Chapter 57


5:119. Intent.

This chapter is intended to require city review and approval of the development of certain buildings, structures and land uses and the creation of new lots, all of which can be expected to have a significant impact on adjacent parcels and land uses, traffic patterns, natural features and the character of future development. It is further the intent of this chapter to provide for the preservation and management of significant natural features through city review, as well as to achieve harmonious relationships of buildings, structure and uses, both within a site and with adjacent sites; safe and convenient traffic movement, both within a site and in relationship to access streets; and appropriate public and private infrastructure.

(Ord. No. 31-97, 7/7/97)

5:120. Definitions.

In addition to the definitions below, the definitions of Chapter 55 (Zoning) and Chapter 60 (Wetlands Preservation) shall apply to this Chapter and the Land Development Regulations adopted pursuant to it.

(2) Critical Root Zone. The circular area surrounding a tree which is considered to contain tree roots within 18 inches of the ground surface. The radius of the critical root zone is, in feet, the same numerical value as the tree's diameter at breast height (DBH) in inches, and is measured outward from the center of the tree. For example, the critical root zone of a 12 inch DBH tree has a radius of 12 feet.

(3) Diameter at Breast Height (DBH). The diameter of a tree measured four feet above the existing grade.

(7) Invasive Species. Botanical species included on the City's Invasive Species List that is maintained and updated in the Building Department, as provided under Chapter 60.