Township of Bethlehem, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Commissioners of the Township of Bethlehem 12-15-1997 by Ord. No. 8-97 (Ch. 27 of the 1988 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 110.
Development fees — See Ch. 116.
Floodplain management — See Ch. 135.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 218.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 230.
Article I General Provisions and Administration

§ 275-1 Purposes and community development objectives.

§ 275-2 Applicability.

§ 275-3 Public utility exemptions.

§ 275-4 Township and municipal authority exception.

§ 275-5 Interpretation; uses not specifically regulated.

§ 275-6 Severability.

§ 275-7 Repealer; continuation of provisions.

§ 275-8 General procedure for permits.

§ 275-9 Permits and certificates.

§ 275-10 Zoning Officer.

§ 275-11 Zoning Hearing Board.

§ 275-12 Hearings.

§ 275-13 Appeals.

§ 275-14 Board of Commissioner's jurisdiction.

§ 275-15 Amendments.

§ 275-16 Curative amendments.

§ 275-17 Procedure to obtain preliminary opinion.

§ 275-18 Filing fees and costs.

§ 275-19 Enforcement; violations and penalties; remedy.

§ 275-20 Conditional use process.

§ 275-21 Special exception use process.

§ 275-22 Liability.

Article II Terminology

§ 275-23 General interpretation.

§ 275-24 Definitions.

Article III Districts

§ 275-25 Districts designated.

§ 275-26 Application of district regulations.

§ 275-27 Zoning Map.

§ 275-28 District boundaries.

§ 275-29 Municipal boundaries.

Article IV RR Rural Residential District

§ 275-30 Purpose.

§ 275-31 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-32 Special exception uses.

§ 275-33 Conditional uses.

§ 275-34 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-35 Additional requirements.

§ 275-36 Incentives for improvement of accident-prone intersections.

Article V LDR Low-Density Residential District

§ 275-37 Purpose.

§ 275-38 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-39 Special exception uses.

§ 275-40 Conditional uses.

§ 275-41 Limited office conversions.

§ 275-42 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-43 Additional requirements.

§ 275-44 Incentives for improvement of accident-prone intersections.

Article VI MDR Medium-Density Residential District

§ 275-45 Purpose.

§ 275-46 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-47 Special exception uses.

§ 275-48 Conditional uses.

§ 275-49 Lot and setback regulations for uses other than townhouses or retirement villages.

§ 275-50 Lot and setback regulations for townhouses or retirement village.

§ 275-51 Additional requirements.

§ 275-52 Incentives for improvements to accident-prone intersections.

Article VII MHDR Medium-High-Density Residential District

§ 275-53 Purpose.

§ 275-54 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-55 Special exception uses.

§ 275-56 Conditional uses.

§ 275-57 Lot and setback regulations common to all uses.

§ 275-58 Lot and setback regulations for uses other than townhouses, garden apartments, mobile/manufactured home parks, mid-rise apartments, retirement villages and life-care centers.

§ 275-59 Lot and setback regulations for townhouse, garden apartments, retirement villages and life-care centers.

§ 275-60 Lot and setback regulations for mobile/manufactured home parks.

§ 275-61 Lot and setback regulations for mid-rise apartments.

§ 275-62 Additional requirements.

Article VIII NC Neighborhood Commercial District

§ 275-63 Purpose.

§ 275-64 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-65 Special exception uses.

§ 275-66 Conditional uses.

§ 275-67 Prohibited uses.

§ 275-68 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-69 Additional requirements.

Article IX GC General Commercial District

§ 275-70 Purpose.

§ 275-71 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-72 Special exception uses.

§ 275-73 Conditional uses.

§ 275-74 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 275-75 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-76 Additional requirements.

Article X PC Planned Commercial District

§ 275-77 Purpose; intent.

§ 275-78 Planned commercial development.

§ 275-79 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-80 Special exception uses.

§ 275-81 Conditional uses.

§ 275-82 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-83 Standards for approval of planned commercial development.

§ 275-84 Additional requirements.

Article XI OB Office/Business District

§ 275-85 Purpose.

§ 275-86 Definition of planned business development.

§ 275-87 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-88 Conditional uses.

§ 275-89 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 275-90 Standards for approval of planned business development.

§ 275-91 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-92 Additional requirements.

Article XII GI General Industrial District

§ 275-93 Purpose.

§ 275-94 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-95 Special exception uses.

§ 275-96 Conditional uses.

§ 275-97 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 275-98 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-99 Additional requirements.

Article XIII LI Light Industrial/Office Campus District

§ 275-100 Purpose.

§ 275-101 Definition of planned business development.

§ 275-102 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-103 Special exception uses.

§ 275-104 Conditional uses.

§ 275-105 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 275-106 Standards for approval of planned business development.

§ 275-107 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-108 Street access.

§ 275-109 Additional requirements.

Article XIV AG Agriculture District

§ 275-110 Purpose.

§ 275-111 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-112 Special exception uses.

§ 275-113 Conditional uses.

§ 275-114 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-115 Additional requirements.

Article XV CR Conservation and Recreation District

§ 275-116 Purpose.

§ 275-117 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-118 Special exception uses.

§ 275-119 Conditional uses.

§ 275-120 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-121 Additional requirements.

Article XVI Environmental Protection

§ 275-122 Environmental preservation required.

§ 275-123 Nuisances, fire and explosive hazards prohibited.

§ 275-124 Steep slopes.

§ 275-125 Wetlands.

§ 275-126 Setbacks from surface waters and drainage swales.

§ 275-127 Alluvial soils.

§ 275-128 Floodplain areas.

§ 275-129 Filling, excavation and grading.

§ 275-130 Storage of gases, liquids, solids and hazardous substances.

§ 275-131 Sewage waste disposal.

§ 275-132 Noise control.

§ 275-133 Vibration control.

§ 275-134 Air pollution and odors.

§ 275-135 Light, glare and heat control.

§ 275-136 Placement of outdoor machinery.

§ 275-137 Radioactivity; electrical disturbances.

§ 275-138 Preservation of trees and forests.

§ 275-139 Review to determine compliance with performance standards.

§ 275-140 Stripping of topsoil.

§ 275-141 Sinkhole and subsidence hazards.

Article XVII Off-Street Parking and Loading

§ 275-142 Required number of off-street parking spaces.

§ 275-143 General regulations for off-street parking.

§ 275-144 Design standards for off-street parking.

§ 275-145 Parking of commercial vehicles in residential districts and unregistered vehicles.

§ 275-146 Off-street loading.

§ 275-147 On-street parking regulations.

Article XVIII Signs

§ 275-148 Applicability.

§ 275-149 Nonconforming signs.

§ 275-150 Definitions of signs.

§ 275-151 Construction.

§ 275-152 Abandoned or outdated signs.

§ 275-153 Location of signs.

§ 275-154 Illuminated signs.

§ 275-155 Vehicle signs.

§ 275-156 Temporary signs.

§ 275-157 Exempt signs.

§ 275-158 Signs prohibited in all districts.

§ 275-159 Signs and/or structures identifying major residential or business developments.

§ 275-160 Area of signs.

§ 275-161 Maximum height of signs.

§ 275-162 Signs permitted in residential districts.

§ 275-163 Sign permitted in commercial districts.

§ 275-164 Signs permitted in industrial and business districts.

§ 275-165 Approval of signs associated with proposed conditional uses and special exception uses.

§ 275-166 Off-premises signs (including billboards).

§ 275-167 Sign area bonuses.

Article XIX General Regulations

§ 275-168 Limit of one principal use.

§ 275-169 Street frontage; number of uses or buildings.

§ 275-170 Maximum height of buildings.

§ 275-171 Special lot and yard requirements; sight distance and buffer yards.

§ 275-172 Landscaping.

§ 275-173 Establishment of future right-of-way widths for streets.

§ 275-174 Street requirement for industrial and commercial uses.

§ 275-175 Access onto arterial, connector and collector streets.

§ 275-176 Nonconformities.

§ 275-177 Temporary structure or use.

§ 275-178 Site plan review.

§ 275-179 Traffic impact study.

§ 275-180 Stormwater management.

§ 275-181 Recreation land, open space and fees requirements.

§ 275-182 Posting of address.

§ 275-183 Impervious surface and lot area bonus for resolving stormwater problems.

§ 275-184 Zero lot line housing option.

§ 275-185 Condominium ownership.

§ 275-186 Skip lot option.

§ 275-187 Nonresidential building separation.

Article XX Additional Requirements for Specific Uses

§ 275-188 Applicability.

§ 275-189 Additional requirements for specific principal uses.

§ 275-190 Additional requirements for accessory uses.

Article XXI IN Institutional Overlay District

§ 275-191 Purpose.

§ 275-192 Relationship to existing districts.

§ 275-193 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-194 Special exception uses.

§ 275-194.A Conditional uses.

§ 275-195 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-196 Additional requirements.

Article XXII Single-Family Cluster Development

§ 275-197 Purpose.

§ 275-198 Lot and area requirements.

§ 275-199 Qualifying conditions.

§ 275-200 Cluster open space requirements.

Article XXIII Planned Residential Development (PRD)

§ 275-201 Purpose.

§ 275-202 Applicability.

§ 275-203 Eligibility.

§ 275-204 Land uses.

§ 275-205 Density requirements.

§ 275-206 Site analysis.

§ 275-207 Site design requirements.

§ 275-208 Utilities.

§ 275-209 Ownership/maintenance of common open space.

§ 275-210 Development in phases.

§ 275-211 Procedures.

§ 275-212 Enforcement and modifications.

Article XXIV LI(P) Light Industrial/Office Campus (Phased)

§ 275-213 Purpose.

§ 275-214 Applicability.

§ 275-215 LI(P) District severability.

Article XXV Smart Growth Districts and Overlay Districts

§ 275-216 Purposes.

§ 275-217 Legislative authority for overlay districts.

§ 275-218 Establishment of districts.

§ 275-219 District and overlay district provisions.

§ 275-220 District and Overlay District Map.

Article XXVI Neighborhood Enhancement Overlay District

§ 275-221 Purpose.

§ 275-222 Applicability.

§ 275-223 Use regulations.

§ 275-224 Area, bulk, yard and height regulations.

§ 275-225 Development requirements.

§ 275-226 Conditional use standards and criteria.

Article XXVII Commercial Enhancement Overlay District

§ 275-227 Purpose.

§ 275-228 Applicability.

§ 275-229 Use regulations.

§ 275-230 Area, bulk, height and yard regulations.

§ 275-231 Development requirements.

§ 275-232 Conditional use standards and criteria.

Article XXVIII Conservation Design Overlay District

§ 275-233 Purpose.

§ 275-234 Applicability and conditions of eligibility.

§ 275-235 Use regulations.

§ 275-236 Area, bulk, yard, height and open space regulations.

§ 275-237 Development requirements.

Article XXIX Town Center District

§ 275-238 Purpose.

§ 275-239 Conditions of eligibility.

§ 275-240 Use regulations.

§ 275-241 Area, bulk, height, yard, density and open space regulations.

§ 275-242 Development requirements.

§ 275-243 Conditional use standards and criteria.

Article XXX Hospital Health Care Village District

§ 275-244 Purpose.

§ 275-245 Intent.

§ 275-246 Principal and accessory uses.

§ 275-247 Conditions of eligibility.

§ 275-248 Use regulations.

§ 275-249 Composition.

§ 275-250 Area, bulk, height and yard regulations.

§ 275-251 Development requirements.

§ 275-252 Conditional use standards and criteria.

Article XXXI Mixed-Use Village Overlay District

§ 275-253 Purpose.

§ 275-254 Applicability.

§ 275-255 Conditions of eligibility.

§ 275-256 Use regulations.

§ 275-257 Area, bulk, height, yard, density and open space regulations.

§ 275-258 Development requirements.

§ 275-259 Conditional use standards and criteria.

§ 275-259A Modifications.

Article XXXII Streetscape Enhancement Overlay District

§ 275-260 Purpose.

§ 275-261 Minimum requirements.

§ 275-262 Limitations posed or presented by existing conditions.

§ 275-263 Street cross-sections and examples.

§ 275-264 Designated streetscape enhancement area.

§ 275-264A Modifications.

Article XXXIII HM Highway Maintenance District

§ 275-265 Purpose.

§ 275-266 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-267 Conditional uses.

§ 275-268 Specifically prohibited uses; covenant, restriction and acknowledgment of use limitations in deeds of conveyance.

§ 275-269 Lot and setback regulations.

§ 275-270 Additional requirements.

Article XXXIV GU Gaming Uses Overlay District

§ 275-271 Purpose.

§ 275-272 Relationship to existing districts.

§ 275-273 Permitted-by-right uses.

§ 275-274 Special exception uses.

§ 275-275 Conditional uses.

§ 275-276 Prohibited uses.

§ 275-277 Lot, building, and setback regulations.

§ 275-278 Community impact analysis.

§ 275-279 Traffic access.

§ 275-280 Separation distance requirements.

§ 275-281 Required accessory uses.

§ 275-282 Permitted supportive uses.

§ 275-283 State licensing.

§ 275-284 Additional requirements.