1. GENERAL
    1. All service areas and utilities should be permanently screened from view.
      1. All mechanical equipment and trash collection enclosures and service areas shall be screened as part of the building construction or with landscaping, masonry walls, solid wood fencing, or a combination of these materials.  See OSU Construction Standards Section 26 00 00 Electrical, for clearance requirements.
      2. All outdoor storage areas and free-standing utility enclosures shall be screened with construction similar to the adjacent building or with landscaping, masonry walls, solid wood fencing, or a combination of these materials.
    2. Screening materials should be similar to those used on or near adjacent buildings.
    3. Screening materials may include combinations of the following:
      1. Masonry
      2. Iron fencing
      3. Plant material
      4. The use of barbwire, chain link, chain link with slats is not allowed except within agricultural areas or around substations.
      5. Coated, black vinyl chain link fences, with or without slats, may be used at athletic and recreational facilities, or other locations as approved by OSU project design team and University Land Use Planning.
    4. Screening shall not obstruct required vision clearance areas and sight lines.
    5. The choice of screening materials and their placement should be in consideration of personal safety of campus users.
    6. Screening shall be in compliance with the Land Development Code Chapter 3.36 or applicable local regulations if outside of the City of Corvallis.
    7. Screening shall be in compliance with the Land Development Code Chapter 2.9 if the project is within the OSU National Historic District.

  2. VEGETATIVE SCREENING
    1. Plants may be used to visually screen undesirable views, such as service areas, waste and recycling stations, and above grade utilities.
      1. Plants used for screening should be selected based the ability to provide year- round screening, the material’s ultimate size and requirements for healthy growth without sheering or excessive pruning.
      2. Plants should provide the desired height and density taking into consideration circulation requirements, safety, the needs of the use being screened, ingress and egress requirements as well as aesthetics.
      3. In many cases, plant materials used in conjunction with constructed screening devices such as masonry walls provide the most appropriate and functional solution.
    2. Vegetative screening, when used, should provide visual screening year round.
    3. Where landscaping is used for required screening, it shall be at least six feet in height and be at least 80 percent opaque, as seen from a perpendicular line of sight, within eighteen (18) months following establishment of the primary use of the site.
Last Updated: 
07/19/2018