Borough of Lansdowne, PA
Delaware County
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Editor's Note: For complete details, see Appendix A6.
A. 
Two or more permitted uses shall not be permitted on one lot unless subdivision or land development approval is secured, unless these uses are unified and form one overall use conforming to the regulations of the district where it is located.
B. 
No lot shall have erected upon it two or more principal buildings unless permitted otherwise by this chapter.
C. 
Any truck, trailer, compressor, or other piece of equipment used in connection with a commercial or manufacturing use, assuming the use is legal or is legally nonconforming, shall be considered an extension of that use when:
(1) 
It is actually in use in performing some legitimate service at the site at which it is parked.
(2) 
It is being used in connection with ongoing construction or similar work at the site.
(3) 
It is a motor vehicle under 20 feet in length and 5,000 pounds in weight and is being used as a private vehicle, even if equipment is attached to it or carried on it.
(4) 
The truck or trailer is parked on the lot of the legal or legally nonconforming use.
(5) 
The truck or trailer is parked on the street adjacent to the legal or legally nonconforming use.
(6) 
It is parked within a completely enclosed garage.
D. 
No more than two boats, recreational vehicles, or similar vehicles may be parked on one lot in any zoning district. The only exception to this limit is for a sales and service center for such vehicles or a commercial storage business for such vehicles.
E. 
In no case shall any street or alley in the Borough be used for automobile repair or any other use other than public passage unless authorized by ordinance, license, or act of Borough Council.
F. 
Temporary buildings and structures for uses incidental to construction work shall be permitted, provided such buildings are removed promptly upon completion or abandonment of the construction work and in all cases within two years of placement of the temporary building or structure on the premises.
The following standards shall apply to apartment and multifamily dwellings:
A. 
Minimum living area:
(1) 
Two-bedroom apartment: 900 square feet.
(2) 
One-bedroom apartment: 750 square feet.
(3) 
Efficiency apartment: 600 square feet.
B. 
At least 50% of dwelling units shall be one or more bedroom apartments (not efficiency apartments).
A. 
Corner lots.
(1) 
A corner lot shall be deemed to have two or more front yards and the standards of street frontage, frontage at the building line and of required front yard setback shall apply with respect to every street upon which the lot has frontage.
(2) 
In the case of a corner lot, a rear yard is required but it may be designated as any yard not fronting on a public street.
B. 
Visibility at intersections.
(1) 
A line-of-sight triangle shall be established at every corner lot and at each driveway entry onto a public street. Nothing shall be permitted to be erected, placed, planted or allowed to grow within the line-of-sight triangle in such a manner as to obscure vision. Line-of-sight triangles shall include the area within the following:
(a) 
Corner lot line-of-sight triangle; a triangle, two sides of which are the street lines on either side of the corner lot extending for a distance of 40 feet from their intersection, the third side of which is a line joining the ends of the first two sides.
(b) 
Driveway line-of-sight triangle: a triangle, one side of which is the center line of the driveway, the second side of which is the street line which the driveway intersects, each such line extending for a distance of 10 feet from their intersection, and the third side of which is a line joining the ends of the first two lines. Each driveway shall have two line-of-sight triangles, one on either side of the driveway.
(2) 
The Borough shall have the right to declare any obstruction to vision within the line-of-sight triangle to be a safety hazard and shall direct the owner of the property to have it removed. If the owner fails to do so within 30 days after written notice, the Borough shall remove the obstruction and bill the owner and lien the property for the expense involved.
C. 
Projections into required yards. No structure or part thereof shall project into a required yard area except as provided for in this section.
(1) 
The following portions of a principal structure may project or extend into or over a required yard area:
(a) 
Cornices.
(b) 
Eaves.
(c) 
Gutters.
(d) 
Chimneys.
(e) 
Open (unroofed) patios.
(f) 
Steps.
(g) 
Awnings.
(h) 
Air-conditioning equipment, provided that it is not less than eight feet from the adjacent property line.
(i) 
Unenclosed fire escapes.
(2) 
The following accessory structures may be erected within a required yard area:
(a) 
Fences, subject to the requirements of §§ 330-15, 330-16 and 330-17 of this chapter.
(b) 
Open (unroofed) recreational uses, subject to the requirements of § 330-25B of this chapter.
(c) 
Such other accessory use as may be authorized by the Zoning Hearing Board as a special exception.
A. 
No-impact home-based business. A business or commercial activity administered or conducted as an accessory use which is clearly secondary to the use as a residential dwelling and which involves no customer, client or patient traffic, whether vehicular or pedestrian, pickup, delivery or removal functions to or from the premises, in excess of those normally associated with residential use. The business or commercial activity must satisfy the following requirements:
(1) 
The business activity shall be compatible with the residential use of the property and surrounding residential uses.
(2) 
The business shall employ no employees other than family members residing in the dwelling.
(3) 
There shall be no display or sale of retail goods and no stockpiling or inventory of a substantial nature.
(4) 
There shall be no outside appearance of a business use, including, but not limited to, parking, signs, or lights.
(5) 
No on-site parking of commercially identified vehicles shall be permitted.
(6) 
The business activity may not use any equipment or process which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors or electrical or electronic interference, including interference with radio or television reception, which is detectable in the neighborhood.
(7) 
The business activity may not generate any solid waste or sewage discharge, in volume or type, which is not normally associated with residential use in the neighborhood.
(8) 
The business activity shall be conducted only within the dwelling and may not occupy more than 25% of the habitable floor area.
(9) 
The business may not involve any illegal activity.
B. 
Home occupations.
(1) 
Home occupations shall be conducted entirely within the principal dwelling or accessory building.
(2) 
The area devoted to the home occupation shall be not more than 25% of the total floor area of the dwelling, including that of an accessory building which may be used for the home occupation.
(3) 
Home occupations shall not have more than one nonresident employee.
(4) 
The home occupation shall not alter the exterior of the dwelling or accessory structure.
(5) 
There shall be no exterior or window display of products or storage of goods or materials.
(6) 
Signage shall be in accordance with the applicable provisions of Article VII, Signs.
C. 
Private recreational uses.
(1) 
The regulations contained herein apply to all open (unroofed) private recreational uses which require the installation of a permanent structure either in-ground, at grade level or elevated above grade level.
(2) 
Such uses shall be considered as structures but shall not be counted when computing building coverage.
(3) 
No such uses shall be located within a front yard or within 10 feet of any property line.
(4) 
All such uses shall be surrounded with a fence of sufficient size to contain playing balls within and to exclude entrance when not attended. In the case of a swimming pool, a fence at least four feet but not exceeding six feet in height shall be provided and it shall be required that said fence have a locked gate at all times when the pool is unattended, regardless of whether or not it is filled with water; provided, however, that a fence shall not be required in the case of an aboveground pool if the deck is at least four feet above grade level and the ladder is removed when the pool is unattended. No fence shall be required for a kiddie pool, which is hereby defined as a private pool not exceeding 16 inches in height and 51 square feet in area. All fences shall be in accordance with the applicable provisions of §§ 330-15 and 330-16 of Article IV, Districts.
D. 
Accessory structures.
(1) 
No accessory structure shall be more than 12 feet in height.
(2) 
Accessory structures shall not be located in the front yard, shall be at least three feet from any side lot line and shall be located to the rearmost portion of the principal building at least 10 feet farther back from the building line than the rearmost portion of the principal building.
(3) 
Special height regulations. The following types of structures may exceed the maximum height limitation for the district in which they are located by 15 feet. A greater height may be permitted by the Zoning Hearing Board by special exception upon evidence that said height is necessary for effective operation and will not adversely affect nearby uses:
(a) 
Spires, domes, and steeples.
(b) 
Radio and television towers, except where specifically prohibited per provisions set forth in Article IV, Districts.
(c) 
Chimneys and smokestacks.
(d) 
Rooftop mechanical equipment.
(e) 
Flagpoles.
E. 
Decks for residential uses.
(1) 
The following shall apply to any deck attached to a single-family detached dwelling:
(a) 
Any open deck with no part of its floor higher than four feet above finished ground level may extend into minimum required yards as follows:
[1] 
Front yard: no extension.
[2] 
Side yard: five feet, but not closer than five feet to any side lot line.
[3] 
Rear yard: 15 feet, but not closer than five feet to any side or rear lot line.
(b) 
Any open deck with any part of its floor higher than four feet above finished ground level may extend into minimum required yards as follows:
[1] 
Front yard: no extension.
[2] 
Side yard: no extension.
[3] 
Rear yard: 10 feet, but not closer than five feet to any rear lot line and not closer than a distance equal to the minimum required side yard to the side lot line.
(2) 
The following shall apply to any deck attached to a single-family attached dwelling:
(a) 
Any open deck with no part of its floor higher than three feet above finished ground level may extend into minimum required yards as follows:
[1] 
Front yard: no extension.
[2] 
Side yard: five feet, but not closer than five feet to any side lot line.
[3] 
Rear yard: To the rear lot line and from side lot line to side lot line, except on lots with a minimum required side yard, not closer than five feet to that side lot line.
(b) 
Any open deck with any part of its floor higher than three feet above finished ground level may extend into minimum required yards as follows:
[1] 
Front yard: no extension.
[2] 
Side yard: no extension.
[3] 
Rear yard: 10 feet, but not closer than five feet to the rear lot line. Notwithstanding the above, on lots with rear yards of 17 feet or less, a deck with a depth of 12 feet may be permitted, but not closer than two feet to the rear lot line, if such lot line abuts open space or an utility easement, not less than 10 feet in width. In addition, on lots with a minimum required side yard, not closer to that side lot line than a distance equal to such minimum required yard.
(3) 
The following shall apply to any deck attached to a multiple-family dwelling:
(a) 
Any open deck, not more than 10 feet in width and with no part of its floor higher than three feet above finished ground level, may extend six feet into any minimum required yard.
(b) 
Any open deck, not more than 10 feet in width with any part of its floor higher than three feet above finished ground level, may extend three feet into any minimum required yard.
F. 
Outdoor storage.
(1) 
Outdoor storage shall be permitted only where specifically authorized by this chapter. The outdoor display of motor vehicles for sale in the General Business District shall not be considered outdoor storage.
(2) 
Outdoor storage shall not be permitted within any public right-of-way, within any area intended for use as a walkway or required for use as an off-street parking area, except as otherwise expressly permitted herein.
(3) 
The area devoted to outdoor storage shall be screened from public view as provided for by § 330-28, Landscaping.
(4) 
The aboveground bulk storage of flammable or explosive materials shall be prohibited except for fuel which is directly connected to appliances or to heating or cooling equipment.
(5) 
The outdoor storage uses described in § 330-27 are prohibited.
Any use not permitted, specifically or by implication, in a zoning district in this chapter is prohibited specifically in that zoning district. The following uses and activities are specifically prohibited in any zoning district in the Borough:
A. 
Except as provided in Article VIII, Parking, the erection of tents or the placing, parking or storing of recreational vehicles or other nonpermanent structures used for living or housekeeping purposes; provided, however, that nothing herein shall be interpreted to prevent the installation of a manufactured home on a permanent foundation when otherwise erected in accordance with district regulations.
B. 
Outdoor junkyards (including motor vehicles parts salvage yards), storage areas for materials salvaged from wrecking or demolition operations, waste disposal areas and similar outdoor storage.
C. 
The sale, rental or bartering of illegal and pornographic material or services.
D. 
The mining or extraction of any material from the ground.
E. 
The use of blasting, explosives or incendiary devices except when necessary for the demolition of a structure and used in accordance with all state and local regulations.
F. 
The showing or presenting of lewd material or entertainment in an outdoor setting or theatre.
G. 
Residential conversions.
Every portion of a lot shall be planted with natural vegetation consisting of grass, trees, bushes or other ground cover except:
A. 
Portions occupied by buildings and other structures.
B. 
Portions used for sidewalks and other walkways and which are paved or constructed of an all-weather surface.
C. 
Portions devoted to the cartway of a public or private street or driveway which are paved with an all-weather surface.
D. 
Portions devoted to off-street parking and loading areas, including aisle ways and maneuvering areas which are paved with an all-weather surface.
A. 
To protect residential areas, buffering shall be provided where any nonresidential use abuts a residential use or where the General Business District abuts any other district.
B. 
Buffering shall consist of a five-foot-wide buffer planting strip planted with deciduous and evergreen trees and shrubs. At the time of installation, shrubs will have a minimum height of three feet and an expected height at maturity of at least six feet. There should be sufficient planting so there are no unobstructed openings wider than four feet. At least 50% of the trees and 75% of the shrubs shall be evergreen species.
A landscaped planting area, consisting of shrubs, bushes, hedges and/or evergreen trees, shall be provided around the perimeter of off-street parking lots, ground-level air conditioning or air-cleaning equipment and around authorized outdoor storage areas. The plantings shall be at least five feet in height and at intervals of every five feet, but in the case of plantings adjacent to a point of vehicular ingress or egress to a parking lot, the height of the plantings shall be maintained so as to not interfere with the line of sight of motorists.
All uses allowed in the Neighborhood Conservation, Downtown and General Business Districts shall be managed so as not to cause an unacceptable level of:
A. 
Air pollution.
B. 
Noise.
C. 
Odor.
D. 
Glare or heat.
E. 
Vibration.
F. 
Radioactivity or electrical disturbance.
G. 
Fire or explosion hazard.
H. 
Outdoor storage.
I. 
Waste disposal.