Carroll's County's streetscapes could become greener and lined with stately trees and well-maintained shrubs if the county commissioners adopt a proposed Landscape Ordinance and Manual, which they reviewed yesterday.
The ordinance details where and how to plant trees along public roads so they will mature to provide shade.
"This is basically Landscaping 101," said Brian Adams, a landscaper for Westminster and member of the review committee that fine-tuned the draft ordinance. "We are literally giving the specs so that there will be a good product in the end.
"We are not talking about a row of white pines 2 feet apart," he said. "We will be considering the size and health of trees in a layout that gives them a chance to survive."
Landscaping is more than beautification, said Andrew Stine, a landscape consultant and committee member.
Although much of the county landscaping efforts will be in public rights of way, the proposal gives the property owners responsibility for maintaining and refurbishing landscaping. The proposal does not apply to trees on private property and would not force homeowners to maintain or replace other trees on their property.