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Parkway Improvements

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General:

Nothing herein shall relieve the property owner from the burden of installing sidewalks, curbs, and gutters in accordance with development and/or permitting conditions.

Nothing herein shall relieve the property owner of his/her obligation under Section 12.20.030 of the Buena Park Municipal Code.

Nothing herein shall prevent the City from performing any work within the public right-of-way when it is in the best interest of the City to do so.

Any and all improvements within the public right-of-way will require an approved Public Works Department Encroachment Permit.

Any and all non-standard improvements within the public right-of-way will require an approved non-standard agreement with the Public Works Department.

 

Definition:

For the purposes of these guidelines, the term “parkway” is defined as the area of the street between the back of curb and the sidewalk that is typically planted or landscaped.   If there is no sidewalk, “parkway” is defined as the area of the street between the back of curb and the City’s right-of-way line. The term “landscape improvements” includes groundcovers, shrubs, and other non-vegetative landscape material, but does not include street trees.

 

Responsibilities:

The City will pay for 100% of the cost of repairing concrete curbs and gutters, where the damage was caused by the City.

The City will pay for 100% of the cost of repairing standard concrete sidewalk, driveway approaches, water services and mains, sewer laterals and mains, where the damage was caused by the City.  The City will not pay for the cost of repairing a private driveway approach, including the associated sidewalk areas, if the damage was NOT caused by the City.

The City will pay for 100% of the cost of repairing standard improvements installed in accordance with City policy, pursuant to an approved encroachment permit, and damaged as a result of the City.

Property Owner shall pay 100% of the cost of repairs to non-standard improvements installed in the public right-of-way by the property owner, or his/her predecessors, regardless of the cause of damage.

Property Owner shall pay 100% of the cost of repairs to non-standard improvements installed without a permit in the public right-of-way for the property owner, or his/her predecessor, regardless of the cause of damage.

 

Parkway Improvements Guidelines:

STANDARD LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENTS:

  • Drought-tolerant groundcover.
  • Drought-tolerant turf (grass).
  • Parkway irrigation with no continuous pressurized lines or valves.
  • Standard concrete entry walkway/landings, up to 60% of the overall parkway area.

 LANDSCAPE IMPROVEMENT GUIDELINES:

  • Plant material shall not form a continuous hedge or screen.
  • Plant material shall not obstruct traffic visibility.
  • Plant material installed within five feet (5’) of a driveway shall not exceed 24” in height.
  • Plant material shall not be installed within 12” of utility vaults, meter boxes, fire hydrants, utility poles, and streetlights.
  •  Edible plant materials (i.e., fruit and/or produce trees and shrubs) shall be prohibited, unless exclusive written permission is provided by the Public Works Department on a case-by-case basis.
  • With the exception of nursery stakes for an approved City tree’s temporary support, no ropes, cords, strings, stakes, and similar material shall be installed in the parkway. 
  • Plant materials must not be poisonous, noxious, or invasive, unless exclusive written permission is provided by the Public Works Department on a case-by-case basis.
  • Plant materials shall not have exposed, rigid spines or thorns, unless exclusive written permission is provided by the Public Works Department on a case-by-case basis.
  • Low growing, groundcover plant materials are highly recommended.  Shrubs and other plant materials that form solid, raised masses are discouraged and not recommend for use in parkways.

 NON-VEGETATIVE/PAVING IMPROVEMENT GUIDELINES:

  • Both standard and non-standard paving material must be placed so that the finished surface is in place with adjoining sidewalk and curb surfaces.
  • Non-vegetative groundcover such as bark, mulch, or decomposed granite that is loosely placed shall not be used, unless they are a landscape component/mulching of plant materials in a reasonable proportion.  Stabilized decomposed granite is permitted.
  • Artificial turf material for residential use with reasonable drainage, installed in accordance to manufacturer’s direction, is permitted.  A physical sample must be submitted with the permit application for consideration.
  • Entry walkway/landings, and other non-permeable surfaces, may account to 60% of the overall parkway area.

 PROHIBITED IMPROVEMENTS

  • Lighting.
  • Private signage.
  • Private mail carrier drop boxes (i.e., not USPS).
  • Structural encroachments, including raised pavement, patios, and decks.
  • Cobblestone, gravel, rock, or any other alternative groundcover material that does not provide a uniform, reasonably walkable surface.