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Landscaping shall be installed within street rights-of-way abutting all subdivisions, multifamily residential and commercial developments. For the purposes of this section, “street right-of-way landscaping” shall be that landscaping installed within the right-of-way. Street right-of-way landscaping includes landscaping installed between the curb and sidewalk, within planter strips, landscaping behind sidewalks, and landscaping installed within medians. LID BMPs such as bioretention facilities should be utilized within right-of-way landscaping where feasible, as determined by city of Bothell design and construction standards, provided the screening purpose of the landscape type is achieved. Where a property has frontage on a street which is part of the Bothell boulevard system, the regulations in BMC 12.18.060 shall apply. Street rights-of-way landscaping shall be as follows:

A. Landscaping shall be installed between the curb and sidewalk within a planter strip, pursuant to the following table:

Street Classification


Shrubs and Ground Covers

Local access street

One deciduous tree, at an average spacing of 30 feet on center. Trees to be selected from the list contained in BMC 12.18.140(G).

Turf grass of ground covers as approved by director


Pursuant to Type IV standard

Pursuant to Type IV standard

Arterial street

Pursuant to Type IV standard

Pursuant to Type IV standard

Boulevard street

See BMC 12.18.060

See BMC 12.18.060

B. Landscaping installed within the street right-of-way between the sidewalk and the front property line shall meet or exceed a Type IV landscape standard. Other portions of abutting street right-of-way which do not contain roadway, gutters, curbing, street furniture, sidewalks or walkways or other hard surfaces shall be landscaped in accordance with a Type IV standard. Individual single-family and duplex residences are exempt from the provisions of this subsection.

C. Landscaping installed within city-approved traffic medians, islands, or other landscape features installed within street rights-of-way shall meet a Type IV landscape standard. All deciduous and coniferous trees installed within traffic medians or islands shall be selected from the Bothell boulevard median tree list as contained under BMC 12.18.060.

D. All landscaping installed within the street right-of-way shall comply with the sight distance requirements as set forth in the city of Bothell design and construction standards and specifications.

E. Property owners shall be responsible for maintaining any landscaping within abutting public rights-of-way.

F. The landscaping requirements in this section may be modified by the director when their strict application could create conflicts with overhead or underground utilities, traffic control signs, or other structures or conditions within the right-of-way. (Ord. 2200 § 2 (Exh. B), 2016; Ord. 1904 § 1, 2003; Ord. 1815 § 1, 2000; Ord. 1629 § 1, 1996).