Purpose & Intent
The purpose of these regulations is to establish minimum standards for the development, installation, and maintenance of the Terre Sainte landscape. The intent is to ensure visual harmony and sustainability throughout the community. Moreover, the standards define outdoor spaces, establish high quality aesthetics, and create pedestrian scale open space. The landscape is intended to follow traditional neighborhood principles adopted from successful small towns across America. These principles include shaded, tree-lined streets, pedestrian scale and connectivity, and distinctive and intimate neighborhood parks. The Landscape Guidelines apply to all development areas within Terre Sainte.
Site designs and landscape construction documents shall be prepared in accordance with the requirements of all applicable guidelines set forth in the current City of Lake Charles Code of Ordinances Landscape Requirements (Appendix A, Sec. 5-210). Where conflicts exist between the Lake Charles Code of Ordinances and the landscape design requirements set forth herein, the more stringent or restrictive requirements shall prevail. Questions concerning the interpretation of the City of Lake Charles Code of Ordinances or these landscape design criteria shall be directed to the Terre Sainte Architectural Review Board (ARB).
The minimum amount of landscaping that shall be installed around a house, not including sod, seed, irrigation, lighting or hardscape, shall be $3,000 or 1% of the value of the lot and home in the Terre Sainte Village Neighborhood, whichever is greater, and $5,000 or 1% of the value of the lot and home in the Terre Sainte Park and Estates Neighborhoods, whichever is greater.
Design Requirements by area zones are established based on visibility and uses of open areas within each property. The separate Zones within each Residential lot are defined as the following: Front Yard Zone, Side Yard Zone, Rear Yard Zone, Alley Zone.