THE COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW RICHMOND DOES ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 121-320(4) of the Zoning Ordinance are hereby amended to read as follows.
(4) Buffer strips in industrial districts.
a. Where an industrial district abuts a residential district, there shall be provided along any rear, or side line, coincidental with any industrial-residential boundary, a buffer strip not less than thirty (30) feet in width, as measured at right angles to said lot line. A minimum of a single row of plant materials, of such variety and growth habits as to provide a year-round effective visual screen when viewed from the residential district, shall be planted within twenty five (25) feet of the property line abutting the residential district.
b. The width of the required buffer strip may be reduced to a minimum of fifteen (15) feet if a solid fence, constructed of weather resistant treated cedar, redwood or a non-wood maintenance free material such as vinyl, stone, brick, split face block, textured or architectural concrete panels, synthetic or composite products, or similar materials as approved by the Zoning Administrator, not less than eight (8) feet in height is provided along the property line abutting the residential district or plant materials, of such variety and growth habits as to provide a year-round effective visual screen when viewed from the residential district, are planted in two rows adjacent to the property line abutting the residential district.
c. The buffer strip shall not be devoted to the parking of vehicles or storage of any material or accessory uses.
d. Plants shall be installed in conformance with the following standards:
(1) Plant types shall include only coniferous evergreen trees to ensure a year-round effective visual screen as approved by the Zoning Administrator.
(2) All plants must at least be six (6) feet in height in conformance with American Nursery Association standards measured from the top of the ball or container to the bottom of the leader.
(3) Plant material centers shall not be located closer than five (5) feet from any property line.
(4) Plant material centers shall not be located more than fifteen (15) feet apart.
(5) If the required planting screen is set back from the industrial-residential boundary, the portion of the buffer strip facing the residential district shall be attractively maintained so as not to cause a public nuisance.
This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon its passage and publication as provided by law.
Passed and approved: February 10, 2014
Published and effective: February 20, 2014
CITY OF NEW RICHMOND
By: Fred Horne, Mayor
ATTEST: Tanya Reigel, City Clerk