2024 Landscape/At-Grade Hardscape/Exterior Lighting Application

Objective: Considerable effort has been expended on careful land planning, conservation, and the enhancement of the natural environment at The Landings. Suitable landscaping, therefore, is an essential part of this effort to create a quality development.

Landscaping must be adequate to properly complement the home and site as well as the surrounding properties. Landscaping should be used to enhance and soften the views of the home, to screen unsightly areas, to provide privacy, and to add interest to the home’s elevations. Plant materials and their configuration must be suitable to local climate, and either be indigenous to the general area, or blend in well with those that are.

A $100 Application Fee is required.

A. Specific objectives:

  1. Softening of foundation walls, panels, pools, and decks.
  2. Screening of all heating and cooling equipment and of service yards.
  3. Buffering between adjacent houses.
  4. All plants must meet the minimum size requirement as follows:
    • a. Groundcovers - 1 Gallon
    • b. Small to medium shrubs - 3 Gallon
    • c. Large or accent shrubs - 7 Gallon
    • d. Small Tree - 15 Gallon
    • e. Large Tree - 25 Gallon
  5. All portions of the lot that have been cleared or graded must be covered with grass, mulch, or other suitable material.
  6. Portions of the lot that are to be left “natural” must be selectively cleared, removing dead growth, weeds, and unsightly vegetation so as to produce an appearance of modest cultivation that blurs the line between man-made elements and the natural environment.
  7. As water conservation becomes an increasingly important issue, sodded areas are allowed to cover only 30% of the total lot area. Consideration should be given to more natural areas using native plantings/shrubs/trees which require less water.
  8. Drip irrigation shall be used instead of overhead. The addition of a wireless rain sensor, which shuts off your sprinkler when it rains, is strongly recommended. Use of rain barrels is also recommended as an additional way to conserve water.
  9. PDF Format drawn to 1" = 10' scale.

B. Prohibitions:

  1. Unwarranted removal of large, healthy trees.
  2. Property lines outlined by tall hedges, whether natural or cultivated.
  3. The use of highly sheared, topiary, or stylized plants, except within the proper context.
  4. Use of nuisance plants that are invasive.
  5. Earth fill that threatens existing trees.
  6. Large unplanted and untended natural areas.
  7. Extensive use of crushed stone, brick, or gravel as mulch.
  8. Use of landscape pools containing stagnant water.
  9. Vegetable gardens in the front yard.
  10. Use of plants associated with exotic effects, as in “Florida tropical” or “Arizona desert” landscapes.
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Please upload any supporting documents, including plans and Chatham County permits.

This article was originally published by The Landings Association on their website.

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