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Landscape Plan Checklist

Landscaped berm with evergreens, mums and a rock.A. The items listed below are to be included on Landscape Plans and Open Space Plans submitted for approval to the City of Farmington Hills Planning Office.

  • Minimum scale 1" = 40'.
  • Show north arrow.
  • Location map.
  • Include a table that indicates:
    • Total number of regulated trees on site.
    • Total number of regulated trees to be removed.
    • Total number of replacement trees to be planted on site.
  • Show trees that are to remain with their corresponding tree inventory number making sure they match the approved Tree Survey and Site Plan.
  • Include a list of all trees on site with their corresponding tree inventory number and a disposition (saves or remove). If this list is too extensive to fit on the plan and is in a separate book, a note indicating so must be included on the plan.
  • Show proposed plant locations. (Refer to Zoning Ordinance for spacing and size requirements)
  • Include a plant list that indicates plant quantity, spacing, size, and root type.
  • Show existing and proposed contours at minimum two foot (2') intervals.
  • Show berm cross-sections where applicable indicating slope, height, width and type of ground cover.
  • Show proposed and existing utilities.
  • Indicate type of ground cover for all landscaped areas.
  • Show location of all required wood snow fencing around trees to remain.
  • The following notes must be included on the plan:
    • Row of evergreensA Tree Permit must be obtained from the Planning Office prior to all tree removal activity involving trees six inches (6") or more DBH in accordance with the City of Farmington Hills Zoning Chapter 34-5.18.
    • Trees must be planted no closer than six feet (6') to public utilities.
    • All required landscape material indicated on approved plans will be required through the life of the project and must be replaced if removed or dead.
    • 4 foot (4) high wood 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 Hill Zoning Ordinance Chapter 34-5.18.
    • Required landscape material shall satisfy American Association of Nurseryman
    • Standards and be:
      1. Nursery grown.
      2. State Department of Agriculture inspected.
      3. No. 1 grade with straight unscarred trunk and well developed uniform crown (park grade trees will not be accepted).
      4. Planted per City of Farmington Hills details and specifications and in accordance with City of Farmington Hills Chapter 34-5.14.
      5. Guaranteed for one year.
      6. Replacement trees shall have shade potential and other characteristics comparable to the trees proposed for removal.
  • Include planting details for all plant material in accordance with City of Farmington Hills details and specifications and in accordance with City of Farmington Hills Zoning Chapter 34-5.14.
  • The Landscape Plan is to be sealed by a registered Landscape Architect.

B. The following items are to be considered when preparing Landscape Plans:

  • The Landscape Plan must conform to the Site Plan, Tree Survey, tree replacement requirements and the placement of parking lot trees.
  • The placement of plant material at driveways and at intersections must comply with the 25' corner clearance provisions as refereed to in Chapter 34-5.10 and 31-11. Maximum height within corner clearance area 30".
  • Keep plant material at least four feet (4') feet away from property lines.
  • Plant material is to be outside of the high water (freeboard) elevation of retention ponds.
  • Make sure all required walls are indicated on Landscape Plans.
  • Address Design Principles where they apply (available upon request from the Planning Office).
    • Group of red bushes with brush in foreground.Parking Lot Landscape Guidelines
    • RC District Berm Alternative Design Principles
    • Berm Planting and Design Plan
    • OS-3 District, Landscape Design Principles
    • Bufferyard Design Principles
    • Landscape Design Principles for Densely Wooded Areas
    • Water Retention Area Designed for Yards Adjacent to Street
    • Guidelines for Designation and Maintenance of Natural Beauty Roads
  • Address Natural Beauty Road right-of-way treatment where applicable.
  • Existing trees to be relocated must be planted outside of parking lot areas and cannot be proposed as required parking lot trees.
  • Continuous curbing or other suitable device shall be required around all landscaped areas where damage from vehicles is possible. Each tree planted in a parking lot island must be provided with an open area not less than 180 square feet.
  • Required landscape material shall satisfy American Association of Nurseryman standards and be:
    1. Nursery grown.
    2. State Department of Agriculture inspected.
    3. No. 1 grade with straight unscarred trunk and well developed uniform crown (park grade trees will not be accepted).
    4. Planted per City of Farmington Hills details and specifications and in accordance with City of Farmington Hills Chapter 34-5.14.
    5. Guaranteed for one year.
    6. Replacement trees shall have shade potential and other characteristics comparable to the trees proposed for removal.
  • When determining tree replacement, existing trees within ten (10') feet of the building envelope will require replacement.
  • 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 protection.

C. Submit 6 (six) sealed Landscape Plans to the Planning Office. Landscape Plans should be submitted after Site Plan approval. There is a two-week review period. When all requirements of the Zoning Ordinance have been met, the Planning Commission will place the plans on the next available Planning Commission agenda for review and approval.

D. Fees:
See fee schedule (available upon request from the Planning Office).

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