DOTHAN--City commissioners passed a new landscaping ordinance Tuesday.
Any new business that decides to build or open in a residential area will have to create buffers separating the business from homes.
"The intent of this ordinance is to protect residential areas from commercial development and make sure that the sound level is fair and the looks are good and that they water the trees, it's a tree buffer," said Mayor Mike Schmitz.
Mayor Schmitz says the ordinance took three and a half years to develop.
He says it was necessary because it was one of the top issues he received complaints about from residents.