Landscape Manual

The City of Irvine desires to have landscaped open spaces designed with the following goals in mind:

  1. Landscaped open spaces should project a positive image and establish a permanent character for the City.

  2. Landscaped open spaces should be aesthetic, functional and economical to maintain. They should be an asset, not a liability.

  3. Landscaped open spaces should be able to be used for the enjoyment of those who live and/or work in the City.

The Landscape Manual and Standard Plans were developed to provide policies, procedures and standards to be used while designing projects to help achieve these goals. This manual is the result of the efforts and input from many groups and individuals. The Landscape Task Force (a committee of citizens and professionals appointed by the City Council "to develop a landscape policy for the City") has devoted many hours to the project. Also, representatives from the development community and design professionals have provided input, as well as contractors, maintenance personnel, manufacturers and others in the landscape industry. The valuable services and constructive input these people have provided is greatly appreciated and has been a great help in preparing this manual.

The Landscape Manual is in compliance with California Code of Regulations, Title 23, Division 2, Chapter 2.7 - Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance (MWELO); and California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Division 7, Chapter 12, Article 12 - Procurement of Recovered Organic Waste Products. The MWELO can be accessed here.

Landscape Manual

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