INDIAN ROCKS BEACH – City officials are laying the groundwork designed to improve the look of Gulf Boulevard through more trees and landscaping
Planning and Zoning Director Danny Taylor has started work on a proposed ordinance that would create a “canyon effect” on Gulf Boulevard
He told commissioners April 8 the Planning and Zoning board looked at several ordinances in October and November from around the Southeast. Board members liked the town of Belleair’s ordinance and used some of its provisions for their proposed regulations.
The canyon effect – which some commissioners prefer to call “canopy effect” – is intended to require vegetation to be planted, landscaped and maintained on private property in the city. City officials say the regulations may contribute to the city’s identity.
Taylor’s presentation included pictures of streets lined on both sides with palm trees, such as in Belleair; oak trees, in Savannah, Ga.; and other vegetation.
The proposed amendment stipulates that all lots with a front, side or rear yard on Gulf Boulevard shall have a minimum setback of 25 feet from Gulf Boulevard measured from the property line to the structure. The provision is already included in the B zoning district.
Under the proposed ordinance all lots with a front, side or rear yard on Gulf Boulevard must have a minimum setback of 25 feet from Gulf Boulevard measured from the property line to the structure. The five feet closest to the property line shall be planted and landscaped and maintained by the property owner. The requirements become effective when the property is developed or redeveloped.
Another provision says the 5-foot strip of land shall be planted and or landscaped to include 2.4 canopy trees per 100 linear feet or a fraction thereof, have a trunk diameter of 2 1/4 inches and reach a height at maturity of 15 feet or more.
Commissioners liked the concept, which will next be reviewed by the Planning and Zoning Board before being brought back to the commission for approval.