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Policy and Procedures for Landscaping and Irrigation Requirements - Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Unit Development

REQUIREMENTS FOR SUBMITTAL AND APPROVAL OF LANDSCAPE AND IRRIGATION PLANS

As stated in the City Development Code under Chapter 19.28.010, Purpose of Landscape Standards, it states, "The purpose of this Chapter is to establish landscaping regulations that are intended but not limited to."

I. CODE AND AUTHORITY AND PURPOSES

  1. Enhance the aesthetic appearance of development in all areas of the City by providing standards relating to quality and functional aspects of landscaping and landscape screening.

  2. Increase compatibility between residential and abutting commercial and industrial land uses.

The intent and purpose of these policies and procedures is to provide:

  1. Guidance in the required submittal of landscape and irrigation plans

  2. Guidance in meeting street tree requirements

  3. Guidance in selection of plant materials

  4. Guidance in what the landscape and irrigation plans shall show

It is the responsibility of the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department to conduct required inspections prior to the issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy (C of O).

II. SUBMITTALS

A. NUMBER OF PLANS AND SUBMITTAL PROCEDURE

Five (5) copies of landscape and irrigation plans shall be submitted to the Public Works/Engineering Department along with payment of the appropriate Landscape Plan Review Fee.

B. LANDSCAPE PLANS

1. Shall be drawn by one of the following:

  1. A registered landscape architect

  2. A licensed landscape contractor who installs the actual landscape

  3. A nursery

  4. The owner

NOTE: The name, address, telephone number, along with signature of the person(s) who do the design shall be on the plans. Registered landscape architects and licensed landscape contractors shall include registration numbers and/or license numbers.

  1. Plans shall be legibly drawn to scale on paper no smaller than 18" X 24" and no larger than 24" X 36".

  2. Plans shall show location of the property by vicinity map and nearest cross streets and give the property address or assessor's parcel number.

  3. Plans shall show location of existing and proposed utilities - above ground and underground.

  4. Plans shall show type of zoning, the scale and northerly directional arrow.

  5. Plans shall contain plant legends for all existing and proposed plant material. Plant legend shall provide the following:

A. Plant symbol

B. Plant name, botanical and common

C. Plant size

D. Plant quantities

E. Spacing (feet on center, 100% coverage, etc.)

  1. Plans shall show existing and proposed plant material drawn to scale at their mature size.

  2. Plans shall contain landscape specifications and details.

  3. Plans shall show the name, address, and telephone number of property owner or developer.

C. IRRIGATION PLANS

  1. All required landscaping shall be provided with an automatic irrigation system.

  2. Irrigation plans shall be submitted with, attached to, and the same size as landscape plans.

  3. As addressed in Chapter G19.28.130 Landscape Design Guidelines of the City Development Code, plans shall address conservation of water and energy to include:

A. Components - low gallonage and low precipitation heads, drip systems and other sub-surface techniques, mini-jet heads, moisture sensing devices, controllers with ability of variable programming.

B. Efficiency - velocity shall be as close as possible to 5 feet per second. Plant material with different water requirements shall be on separate valves. Slopes shall be on separate valves. System design shall eliminate costly, wasteful overthrow and runoff.

  1. Plans shall show:

A. Static P.S.I.

B. Service Main - type, size and length

C. Water Meter - location and size

D. Approved Backflow Prevention Device - location and size

E. All locations of pipe, valves and heads, (includes emitters, etc.)

  1. Slopes required to be planted with efficient and water conserving irrigation systems (over watering should be avoided).

  2. All sprinklers shall be installed with approved swing joints

  3. All sprinklers along pathways, driveways and any other area where foot traffic occurs shall be the pop-up type, installed flushed with the soil. Irrigation heads on risers are permitted where no foot traffic will occur.

  4. Lateral irrigation pipe shall be Class 200 or better. Mainline shall be Class 315 or better. Irrigation sleeves to be Schedule 40 and 2 1/2 times the diameter of lateral or mainline.

  5. Separate water meter for landscape irrigation shall be optional at owner's request and expense. Owner must notify the water department.

  6. Plans shall contain irrigation

  7. All irrigation lines shall be buried. Mainline at least 18" and laterals 12" deep. Brownline is not permitted.

  8. Plans shall contain irrigation legends as follows:

EQUIPMENT

Symbol

Manufacturer

Model #

Description

Nozzle

Radius

GPM

PSI

PIPE

Size

Type

Class or Schedule

NOTE: Piping sizing, (size) shall also be shown at each section of pipe, (mains and laterals).

VALVE CHART

Valve

Valve Size

GPM

#1

#2

ETC.

2 1/2"

1/2"

ETC.

43

27

ETC.

Total of Valves:

Total GPM:

NOTE: All valves shall be numbered.

FRICTION (PSI LOSS)

"_______________" Water Meter

Backflow Device

Elevation Changes

Pipe

Valves, Fittings, Miscellaneous

Total PSI Loss

Original PSI (Static)

Less Total PSI Loss

Equals Minimum to Farthest HD

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

_____________________ PSI

III. LANDSCAPE AREAS

A. MAINTENANCE OF LANDSCAPE AREAS

The maintenance of landscape areas shall be the responsibility of the developer until all required inspections have been completed by the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department and the "yellow" inspection record signed.

B. PLANTER AREAS

All required turf areas shall be protected from other landscape areas i.e. groundcover beds, shrub planters by a 6" concrete mow curb. Mow curb shall be 1" above finished grade.

C. IRRIGATION

All required landscaping shall be provided with automatic sprinkler facilities which shall be maintained in an operative condition. Utilize only reduced pressure devices or double check valve assembly. No atmospheric vacuum breakers are permitted.

D. SETBACK AREAS

All required setbacks around the perimeter of the property shall be landscaped (except for walks and driveways which bisect or encroach upon the required landscape area). The required setbacks shall be landscaped with trees, shrubs and groundcover. Landscaped earth berms shall be erected and maintained within the setback. Bermed areas shall have a maximum of 3:1 slope and be planted with a tall fescue type turf grass or other approved landscaping. A minimum width of 5 feet of landscaping shall be placed on the exterior of perimeter building walls.

E. GROUND COVER AND BEDDING MATERIAL

Gravel and decorative rock are permitted materials only if they are cemented or grouted in place. Loose rock is not permitted.

F. SLOPE LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS

  1. To protect against damage by erosion and negative visual impact, surfaces of all cut slopes more than five (5) feet in height and fill slopes more than three (3) feet in height shall be protected by landscaping. Slopes exceeding fifteen (15) feet in vertical height shall also be landscaped with shrubs spaced at not to exceed 10 feet on center and trees spaced at not to exceed 20 feet on center. Plant material selected and planting method used shall be suitable for the soil and climatic conditions on the site.

  2. Plant sizes on slopes shall be as follows:

A. Trees 10% - 15 gallon

49% - 5 gallon

50% - 1 gallon

B. Shrubs 20% - 5 gallon

80% - 1 gallon

C. Groundcover 100% - coverage within one (1) year.

  1. The maintenance of graded slopes and landscaped areas shall be the responsibility of the developer until the transfer to individual ownership.

G. EROSION CONTROL

All grading and drainage facilities, including erosion control planting of graded slopes, shall be done in accordance with a grading plan approved by the City Engineer. A grading permit shall be obtained prior to any grading being done.

H. WEED CONTROL

Pre-emergence control, post-emergence control and cultural control of weeds shall be addressed on the landscape plans submitted by the landscape architect.

IV. PLANT MATERIALS

A. CLIMATIC CONDITIONS AND PLANT LIST

Due to the hot, dry climate of San Bernardino, drought and heat tolerant plant material may be used upon prior approval. Plant list may be obtained from the Park Projects Coordinator at (909) 384-5217.

B. PLANT MATERIAL AND SIZE RATIO REQUIREMENTS

Landscaped areas shall have plant material selected and planting methods used which are suitable for the soil and climatic conditions of the site. Sizes of the plant materials shall conform to the following mix as required in the City Development Code.

Trees 20%, 24" box; 50%, 15 gallon; 15%, 36" box; 15%, 48" box

Shrubs 80%, 5 gallon; 20% 1 gallon

Groundcover 100% coverage within one (1) year

Fifteen (15) gallon trees shall have a 1" to 1/2" diameter caliper - 5 inches above the top of the rootball. They shall be 8' to 10' in height, with a 2' to 3' spread. Twenty-four inch (24") box trees shall have a 1 3/4" to 2" diameter caliper - 5 inches above the rootball. They shall be 9' to 10' feet in height, with a 4' to 5' spread.

C. STREET TREES

Street trees shall be required. Tree varieties and exact location will be determined by the Director of Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department. The Park Projects Coordinator shall mark locations and inspect plant material on site, prior to planting. Sidewalks, curbs and gutters must be clean of debris prior to marking. A 24-hour notice is required for inspection. The size of the street trees shall be 24" box specimens. The 24" box trees shall be planted as street trees within public parkway or City property. For a list of street trees, please contact the Park Projects Coordinator at the above referenced telephone number.

V. INSPECTIONS

A. IRRIGATION SYSTEM

  1. Inspections shall be performed by a Park and Recreation Department representative at the following:

A. Depth of irrigation trenching, sleeving, mainline, lateral lines (prior to burial), valve installation and irrigation head assembly.

B. Pressure test of irrigation mainline (150 PSI for 2 hours).

C. Coverage test and final acceptance.

  1. Do not allow or cause the above items to be buried prior to inspection and approval of the Park Department representative. A 24-hour notice shall be given prior to anticipated inspections. Contact the Landscape Section at (909) 384-5217 or 384-5314.

B. LANDSCAPING

  1. Inspection shall be performed by a Park and Recreation Department representative at the following:

A. Upon completion of finished grade, soil preparation and final rake out.

B. When trees and shrubs are spotted for planting, with one example of planting hole for trees and shrubs. Provide samples of plant fertilizer.

C. Final inspection when planting and all other specified work has been completed.

  1. A 24-hour notice shall be given prior to anticipated inspections. Contact the Landscape Section at (909) 384-5217 or 384-5314.

VI. OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  1. Notify the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department of commencement of landscaping. Give anticipated time line (start-to-finish).

  2. All landscaping, irrigation and street trees shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the City of San Bernardino Municipal Codes, ordinances and standard requirements.

  3. Material requirements for all planting material shall be number one (1) grade of the California Nursery Industry Certificate as issued by the Agricultural Commissioner of the County of origin.

  4. Upon completion, City inspection and sign-off by City Landscape Inspector, the Contractor shall be responsible for ninety (90) day plant establishment and maintenance period. If landscape is not acceptable, the maintenance period will be extended by the Park Projects Coordinator to insure the proper horticulture establishment.

  5. All landscape material, irrigation equipment, irrigation components and workmanship shall be guaranteed for a period of not less than one (1) year from date of final approval by the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department's Director or his/her designee. The conditions of the guarantee will be to insure, but not limited to all plant material being in healthy condition and free from abnormal conditions which may have occurred during or after planting, such as defoliation or structure dieback.

  6. ASSESSMENT DISTRICTS - Contract by the City of San Bernardino Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department for Assessment District's Landscape Requirements. All other items on Assessment District are covered by Public Works/Engineering.