Title 3 - LANDSCAPE

[Revised 10/04/19]

3. A      LANDSCAPE RELATED PLANS

The types of plans include:  Planting Plan, Landscape Plan, Alternative Landscape Plan.  The Applicant shall submit the applicable plans based on the type of request.  These plans shall be prepared pursuant to the requirements of the ULDC and the Technical Manual, Title 2, Plans, where applicable.

 

3.A.1    Landscape Related Plan

The following information shall be provided to graphically illustrate the design of the proposed planting scheme and to demonstrate compliance with the ULDC.  The approved Zoning Plan shall serve as the base for the creation of the Planting, Landscape or Alternative Landscape Plan(s) to ensure the approved layout of site or design elements (including but not limited to buildings, amenities, easements, outdoor lighting, parking, vegetative preserves, sign, etc.) are consistent.

 

3.A.2    Design and Utility Elements

 

 

Elements

Description

Landscape Related Plans

a.

Easements

Identify all overhead and underground utilities, retention and detention areas, fire hydrants, ex-filtration trenches, water/sewer components and drainage structures and easements, where planting may be impacted by these elements.

b.

Fences and Walls

Dimension (height) and label types of wall (concrete block or panel) or fence (wood, chain link).

c.

Foundation Planting

Define, dimension (length and width) and label applicable foundation planting.

d.

Gradients

Identify existing and proposed gradients around vegetation preserve areas. Add contour lines and spot grades for berms.

e.

Interior Landscaping

Define, dimension (length and width) and label applicable interior landscaping (Landscape Island, median, screening for equipment/loading, dumpster) or any area designated for planting.

f.

Pedestrian Amenities

Label and dimension planting around amenities, where applicable.

g.

Perimeter Buffers

Define, dimension (width) and label applicable buffers (R-O-W, Compatibility and Incompatibility)

h.

Planting Notes

Provide applicable Planting Notes in accordance with Section 5 of this Title.

i.

Preservation of Upland or Wetland

Define graphically the boundary of the required vegetation  preserve areas.

j.

Recreation

Define, dimension and label planting around all recreation areas, tot lots and neighborhood parks

k.

Trees, palms and shrubs

The symbols that are used to show existing and proposed plant materials on the plan must be consistent with those indicated on the Plant List Table or on the Legend.

l.

Screening

Identify ground mounted mechanical, air conditioning, and electrical equipment

m.

Signs

Define, dimension (width and length) and label planting around base of signs

 


 

3.A.3    Plant Legend

The Plant Legend shall be depicted in table format listing the proposed and existing vegetation, where applicable, and shall include the following:

 

a.   Graphic symbol or Acronym of

Botanical Name;

 

b.   Quantity;

 

c.   Native or Non-native;

 

d.   Botanical Name;

 

e.   Common Name; and,

 

f.    Height; Clear Trunk or Gray wood, Container size.

 

3.A.4    Notes on Landscape Related Plans

All Planting notes and specifications shall be in compliance with the Florida Grades and Standards for Nursery Plants, as amended

 

 

Elements

Description

Landscape Related Plans

a.

Mulch

All planted areas shall contain a three (3) inch layer of shredded mulch.

 

b.

Final Grade

All existing asphalt and compacted base materials shall be removed from the planting areas and replaced with clean top soil prior to planting.  The final grade within the planting areas shall be two (2) inches below the adjacent paved areas or top of curb.

c.

Drainage

All planting beds shall be shaped and sloped to provide proper drainage;

d.

Pruning

All plant material shall be pruned, if needed, to achieve the shape and form characteristic to their design intent.  Pruning shall be in strict accordance with ISA standards;

 

e.

Groundcover

All sod or seed shall be certified (if applicable), and weed and insect free;

 

 

f.

Groundcover

Landscape and/or sod shall be placed to the edge of pavement from vehicular areas, adjacent canal banks, lakes or other landscape areas;

 

g.

Planting pit

All planting areas shall be excavated to a depth of thirty (30) inches minimum and backfilled with a soil mix consisting of 1/3 native soil, 1/3 clean sand and 1/3 composted cow manure or comparable composted organic material;

 

h.

Root Barrier

Root barriers shall be installed where required by local utility company or other regulating agencies;

 

i.

Root Barrier

Where Ficus Species are used, appropriate setbacks and safeguards (Root barriers) shall be required;

 

j.

Utilities

Contractor shall be responsible for locating existing utilities or other obstructions which may interfere with plant installation;

 

k.

Utilities

Call Sunshine One Call service for underground utility locations 48 hours prior to any excavation or digging 1-800-432-4770;

 

 

3.B       GUIDELINES

 

3.B.1  Palm Beach County Pruning Guidelines 

3.B.2 FPL Guidelines “Right Tree, Right Place”  

FPL website is found on: https://www.fpl.com/reliability/trees/tree-location.html

 

3.B.3    Environmental Resources Management – Best Management Practices

ERM website is found on: http://discover.pbcgov.org/erm/Pages/Permitting-Regulation.aspx

 

3.C  EXISTING NATIVE VEGETATION - PRESERVATION

This Chapter of the Technical Manual corresponds to Art.7.E of the ULDC. For the purpose of this Chapter, trees, palms, pines or any types of vegetation that are subject to preservation, mitigation, relocation on-site, relocation off-site and removal are known as Vegetation. The Applicant is recommended to review the Environmental Resources Management Department’s Best Management Practices (see above link) for applicable requirements or guidelines.

For Variance and Waiver applications that are related to Landscaping, the Applicant shall submit an Alternative Landscape Plan. The Applicant may provide the Vegetation Disposition Chart on the ALP, if applicable. For all other applications, the Applicant may provide the Chart on the Regulating Plan.

 

3.C.1    Vegetation Disposition Chart

The Disposition Chart is prepared based on the information from a Vegetation Survey. The Disposition Chart shall include the following information for each existing native or non-prohibited Tree, Pine or Palm:

 

A.    Tag # - Assign a number to each tree, palm or pine;

 

      B.   Species – common or botanical name;

 

      C.   Size

 

1.   Trees and Pines shall be measured using Diameter at Breast Height (DBH) in inches (DBH is measured at 4.5 feet above grade); and,

 

2.   Palms shall be measured by height of trunk in feet, either Clear Trunk or Grey wood depends on the species of the palm.

 

      D.   ERM Vegetation  – that are under the jurisdiction of ERM pursuant to Art.14;

 

      E.   Zoning Vegetation – that are under the jurisdiction of Zoning pursuant to Art.7;

 

      F.   Disposition -

 

1.   Preserve (could be ERM and/or Zoning Trees. Credit for preservation is calculated using Table 7.D.2.E Tree Credit and Replacement);

 

2.   Relocate on site (Vegetation to remain but to be relocated within site, could be ERM and/or Zoning Trees);

 

3.   Relocate off site (Vegetation to be relocated to a site designated by ERM, could be ERM Vegetation);

 

4.   Mitigate on site (ERM Vegetation. Vegetation is to be removed and Vegetation is mitigated on the site using Table 7.D.2.E, Tree Credit and Replacement);

 

5.   Mitigate off-site (ERM Vegetation. Vegetation are to be removed and Vegetation are mitigated off site using Table 7.D.2.E, Tree Credit and Replacement. ERM must designate a location for the off-site mitigated Vegetation);

 

6.   Replace on site (Zoning Vegetation. Vegetation is to be removed and Vegetation. Vegetation is replaced on the site using Table 7.D.2.E, Tree Credit and Replacement).

 

Table 3.C.1 - Example of Vegetation Disposition Chart

Tag#

Species

Size *

ERM

Zoning

Proposed Disposition

ERM Mitigation

 

Zoning Replacement

 

Credit

Notes

Calculated per Table 7.D.2.E – Tree Credit and Replacement

 

1

Live Oak

6”

Yes

NA

Preserve

NA

NA

 

Tree barricade (See LandscapeCondition 6)

2

Royal Palm

12’

NA

Yes

Relocate on-site

NA

1  palm

 

Area TBD at Final DRO

3

Sabal Palm

16’

Yes

NA

Relocate on-site

NA

NA

 

 Area TBD at Final DRO

4

Pine

4”

Yes

NA

Mitigate on-site

2 trees

 

NA

 

Mitigated with different species

5

Pine

6”

Yes

NA

Mitigate on-site

3 trees

NA

 

Mitigated with different species

6

Pine

8”

Yes

NA

Mitigated on-site

3 trees

NA

 

Mitigated with different species

Notes:

*

Canopy Tree or Pine – Use DBH

 

Palms - use clear trunk or grey wood depends on species

 

3.C.2    Vegetation Calculation

The Applicant shall use the following table to demonstrate the quantity of Vegetation by listing the applicable items. This Table only applies to those sites where existing vegetation are subject to preservation. Example:

Table 3.C.2, Vegetation Calculation

 

Requirements

Quantity

a

Total existing Vegetation on Site (surveyed and tagged)

100

b

Total existing Vegetation to be preserved and remained in their original location

 

25

c

Total existing Vegetation to be relocated on site

 

38

d

Total existing Vegetation to be mitigated

37

e

Total mitigated Vegetation to be replaced per  Table 7.D.2.E – Tree Credit and Replacement

56

f

Total proposed Vegetation required by Art.7 (e.g. Perimeter buffers and Interior Landscaping)

45

g

Total No. of Vegetation to be preserved/relocated/mitigated and Art.7. (= b+c+e+f)

164

 

3.C.3    Vegetation Tagging

      A.   All Vegetation shall be tagged using either a plastic ribbon tying around the trunk or a tag that is attached to the trunk. The numbers shown on each tag shall correspond to the number identified on the Vegetation Disposition Tabular and/or Vegetation Survey.

 

      B.   Prior to site clearing and tree removal, Vegetation to be preserved, mitigated, relocated on-site, relocated off-site or removed shall be identified using different color plastic ribbon or tag.

 

      C.   For sites with clear access to Vegetation to be preserved, Staff will accept plastic ribbon fixed to survey stakes to delineate larger groupings of Vegetation to be preserved.  This is usually performed by the environmental consultant or landscape architect.

 

3.C.4    Vegetation Barricades

      A.   Vegetation to be preserved shall be barricaded with a 3-foot high plastic mesh (orange OSHA) supported by 5-foot long rebar or 2” x 2” wood stakes or equivalent if approved in conjunction with the Final Site Plan or Final Subdivision Plan.

 

      B.   Vegetation to be preserved at a lower final grade may be protected with a 24-inch high silt fence around the preserve area or Vegetation with the addition of the 3-foot high plastic mesh, if needed.

 

      C.   If hand clearing is necessary within the preserve area or under the Vegetation canopy, Vegetation to be preserved can initially be delineated by plastic ribbon affixed to survey stakes (to avoid putting up and taking down fencing) and then protected with either plastic mesh and/or the silt fence.

 

      D.   Vegetation to be relocated can usually be delineated by plastic ribbon affixed to survey stakes unless their relocation is delayed due to root pruning. If root pruning is required, the Vegetation shall be protected with either plastic mesh and/or silt fence.