Unified Development Ordinance, 5th supplement, March 2018
Part 10A: Unified Development Ordinance City of Raleigh, North Carolina 7 – 23 Effective Date: March 6, 2018 Supp. No. 5 Article 7.2. Landscaping and Screening | CHAPTER 7. GENERAL DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS Sec. 7.2.7. Design and Installation b. Single-stem understory trees planted to meet the landscaping requirements must have a minimum caliper of 1½ inches and be at least 6 feet tall at time of planting. c. Multi-stem understory trees planted to meet the landscaping requirements must be at least 6 feet tall at time of planting. 4. Additional Requirements for Trees in a Protective Yard a. In a protective yard, 50% of required trees shall be locally-adaptive evergreen species, except where an approved GSI practice is within a protective yard. b. Trees shall be distributed so that there are no horizontal gaps between trees greater than 30 feet, measured along the property line. 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. vi. To accommodate multi-functional GSI practices as part of an approved stormwater management plan, the number of shrubs may be reduced in ProtectiveYards by 10%, non-evergreen species may be used in lieu of up to 35% of evergreen shrubs, and all shrubs may be 24 inches when planted. 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.