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Landscape Standards Revised
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Landscape standards are designed to:

(1) Improve the appearance and visual character of the community.

(2) Promote compatibility between all land uses by reducing the visual, noise, and lighting impacts of development on adjacent properties.

(3) Unify development, and enhance and define public and private spaces on a site.

(4) Reduce the visual impact of glare, headlights, and parking lot lights from the public right-of-way and from adjoining properties.

(5) Reduce the area of impervious surfaces.

(6) Reduce the level of carbon dioxide in areas of heavy vehicle use and return pure oxygen to the atmosphere.

(7) Encourage safe and efficient on-site circulation.

(8) Encourage the retention and use of existing vegetation.

(9) Provide shade as a means of mitigating heat and exposure in parking lots and other paved areas.

(10) Encourage efficient water use and conservation.

(Section 9.6200, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02.)