In 2007, the Urban Forester (then titled Landscape Administrator) collaborated with other City staff to consolidate landscape requirements found throughout multiple sections of the Unified Development Code into a single ordinance (Landscape Requirements Code Chapter 177).
The intention of consolidating requirements into a single ordinance focused on landscape requirements was to help meet the needs of those applying for development review. The ordinance aimed to meet the following goals: a greener, more attractive city with reduced heat, noise and air pollution and increased property values.
The City of Fayetteville requires developers to include landscaping in their building plans to beautify property, provide shade, and screen the perimeters of parking lots, utilities, incompatible uses and vehicular use areas.
Landscape requirements are necessary for the following types of construction projects:
Subdivisions and large scale developments
Building permits for non-residential construction and construction of multiple family residential buildings composed of three or more dwelling units
Parking lots with five or more spaces
Residences (of two living units or less), repairs necessary from damage, and accessory structures such as garages and fences are exempt from the Landscape Ordinance.
The review process evaluates the proposed landscaping design requirements, existing vegetation and proposed development impacts on site. The Urban Forester then makes sure that all standards and requirements are met.
Details and Standards
Landscape details and planting standards can be found in the City of Fayetteville’s “Landscape Manual.”