Township of Easttown, PA
Chester County
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§ 455-15 Purpose.

The Planned Business – Office District is designed to make special provisions for limited business and office uses in selected locations along a major highway where typical commercial use and development is not desirable by reason of its tendency to cause highway congestion and hazards.

§ 455-16 Use regulations.

A. 
Uses by right. The following uses shall be permitted by right, subject to compliance with the area and bulk regulations of Article III and the other applicable provisions of this chapter:
(1) 
On a lot no less than 1/2 acre in size, any one of the following uses:
(a) 
Bank or financial institution.
(b) 
Laundromat or dry cleaner.
(c) 
Personal service commercial use, such as a barber, hairdresser or tailoring establishment.
(d) 
Professional or business offices.
(e) 
Retail commercial use.
(f) 
Any use of the same general character as the above uses.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection f, Wireless communications facility, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-4-2013 by Ord. No. 413-13.
(2) 
On a lot no less than one acre in size, a combination of the uses enumerated in Subsection A(1) above, and the following business uses, provided that business uses shall not exceed 50% of the gross floor area of all buildings constructed, erected or converted under the provisions of this article:
(a) 
Apartment accessory to a nonresidential use in accordance with § 455-50.
(b) 
Forestry in accordance with § 455-58.
(c) 
Funeral home in accordance with § 455-59.
(d) 
Grocery store.
(e) 
Multifamily building or development in accordance with §§ 455-64 and 455-65.
(f) 
Veterinary clinic in accordance with § 455-71.
(g) 
Wholesale trade business.
(h) 
Warehouse.
(i) 
Automobile car wash.
[Added 8-19-2013 by Ord. No. 417-13]
B. 
Conditional uses. The following uses shall be permitted as a conditional use when authorized by the Board of Supervisors, subject to the procedures and requirements of Article XIV, along with any reasonable conditions that the Board shall impose under § 455-106 of this chapter, on a lot no less than one acre in size and in compliance with the area and bulk regulations in § 455-17, within Article III, and any other applicable provisions of this chapter:
[Amended 3-4-2013 by Ord. No. 413-13; 8-19-2013 by Ord. No. 417-13; 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14]
(1) 
Adaptive reuse in accordance with § 455-49.
(2) 
Automobile gasoline service station in accordance with § 455-51.
(3) 
Automobile gasoline service station and convenience store in accordance with §§ 455-51 and 455-55.
(4) 
Automobile repair.
(5) 
Automobile sales.
(6) 
Commercial day-care center in accordance with § 455-53.
(7) 
Commercial recreation.
(8) 
Community center.
(9) 
Continuing care retirement community in accordance with § 455-54.
(10) 
Drive-through service in accordance with § 455-56.
(11) 
Hospital in accordance with § 455-62.
(12) 
Hotel, motel or inn in accordance with § 455-63.
(13) 
Light industry/manufacturing.
(14) 
Nursery/landscaping sales, service.
(15) 
Outdoor cafe in accordance with § 455-66.
(16) 
Parking facility, garage.
(17) 
Place of worship in accordance with § 455-67.
(18) 
Planned commercial shopping center in accordance with § 455-68.
(19) 
Restaurant, excepting a fast-food restaurant.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B(20), regarding wireless communications facilities, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 12-15-2014 by Ord. No. 424-14. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection B(21) and B(22) as Subsection B(20) and B(21), respectively.
(20) 
Building materials storage and sale.
(21) 
Uses similar to and of the same character as the above uses.
C. 
Accessory uses. The following accessory uses, buildings, and structures (including signs and parking associated with the accessory use) are permitted on the same lot with, and customarily incidental to, the above permitted uses:
(1) 
Accessory uses, buildings and structures in accordance with §§ 455-47 and 455-48.

§ 455-17 Area and bulk regulations.

A. 
Minimum lot width. Every lot shall have a width of not less than 100 feet at the building setback line.
B. 
Maximum impervious surface. Combined coverage (building or buildings, parking driveways, walkways) shall not exceed 65%.
C. 
Minimum front yard setback. No building shall be located less than 40 feet from a street right-of-way line.
D. 
Minimum side yard setback. No building shall be located less than 20 feet from a side property line.
E. 
Minimum rear yard setback. No building shall be located less than 25 feet from a rear property line.
F. 
Maximum building height. No building shall exceed 35 feet in height.
G. 
Number of principal buildings. See § 455-35A.
H. 
Minimum building separation. Where more than one building is proposed for a single lot, buildings shall be separated from each other by a distance of not less than 20 feet.

§ 455-18 General requirements for permitted land uses.

General requirements for permitted land uses shall be in conformance with those listed in Article III.

§ 455-19 Special regulations.

A. 
Buffers.
(1) 
Along each side or rear property line, a buffer in accordance with § 274-34, Article X, of Chapter 274, Natural Resources Protection, as incorporated by reference in § 455-38 of this chapter, of not less than 10 feet in depth shall be provided, unless Subsection A(2) below applies. Along each street right-of-way, a buffer of not less than 10 feet shall be provided. No structures or impervious surfaces shall be located within said buffers, with the exception of necessary sidewalks and accessways along each street right-of-way line.
(2) 
Along each side or rear property line that directly abuts a residential district or use, a buffer in accordance with § 274-34, Article X, of Chapter 274, Natural Resources Protection, as incorporated by reference in § 455-38 of this chapter, of not less than 20 feet in depth shall be provided. No structures or impervious surfaces shall be located within said buffers.
B. 
All off-street parking, loading and access facilities and service areas used by motor vehicles shall comply with the provisions of Article X of this chapter, except that parking within front yard setbacks shall be permitted by conditional use.
C. 
Any application for development under this article shall include or be accompanied by the following:
(1) 
Architecture and landscape architecture plans, in accordance with Chapter 274, Natural Resources Protection, where applicable, prepared by a registered architect or landscape architect, respectively, which shall include:
(a) 
Architectural schematic drawings prepared by an architect registered in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania shall be required of the following:
[1] 
Plans of typical residences.
[2] 
Elevations of typical front and rear building facades of residences and accessory buildings.
(b) 
Architectural schematic drawings shall reflect the following considerations:
[1] 
The presentation of an overall architectural theme, as well as architectural recognition of individual residences.
[2] 
Compatibility of the proposed project with adjoining properties, particularly residential neighborhoods.
[3] 
Long-term durability and maintenance requirements of building materials.
(2) 
Application for development.
(a) 
Applications for development of multifamily development under this section shall be accompanied by a plan containing the information required by this section and Chapter 400, Subdivision and Land Development. The appropriate application fee, prescribed by resolution of the Board of Supervisors from time to time, shall be paid in advance, and the applicant shall agree to reimburse the Township for all costs incurred by it in connection with and in direct relation to the review and processing of the application.
(b) 
In addition, the following information shall be submitted to the Township:
[1] 
The nature of the landowner's interest in the land to be developed.
[2] 
The density of land use to be allocated to the site to be developed.
[3] 
The use and the approximate height, bulk, and location of dwellings and other structures and their proposed construction materials.
[4] 
The feasibility of proposals for the disposition of sanitary waste and stormwater and provision of public water supply.
[5] 
The substance of covenants, grants and easements or other restrictions proposed to be imposed upon the use of the land, buildings and structures, including proposed easements or grants for public utilities.
[6] 
A provision for parking of vehicles and the location and width of proposed streets and public ways.
[7] 
A statement, which will show the ecological and economic impact of the development on the Township and especially as to the surrounding areas.
[8] 
A traffic impact study documenting all improvements, which may be needed to avoid off-site congestion, or hazard, which might arise as a result of the construction of the project for which application is made.
[9] 
Such other data as will indicate compliance with the development standards of this article.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 404.C.3, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6-2-2014 by Ord. No. 422-14.