Unified Development Ordinance, 4th supplement, September 2017

Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 23 Effective Date: September 01, 2013 Supp. No. 4 Article 7.2. ​​Landscaping and Screening | CHAPTER 7. ​GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.2.7. ​Design and Installation 5. Shrubs a. Parking Area In a parking area, all shrubs planted to meet the landscaping requirements shall be of a species that under typical conditions can be expected to reach a height and spread of 3 feet within three years of planting. All shrubs shall be a minimum of 18 inches tall when planted. b. Protective Yard i. In a protective yard, all shrubs planted to meet the landscaping requirements shall be evergreen and be of a species that under typical conditions can be expected to reach a height and spread of three feet within 3 years of planting. All shrubs shall be a minimum of 18 inches tall when planted. ii. Shrubs planted in a Type C2 street protective yard shall be of species that under typical conditions can be expected to reach a height and spread of 5 feet within three years of planting. All shrubs shall be a minimum of three feet tall when planted. iii. In a street protective yard, shrub planting must form at least 1 continuous row of shrubs spaced five feet on center across the entire protective yard except for driveways. iv. Shrubs cannot be planted within the critical root zone of any tree. v. Where a protective yard is also a tree conservation area, shrubs must be planted adjacent to and outside the tree conservation area. 6. Planting in Easements No required landscaping or screening shall be planted inside utility and drainage easements, excluding overhead easements, without the consent of the City and the easement holder. D. Maintenance of Landscaping 1. Responsibility The owner or tenant is responsible for maintaining all required landscaping in good health. Any dead, unhealthy or missing landscaping must be replaced with landscaping that conforms to this UDO within 30 days (or within 180 days where weather concerns would jeopardize the health of plant materials). In the event that required landscape is severely damaged due to an unusual weather occurrence or other act of nature, the owner or tenant may have 2 years to replace the required landscaping. 2. Soil Erosion All planting areas must be stabilized from soil erosion immediately upon planting and must be maintained for the duration of the use. 3. Pruning and Trimming a. All required landscaping shall be allowed to reach its required size and shall be maintained at that required size. b. Except for trimming and pruning done in strict accordance with the terms, conditions and provisions of a permit issued by the City Forestry Specialist or pruning and trimming done under an issued permit in strict accordance with the line clearance policies and standards governing such activities established pursuant to Part 9, chapter 8, required landscaping shall not be cut or excessively trimmed or otherwise damaged so that their natural form is impaired. c. A violation of this section shall subject the violator to a civil penalty of a minimum of $1,000 for the first tree plus $100 per caliper inch of any other tree unlawfully pruned damaged or excessively trimmed. d. This civil penalty shall be processed as set forth in Sec. 10.4.2. In addition to this civil penalty, if more than 50% of the crown of a tree is removed within a continuous five-year period or more than 40% of the critical root zone of the tree is subjected to tree disturbing activity or if more than one-third of the circumference of the tree is exposed by pruning cuts, the owner of real property, where a violation has occurred, shall replace each unlawfully pruned or other mechanically wounded, damaged, excessively trimmed or removed tree with a tree or trees of equal diameter. e. Any replacement tree shall have a minimum caliper of three inches and be at least 10 feet tall at time of planting. Any replacement tree not planted in the original location shall be planted in a planting area of at least 200 square feet in area with minimum dimension of 10 feet. f. If the property of which the violation has occurred fails to contain sufficient land area to replant the required replacement trees and replacement trees cannot be planted on adjoining street right-of-way,

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