The standard and appearance of street trees, plantings, paving, walls, fences, seats and other structures play an important role in establishing the identity, quality, amenity, visual interest and character of a subdivision.
DS-1.17.1 Design Elements
The following shall be considered during the design process:
- The streetscape should reflect the functions and characteristics of the road type in the network.
- Incorporate existing significant vegetation where possible.
- Ensure that the streetscape is sensitive to the character of the neighbourhood and preserves important views and vistas.
- Provision of street trees. Avoid locating trees where they are likely to interfere with services, driveways and parking bays or be removed at a future date.
- Take advantage of opportunities for groups of trees in appropriately-sized pockets, and in corners created by the layout of lots.
- Provide adequate grass berms or tree-pits to allow the trees to grow to maturity. This may mean locating the street tree adjacent to a lot boundary.
- Ensure the species is well suited to local conditions, being tolerant of wind, frosts, droughts, wet conditions and salt spray, and are easily maintained.
- Select tree species that will grow to an appropriate height and canopy for the location, width of street, and for ongoing maintenance. On wider streets, use larger trees, either in lines or groves. Avoid shrub species that block sightlines of pedestrians and vehicles.
- Use locally sourced indigenous trees to enhance biodiversity.
- Hard-landscape (paving areas etc.) to be robust and designed such that it does not place an onerous long-term maintenance liability on the Council.
- Coordinate planting works with seasonal preferences for plant establishment, and subdivision development completion.
- Council parks staff, landscape architect and arborists are available to provide information and guidance on streetscape opportunities during design.
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