Parking Lot Tree Planting Guidelines
The City of Farmington Hills
Zoning Chapter 34-5.14 requires that deciduous canopy trees be
planted in and around paved areas serving motor vehicles. This
requirement primarily, though not exclusively, applies to parking
lot areas. Parking lot trees are not required within parking lots
in the rear or interior side yards of Light Industrial (LI-1)
Below are some of the requirements for
parking lot design with regards to parking lot trees. Refer to
Zoning Chapter 34-5.14 for complete requirements.
- Parking lot trees shall be indicated on both the Site Plan
and on the Landscape Plan and shown in the same location on
each. The distribution shall be approved by the Planning
- One (1) tree shall be planted for every twenty eight hundred
(2,800) square feet of paved surfaces provided that no fewer
than two (2) trees are provided regardless of surface area.
- Deciduous canopy trees shall be a minimum three (3) inch
caliper. Transplanted trees will not be accepted. Planning
Commission may permit eight (8) foot high evergreen trees in
instances where it would be in the best interest of the City and
where clear vision in maintained.
- Trees shall be distributed evenly throughout the paved area
and shall be provided with an open land area of not less than
one hundred eighty (180) square feet and with a minimum radius
of three (3) feet at the trunk of the tree for protection. Trees
shall be protected from vehicles with curbing or other suitable
- Parking lot islands and all planting areas shall be
excavated of all building material to a minimum depth of
eighteen (18) inches and backfilled with a medium textured
planting mix prior to tree planting.
- In order to be included as parking lot trees, trees shall be
planted within twenty (20) feet of the paved surface.
- Trees shall be required throughout the life of the
development. If any trees die, become diseased or are removed,
they shall be replaced.
- Trees shall be planted in accordance with Chapter 34-5.14.
Typical Parking Lot Tree Planting