The intent of the green belt is to provide a consistent buffer along vehicular corridors.  A green belt shall be planted within or adjacent to the right of way of any public street.  If planting in the right of way is not permitted by the road agency with jurisdiction in the right-of-way, or is not acceptable to a utility company, the green belt plantings shall be planted within the required setback.  The City Commission may allow such planting to be placed anywhere within the front yard if there is no front yard parking.  The green belt shall meet the following standards.
   (A)   The green belt shall include only living materials and planting beds, except for approved sidewalks, signs, driveways and essential services.
   (B)   Green belts within multi-family and industrial districts shall include one deciduous canopy tree per 30 linear feet of the frontage including any openings for driveways, sidewalks, or easements.
   (C)   Greenbelt trees should be arranged to simulate  a natural setting such as massing or staggered rows, except where a more formal arrangement is determined to be more consistent with the existing character of the city.
   (D)   Landscaping materials arrangement shall insure adequate site visibility for motorists, adequate clearance for pedestrians and vehicles and accessibility to fire hydrants.  Refer to the visibility controls section in §§ 155.180 through 155.197.
   (E)   Green belts shall be a minimum of eight foot wide.  Trees shall not be planted closer than four  feet from pavement, curb or other structures.
(Ord. 616, passed 9-23-2013)