Dixon City Council to discuss front-yard landscaping requirements – The Reporter

Dixon City Council will brief employees at Tuesday’s meeting of the impermeable surface requirements for front gardens in single-family neighborhoods.

The article was initiated by Alderman Kevin Johnson with an employee report written by District Attorney Doug White.

In recent years, city officials have been preparing revisions to the zone code to accommodate the city’s landscape and paving standards, White wrote. City law currently stipulates that the front gardens of all new or newer single-family houses must be xeriscaped or landscaped and watered.

White wrote that the standard provides a minimum requirement for landscaping, but does not impose specific restrictions on paving or other impermeable surfaces. Therefore, the council may be able to consider a change that will restrict paving in front gardens, e.g. B. to prevent half of a front yard from being paved or otherwise covered with impermeable materials.

“Such a requirement would effectively clarify the minimum standard for landscaping and set maximum coverage for pavement or impervious materials,” he wrote. “The rationale behind the proposal is to maintain and enhance the neighborhood character, as well as to reduce other potentially adverse effects caused by completely covering front gardens with impervious materials such as paving.”

White also cited other cities in Solano County with maximum paving standards. For example, Vacaville prohibits concrete, asphalt, and other similar materials from occupying more than 50 percent of a front yard, and that impermeable materials in front gardens or back street courtyards are restricted to driveways not more than 20 feet wide or sidewalks not more than 5 feet wide in lots with less than 50 feet of street frontage. In Vallejo, sand, stone, wood, and water may not account for more than 30 percent of the remaining kickback, as impermeable materials cannot cover more than 50 percent of the yard.

White wrote that if the council wanted to change front yard landscaping requirements, it could create a zoning change that would set a maximum standard. However, incorrect usage rules would still apply.

“New zoning standards apply to new construction projects and when property owners make changes. In this case, changes must conform to the existing zoning standards, ”he wrote. “According to California’s Planning and Zoning Act, there are limits to how new zoning standards can apply to existing properties. Implementing a patch requirement would likely require certain permit changes and enforcement protocols. “

One option foreseen in the personnel report is for the city council to instruct the city staff to further study the standards for landscaping in the front yard and to submit an ordinance to the planning committee for further processing. The Council may also postpone all deliberations unless otherwise stated.

On other matters, the council will consider a decision authorizing the launch of calls for proposals for the publication of the city’s legal notice and consider updating the master fee schedule based on the consumer price index.

The Council will meet on Tuesday at 7 p. M.

The meeting can be accessed via Zoom at Us02web.zoom.us/j/9886211137?pwd=R2dxZ3RkbU9SQXdlUVllRkc0QlQwZz09 and via conference call at 669-900-9128. The meeting ID is 988 621 1137 and the passcode is 604754. Members of the public can comment by using the raise hand feature while zooming or pressing * 9 during conference calls.

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