Township of Easttown, PA
Chester County
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§ 455-8 Establishment of districts.

A. 
Base districts. For the purpose of this chapter, the Township of Easttown is hereby divided into eight base zoning districts, which shall be designated as follows:
[Amended 8-19-2013 by Ord. No. 417-13]
AA
Residential District
R-1
Residential District
R-2
Residential District
R-3
Residential District
R-4
Residential District
R-5
Residential District
PBO
Planned Business – Office District
VB
Village of Berwyn – Village Business District
VT
Village of Berwyn – Village Transition District
VR
Village of Berwyn – Village Residential District
B. 
Overlay districts. For the purpose of this chapter, three overlay districts are incorporated as per the provisions of Article VII of this chapter and shall be delineated on the Zoning Map[1] as follows:
PA
Planned Apartment
MF-A
Multifamily A
MF-B
Multifamily B
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Township offices.
C. 
Natural resource protection. For the purposes of this chapter, the location of and provisions applicable to natural resources are located in Chapter 274, Natural Resources Protection, incorporated by reference in Article VII of this chapter.

§ 455-9 Purposes of districts.

In addition to the purposes and community development objectives listed in § 455-2, the purpose of each district is listed below.
A. 
AA Residential District. The AA Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Provide for farming, conservation, recreation and low-density single-family detached dwellings on lots of sufficient size for on-lot sewage disposal systems.
(2) 
Facilitate agriculture, conservation, recreation, low-density residential and open space uses that preserve the remaining natural resources within this area.
(3) 
Protect streams, valleys, vegetation and the natural contours and condition of the land.
(4) 
Facilitate the conservation and proper utilization of groundwater supplies and control of pollution, surface water flooding and erosion.
B. 
R-1 Residential District. The R-1 Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Provide for low-density single-family residential units on lots of sufficient size for on-lot sewage disposal systems.
(2) 
Foster protection of sensitive natural resources and areas conditionally suitable for on-lot sewage disposal systems.
(3) 
Provide for the preservation of natural resources, historic resources, and open space through lot averaging development options.
C. 
R-2 Residential District. The R-2 Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Permit medium-density single-family residential units appropriate for available public water and sewage facilities.
(2) 
Protect the established neighborhood character in terms of lot and housing size.
(3) 
Preserve sensitive natural resources.
D. 
R-3 Residential District. The R-3 Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Permit higher density single-family residential uses appropriate for available public water and sewage facilities.
(2) 
Preserve the character of the traditional neighborhood development pattern.
(3) 
Preserve sensitive natural resources.
E. 
R-4 Residential District. The R-4 Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Permit high-density single-family residential uses appropriate for available public water and sewage facilities.
(2) 
Preserve the character of the traditional neighborhood development pattern.
(3) 
Preserve sensitive natural resources.
F. 
R-5 Residential District. The R-5 Residential District is intended to:
(1) 
Provide high-density single-family dwelling units and allow for multifamily dwellings.
(2) 
Provide for two-family dwellings.
(3) 
Permit residential uses at a density which is appropriate to available public water and sewage facilities.
(4) 
Preserve the character of the traditional neighborhood development pattern.
(5) 
Preserve sensitive natural resources.
G. 
PBO Planned Business-Office District. The Planned Business-Office District is intended to:
(1) 
Make provisions for primarily office and limited business uses along the major highway corridor where typical business, commercial, and office uses and developments exist, to provide goods and services within the Township, as well as employment opportunities and tax ratables.
(2) 
Preserve the ability of Route 30 to promote traffic movement through the Township by controlling the size, number, and location of access points onto the roadway and promoting access management and parking strategies to maximize safety and traffic flow.
(3) 
Allow for multifamily uses at a density which is appropriate to available public water and sewage facilities.
(4) 
Preserve sensitive environmental features.
(5) 
Protect the character of adjacent residential districts by separating incompatible land uses and densities through appropriate buffers and screening or landscaping measures.
H. 
Village of Berwyn Districts: Village Business District (VB), Village Transition District (VT), and Village Residential District (VR). The Village of Berwyn Districts intend to provide a variety of retail, commercial, residential, institutional, and mixed uses within the Village of Berwyn and its immediately contiguous areas, as depicted on the Zoning Map,[1] consistent with the maintenance, preservation and enhancement of the traditional Village of Berwyn atmosphere. It is recognized that the purpose of this district is to serve the needs of the Easttown community, while at the same time preserving and enhancing the unique qualities of the district. Specific objectives of the district include the following:
[Amended 8-19-2013 by Ord. No. 417-13]
(1) 
Encourage economic development while promoting the traditional main street development form along Lancaster Avenue.
(2) 
Protect existing residential uses and structures of historical or architectural significance.
(3) 
Promote and maintain a walkable community in the district using pedestrian-scaled design principles.
(4) 
Allow for mixed-use development where appropriate by encouraging the integration of commercial and residential uses within buildings, concentrating commercial uses at ground level.
(5) 
Employ design principles that preserve and enhance existing desirable architectural and streetscape elements that are typical of Berwyn and ensure that new construction and redevelopment projects are compatible with the surrounding community.
(6) 
Employ parking, circulation, and mobility strategies that maximize efficiency and safety.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Township offices.

§ 455-10 District boundaries.

The boundaries between districts include the center lines of streets, alleys, streams, or railroad rights-of-way, or follow platted lot lines, municipal boundaries, or such lines extended or lines parallel or perpendicular thereto, unless specifically otherwise indicated. Distances not specifically indicated on the Zoning Map[1] shall be determined by the scale of the map. Where figures are shown on the Zoning Map between a street and a district boundary line, they indicate that the district boundary line runs parallel to the right-of-way line at a distance therefrom equivalent to the number of feet so indicated. Where uncertainty exists as to the location of any said boundaries as shown on the Zoning Map, the following rules shall be used to identify the boundary:
A. 
Where a district boundary is indicated as approximately following the center line of a street, lane, stream or other watercourse, or right-of-way of a power line, railroad or other public utility, such center line shall be constructed to be such boundary.
B. 
Where a district boundary is indicated as approximately following a lot or other property line, such lot or property line shall be construed to be such boundary.
C. 
Where a district boundary divides a lot or runs through undivided property, the location of such boundary, unless otherwise specified by dimensions on the Zoning Map, shall be determined by the use of the scale appearing on said map.
D. 
Where dimensions are shown on the Zoning Map between a street or watercourse and a district boundary, they shall indicate that the district boundary runs parallel to the center line of the street or watercourse at a distance therefrom equivalent to the number of feet so indicated, unless otherwise specified. Where scaled distances do not agree with such dimensions, the dimensions shall control.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Township offices.

§ 455-11 Federal, state, county or Township-owned property.

[Amended 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14]
Federal, state, or county-owned property shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter only insofar as is permitted by the Constitution and laws of both the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the case of Township-owned property, the use provisions of this chapter shall not apply.

§ 455-12 Zoning Map. [1]

A. 
The location and boundaries of zoning districts, except for overlay zones as defined herein, shall be shown upon the map attached to and hereby made a part of this chapter, which shall be designated as the "Easttown Township Zoning Map." Said map and all notations, references and data shown thereon are hereby incorporated by reference into this chapter and shall be as much a part of this chapter as if all were fully described herein.
B. 
If, and whenever, the Board of Supervisors makes changes to the boundaries or other matters included on said map, such changes shall be reflected on the map promptly following enactment of such amendment.
[1]
Editor's Note: The Zoning Map is on file in the Township offices.