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Landscape guidelines

The Creeks has been sensitively designed to create a comfortable pedestrian environment. Street right-of-ways incorporate sidewalks, landscaped boulevards, street trees and special street light standards. It is the intent of the landscape guidelines to ensure that the quality and experience of the streetscape carry into each individual home-site and that a gradual transition of landscape occurs from one home-site to another. Given these intentions, the landscape guidelines emphasize the front and side yard areas of all home-sites.

These guidelines will help you through the process of planning your landscape and to understand the technical specifications we require your landscape designer to meet through to the final approval stage.

Landscape Submission for Approval

Landscape submission for approval shall include two copies of prepared landscape drawings illustrating:

  • Legal description of the lot, residential address, Builder’s name and Owner’s name
  • Building footprint, setbacks, and easements
  • Driveway location
  • Site drainage
  • Planting beds, lawn, and trees
  • A legend indicating specifications of all plants (i.e. size, quantity)

1.1 Construction timeline requirements

“The Creeks” requires the Builder/Home Owner to complete front yard landscaping within six landscaping months of the construction completion date of the home or occupancy, whichever is the later, unless the home is a builder spec home, in which case occupancy does not apply. Landscaping months are May to October and the landscaping period may straddle portions of two calendar years. The Builder/Home Owner is responsible for any damage to curbs, sidewalks, boulevards, and common areas during landscape installation.

1.2 Trees and shrubs

All front and visible portions of the side yards are to be landscaped.

Trees

One tree is required per front yard and is to have a minimum caliper of 60mm.

Shrubs & Planting Beds

The entire front elevation of the home must incorporate dense shrub planting. Lawn only is not adequate. Shrubs must be minimum 2 gallon pots planted in mulched planting beds and should be a mix of evergreens, ornamental grasses, and flowering shrubs. Minimum of 15 shrubs, 5 of those shrubs to be planted in the 1m space on driveway side of property. Planting beds can be treated with various forms of bedding materials (shrubs, groundcovers, perennials, etc.) to retain moisture and inhibit weed growth.

1.3 Mulch

Builders/Home Owners are encouraged to use mulch in planting beds and around the base of trees. Mulch discourages weed growth, increases water retention and distribution and creates a neat, finished look. Any type of mulch is acceptable as long as it is not toxic to humans or pets.

1.4 Lawn

The Builder/Home Owner is encouraged to use sod to establish their lawn. All lawn areas are to have a minimum of 100mm screened topsoil base. Boulevards are to be sodded.

1.5 Underground Irrigation System

Irrigation systems save time, conserve water and save plants. An underground irrigation system must be installed prior to landscape construction. Homes fronting onto boulevard spaces are responsible for the irrigation and maintenance of those spaces. As a good neighbour, for lots backing onto park space or environmental reserve space please confine irrigation to your lot and not the abutting natural open spaces and parks.

1.6 Fencing

Fences separating properties shall be a maximum of 6′ high.

For lots backing development perimeter fencing, lot fences must transition to the height of the perimeter fence within 8’. Lot fencing cannot be attached to development perimeter fencing.

1.7 Downspout Extension and Drainage Patterns

In order to allow for the most efficient relief of surface water run-off, it is important to respect the grading plan for your home site that has been pre-designed for all lots. The Builder/Home Owner is responsible for containing surface drainage on their lot. It is important to indicate on the landscape plan how you intend to direct or contain this drainage and run-off with directional arrows. We recommend that downspouts be extended away from the home but the extension of the outlet cannot be closer than 4m from front or back property.

Weeping tile sump discharge must be directed to surface drainage. No sewer connections are permitted. Please note this is a City of Regina Bylaw. Ideally, sump pump discharge should be directed to the rear of the lot to a maximum of 4m from rear property line. If sump pump discharge is directed to front of lot it cannot come within 4m of front property line.

Daylighting weeping tile to the sidewalk is prohibited.

1.8 Hardscape

Address Features

Builder/Home Owners are required to install address features in shrub beds to highlight planting beds, create visual interest and develop a focal point.

The height of decorative feature must not exceed the sill height of first floor windows.

The Creeks Developments encourages the use of paving stone, decorative planters, and retaining walls in addition to the minimum requirements.

1.9 Water Curb Box

Water curb boxes must be accessible and operational at all times. Curb boxes are to be left at the finished ground elevation.

2.0 Maintenance

The Builder/Home Owner is to keep empty lots or homes that are not yet landscaped clear of weeds at all times.