to the City of Dania Beach to Revise Landscape Regulations.
Dania Beach, FL – August 17, 2009
The City of Dania Beach’s landscape regulations are undergoing a major overhaul as part of the OneCode zoning code rewrite and with the aid of the Florida Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program during the summer of 2009. With the $10,000 award and the $10,000 of City matching funds the City was able to update the antiquated landscape regulations making them more user friendly by clarifying language and incorporating updated industry standards.
The resulting regulations will provide guidance for developers, landscape architects, homeowners associations, homeowners, businesses, non-profits and other governmental agencies. This guidance will include a technical manual for developing landscape plans, a tree-removal permit application guide and a reference compilation of educational material by leading industry sources made available through the city’s website.
Development projects will be able to meet code requirements more efficiently with clear directives and technical supplements and guidance. Property owners will benefit from clear and easy to understand code requirements concerning tree removal, as well as guidance on selecting replacement trees and contractors to install them Staff will benefit from clarifying the city code and using standard technical guidance.
Community support will be increased through implementation of regulations and guidance that is easier to understand and easier to follow. His will degrease frustration during the tree permit and landscape review process, which will also reduce costs and approval timelines for applicants. Community support for the project is best exemplified by the level of questions and complaints concerning the code and lack of technical guidance form the city.
Guidance documents developed for this project and existing educational recourses will be made available at City Hall and through the city’s website.
Revisions to the landscape code will be incorporated into the overall code reorganization efforts, known as OneCode.