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19.16.040. Transitional landscaping and fencing

            (1)        Transitional landscaping and fencing shall be provided in accordance with the Landscape/Fencing Matrix included in this Chapter.

            (2)        The landscaping/fencing shall be provided within the zoning district and on the lot of use listed on the left column of the Matrix where it is adjacent to land used or zoned for uses indicated across the top of the Matrix.

            (3)        In those situations where a structure or lot contains uses included in more than one (1) use category, the most stringent requirement of the Matrix shall apply; however, the most stringent requirement may be eliminated for the less stringent requirement if the uses can be arranged to alleviate the need for the most stringent requirement to the satisfaction of the Planning Commission.

            (4)        In situations where the use is not listed on the Matrix, the Planning Director, using the Matrix as a guide, shall determine a category for the use.

            (5)        All transitional landscaping and fencing shall be installed with the first phase of construction.

            (6)        Trees and shrubs with a low to moderate irrigation need are encouraged, as well as low maintenance landscaping.

            (7)        Deciduous trees shall have a two inch (2") caliper trunk measured at a height of forty-eight inches (48") and coniferous trees shall be balled and burlapped and a minimum of forty-eight inches (48") in height.  All heights to be measured from the finished landscape surface.

            (8)        Landscape transitional buffer:  Landscape buffer shall be divided into three (3) categories as identified on the matrix:

                        (a)        "Landscape Buffer 1" shall consist of an unbroken strip of open space, ten feet (10') wide and planted with the following:

                        One (1) large evergreen tree (or deciduous, dense-canopied trees with the approval of the Planning Director) every twenty (20) linear feet with a maximum mature height of twenty-five feet (25').  Other shrubbery and plantings shall also be included in this buffer area.

                        (b)        "Landscape Buffer 2" shall consist of an unbroken strip of open space, twenty feet (20') wide and planted with the following:

                         One (1) large evergreen tree (or deciduous, dense-canopied trees with the approval of the Planning Director) every twenty-five (25) linear feet with a maximum mature height of thirty to fifty feet (30' – 50').  Other shrubbery and plantings shall also be included in this buffer area.

                        (c)        "Landscape Buffer 3" shall consist of an unbroken strip of open space, thirty feet (30') wide and planted with the following:

                         One (1) large evergreen tree (or deciduous, dense-canopied trees with the approval of the Planning Director) every twenty-five (25) linear feet with a maximum mature height of thirty to fifty feet (30' – 50').  Other shrubbery and plantings shall also be included in this buffer area.

                        (d)        "Landscape Buffer 4" shall consist of an unbroken strip of open space, sixty feet (60') wide and planted with the following:

                        One (1) large evergreen tree (or deciduous, dense-canopied trees with the approval of the Planning Director) every twenty-five (25) linear feet with a maximum mature height of thirty to fifty feet (30' – 50').  Other shrubbery and plantings shall also be included in this buffer area.

            (9)        Fencing requirements:

                        (a)        Fencing shall be generally located between the required landscape buffer and the adjacent property.

                        (b)        There shall be different fencing requirements as identified in the Matrix.  All fence heights as required in the Matrix shall be measured on the side of the fence with the highest finished grade, including proposed finished grades with new development.

                        (c)        In certain unusual circumstances of topography, or to alleviate certain specific problems, i.e., the blocking of glare, muting of noise, etc., the Planning Commission may require the use of an earth berm or more specialized fence material or fence height in lieu of, or in combination with, any of the fence types set forth in the Matrix.

                        (d)        Where options are presented in the Matrix for a type of fence, the options shall be available to the developer unless otherwise qualified.

            (10)      All fencing and landscaping shall be in compliance with that Section of the ordinance which defines "clear view."

            (11)      Any wall or fence that is required by the Planning Commission or City Staff shall be installed according to the manufacturer's specifications or in accordance with best engineering practices.  Any masonry wall that is required over four feet (4') in height shall be certified as structurally sound by an engineer licensed to practice in the State of Utah.  All required chain link fences shall be constructed according to the following minimum standards:  eleven (11) gauge wire mesh; two inch (2") line posts; three and one-half inch (3½")terminal and corner posts; all posts to be spaced at not more than ten feet (10'); all posts shall be placed in a concrete footing to a depth of not less than eighteen inches (18"); a top rail or tension wire; tension bars at corner and terminal posts; all parts are to be of galvanized steel.  The minimum standards for the posts and the mesh may be required to be increased if slatting is also required.


Ord. No.97-35, Recodified, 6/19/1997
Ord. No. 97-19, Enacted, 4/17/1997
Ord. No. 04-69, Recodified, 12/16/2004

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