental vegetation (lawns, ground covers or shrubs) unless otherwise approved by the Zoning Administrator.
            (3)   Turf slopes in excess of two to one (2:1) are prohibited unless approved by the Zoning Administrator.
            (4)   All ground areas under the building roof overhang must be treated with a decorative mulch and/or foundation planting.
            (5)   All buildings must have an exterior water spigot to ensure that landscape maintenance can be accomplished.
         e.   Landscape Guarantee: All new plants shall be guaranteed for one year from the time planting has been completed. All plants shall be alive and in satisfactory growth at the end of the guarantee period or be replaced by the property owner.
         f.   Tree Preservation: Prior to the issuance of building permits for all new and/or expanded multiple-family residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses, a tree preservation plan shall be submitted. The plan and its implementation shall be in accordance with the City's adopted tree preservation guidelines and requirements as outlined in the subdivision ordinance, as may be amended, and shall be subject to review and approval of the City Engineer and Zoning Administrator. The Zoning Administrator may exempt an applicant from the submission of a tree preservation plan upon demonstration that a tree preservation plan is not considered relevant to the site in question. (Prior Code § 20-19-2)