The following planning guidelines are established to guide the planning, development and use of the land in a Planned Unit Development (PUD) District.
   (a)   Building arrangements shall encourage variety in arrangements of the bulk and shape of the buildings, open space and landscape features. The dwellings may be arranged in various groups, courts or clusters with open spaces related to the buildings so as to provide privacy and form a unified composition of buildings and open spaces. While flexibility in design is encouraged, the following design guidelines shall be incorporated in the final development plans:
      (1)   The adjoining properties shall be protected from loss of light and air because of the proximity or location of buildings. Buffering shall be planned and installed along the periphery of the District to screen nearby buildings and provide privacy to adjacent properties.
      (2)   Parking areas and spacing of garage doors shall be designed to lessen the impact and limit the concentration of blank walls, garage doors and large paved areas.
      (3)   Landscaped areas, screen walls, decorative fences, earthen mounds, hedges and other landscape features shall be used throughout the District to separate uses and buildings within the District from areas outside the District. Existing wooded areas shall be preserved where possible and existing trees which cannot be preserved shall be relocated on the site where feasible. (Ord. 2000-71. Passed 7-20-00.)
   (b)   The vehicular and pedestrian circulation system and parking facilities shall be designed to provide safe movement throughout the District. Parking areas shall be limited in size, enclosed and/or screened so as not to dominate the areas between buildings. Exterior lighting shall be in accordance with Section 1230.03 . Driveways and/or local streets shall be connected to major streets at limited locations where traffic can be controlled and operated efficiently with minimum interference to the capacity of existing streets. The Planning Commission and Council shall determine the number and location of street and drive connections to any existing street.
(Ord. 2018-122. Passed 2-7-19.)
   (c)   Developments shall be designed to utilize the natural contours of the land, economize in the construction of utilities, reduce the amount of grading, and to maximize the conservation of trees and topsoil. Utility service including gas, water, sewers, electric, cable and telephone, shall be installed underground in compliance with appropriate City ordinances.
   (d)   Retention basins, if required, shall be designed to be an integral part of the development and as an amenity to the residents. Depths of basins shall be shallow and side slopes of such basins shall be less than 3 to 1. The borders of retention basins shall have natural or curvilinear shapes and shall be planted with grass and trees so as to blend in with the landscape features of the development.
   (e)   In the planning of single family, cluster and townhouse developments, land should be provided for private outdoor use of the occupants at such locations as entrances or garden sides of the dwellings.
   (f)   The common land shall be readily accessible and of such shape and size to be usable for recreation, open space and landscaping. The integrity of the common open space shall be guaranteed from further division and/or use through deed restrictions or covenants. Common lands and required buffering shall be further maintained by the owner or through a homeowners association and/or condominium association.
      (Ord. 1999-66. Passed 6-3-99.)