Landscaping and Landscape Buffers Text Amendment

Landscaping and Landscape Buffers Text Amendment

The city is updating its landscaping regulations to better address the effects of climate change.  And, this is part of the implementation of the Urban Forest Action Plan.

The updated Landscaping and Landscape Buffers chapter will:

• Clarify, simplify, and reorganize the Landscaping chapter to be more user friendly.

• Improve accessibility of landscaping best practices for improved compliance and conservation.

• Enhance livability of the community by reducing the urban heat island effect, improving air quality and endurance of the urban forest by fostering tree health and preservation, and instilling the importance of community appearance as experienced from the public realm.

• Address the use of turf and artificial turf on private and public property.

• Specify responsibilities of property owners.

• Reduce unnecessary water consumption by requiring water wise and drought tolerant landscaping choices.

• Improve water quality by promoting low impact development strategies to reduce stormwater runoff.

• Allow all residents of the City to continue to be eligible for rebates for replacing turf with water wise landscaping.

• And, reflect potential changes to the State Code during the 2023 legislative session.

Here is the proposed ordinance.

This will be on the March 20 SHCC Luz meeting via Zoom at 6 p.m.  To receive the link, or make a comment about the proposal,

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    Judi Short