Township of Maidencreek, PA
Berks County
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This district has been established and the regulations of this article enacted in support of the following purposes:
A. 
To provide for residential use of land at a density which will preserve the character of the rural portions of the Township;
B. 
To promote the public health and welfare of Township residents by preventing intensive development of areas with natural conditions which render them poorly suited to such development; and
C. 
To promote the public health of Township residents by preventing a concentration of uses utilizing on-site sewage disposal on soils which are poorly or marginally suited for such use.
A. 
Uses by right.
(1) 
Single-family detached dwellings.
(2) 
General agricultural uses subject to the provisions of § 220-87 of this chapter.
(3) 
Municipal services as defined in § 220-11 of this chapter.
(4) 
Public parks and playgrounds.
(5) 
No-impact home-based business subject to § 220-66C of this chapter.
(6) 
Home occupations subject to the provisions of § 220-66B of this chapter.
(7) 
A mobile home as a single-family detached dwelling as a temporary shelter (not longer than one year) while construction is taking place for a single-family detached dwelling on the same lot.
(8) 
Forestry subject to the provisions of § 220-101 of this chapter.
(9) 
Uses and buildings customarily accessory to the above uses, including, but not necessarily limited to, private garages and parking areas, signs subject to the provisions of § 220-62, and other accessory structures as further regulated by § 220-58.
(10) 
Outdoor furnace as an accessory use subject to § 220-102 of this chapter.
(11) 
Certain wireless communication facilities (WCFs) subject to § 220-81B(1).
B. 
Uses by special exception.
(1) 
Public and private swimming clubs, camps, and golf courses. Private outdoor recreation areas and facilities. Miniature golf courses, par-three golf courses, driving ranges, amusement parks, and race tracks are specifically excluded.
(2) 
Accessory uses and structures not located on the same lot as the permitted principal use.
C. 
Uses by conditional use.
(1) 
Cluster subdivisions subject to the provisions of § 220-84 of this chapter.
(2) 
Cemeteries subject to the provisions of § 220-97 of this chapter.
(3) 
Public, parochial and private schools which do not provide corrective, rehabilitative, or remedial care or instruction subject to the provisions of § 220-98 of this chapter; penal institutions are specifically prohibited.
(4) 
Churches and similar places of worship subject to the provisions of § 220-96 of this chapter.
(5) 
In-law quarters subject to the provisions of § 220-83 of this chapter.
(6) 
Home business subject to the provisions of § 220-66A of this chapter.
(7) 
Certain wireless communication facilities (WCFs) subject to § 220-81B(2).
A. 
Lot requirements.
All uses where water supply and/or sewage disposal is on site
Minimum lot area per unit of use
2 acres
Minimum lot width at street line
175 feet
Minimum lot width at building line
175 feet
Minimum front yard
50 feet
Minimum side yard (each side)
50 feet
Minimum rear yard
50 feet
Maximum extent of impervious surface
15%
Maximum building height
35 feet
Accessory structures minimum side yard
15 feet
Accessory structures minimum rear yard
15 feet
Accessory structure maximum size
10% of lot square footage
All uses where water supply and/or sewage disposal is on site
*Total impervious surface shall not exceed the maximum extent of impervious surface
(1) 
Additional uses and dwellings are permitted on each lot if each use of dwelling units can meet all dimensional criteria in § 220-23A.
(2) 
No accessory structures shall be erected in any required front yard, within eight feet of any utility easement and shall not be erected within five feet of any other structure.
B. 
Structures accessory to agricultural operations, including but not limited to barns, silos, and bulk bins, are exempt from the maximum building height limitations specified above. Such structures shall, as a minimum standard, be set back from all property lines and all public rights-of-way a distance equivalent to the required yard or their height, whichever is greater.
C. 
Facilities and structures owned or operated by the Township, or a duly appointed authority of the Township, shall be required to meet the minimum area, yard and bulk regulations as a residential use as more fully set forth in § 220-23 of this chapter.