City of Bridgman, MI
Berrien County
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Any development or subdivision subject to the requirements of the development standards shall provide landscaping within the development and on public rights-of-way adjacent to or within such development. Landscaping required by these development standards shall be a condition to the issuance of a final certificate of occupancy for any improvements built on the subject property.
Requirements for parkway trees, residential. Two parkway trees are required in all residential subdivisions in accordance with the City of Bridgman tree policy and any other applicable ordinance.
A. 
All unpaved areas within the dedicated right-of-way shall be graded and sodded or seeded in an approved manner. Restoration work shall be performed to the satisfaction of the City Engineer.
B. 
All parkways shall be graded smooth and topped with at least four inches of black dirt after compacting and removal of stumps, trees that cannot be saved, debris and such. Such areas shall be sodded or seeded.
C. 
Upon recommendation of the City Engineer, the Building Inspector may require sodding of an area to prevent soil erosion and blockage of drainage system.
D. 
Seeding and sodding shall be in accordance with MDOT standard specifications.
A. 
Protection of existing trees. Trees and surface vegetation provide a natural means of sedimentation and erosion control, as well as adding an aesthetic feature to the local landscape.
B. 
Existing tree plan.
(1) 
When determining the location of improvements within a subdivision or development and the location of buildings or structures on lots, the developer shall make every reasonable effort to save healthy trees having a diameter of four inches or greater (measured at six inches above ground level.)
(2) 
The developer shall submit an existing tree plan certifying the location, size and species using botanic and common names of all healthy trees having a diameter of four inches or greater (measured at six inches above the ground level) for areas within 25 feet of any proposed improvement. For remaining areas covered by the preliminary plan, only the general locations of the trees is required. The developer shall indicate on such plan which trees he proposes to save in accordance with this section. The trees to be saved in accordance with this section shall be agreed upon as part of the preliminary plan approval.
(3) 
In addition, the developer shall submit:
(a) 
A proposed grading plan for the site, indicating the location, size and species, using botanic and common names of the trees to be saved.
(b) 
A plan establishing the methods to be used for preserving the trees that are to be saved. Such plan shall include the following provisions:
[1] 
All grading and construction equipment shall be forbidden from encroaching within the tree's drip line;
[2] 
Crushed limestone or other materials detrimental to the tree shall not be dumped within the tree's drip line or at any higher location where drainage toward the tree could affect the health of the tree; and
[3] 
Installation of snow fencing at the periphery of the tree's drip line shall be required.
(c) 
The developer's proposed methodology for saving existing trees shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission or City Engineer. If, in the opinion of the reviewer, the developer has not taken the necessary precautions in preserving such existing trees, a land development permit will not be issued until such time as the developer satisfactorily amends his plans for the preservation of such existing trees. If the developer and the reviewer cannot agree on a satisfactory plan, the developer can appeal the decision to the City Council.
(d) 
In the event that a tree designated on the approved existing tree plan for saving such healthy trees shall be destroyed or razed by the developer during the construction process, the developer shall replace such tree with a tree of approved species and having a diameter not less than the tree so destroyed or razed (not to exceed six inches), measured at six inches above the ground level in the approximate location of the tree so destroyed or razed.