a natural screening and buffer exist prior to development of properties in question, every effort shall be made to retain such conditions. In such cases additional screening may not be required, provided that the provision is made for maintenance of such condition to the satisfaction of the legislative body.
2. Whenever screening is required, it shall be provided as follows:
(a) All trees shall be a minimum of ten (10) feet in height when planted, however, smaller trees (a minimum of five (5) feet in height) may be utilized in combination with berms (e.g., earthen mounds) to provide the minimum ten (10) foot height requirements; berms must be covered with suitable vegetation, such as grass, ivy, and shrubs, to preclude erosion of the berm;
(b) Trees which are intended to provide screening to separate multi-family development from single family, shall not be planted further than fifteen (15) feet apart; parking facilities which are located adjacent to the single-family areas shall be additionally screened to a minimum height of three (3) feet (via earth berm, depressed parking, solid fence, etc.) to reduce automobile headlight glare onto adjacent property;
(c) Trees which are intended to separate commercial and industrial development form residential development (single and multi-family) shall not be planted further than ten (10) feet apart; parking facilities which are located adjacent to residential areas shall be additionally screened to a minimum height of three (3) feet (via earth berm, depressed parking, solid fence, etc.) to reduce automobile headlight glare onto adjacent property.
3. All trees, shrubs, and other planting materials shall be living
The legislative body or planning commission may require review or the proposed screening plan from the U.S. Soil Conservation
Service, or the applicable County Agricultural Extension Service.