Landscape, Development and Screening Regulations
Screening and Fencing Regulations
The property owner must construct screening which meets the requirements of these regulations in the event the owner causes to be constructed a building in a non-residential or apartment zoning district which abuts a residential district. In the event the Commission approves a plat for a single family residential subdivision for land which abuts property zoned for non-residential or apartment uses, the developer of the residential subdivision must construct screening along the perimeter of the entire subdivision which meets the requirements:
- The screening must be of masonry construction unless otherwise approved by the City Council.
- The screening must be a minimum of 6 feet in height but no greater then 8 feet in height.
- The screening must allow and maintain clear vision at least 25 feet from all intersections or outside the visibility triangle at an intersection.
- The construction plans for the screening must be prepared by a structural professional engineer registered in the State of Texas.
The following regulations apply to fencing:
- On a lot platted for residential use, a fence cannot extend beyond the front building line, except in a Single-Family Residential Estates (RE) zoning district or on a lot of at least 1 acre, in which event a masonry, brick or wrought iron fence may extend to the front property line.
- A fence can extend into the front yard on a lot or parcel located in a non-residential zoning or Agricultural District or on an undeveloped lot where an agricultural activity is taking place.
- A fence cannot obstruct any public right-of way.
- The maximum height of a fence is 8 feet.
- A fence may be constructed of wood, masonry, brick, wrought iron, wire or woven wire mesh or other compatible materials.
- The property owner must maintain the fence in such a manner that it is not dilapidated or unsafe.
Landscape Development Regulations
The landscape development regulations apply to development in Planned Development (PD), all common areas in all residential districts, Apartment (A), Commercial-1 (C-1), Highway Oriented (HO), Commercial-2 (C-2) and Industrial (I) zoning districts. The regulations are as follows:
- Landscaping regulations apply to all new construction, reconstruction and where a Certificate of Occupancy is requested to be issued. Plans must be submitted and approved before a building permit or a Certificate of Occupancy can be issued.
- 15% of the total land area must be landscaped with trees, shrubs and ground vegetation including grasses. 50% of this landscaping must be located in the front yard. Special landscape designs, which are appropriate for the building design (i.e. southwestern and Spanish styles or xeriscape design) may be approved if a landscape architect or certified landscape designer approves the submitted landscape plan.
- Landscaping must be irrigated or located within 75 feet of a water source for proper maintenance and care.
- Trees must be planted along property frontage at a rate of one, 3 inch caliper tree for every 40 feet of frontage.
- A screening row of shrubs/plantings is required along at least 50% of any street frontage. Such plants grow to at least 36 inches at maturity.
- Curbed island areas and parking lot islands must be landscaped with materials or plantings other than exclusively lawn grass. In lieu of shrubs, vegetation and trees decorative concrete, paving stones, paving bricks or decorative stones may be used for at least 50% of the island areas.
- Shrub and tree plantings in appropriate areas are also required along side perimeters of developed lots.
- In parking lots, for every 12 parking spaces, 90 square feet of landscaping (trees, shrubs and/or ground vegetation, including grasses, or decorative concrete, paving stones, paving bricks or decorative stones) in island areas is required.
- The owner commits an offense if he does not maintain the required landscaping with plantings properly watered and pruned. All dead trees, shrubs, vegetation and grasses must be replaced within a reasonable period of time and no later than 30 days. In the event of a drought or emergency, the Building Official may grant a reasonable extension of time for the replacement of dead trees, shrubs, vegetation and grasses.
Recommended Tree List
All trees used to satisfy the requirements of the Red Oak Zoning Ordinance must be of a species common or adaptable to this area of Texas. The following is a list of acceptable trees:
- American Elm Lacebark Elm
- Bald Cypress Lacey Oak
- Black Hickory Live Oak
- Black Oak Pecan
- Black Walnut Post Oak
- Bur Oak Rusty Blackhaw
- Cedar Elm River Birch
- Chinese Pistachio Shumard Red Oak
- Chinquapin Oak Southern Magnolia
- Dawn Redwood Sweet Gum
- Durand Oak Green Ash
- Eastern Red Cedar Texas Ash
- Big Tooth Maple Texas Oak
- Gingko Texas Walnut
- Gum Burnelia Texas Walnut