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File #: 52049    Version: 1 Name: Allowing stone as a type of mulch
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 6/12/2018 In control: PLAN COMMISSION
On agenda: 9/4/2018 Final action: 9/4/2018
Enactment date: 9/15/2018 Enactment #: ORD-18-00086
Title: Amending Section 28.142(3)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to allow stone as a type of mulch allowed by the Landscaping and Screening Requirements.
Sponsors: Paul E. Skidmore
Attachments: 1. Zoning Text Memo 7-16-18.pdf, 2. UDC_Comments.pdf
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
9/4/20181 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt with Conditions and Close the Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/20/20181 PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT WITH CONDITIONS - RECESSED PUBLIC HEARINGPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/7/20181 COMMON COUNCIL Re-refer for Recessed Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/30/20181 PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO RE-REFER - RECESSED PUBLIC HEARINGPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/24/20181 COMMON COUNCIL Re-refer for Recessed Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/16/20181 PLAN COMMISSION RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO RE-REFER - PUBLIC HEARINGPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/19/20181 COMMON COUNCIL Refer For Public HearingPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/12/20181 Attorney's Office/Approval Group Referred for Introduction  Action details Meeting details Not available

Fiscal Note

No fiscal impact.

Title

Amending Section 28.142(3)(c) of the Madison General Ordinances to allow stone as a type of mulch allowed by the Landscaping and Screening Requirements.

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DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS:  This ordinance amendment would allow stone to be used as an alternative to organic wood mulch in appropriate situations.  Currently, the landscaping requirements of the zoning code only allow organic material like shredded bark or chipped wood to be used as a mulch.  Staff has learned that there are some circumstances in which bark mulch is not the most appropriate form of landscaping material.  For example, some mulched areas are prone to water runoff and often result in mulch pieces migrating into driveways or parking lots. Organic mulch can attract and provide habitation and sustenance, as well as promote possible entry into adjacent structures.  Also, many mulched areas are frequented by pets who tend to eat the mulch.  Stone material provides an alternative for such areas while continuing to maintain the area as a permeable surface. In particular, stone mulch can provide a cost effective, low maintenance permeable ground cover for commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities.

 

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The Common Council of the City of Madison do hereby ordain as follows:

 

                     Subdivision (c) of Subsection (3) entitled “Landscape Plan and Design Standards” of Section 28.142 entitled “Landscaping and Screening Requirements” of the Madison General Ordinances is amended to read as follows:

 

“(c)                     Mulch shall consist of shredded bark, chipped wood or other organic material stone installed at a minimum depth of two (2) inches.  If stone is used, it shall be spread over weed barrier fabric.”