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(a) Landscape Plan Required. Whenever any property is affected by these landscape requirements, the property owner or developer shall prepare a landscape plan for submittal to the Service Director or his designee for review. Where such plans are part of an application for rezoning, variance, special use or other matters which must be approved by the Planning Commission or the Board of Zoning Appeals, such plans shall be submitted to the Service Director or his designee for review fifteen days before the first meeting of the approving body, or along with the application if there are other required plans. All landscape plans shall be approved by the Service Director or his designee prior to issuance of a building permit. In reviewing a landscape plan, the Service Director or his designee may request the input of the City Engineer, other municipal officials or consultants to the City.
(b) Plan Content. The contents of the plan shall include the following:
(1) Plot plan, drawn to an easily readable scale (preferably no smaller than one inch equals twenty feet (1" = 20'), showing and labeling by name and dimensions, all existing and proposed property lines, easements, buildings and other structures, vehicular use areas and parking spaces, driveways, service areas and abutting streets and highways, existing elevations at trees to remain and any new proposed grade changes. Provide square footage area of building ground floor and area of any parking lots. Provide locations of structures on adjoining parcels if adjacent land uses are dissimilar. Show locations of all existing trees and proposed landscape material, including botanical name and common name, installation size, on center planting dimensions where applicable, and quantities for all plants used. Locate and identify all trees to be removed.
(2) Typical elevations and/or cross sections and planting details as may be required.
(3) Title block with the pertinent names and address, property owner, person drawing plan, scale, date and north arrow.
(4) Other information as may be required by the Service Director or his designee in order to assure compliance with the provisions of this chapter.
(c) Sketch Plan For Selected Cases. Any or all of the requirements of subsection (b) hereof may be waived by the Service Director if only the cases of subsections (c) through (g) hereof are involved. In such cases, a simple sketch plan, drawn to approximate scale by the applicant shall fulfill the requirements of the landscape plan contents.
(d) Certificate of Occupancy. A Certificate of Occupancy shall not be issued until the required landscaping is completed as certified by an onsite inspection by the Service Director or his designee, unless a performance bond, or irrevocable letter of credit from a banking institution, has been posted. If the required landscaping has not been completed and a temporary Certificate of Occupancy is issued, a performance bond or irrevocable letter of credit from a banking institution shall be posted at that time.
(e) Construction Permit. Permits required to initiate construction of new subdivisions shall not be issued until a performance bond for approved landscape work has been posted. An irrevocable letter of credit from a banking institution may be provided in lieu of a performance bond.
(f) Posting of Bond or Irrevocable Letter of Credit. After a bond or irrevocable letter of credit has been posted, the landscaping material required in the approved landscaping plan shall be installed within six months after the date of posting the bond or irrevocable letter of credit. A one month extension of the planting period may be granted by the Service Director or his designee upon a demonstration by the property owner or developer that such an extension is warranted because of adverse weather conditions or unavailability of required plant materials. No more than three such one month extensions may be granted. Foreclosure proceedings shall be brought against the performance bond or irrevocable letter of credit if the required landscaping plans have not been complied with by the end of the approved planting period.
(g) Planting Manual and Plant List. Applicants may refer to the Whitehall Planting Manual and Plant List, which is available at the offices of the Whitehall Service Department, for guidelines to be used in meeting the provisions of this chapter.
(h) Variance and Appeal. Any landscape plan submitted to, and disapproved by either the Service Director, his designee or the Planning Commission may be appealed according to the procedure provided for in Chapter 1128 of this Zoning Code, for appeal from decision of the Planning Commission.
(Ord. 120-94. Passed 1-17-95.)