Proposed ordinance on landscaping of golf courses adjacent to our communities

26 Feb 2016 4:20 PM | Norberto Spangaro (Administrator)

This is an extract of the proposed ordinance which will be discussed in workshops with the communities during March and will be presented at the April Meeting. A copy of the full ordinance can be found at

http://www.doralcommunitycoalition.org/resources/Ord.%20No-3.pdf

Sec. 74-165. - Golf Courses 

(1) This section applies to new and existing golf courses. Golf courses, where permitted under Chapter 68 of this Code, are subject to the following requirements: 

(a) Site plan. Site plan review criteria set forth in Chapter 53 and Chapter 71; 

(b) Maintenance plan. Landscape maintenance plans and maintenance bond requirements set forth in Chapter 71; 

(c) Bufferyards. The width of bufferyard shall be a minimum of fifty (50) feet from the property line. Bufferyards shall be landscaped following the Florida Friendly plant material principles, with fifty percent (50%) of plants being Florida native species. The landscaping in bufferyards shall be approved by the City Council as part of site plan review; 

(d) Fences. No fences or walls shall be located on the perimeter or within a bufferyard of a golf course, without prior approval of the city council. Where a golf course is secured by a fence around the perimeter boundary of the course, the fence shall not exceed six (6) feet. Solid wall and/or fences along the perimeter of golf courses that completely obstruct views onto the golf course are prohibited, unless approved by the City Council. Fences must comply with sections 74-697 and 74-723 and be 

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approved by the Planning and Zoning Department consistent with the city's architectural standard; 

(e) Along public rights-of-way. Where a golf course abuts a public right-of-way, all landscaping, including, but not limited to, hedges and shrubs, shall be planted and maintained in such a way as to provide four- foot breaks in the plantings, at regular or random intervals, with no more than twenty five (25) of continuous plantings between breaks. 

(f) Abutting residential districts. Where a golf course abuts a residential district, all landscaping, without regard to the type and/or variety of plantings, shall be planted and maintained in such a manner as provide no less than fifty percent (50%) visibility of the golf course, as measured within a ten by ten (10 x 10) foot visibility window from any point on the abutting residential property line.(1) 

   

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Note:
(1) Visibility Window: This is a graphic representation showing an example of fifty percent (50%) visibility of landscaping through a ten by ten (10 x 10) visibility window. This illustration is not intended and does not constitute a part of this ordinance but is included herein for explanation and clarification purposes only. 

(2) Timeframe for compliance. 

(a) New; redeveloped golf courses. Golf courses newly created and/or redeveloped after adoption of this ordinance shall be required to conform fully to the provisions of this ordinance. For purposes of this section, a “new golf course” is defined as a new golf use on a property or properties that did not host that use prior to adoption of this ordinance. For purposes of this section, any substantial improvements which consist of any combination of repair, reconstruction, rehabilitation, addition or other improvements to the building environment taking place during a 5 year period, the cumulative cost of which equals or exceed 50% of the total value of the property as per their respective folio number. a “redeveloped golf course” is defined as a golf course in existence on or before the effective date of the ordinance for which fifty percent (50%) of any playable area is remodeled, reconfigured, renovated and/or reconstructed. 


(b) 

Existing golf courses. 

1. Golf courses in existence prior to adoption of this ordinance with elements which conflict the requirements of this section shall be legal non-confirming and, except as otherwise specified herein, shall be required to conform fully to this section upon an effort redevelop same. 

2. Golf courses in existence prior to adoption of this ordinance shall nevertheless be required to comply with section (1)(b), (1)(e), and (1)(f) within one (1) year of adoption of this ordinance. 

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Implementation. The City Manager, City Clerk, and City Attorney 


Section 3. 

   

are hereby authorized and directed to implement the provisions of this Ordinance and to 

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take any and all necessary administrative actions as may be appropriate by their position to execute the purpose of this Ordinance. 

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