(A)   Applicability. The general site landscaping standards of this section apply when any of the following occurs:
      (1)   When new development occurs that will result in more than 25,000 square feet of impervious surface coverage; or
      (2)   When 25,000 square feet or more additional impervious surface coverage is added to an existing development site.
   (B)   Standards.
      (1)   General site landscaping must be provided on at least 15% of the total developed area of a lot. If less than 15% of the developed area of the lot is available for landscaping, the applicant must provide general site landscaping on the entire developed area of the lot that is available for landscaping. For the purpose of this provision, "developed area" is that portion of a property that is disturbed for development purposes including areas covered by buildings, impervious surfaces and other areas graded or excavated to support the development.
      (2)    Landscaping must be provided throughout the required general site landscape area. Such landscaping may consist of trees, shrubs, vines, flowers, groundcover and other landscape materials or landforms provided for environmental or aesthetic effect.
      (3)   At least one tree and four shrubs must be provided per 1,000 square feet of required general site landscaping area. Groundcover plants may be substituted for required shrubs at a ratio of three groundcover plants per each required shrub.
      (4)   Landscape areas and plant material provided to meet the road frontage landscaping requirements of § 155-12.40, the perimeter vehicular use area landscaping requirements of § 155-12.50, the interior vehicular use area landscaping requirements of § 155-12.60, the land use buffer requirements of § 155-12.70 and the screening requirements of § 155-12.80 count toward satisfying the general site landscaping requirements of this section.
   (C)   Materials, design and maintenance. General site landscape areas are subject to the regulations of § 155-12.90.
(Ord. effective 10-1-2012; Ord. 18-1, passed 1-18-2018)