General Guidelines and Specifications for Landscape, Tree
Replacement and Open Space Plan Approval
The guidelines and specifications listed below must
be incorporated into all landscape plans, tree replacement plans
and open space plans submitted to the City for approval along with
or in addition to those outlined in the City of Farmington Hills
Zoning Ordinance Chapter 34-5.14.
* Starred specifications are to be
noted on the plans as they apply to the project.
Landscape plans are to be prepared and sealed by a
registered Landscape Architect for all projects.
Submit eight (8) copies of landscape plans to the Planning
Office for review and approval by the Planning Commission.
Existing trees to be relocated must be planted outside of
parking lot areas and cannot be proposed as required parking lot
Deciduous trees to be relocated must be limited to no more
than ten (10”) inch caliper or DBH (diameter breast height). If
larger trees are proposed for relocation, a statement must
appear on drawings describing the method of relocation to be
Continuous curbing must be provided around all landscaped
areas where damage from vehicles is possible. Alternate
protection such as fences and retaining walls may be acceptable
in lieu of curbing or may be required in addition to curbing to
protect the area from vehicular and pedestrian traffic.
* All landscaped areas shall be excavated of all building
material and debris to a minimum depth of eighteen (18”) inches
and back filled with a medium texture planting soil. All
landscaped areas are to have minimum six (6”) inches of topsoil
and are to be crowned a minimum six (6”) inches higher than
adjacent curbs or walks.
Plant Material Sizes (minimum)
Evergreen trees for replacement trees
8’ height, 10’ height
24” height or 24” spr
Required landscape material shall satisfy American
Association of Nurseryman standards and be:
State Department of Agriculture inspected
No. 1 grade with straight, unscarred trunk and
well-developed uniform crown (park grade trees will not be
Staked, wrapped, watered and mulched per City of
Farmington Hills details and specifications and in
accordance with City of Farmington Hills Zoning Chapter
Guaranteed for one year
Replacement trees shall be of the same species as the
removed trees where available from Michigan nurseries. Where
trees of the same species are not available, replacement trees
shall be pursuant to the list of acceptable trees on file in
the Planning Office.
When determining tree
replacement, existing trees within ten (10’) feet of the
building envelope will require replacement.
Four (4’) foot high wooden snow fencing or other rigid
material is to be erected around the drip line of all trees to
be saved in accordance with the City of Farmington Hills Zoning
Ordinance Chapter 34-5.18.
Location of protective snow fencing must be shown on all
plans indicating tree protection.
* A Tree Removal Permit must be obtained from the Planning
Office prior to all tree removal activity involving trees six
(6”) inches or more DBH in accordance with the City of
Farmington Hills Zoning Chapter 34-5.18.
Refer to Article XXII, Section 34-5.14 and 34-5.15 and 34-5.18
of the Farmington Hills Zoning Ordinance for further guidelines
concerning plant spacing, suggested plant material, bufferyard
requirements, parking lot trees and walls, berms and tree
All required landscape material indicated on approved plans,
will be required through the life of the project and must be
replaced if removed or die.