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 accommodate industrial activities in the Township while minimizing the impact on abutting districts by establishing setbacks and buffer provisions;
B. 
To encourage the establishment of other industrial concerns and accommodate the expansion of existing industrial activities in the Township in the interest of diversifying the local economy, providing employment opportunities close to home and strengthening the local tax base;
C. 
To provide a planned district for all types of industrial activities in the Township.
A. 
Uses by right.
(1) 
Manufacturing, including but not limited to:
(a) 
Electronics;
(b) 
Appliances;
(c) 
Motor vehicles, aircraft and boats;
(d) 
Furniture;
(e) 
Textiles, shoes and upholstery;
(f) 
Toy and recreational goods.
(2) 
Warehousing of retail goods and produce.
(3) 
Wholesale operations.
(4) 
Freight terminals and rail yards.
(5) 
Beverage bottling plants, canneries and food processing.
(6) 
Tool and die or metal fabrication.
(7) 
Dry-cleaning plants.
(8) 
Printing.
(9) 
Lumber yard and mill.
(10) 
Personal storage facilities.
(11) 
Forestry subject to the provisions of § 220-101 of this chapter.
(12) 
Schools subject to the provisions of § 220-98 of this chapter.
(13) 
Churches subject to the provisions of § 220-96 of this chapter.
(14) 
General agricultural uses subject to the provisions of § 220-87 of this chapter.
(15) 
Municipal services as defined in § 220-11 of this chapter.
(16) 
Uses and buildings customarily accessory to the above uses, including but not necessarily limited to an accessory dwelling unit for a caretaker or night watchman, off-street parking facilities in conformance with § 220-61, signs subject to the provisions of § 220-62, recreational and dining facilities for the use of the employees of the permitted commercial and industrial uses, motor vehicle fleet repair, gasoline pumps and storage, and outdoor storage lots for raw materials and finished products.
(17) 
Certain wireless communication facilities (WCFs) subject to § 220-81B(1).
B. 
Uses by special exception.
(1) 
Solid waste disposal facilities, subject to the provisions of § 220-67.
(2) 
Quarries, subject to the provisions of § 220-72.
(3) 
Aboveground and underground fuel storage.
(4) 
Utilities.
(5) 
Billboards subject to the provisions of § 220-62 of this chapter.
(6) 
Landfills.
(7) 
Sewage treatment plants.
(8) 
Resources recovery facility including:
(a) 
Composting facilities;
(b) 
Incinerators;
(c) 
Refuse-derived fuel facility;
(d) 
Recycling facility;
(e) 
Transfer station.
(9) 
Concrete and asphalt plants.
(10) 
Petroleum refining.
(11) 
Slaughterhouses.
(12) 
Private airports or heliport subject to the provisions of § 220-99 of this chapter.
(13) 
Power generation facility (fossil fuel, biomass, wind, solar, nuclear) as subject to the provisions of § 220-78 of this chapter.
(14) 
Amusement parks and racetracks.
(15) 
Accessory uses and structures not located on the same lot as the permitted principal use.
(16) 
General contracting.
(17) 
Any other use not permitted elsewhere by this chapter, with such conditions as the Zoning Hearing Board may require in their reasonable discretion in the interest of protecting the public health, safety, and welfare.
C. 
Uses by conditional use. The following uses will be considered by the Board of Supervisors as conditional uses subject to the following criteria, and further subject to the provisions of § 220-110.
(1) 
Industrial parks.
(2) 
Research and development facilities, non-office.
(3) 
Manufacturing, warehousing and wholesale of explosives, including fireworks and volatile materials in a gas, liquid or solid state.
(4) 
Certain wireless communication facilities (WCFs) subject to § 220-81B(2).
(5) 
Animal hospital, veterinary facility, or commercial kennel subject to the provisions of § 220-89 of this chapter.
(6) 
Grower/processors for medical marijuana subject to § 220-82A.
A. 
Lot requirements.
Minimum lot area
50,000 square feet
Minimum lot width at street line
200 feet
Minimum lot width at building line
200 feet
Minimum front yard
40 feet
Minimum side yard (each side)
20 feet
Minimum rear yard
20 feet
Maximum extent of impervious surface
75%
Minimum area of landscaped ground cover
25%
Maximum building height
45 feet
B. 
Lot area minimums shall be increased as needed to satisfy all required separation distances between on-site water supply and sewage disposal facilities.
C. 
No permitted accessory building or structure shall be constructed within 75 feet of any residential district boundary.
D. 
Wherever a lot accommodating a use permitted in this district abuts a residential district along a side or rear lot line, the owner of the industrial lot shall provide a landscaped screen in conformance with § 220-64 between the industrial property and the residential property.
E. 
Facilities and structures owned or operated by the Township, or a duly created authority of the Township, shall be required to meet a one-acre minimum lot area (per unit of use), as well as the other appropriate area and bulk regulations of this section.