I was wondering if I could consult wisdom from any planners who have to dealt with a release of letter of credit which have been created to make sure that all the landscaping is correctly installed.
I work in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and as you probably know it snows here and there are only certain times during the year when we can actually plant landscaping. For instance, when a multifamily building is going up and the developer is looking for occupancy, our department goes out to verify that the landscaping has been correctly done. This is a big problem in the winter because our department cannot really hold up occupancy because there are no plantings (the frozen ground will not allow the plantings to survive). More times than not we grant occupancy to these buildings because there are other buildings that the developer will need occupancy for. Sometimes the last building has been put up in the early winter months and the developer would like his letter of credit released for the landscaping, however not all of the landscaping has been created.
How do other communities in a similar climate deal with allowing the developer to continue building when the landscaping cannot be complete. Many times it is not a problem, however, in anticipation that it may happen someday we would like to be prepared.
Any ideas or direction would be very helpful. Thanks and have a great New Year! Here's to a great 2005!