What are the Landscaping Requirements in Oklahoma City?

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Landscape requirements

    1. Planting Requirements/Point System.
      1. The developer may use any combination of plantings to obtain the necessary number of Site Points and/or Parking Lot Points required for the development. Different lots and landscapes will lend themselves to different types of plantings. These regulations attempt to encourage creativity and diversity in landscaping.
      2. Different types of plantings are worth different point values.
        TABLE 11250.1: POINT VALUES FOR VARIOUS PLANTINGS
        Type of Plant Material Minimum Size (at time of planting) Point Value
        Deciduous Trees Evergreen Trees
        Large Tree 8-inch or greater caliper 22 ft. and over 26
        7-inch caliper 19—21 ft. height 24
        6-inch caliper 16—18 ft. height 22
        5-inch caliper 13—15 ft. height 20
        4-inch caliper 11—12 ft. height 18
        3-inch caliper 9—10 ft. height 15
        Medium Tree 2-inch caliper 7—8 ft. height 12
        Small Tree Single Trunk: 1-inch caliper 5—6 ft. height 9
        Ornamental Tree Multiple Trunk (minimum 3 trunks): Smallest trunk 1-inch caliper 5—6 ft. height 9
        Large Shrub/Perennial 5 gallon and 24-inch height at planting 3
        Medium Shrub/Perennial 3 gallon and 12-inch height at planting 2
        Small Shrub/Perennial 2 gallon and 8-inch height at planting 1
        Groundcover/Perennial 1 gallon 4-inch pots 1/2 1/4
        Existing Significant Tree 6-inch caliper (§ 59-11400 (Existing Tree Credits)) 22 to 50
        Landscaped Berm 30-inch height; 10-foot length, 3:1 slope 1 per 5 l.f.
        Turf Grass N/A ¼ per s.y.
    2. Landscaping Requirements for Single-Family Residential, Duplex, and Mobile Home Residential Use Units in the Following Districts: R-1, R-1ZL, R-MH-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4, R-4M, HP, NC, SPUD, and PUD.
      1. All required perimeter yards shall be landscaped. The landscaping of these yards shall, at a minimum, consist of a combination of living vegetation, such as trees, shrubs, grasses or groundcover materials, planted or transplanted and maintained, or preserved as existing natural vegetation areas (e.g. woods or thickets).
      2. Within the perimeter yards, there shall be at least one medium tree planted and/or maintained for every 75 feet, or fraction thereof, of frontage with a minimum of one tree per lot.
    3. All Other Residential (excluding Single-Family, Duplex, and Mobile Home), Horticultural, Office, Civic, (excluding Use Unit Heavy Public Protection and Utility (8250.9)) and Commercial Use Units in the Following Districts: R-1, R-1ZL, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4, R-4M, O-1, O-2, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-HC, I-1, I-2, I-3, HP, NC, SPUD, and PUD.
      1. All required front, side and rear yards shall be landscaped, except walkways, parking, pertinent equipment, drainage utilities and other accessory structures permitted by this chapter. The landscaping of these yards shall consist of a combination of living vegetation, such as trees, shrubs, grasses or groundcover materials, planted and maintained, or preserved as existing natural vegetation areas (e.g. woods or thickets).
      2. All trees and shrubs shall be planted and maintained in accordance with the standards of the American Association of Nurserymen (a copy of which is on file in the Planning Department). All newly planted treesand shrubs shall be mulched and maintained to give a clean and weed-free appearance.
      3. Landscaping within any Developed Area must equal or exceed a minimum number of points in order to obtain approval. Site Points are determined by the size of the Developed Area, and Parking Lot Points are determined by the number of parking spaces.
        1. Number of points required for Developed Area exceeding 500 square feet:
          1. Site Points: One point for each 200 square feet of Developed Area with a minimum of 25 points.
          2. Parking Lot Points: Two points for each required parking space and one point for each additional parking space.
        2. When only a portion of a large tract is developed (e.g. one acre of a ten acre tract), only the Developed Area shall be considered when determining the number of points required.
        3. Example of Retail Development.
          DESCRIPTION OF PROPERTY Developed Area = 20,000 square feet Required Parking Spaces = 20 …..Proposed Parking Spaces = 30
          REQUIREMENTS Site Points: One point of landscaping for each 200 square feet of Developed Area.
          Parking Lot Points: Two points of landscaping for each required parking space and one point for each additional parking space
          CALCULATION OF POINTS Site Points  (20,000° by 200) …..100…..
          Parking Lot Points Required parking spaces (20 x 2 = 40) plus Additional parking spaces (10 x 1 = 10) …..50
          Total Points Required (100 Site Points + 50 Parking Lot Points) …..150
      4. A minimum of 60 percent of Site Points shall be used for landscaping in front and side yards.
      5. A minimum of 25 percent of required points shall be used for evergreen plantings.
      6. A maximum of 25 percent of required points may be used for turf grass. Turf located within the street right-of-way is excluded.
      7. A maximum of 15 percent of required Site Points may be used for Perennial plantings.
      8. Any addition to existing building(s) or alterations to an existing site with a Developed Area exceeding 500 square feet shall require one point of landscaping for every 200 square feet of developed area, with a minimum of ten points plus two points of landscaping for every parking space constructed for the building addition.
      9. Any freestanding accessory sign shall be landscaped in accordance with Section 3-83(h) of Chapter 3 of the Oklahoma City Municipal Code.
    4. Required Landscaping for Industrial Use Units, and Transportation Facilities: Surface Goods (both Restricted and General) Use Units in the C-2, C-3, C-4, C-HC, I-1, I-2, I-3, SPUD, and PUD Zoning Districts, and Civic Use Unit: Heavy Public Protection and Utility (8250.9).
      1. For each required parking space, three points shall be used to plant Parking Lot Plantings.
        1. If the parking lot is located in the rear of the building, up to 50 percent of the parking lot points may be used along public frontage or around the building.
      2. For development abutting a street designated as a highway or expressway, as defined by the Functional Classification Plan, at least one medium tree shall be planted within 20 feet of the right-of-way for each 20 linear feet, or fraction thereof, of that portion of the developed area abutting the right-of-way.
      3. For development abutting a street other than a highway or expressway, landscaping shall be provided according to the following:
        1. For each 40 linear feet, or fraction thereof, of that portion of the developed area abutting a street right-of-way, at least one medium tree shall be planted on the developed area. The tree shall be planted within 20 feet of the right-of-way.
      4. A minimum of 25 percent of required points for Parking Lot Plantings shall be used for evergreen plant material.
      5. Any addition to an existing building(s) or construction with a Developed Area exceeding 500 square feet shall be required to provide three points of Parking Lot Plantings for each newly constructed required parking space and shall be required to plant frontage trees within 20 feet of the right-of-way as follows:
        1. If construction is adjacent to a street designated as a highway or expressway, at least one medium tree shall be planted for each 20 linear feet, or fraction thereof, that portion of the development abutting the right-of-way.
        2. If construction is adjacent to a street other than a highway or expressway, at least one medium tree shall be planted for each 40 linear feet, or fraction thereof, that portion of the development abutting the right-of-way.
      6. Any freestanding accessory sign shall be landscaped in accordance with Section 3-83(h) of Chapter 3 of the Oklahoma City Municipal Code.
    5. Automotive Parking Lot Landscape Requirements for All Other Residential (excluding Single-Family, Duplex, and Mobile Home), Office, Civic, Commercial Use Units and the Horticultural Use Unit in the Following Districts: R-1, R-1ZL, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4, R-4M, NC, O-1, O-2, C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, I-1, I-2, I-3, HP, NBD, NC, SYD, SPUD, PUD, BC, C-CBD, DBD, DTD-1, DTD-2 and C-HC. The purpose of Parking Lot Islands and/or Parking Lot Peninsulas is to help reduce glare and heat buildup, promote interior islands for pedestrian safety and traffic separation, visually break up large expanses of pavement, and reduce surface runoff. All non-covered, street-level parking facilities established and governed by this chapter shall be landscaped in accordance with the following requirements:
      1. In addition to the number of Site Points, if required, two additional points shall be used to install Parking Lot Plantings for each parking space provided. Parking Lot Plantings shall be located:
        1. Within the Parking Lot Perimeter where parking lots are located adjacent to the public right of way, as follows:
          1. Evergreen shrubs reaching a mature height of at least three feet and spaced a maximum of five feet on center, and/or
          2. Trees planted between 15 and 35 feet on center. Selection of species and recommended spacings shall be directed by the document “Trees and Plants for Oklahoma City,” as referenced in § 59-11150.P.
        2. Within internal landscaped areas disbursed throughout the parking lot by:
          1. Interior Parking Lot Island or Peninsula, and/or
          2. Continuous landscaped strip a minimum of five feet in width.
            1. Where a continuous landscaped strip is installed along any internal pedestrian access way, the landscaped strip may be divided on both sides of the access way, as long as the combined width maintains a minimum of five feet.
      2. Each Parking Lot Island and Peninsula shall be a minimum of 100 square feet of planting area with a minimum average width of five feet from inside curb to inside curb.
      3. Internal landscaped areas in parking lots, such as Parking Lot Islands, Peninsulas, and landscaped strips between rows of parking, are encouraged to be designed with Low Impact Development techniques and utilized for stormwater management.
      4. A minimum of 25 percent of points used for Parking Lot Plantings shall be evergreen.
      5. The distance between any parking space and a medium shade tree shall be no more than 75 feet. Selection of species and recommended spacings shall be directed by the document “Trees and Plants for Oklahoma City,” as referenced in § 59-11150.P.
      6. Required Parking Lot Plantings shall be in-ground and not placed upon a paved surface.
      7. All internal landscaped areas shall be protected with concrete curbs, parking stops, or equivalent barriers.
      8. Each tree shall be planted a minimum of two and one-half feet away from the outside of any permanent barrier of a Landscaped Area or edge of the parking area. Trees shall be planted where trunks will not be damaged by car doors and bumpers.
      9. Groundcover or grasses shall be planted to cover each Parking Lot Planting area within three years from the date of issuance of the Certificate of Occupancy. All groundcover shall have a mature height of not more than 24 inches. Loose rock, gravel, decorative rock or stone, or mulch shall not exceed 20 percent of the parking lot planting area.
      10. Plantings applied to satisfy Parking Lot Planting requirements shall be in addition to any required front, side and rear yard buffer requirements.
      11. Stand-alone parking lots shall require three points of landscaping to be used for Parking Lot Plantings for each parking space installed, and shall be exempt from Site Points for the Developed Area.
      12. Any construction within, expansion or reconstruction in excess of 500 square feet of existing parking facilities shall be required to come into compliance with landscape requirements as follows:
        1. One point of landscaping for every 200 square feet of proposed developed area of the parking facility, with a minimum of ten points.
        2. One point of landscaping to be used for Parking Lot Plantings for every additional parking space provided.
      13. Exceptions to Automotive Parking Lot Landscaping Requirements. The requirements of this subsection shall not apply to:
        1. Parking garages or parking decks.
        2. Model Home Accessory Parking Lots (8200.9)
        3. Display areas for uses in the following use units:
          1. Automotive and Equipment: Automobile Dealerships and Malls (59-8300.18)
          2. Automotive and Equipment: Sales and Rentals, Farm and Heavy Equipment (59-8300.19)
          3. Automotive and Equipment: Sales and Rentals, Manufactured (Mobile) Homes and Recreational Vehicles (59-8300.20)
        4. Existing parking lots legally established prior to the adoption of these regulations; until such time as any construction, expansion or reconstruction of the parking lot occurs.
    6. Sight-Proof Screening and Security Fences.
      1. A security fence in the front yard, not to exceed a height of eight feet, may be erected when permitted in industrial zoned districts, an industrial SPUD and/or PUD. Such security fences may be topped with strands of barbed wire when the height of the barbed wire is over six feet from grade.
      2. All industrial uses located within an industrial zoned district, SPUD or PUD separated by a local residential street from any residential district or use shall erect a sight-proof fence along the frontage within the required front yard setback, providing all outdoor work, sales, display, and/or storage in the required front yard is located behind the fence.
      3. Where permitted, sight-proof screening or fencing may be erected, provided that required sight triangles are maintained at access points and street intersections.
      4. A five-foot wide landscape buffer shall be required on the outside of any sight-proof screening or security fences along street frontages:
        1. For any multi-family, office or commercial use where the fence is located along the front property line and/or side property line(s) abutting a street.
        2. For any industrial use, SPUD or PUD in an industrial zoning district when such screening or fencing is located across any street from residential, office or commercial zoned districts.
        3. For any property within an industrial zoned district, SPUD or PUD that is separated from a residential district or use by any street where there is any outdoor work, sales, display and/or storage areas in the required front yard.
    7. Residential Buffers and Screening. The purpose of residential buffers and screening is to create a smooth transition between residential and non-residential areas by providing an attractive physical buffer between these uses. Such buffering and screening minimizes the potential for disruptive light, noise, odor, dust and unsightly appearances, and intrusive activity relative to the residential environment. Landscape buffering and screening shall be designed to create compatible relationships of scale and appearance with neighboring features.
      1. Screening shall be required in individual zoning districts as follows:
        1. R-3M Medium Density Multifamily Residential District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-MH-1, or HP District
        2. R-4M Medium High Density Multifamily Residential District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-MH-1, or HP District
        3. R-4 General Residential District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-4M, R-MH-1, or HP District
        4. R-MH-2 Mobile Home Park District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, or HP District
        5. O-1 Limited Office District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        6. O-2 General Office District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        7. RC Rural Commercial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        8. NB Neighborhood Business District
          Property abutting an R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        9. C-1 Neighborhood Commercial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        10. C-2 Shopping Center District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        11. C-3 Community Commercial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        12. C-4 General Business District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        13. C-CBDF Central Business District Fringe District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4, R-4M, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        14. C-HC Highway Commercial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        15. I-1 Light Industrial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-1ZL, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, HP District, or PUD or SPUD Districts which permit the uses allowed in the aforementioned districts
        16. TP Technology Park District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        17. I-2 Moderate Industrial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District
        18. I-3 Heavy Industrial District
          Property abutting an AA, RA2, RA, R-1, R-2, R-3, R-3M, R-4M, R-4, R-MH-1, R-MH-2, or HP District

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