2001 Minutes & Agendas: Minutes - October 10, 2001 (Workshop)
PLANNING COMMISSION MINUTES OF WORK SESSION
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.
Steven Bateman (arrived at 6:30 p.m.)
Paul Allred, Community Development Director
Kathleen Streadbeck, Recording Secretary
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
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,
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
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
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