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2001 Minutes & Agendas: Minutes - October 10, 2001 (Workshop)

Wednesday, October 10, 2001, 6:00 p.m.

Minutes of a Planning Commission Workshop held at Centerville City Hall, 250 North Main Street, Centerville, Utah, was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Acting Chairman Brian Hulse.


Ken Averett
Steven Bateman (arrived at 6:30 p.m.)
Brian Hulse
Grant Talbot
Paula Tew
Scott Vaterlaus


Bruce Powell


Paul Allred, Community Development Director
Kathleen Streadbeck, Recording Secretary


Gary Smith
Brian Gold, Council Member

DISCUSSION - LANDSCAPING ORDINANCE - Proposed changes to the Landscape Ordinance for commercial development.

Council member Brian Gold read through the following list of recommended revisions for the Landscape Ordinance. These revisions are intended to simplify and improve the quality of the ordinance.

1. Increase the amount of landscaping required from 10 percent to 15 percent on the east side of I-15 for commercial properties. Increase open space from 30 percent to 40 percent for PUD’s or condo projects.

2. Keeping trees generally away from the park strips and at least 20 feet from the right-of-way.

3. Encourage xeriscaping in the Business Park area and give a credit for those who implement such a system. Xeriscaping must be designed by a licensed professional who can demonstrate experience in xeriscaping.

4. Move to a simpler tree size requirement of 2-inches instead of differing sizes.

5. Require the use of rain sensors on all systems.

6. Simplify the way we consider buffer versus interior versus boundary landscaping.

7. Make the ordinance easier to read and understand by simplifying the standards such as calling out for one tree per 500 square feet, for example.

8. Include language to encourage or require the justification of where landscaping is placed on the site for solar orientation, drainage, shade, etc.

9. Developer should be required to provide the City with a specific plant list.

10. Allow for variances from the ordinance, but in the case of PUD’s etc., the minimum allowed should be no less than 30 percent.

11. Encourage or require property owners to regularly check their sprinkler systems for proper maintenance so that watering of streets and other hard surfaces is avoided.

12. Require the use of automatic irrigation systems.

13. Within the Code, list the types of trees that should not be planted in the city.

14. Have developers/landscapers accurately show the canopy size, at maturity, of trees by tree type and list the number of plants and how they comply with the ordinance.

15. Require the use of trees in large parking areas. Perhaps come up with a ratio of trees to stalls for each site.

16. Reduce the area of hard surfacing in commercial areas to reduce heat, runoff, etc.

17. Require that all trees on a given site must be at least 2-inch caliper measured at 12 inches from the base instead of the old system of 3, 2, 1.5 based upon percentages.

18. Allow for some substitution of trees with shrubs, but change the size of the shrubs to a minimum #5 container with an 18-24 inch spread.

Mr. Gold clarified that this landscape ordinance will only affect commercial properties, but that he would like to see some type of education by way of the City Newsletter to inform residents regarding, appropriate tree types that can be planted in the city, maintenance of park strips, and proper watering schedules and sprinkler system maintenance. He stated most of these revisions are minor and will not cause significant cost or time to developers.

Commission members asked how these items can be checked for compliance.

Mr. Allred stated that at the time the City inspects the landscaping on developments, they check the caliper of the trees planted and could also have the developer run the sprinkler system through all cycles to verify there is no watering on hard surfaces. He stated that this is also a way to protect the property owner from landscaping contractors who may not be following the landscape plan exactly. He also stated he would like to see more public education and will have staff work on educating residents as requested by Mr. Gold above.

Overall, Commission members agreed with the above changes and asked Mr. Allred to put together a draft for them to review and approve. They requested this be done by the first Planning Commission meeting in November.

The workshop adjourned at 6:55p.m.


Brian Hulse, Acting Chairman
Kathleen Streadbeck, Recording Secretary

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