Wednesday, September 3, 2014
The Goose Creek Planning Commission continued to fine-tune what will be an updated and improved commercial landscape ordinance at the groupís monthly meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.
The main focus right now, according to Planning and Zoning director Sarah Hanson, is to settle on changes to the required percentage of commercial development that must be set aside for landscaping.
The current overall requirement of 10 percent usually falls short of what is actually needed once all of the individual landscaping requirements are added up, Hanson explained. She said a 12 percent minimum would fall more into line with all of those individual requirements, and would clear up some of the confusion when business owners and builders are applying for permits.
Other municipalities in the area require 12 to 15 percent landscaping on commercial developments, she pointed out, so builders would already be accustomed to the cityís new requirement.
The commission is still considering all of the changes and consolidation of the commercial landscape ordinance. Once their final draft is complete, it will be submitted to city council for review and approval.