M E M O R A N D U M: FROM: City Development
DATE: August 18, 2010TO: Environmental CommissionFROM: David Kanning, Planner IISUBJECT: Native Landscaping/Natural LawnsThe City of Franklin Common Council, at their meeting on July 13th, 2010, directed theEnvironmental Commission to examine the issue of natural/native landscaping in residentialneighborhoods by reviewing ordinances from other cities that have regulations pertaining to thisissue. The Environmental Commission discussed this topic at their meeting on July 28
, 2010,and asked Alderman Doug Schmidt and me to examine it further prior to the next EnvironmentalCommission meeting. Alderman Schmidt and I have met twice since the July 28
meeting, andhave created an outline of potential new native landscaping/natural lawns standards that theEnvironmental Commission may wish to consider for recommendation to the Common Council:
Native Landscaping/Natural Lawns in Residential Areas
Create a new “Natural Lawns in Residential Areas” section in the Municipal Code.2.
State the Purpose of the new “Natural Lawns in Residential Areas” section (i.e., topromote native plant communities and to provide management regulations, etc.).3.
Define Natural Lawns (i.e., common species of grass and wild flowers native to NorthAmerica which are designed and purposefully cultivated to exceed twelve inches inheight from the ground), and state that they must be adequately maintained.4.
Require a Natural Lawn Management Plan Application for the following situations:A.)
A property owner who wishes to plant a Natural Lawn in the street yard (front,rear, or corner side) of his/her residential property.B.)
The planting of a Natural Lawn on a residential property within five feet of ashared property line of an abutting residential property, unless the property ownerwho wishes to plant the Natural Lawn can sufficiently demonstrate to CityDevelopment staff that adequate screening of the Natural Lawn will be providedby a row of continuous shrubs (e.g., arbor vitae) or an opaque fence.5.
Add the following Natural Lawn Management Plan Application Requirements: