CLERMONT — The Lake County Department of Growth Management, Planning & Community Design Division, is hosting an informational presentation followed by a question-and-answer session about the County’s newly adopted landscape ordinance on Wednesday, March 31, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Clermont City Hall, located at 685 W. Montrose St.
Registration for the landscaping presentation is not required, but is encouraged by calling Joan Greaney at (352) 343-9739 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The new landscape ordinance does not apply to property within a municipality.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved the new landscaping ordinance in December 2009. The ordinance implements Florida Friendly landscaping techniques, encourages water conservation and incentivizes the preservation of trees.
Other highlights of the new ordinance include:
- Eliminates the requirement for installed irrigation that reduces the development costs for commercial and other development projects. Temporary and micro-irrigation are specifically allowed but not required.
- Eliminates the buffer requirements between industrial properties reducing the cost for these developments.
- Limits new development to 60 percent non-drought tolerant turf.
- Eases the compliance requirement for existing development from 25 percent improvement to 50 percent improvement before having to comply with the new landscaping regulations to encourage redevelopment and make expansion more affordable for small businesses.
- Provides an exemption to the buffer requirements for existing developed properties to encourage redevelopment.
- Provides standards to ensure that native plants and a variety of plants are installed.
- Provides for increased mitigation for trees removed for development. To encourage preservation of existing trees the ordinance replaced the previous requirement of one 2-inch tree for every 3-trees of any size removed. The new requirement is half of the inches of each tree removed.
For more information about the landscaping ordinance, call Grant Wenrick, Lake County’s Landscape Architect, at (352) 343-9739 or Brian Sheahan, Director of the Planning & Community Design Division, at (352) 343-9672.