Automobile parking areas shall be landscaped as follows:
   (A)   A minimum ten-foot wide landscape strip shall be provided along the property lines parallel to any public or private street and alley (except within the approved exit and entrance ways) when the parking or circulation area abuts such street or alley.  Five percent of the off-street parking and access area, exclusive of any other required landscaped area abutting a street or alley, shall also be landscaped.
   (B)   For every ten parking spaces in single-loading parking bay row, at least one perpendicular or diagonal landscape planter shall be provided, having minimum dimensions of 9 feet by 20 feet measured from outside curb face to outside curb face, and containing two trees.  For every 20 parking spaces in double-loaded parking bays at least one landscape planter shall be provided, having minimum dimensions of 9 feet by 40 feet measured from outside curb face to outside curb face.  Configurations other than perpendicular or diagonal planters may be approved by the parks and facilities superintendent, planning director or planning commission.
   (C)   For commercial and industrial parking lots containing 20 or more spaces, peripheral landscaping shall be provided along any interior (side) property line not along a public right-of-way.  Peripheral landscaping shall:
      (1)   Have a five-foot wide landscape strip located between the parking area and the abutting property line;
      (2)   Have at least one tree planted for each 40 linear feet of property line;
      (3)   Be irrigated with an automatic irrigation system.
   (D)   Parking lot landscaping design shall:
      (1)   Have trees as the primary landscaping material;
      (2)   Have shrubs and ground cover to compliment trees;
      (3)   Effectively use earthen berms and existing topography as a component of the landscape plan;
      (4)   Be uniformly dispersed throughout the parking lot;
      (5)   If approved by the parks and facilities superintendent, use existing landscaping that meets the requirements of this article;
      (6)   Have all planting areas bounded by a concrete curb at least six inches high.  The finished grade of the planted area shall be at least three inches below the top of the planter curbing where curbing abuts a public right-of-way;
      (7)   Have all plant material within a 30-foot triangle at the intersection of two streets no more than three feet in height at maturity above curb level;
      (8)   Not propose landscape materials contiguous to curb cuts in a manner that will hamper the line of sight of drivers of vehicles entering or leaving parking lot areas;
      (9)   Have a low wall and/or landscape berm or hedge, an average of three feet high, capable of screening fronts of vehicles from public streets.
   (E)   Parking areas located adjacent to residentially zoned property shall have:
      (1)   A front yard parking setback for any parking area equal to at least one-half of that required for the adjacent residentially zoned property, but in no case less than ten feet;
      (2)   A wall or hedge at least three feet high along the required front setback line of the parking area.  A three-foot high earth berm may be placed in the landscaped area in lieu of a wall or hedge;
      (3)   A masonry wall, at least six feet high, erected on the property line abutting all residentially zoned parcels, except where property abuts a required front setback area for a residential structure in which case a three-foot high wall is required;
      (4)   A planter strip, at least five feet wide, along the wall abutting all residentially zoned parcels.
(`64 Code, Sec. 36-7.1.23)  (Ord. No. 2021)