What are the Perimeter Landscaping Requirements for Surface Parking Lots in Charleston,SC?

Perimeter landscaping requirements for surface parking lots are set in place in to help maintain the natural beauty of Charleston, SC. Below you will find the necessary information in regards to the perimeter landscaping requirements for surface parking lots.

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Perimeter landscaping requirements for surface parking lots, service areas or other vehicular use areas

Surface parking lots, service areas or other vehicular use areas shall include landscaping where such areas abut a public right-of-way or neighboring parcel, except where permitted driveway connections and pedestrian connections are to be provided. Such landscaping shall be provided as follows:

  1. A landscaping area at least five (5) feet in depth shall be located adjacent to the abutting right-of-way or neighboring parcel; except that where a drainage or other utility easement exists along a property line and the property line is not adjacent to a residentially zoned property, the landscape area can be reduced to three (3) feet and be located between the parking lot, service area or other vehicular use area and the drainage or utility easement.
  2. The landscaping area shall be planted with either one (1) recommended tree for each twenty five (25) linear feet of landscaping area and an evergreen hedge or other durable landscape material of at least three (3) feet in height to provide a continuous landscape element; or one (1) recommended tree for each twenty-five (25) linear feet of landscaping area in combination with a screen wall and/or fence of at least three (3) feet in height to provide a continuous landscape element. Screen walls and fences shall not exceed height limitations set forth in Table 3.1 (Section 54-301) and are subject to the BAR or CCDRB approval where applicable. (See Figure 343:1 and 343:2).
  3. All portions of the landscaping area not planted with shrubs or trees, or covered by a screen wall or fence shall be planted with appropriate vegetation approved by the Zoning Administrator (See Figure 343:3).
  4. Where the landscaping area abuts a surface parking lot or other vehicular use area, the landscaping area shall be protected by curbing or an alternate durable and contextually appropriate material approved by the Zoning Administrator (See Figure 343:4).
  5. Exemptions:
    1. Surface parking lots, service areas or other vehicular use areas located south of Mount Pleasant Street, and the extension thereof across the peninsula, shall only be required to include a landscaping area adjacent to public rights-of-way and not adjacent to neighboring parcels, unless required pursuant to the Article 3, Part 8 Landscape Buffer Requirements.
    2. Surface parking lots, service areas or other vehicular use areas for properties used exclusively for residential uses and zoned to allow ten (10) or fewer dwelling units shall only be required to include a landscaping area adjacent to public rights-of-way and not adjacent to neighboring parcels.
    3. When a surface parking lot, service area or other vehicular use area will be entirely screened from all adjacent public rights-of-way by an intervening building or structure, the parking, service or other vehicular use area shall be exempt from providing street frontage and perimeter landscaping.

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    Figure 343:3 and Figure 343:4

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