of Florence, Alabama
Municipal Building Room 216
110 West College Street
Florence, AL 35630
Telephone: (256) 760-6325
Fax: (256) 740-4651
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The Landscape Ordinance, as adopted by the City
of Florence, is designed to improve the appearance of commercial
structures and off-street parking areas, and to promote the City
of Florence as an attractive trade and service center by requiring
the implementation and preservation of trees and shrubs. It
also provides protection of certain adjoining properties from the
noise, glare, overall visual impact and other distractions originating
from off-street parking areas.
Generally speaking, the Landscape Ordinance
requires 6 percent of a site to be landscaped. Frontage landscaping
must be provided with one tree and six shrubs for every 40 linear
feet of lot frontage. The number of parking spaces determines
whether or not perimeter landscaping is required. Depending
upon how adjoining properties are zoned, frontage landscaping is
usually all that is required for those sites within industrial zones.
Landscaped Buffer areas, consisting
of a solid unbroken visual screen, eight feet high within two years
of planting, must be implemented when developments adjoin certain
zones, such as residential. The actual depth of the buffer
is determined by whether or not perimeter landscaping is required.
The landscaper or landscaping company
actually performing the work must have a City of Florence Landscaping
License, for which a Landscape Certification from the Alabama Department
of Agriculture is required. For more information please call
the Plant Protection and Pesticide Division of the Alabama Department
of Agriculture at 334-240-7243.
A landscape plan must be submitted
to the Building Department for approval, and shall include the information
- General information, including date, north arrow
and scale of one (1) inch to no more than fifty feet (50); all
property lines, locations of all existing and proposed easements
and rights-of-way; existing and proposed topography, drawn at
maximum contour interval of five (5) feet and indicating drainage
channels; the names, addresses and telephone numbers of developers,
architects, surveyors, engineers and owners of the property for
which the plan is designed; and the name and business affiliation
of the person preparing the landscape plans.
- Construction information, including the locations
of buildings and off-street parking areas; utility fixtures, including
light poles, power and service poles, above ground pedestals (low-voltage)
and pad-mounted (high-voltage) fixtures, underground electrical
communications and television cables and conduits; hose bibs,
sprinkler systems, meters, control boxes, etc.; and the amount
(square feet) of off-street parking area and intended surface
treatments and the total amount (square feet) of interior landscaping
in peninsulas and islands.
- Landscaping details, including the locations,
caliper, species (common name) and intended treatment (move, remove
or save) of existing trees eight (8) inches or larger in caliper;
locations, dimensions and treatments of all perimeter and interior
landscaping areas (islands and peninsulas).
schedule of all new and existing plants proposed for landscaping,
including size (caliper and height, container size, etc.) condition
(bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, container-grown or pre-existing),
common names and botanical names, (genus, species and variety)
of tree, shrubs and ground cover, and the type and amount of turfgrasses.