Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009; as amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
A building or structure may be erected or altered, to be used either in whole or in part, and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following uses, provided that such uses, buildings or structures shall comply with such regulations as yard, lot sizes, lot width, building area, heights, impervious surfaces, easements, buffer yards, off-street parking and other requirements as specified by this chapter.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
1. 
The following uses are permitted by right:
Use 3
Single-family detached dwelling
Use 4
Two-family dwelling
Use 5
Single-family attached dwelling (townhouse)
Use 6
Multifamily dwelling
Use 50
Emergency services
Use 70
No-impact home-based business
Use 72
Residential accessory building or structure
Use 79
Accessory in-law dwelling
2. 
The following uses are permitted as a special exception when authorized by the Zoning Hearing Board in accordance with the provisions of Part 26 of this chapter:
Use 10
Place of worship
Use 12
Library or museum
Use 15
Private club or lodge
Use 16
Community center
Use 21
Youth services
Use 73
Family day care
3. 
The following uses are permitted as a conditional use when authorized by the Board of Supervisors in accordance with the provisions of Part 25 of this chapter:
Use 7
Mobile home park
Use 11
Public or private school
Use 32
Mortuary or funeral home
Use 71
Accessory office
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
All uses shall comply with the area and dimensional requirements listed in this section, unless a greater area or dimensional requirement is stated in Part 16, Use Regulations, for the specific use, in which case the requirements of Part 16 shall apply:
A. 
Lot area and dimensional requirements.
(1) 
Single-family detached dwelling.
(a) 
A lot area of not less than 9,000 square feet is required.
(b) 
A lot width of not less than 75 feet at the building line and 70 feet at the front property line shall be provided for each single-family dwelling.
(c) 
Minimum yards:
1) 
Front: 35 feet.
2) 
Rear: 35 feet.
3) 
Sides: 10 feet, each side.
(2) 
Two-family dwelling.
(a) 
A lot area of 10,000 square feet for two dwellings (5,000 square feet per dwelling) is required.
(b) 
The lot width for each dwelling shall be 50 feet, or 100 feet for two dwellings.
(c) 
Minimum yards:
1) 
Front: 35 feet.
2) 
Rear: 35 feet.
3) 
Sides: 10 feet, each side.
(3) 
Multifamily dwellings and townhouses.
(a) 
A minimum lot area of five acres is required.
(b) 
Maximum density: five units per acre.
(c) 
Lot width for the tract: 200 feet.
(d) 
Minimum yards:
1) 
Front: 35 feet.
2) 
Rear: 50 feet.
3) 
Sides: 25 feet, each side.
(4) 
Mobile home parks. See requirements for mobile home parks in Part 16.
(5) 
Other principal uses permitted in this district shall have a lot area of not less than 20,000 square feet with a width of not less than 100 feet at the building line and 80 feet at the front property line.
(6) 
Front yard. Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, all other permitted principal uses shall have a front yard of not less than 50 feet in depth.
[Added by Ord. 724, 6/18/2015]
(7) 
Side yard. Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, all other permitted principal uses shall have two side yards of not less than 25 feet in width each.
[Added by Ord. 724, 6/18/2015]
(8) 
Rear yard. Unless otherwise provided in this chapter, all other permitted principal uses shall have a rear yard of not less than 50 feet in depth.
[Added by Ord. 724, 6/18/2015]
B. 
Where a dwelling is constructed on a lot, not more that 35% of the area of any lot shall be occupied by buildings or structures. For all other permitted uses in this district, no more than 25% of the area of the lot shall be occupied by buildings or structures.
C. 
Impervious surface ratio. No more than 35% of the total lot area shall be covered with impervious surface.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
Along any district boundary line separating the R-4 District from any district, a buffer yard shall be provided which shall not be less than 50 feet in width, measured from such boundary line or from the street line where such street constitutes the district boundary line.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
Each building in use shall be served by public water and sanitary sewer facilities at the time of development. All public utilities, such as telephone, cable television, electric, etc., shall be placed underground.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
No dwelling unit shall exceed a vertical height of 35 feet, which height shall be measured from the building line at the ground level to the roof of flat top buildings, with the mean height of angled roofs.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
Buildings shall be designed such that no more than three adjoining dwelling units shall have an identical front yard setback. An average of at least four-foot setback variations per dwelling unit is required.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
1. 
At least 40% of the gross land area of any multifamily development shall be devoted to permanent open space or recreational use, which area shall not include required public improvements, required yards or building setbacks, required buffer areas, or streets. Open space shall not include any of the impervious surface coverage occasioned by the multifamily dwelling units, parking areas or required public improvements. Such space shall not include the minimum required yard areas or any area conveyed to the owner or occupant of any dwelling unit by sale or by lease.
2. 
No more than 50% of the open space shall be in a floodplain. The specific land area to be devoted to this requirement may be dedicated to the Township, if acceptable to it. If not dedicated to and accepted by the Township, then the provisions set forth hereinafter with regard to administration and maintenance shall become applicable.
3. 
In the event that the land is not dedicated to the Township, a plan for administration and maintenance of all such open space shall be presented to the Township Supervisors as part of the overall development plan. Such plan shall contain covenants or other restrictions or requirements that will assure future administration and maintenance of such open space.
4. 
Open space. All other residential uses, including single-family and two-family development, except for the development of fewer than 10 dwellings, shall be required to set aside open space in accordance with the requirements of Part 21, § 27-2102, Open space requirements.