Landscaping

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:02 PM

Division 23-3D-3: Landscape

How will all of these requirements be enforced?

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:27 PM

Provides visual buffering that safeguards and enhances property values

Does the city want to tout this idea in the context the of mass displacement and gentrification occurring due to rising property values in Austin?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:29 PM

The development restores a building designated as a historic landmark

Why does landscaping not apply to historic structures?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:36 PM

Requirements.

Add: Encourage native plants and less water intensive landscaping.

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:34 PM

This section establishes the landscaping requirements between the front building facade and the adjacent public right-of-way. Figure 23-3D-3040(1)(Front Yard Planting) illustrate this section’s requirements.

Landscaping requirements are exclusionary and cater to traditional ideas of American neighborhoods. This places a financial burden on some families and is unsustainable in our current climate crisis, especially the drought occurring in Central Texas.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:40 PM

Surface parking lots shall include parking tree islands.

Trees are expensive, will there be programs to help small scale builders pay for the required trees?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:38 PM

The plants required by this section shall comply with the tree diversity standards in Table 23-3D-3170(B) (Diversity Standards).

encourage native plantings


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:42 PM

Optional.

When do these optional requirements apply?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:05 PM

An intermittent visual obstruction buffer is a compatibility buffer, is at least 20 feet in height, and creates the appearance of spatial separation but does not eliminate the visual contact between properties.

Where will this buffer be used? Which zones? Which land uses?

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:00 PM

At least 50 percent of the shrubs in the buffer must be evergreen species.

Stress the use of native species


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:04 PM

A semi-opaque buffer is a compatibility buffer, is at least six feet in height, and creates the appearance of spatial separation but does not eliminate visual contact between properties.

Where will this buffer be used? Which zones? Which land uses?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:03 PM

An opaque buffer is a compatibility buffer, is at least 20 feet in height, prevents visual contact between uses, and creates the appearance of total separation.

Where will this type of buffer be used? What zones? What land uses?


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:09 PM

23-3D-3110 Visual Screening

Consider moving this section before section 23-3D-3090, it will help clarify what requires a buffer.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:11 PM

Functional Green Landscape is a two-tiered approach to fulfilling the purpose of the landscape code. The first tier requires landscape elements to be placed in specified areas of a site, thus protecting private and public investment, providing visual buffering, limiting overcrowding, and enhancing property values. The second tier is a scoring system that measures the ecosystem service value created by landscape; it is intended to improve ecological balance, replenish native vegetation, and enhance public health, safety, and welfare.

Consider switching tier 2 with tier 1. Social issues and benefits should come before economic issues and benefits. The city works for the people, not economics.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:20 PM

(D) Functional Green Score.

Move to beginning of section, will make understanding the requirements for Functional Green Landscape clear and help the readability of the code.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:22 PM

Definition: Low spreading vegetation less than 12 inches in height.

Expand to include gravel, rock, and sand to encourage less water intensive landscaping.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:58 PM

23-3D-3170 Planting and Soil Standards

Consider moving this section to the beginning of “Division 23-3D-3: Landscape”, it will help the reader understand what is recommended and acceptable. Especially in reference to prioritizing native plant species.

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:51 PM

Table 23-3D-3170 (B) Diversity Standards

Consider moving to earlier in landscaping section as this table is mentioned throughout the whole section.

Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:27 PM

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Combine to avoid repetition.


Posted by ewise23 Oct 05th 10:17 PM

Environmental Criteria Manual

This is written elsewhere as ECM, for consistency introduce as “Environmental Criteria Manual” then use ECM in all other situations.