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(1) The purpose of this chapter is to establish standards for landscaping to implement the policies of the comprehensive plan and to achieve the following objectives:

(a) Enhance neighborhood livability and mitigate potential land use incompatibility through landscaping and screening and by conserving tree canopy and vegetation;

(b) Encourage the conservation of the urban tree canopy and significant trees to retain the county’s urban aesthetic character and environment;

(c) Promote the preservation of open space, existing tree canopy and vegetation, and natural diversity and wildlife habitat, using supplemental plantings when necessary; and

(d) Require and promote the use of low impact development (LID) best management practices (BMPs) as directed by the Drainage Manual.

(2) The provisions of this chapter should enhance compatibility between uses and zones and build continuity within neighborhoods while reducing the impacts of new development and minimizing the visual impact of parking areas and detention facilities and other special uses that require screening from residential uses. (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended by Ord. 04-021, Mar. 31, 2004, Eff date Apr. 23, 2004; Amended by Amended Ord. 04-003, Mar. 31, 2004, Eff date May 17, 2004; Amended by Amended Ord. 08-101, Jan. 21, 2009, Eff date Apr. 21, 2009; Amended by Amended Ord. 14-073, Oct. 8, 2014, Eff date Oct. 27, 2014; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-070, Nov. 1, 2017, Eff date Dec. 1, 2017).