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Green Laws. Green Laws. & Community Design. LSU Green Law Research Project Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry Office of Forestry Urban Forestry Program. Working With Nature in the City. Part one…. how we build…. Why Landscape Regulations?.

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green laws

Green Laws

Green Laws

& Community Design

LSU Green Law Research Project

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Office of Forestry

Urban Forestry Program

why landscape regulations
Why Landscape Regulations?
  • Landscape Codes set forth standards for better community design. Let’s look at some common problems of urban
  • design that can be solved with a well-crafted community landscape code.
land clearing and tree removal
Land Clearing and Tree Removal
  • Good planning, good design and good development practices will keep nature in the city.
view from the street

View From The Street

View From The Street
  • The view from the public road is the primary objective of a community landscape law.
street edge
Street Edge




  • Street edges and curb cuts are the responsibility of the city?
street yard
Street Yard

Better Site Design

street walls
Street Walls




urban heat island
Urban Heat Island
  • Why do commercial land uses remove all trees?
a sea of parking
A Sea of Parking
  • .
  • Car storage consumes much land and most parking areas contain little landscaping?
vua interiors
VUA Interiors




parking lot design
Parking Lot Design
  • Parking lot interiors should be more than continuous concrete and asphalt.
no walkways
No Walkways
  • When walkways are not provided people walk in the street.
vua screening
VUA Screening
  • Parking lots should be screened from public streets and residential developments.
concrete sites open space
Concrete Sites & Open Space

Concrete Sites& Open Space

Concrete Sites & Open Space

  • Paving from lot line to lot line removes nature and natural elements from development sites!
  • Car storage consumes much land and most parking areas contain little landscaping?
storm water run off
Storm Water Run Off

Better Site Design

  • Where does all of the rain water go?
yard buffering
Yard Buffering

Better Site Design

plant material quality and planting methods
Plant Material Quality and Planting Methods

The proper quality, use, maintenance of landscape plant materials within the urban environment is a problem which is often neglected.

irrigation and water conservation and lbmps
Irrigation and Water Conservation and LBMPs

Nature in the city requires water, water must be carefully managed!


Prepared in cooperation with the East Baton Rouge Tree and Landscape Commission, Office of Landscape & Forestry and the Louisiana Urban Forestry Council.

Design, script, photography and production by the Landscape Ordinance Research Project at the School of Landscape Architecture , Louisiana State University.

For additional information Contact the research program at 225.578.1434 or visit the web site at


For a free copy of this program contact

Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry

Office of Forestry

P.O.Box 1628

Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1628


production staff
Production Staff


Prof. D.G.Abbey,ASLA

Louisiana State University


Prof. Sissi Foster

Michigan State University


Louisiana Department of

Forestry, Urban Forestry Program


Dan Farrah

Joe L’Abbe


Matt Faust

Courtney Bush

Kay Orlando Ourso


Collier County Florida Planning Department

Abbey Associates Landscape Architects

Members of the LCodeLSU Advisory Board

City of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Tree & Landscape Commission

This project was funded in part by an

Urban and Community Forestry Grantfrom

the Louisiana Department of Agriculture

& Forestry, Bonnie Stine Project Coordinator

Drawing By Kay Orlando Ourso Landscape Architect

Abbey Associates,Inc. Landscape Architects - The Architecture Group Baton Rouge, Louisiana