[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Landscaped buffers shall be provided along the perimeter lot boundaries of all proposed subdivisions and land developments. Buffer plantings are in addition to other required plantings, such as street trees, parking lot and replacement plantings, except as noted herein, although these other plantings may lie within yard areas.
The intensity level of buffering shall be determined by adjacent land use, or zoning classification in the case where the adjacent land is vacant.
Screen buffers. The purpose of screen buffers is to minimize adverse views between incompatible land uses.
Perimeter buffers. The purpose of perimeter buffers is to filter views between complementary land uses.
Key to land uses:
Buffers may occur within any yard area, including the front yard, when applicable. Buffers shall be comprised of a variety of plant material, in accordance with § 274-41. Earthen berms shall also be included, where topographically feasible and where such berms will not increase runoff or cause water to flow onto an adjacent landowner's property.
If a reduction in buffer width is granted pursuant to an application before the Zoning Hearing Board, the proposed buffer shall meet the functional requirements of this article. This may necessitate the provision of additional screening elements, such as fences or evergreen shrubs.