Landscape Certification

Proposed code amendment to establish landscape certification requirements for new development.


New development projects on sites greater than 7,000 square feet require that a landscape plan prepared and stamped by a licensed landscape architect be submitted at the time of permit application. Single family homes, attached houses, and duplexes are exempt from this requirement. At the time of Certificate of Occupancy, staff performs an inspection to verify that the landscaping is in place.

The proposed code amendment will require that prior to issuance of a Certificate of Occupancy, the landscape design professional shall conduct an inspection to evaluate and assess that the landscaping conforms to the approved design and is planted correctly. The City has proposed a form for documenting such an assessment.

What's Happening Now

The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on August 17, 2015 at their legislative session which begins at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers.

The public has the opportunity to testify before the City Council during the Public Hearing. Written comments will also be forwarded to the City Council for their consideration.

For City Council meeting agendas and packet information please see the City Council Document page.

Project Documents

Other Meetings

  • June 24, 2015 Public Hearing held by Plan Commission. Commissioners recommended approval (7 to 0 vote) to the City Council.
  • On March 11, 2015 and May 13, 2015 the Plan Commission held Workshops to review the proposed drafts.

Other helpful links

Contact Information

Tami Palmquist, AICP
Associate Planner