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Development & Permits
2021 - What are the landscaping requirements for developers and are native plants encouraged?
The zoning ordinance provides guidelines for the spacing and placement of landscaping plants. It does not provide recommendations for the use of native plants at this time. We do have a favored tree list in our Landscape Specification Manual. Some of the acceptable trees are natives. With the introduction and/or mutation of insect and disease pathogens, sometimes natives are not the best suited for the stressful environments of parking lots and streetscapes.
2020 - Please provide an update on the old Williams Farm on Joliff Rd & Portsmouth Blvd and when will it be complete.
The property at the intersection of Joliff Rd and Portsmouth Blvd (south side) is called the Grove and it is a PUD (Planned Unit Development) which is a type of building development and regulatory process. As a building development, it is a designed grouping of both varied and compatible land uses, such as housing, recreation, commercial centers, and industrial parks, all within one contained development or subdivision. The City does not have, nor does it require, that a developer provide a schedule; however, a project of this nature can last 5-10 years for the build out. Here is a the Grove phasing sheet, which includes a warehouse, apartments, and a brewery.
2020 - The construction of the Retirement Home has stopped at the corner of Pines of Warwick and Cedar Road. It has been months since any activity. What's going on?
When the City issues a permit for a developer to perform work on a site, we do not require the developer to submit a construction plan schedule. Construction delays can be caused by inclement weather or other unavoidable situations. We have Construction Inspectors on new development sites that ensure work is completed up to the City standards.
2020 - Explain the process of enforcing residential property maintenance. Why doesn’t the City impose more severe penalties to homeowners whose property lacks proper maintenance?
Here is a video response from Development & Permits Customer Service Manager Sandra Witherow.