§ 157.502  VISUAL SCREENS.
   Wherever the boundary of a commercial or industrial zoning district abuts a residential area, except where the commercial or industrial zoning district abuts a public street, a visual screen shall be provided within the yard setbacks of the commercial or industrial zoning district, meeting the following specifications.
   (A)   The visual screen shall be provided along the entire length of the commercial or industrial zoning district boundary that abuts any residential zoning district. The screen shall be at least eight feet high.
   (B)   (1)   The visual screen shall consist of decorative or ornamental fencing and/or decorative or ornamental trees and shrubs.  This visual screen may include a wall or a hedge.  It shall be designed and placed in a manner rendering the visual screen opaque within a period of two years after the screen is provided, and shall be maintained in a sightly condition at all times.  At the time of installation, a fence or wall shall be finished on both sides.
      (2)   There shall be a minimum ten foot landscaped strip adjacent to the visual screen with one tree planted for every 50 feet of length of the visual screen boundary.  Additional landscape material, grass and ground cover shall, also, be planted within the ten foot strip.
   (C)   The visual screen requirement may be waived by the Board of Adjustment provided that an alternate landscaping design is provided for a particular use in the commercial or industrial zoning district.
(2000 Code, § 66-877)  (Ord. 75-01, passed 7-14-1975; Ord. 2015-04, passed 6-30-2015)  Penalty, see § 157.999