Township of Aleppo, PA
Allegheny County
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The C-2 Commercial Industrial District is hereby established in order to provide for a variety of commercial and light industrial uses and economic opportunities relative to those uses.
In the C-2 Commercial Industrial District, the following uses are authorized:
A. 
See Article III, Land Uses.
B. 
Conditional uses:
(1) 
Private club, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
Shall be of a service nature and not conducted as a profit-making business.
(b) 
Shall be open to members and their guests only.
(c) 
Shall have two points of vehicular access.
(d) 
Outdoor recreation areas shall be located a minimum of 30 feet from the closest property line.
(e) 
The perimeter of the lot accommodating such use shall be planted or fenced in accordance with the provisions of this chapter to discourage public access.
(2) 
Emergency service facility, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
Minimum lot area shall be one acre.
(b) 
Controlled vehicular access shall be provided.
(c) 
Fund-raising events of an assembly nature shall not be held more than once each month.
(3) 
Retail center, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
Single- or multi-use structures, strip malls and retail centers in excess of 50,000 square feet shall demonstrate:
[1] 
The projected traffic impact analysis on the Township's road network.
[2] 
The location of interior circulation signage and the need for traffic control signage or facilities on abutting public rights-of-way, where warranted.
(b) 
A minimum eighteen-foot-wide fire lane shall be provided on at least two sides of the structure. Traffic access aisleways may function as fire lanes.
(4) 
Service business, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
For the purpose of this article, the following service businesses are considered conditional uses in the C-2 Commercial Industrial District:
[1] 
Barbershop.
[2] 
Beautician salon.
[3] 
Laundry and dry cleaner.
[4] 
Shoe repair.
[5] 
Tailor.
[6] 
Photography studio.
[7] 
Travel agency.
[8] 
Tax preparation.
(b) 
Businesses of a service nature not listed in Subsection B(4)(a) may be considered appropriate as conditional uses at the discretion of the Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.
(5) 
Financial establishments, including banks, savings-and-loan associations, credit unions and similar institutions.
(6) 
Sit-down restaurant, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
All food and beverage must be served by persons employed by the restaurant.
(b) 
Seating at tables, counters or booths inside the structure shall take place.
(c) 
Takeout service may be offered.
(d) 
The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages must be incidental to the sale and consumption of food.
(7) 
Fast-food restaurant, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
An interior circulation plan shall be submitted illustrating a minimum of three consecutive vehicles in stacking position.
(b) 
A minimum eighteen-foot-wide fire lane shall be provided on at least two sides of the structure. Traffic access aisleways may function as fire lanes.
(8) 
Small appliance and mechanical repair, excluding state-licensed motor vehicle repair.
(9) 
Heavy equipment service and repair, including trucks, excavating equipment and industrial machinery.
(10) 
Temporary use, as provided for in Article V.
(11) 
Communications tower. (See § 400-26.)
(12) 
Adult entertainment establishment, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
No adult entertainment establishment shall be located within 2,000 feet of another adult entertainment establishment, as measured from property line to property line.
(b) 
No adult entertainment establishment shall be located within 1,000 feet of any of the following land uses:
[1] 
Church.
[2] 
School.
[3] 
School bus stop.
[4] 
Child-care facility.
[5] 
Nursery school.
[6] 
Park.
[7] 
Playground.
[8] 
Community center.
[9] 
Public library.
(c) 
No stock-in-trade which depicts, describes or relates to specified sexual activities and/or specified anatomical areas, as defined herein, shall be permitted to be viewed from the street, sidewalk or highway.
(d) 
No sign which can be viewed by the public which depicts, describes or relates to specified sexual activities and/or specified anatomical areas shall be permitted.
(13) 
Wind turbine, industrial, subject to the following:
(a) 
No said systems or equipment shall be erected within a front or side yard or outside the building envelope. All windmills, wind turbines and windwheels shall maintain a setback from any adjoining side or rear lot line equivalent to 125% of the maximum height of the windmill, wind turbine and/or wind wheel as measured from its point of anchoring to the outer tip of its rotor blade.
(b) 
The structure supporting the wind rotor unit, including any necessary guideposts and supporting cables, shall be certified by a professional structure engineer licensed as such in Pennsylvania.
(c) 
All owners of a WECS shall provide the Borough with a structural safety assessment report prepared by a professional structural engineer licensed as such in Pennsylvania every five years. Said reports shall be provided to the Zoning Officer on the anniversary date of when the zoning certificate was issued.
(d) 
All electric lines/utility wires shall be buried underground and installed in accordance with applicable building and electrical codes.
(e) 
Any mechanical equipment associated and necessary for operation, including a building or structure for batteries and storage cells, shall be enclosed by an eight-foot-high fence with screening planting in accordance with this chapter.
(14) 
Cemetery or mausoleum.
(a) 
The minimum lot area shall be 25 acres; the maximum lot area shall be 100 acres.
(b) 
A drainage plan, showing the lot's existing and proposed runoff characteristics, shall be submitted with the application for approval.
(c) 
An additional 10 feet of yard setback with landscape buffering a minimum of six feet in height for off-street parking, loading areas, outdoor service areas and storage areas shall be provided as defined by this chapter to protect the surrounding neighborhood from inappropriate light and other disturbances.
(d) 
At no time shall a corpse be exposed or visible from a public street or adjacent lot.
(e) 
An inventory of type and quantity of all toxic, corrosive, flammable, carcinogenic or explosive materials, chemicals, liquids, gases or solids utilized, stored and/or transferred shall be filed with the Township on an annual basis.
(f) 
The owner(s) and operator(s) of a cemetery shall incorporate best management practices as outlined in the Pennsylvania Handbook of Best Management Practices for Developing Areas to minimize negative impacts of erosion, siltation and surface water and groundwater contamination.
(g) 
No more than one sign shall be permitted; said sign shall be a ground or a wall sign.
(15) 
Place of worship/assembly.
(a) 
All buildings and structures shall be set back at least 100 feet from all lot lines and rights-of-way.
(b) 
A place of worship shall have direct access to an arterial or collector street. The point of ingress/egress shall be located in a manner that minimizes detrimental traffic impacts (both pedestrian and vehicular) on the surrounding neighborhood.
(c) 
Hours of operation and worship events shall be scheduled to minimize negative impacts on the surrounding neighborhood.
(d) 
All dumpsters and/or waste collection areas shall be enclosed by a solid masonry screen.
(e) 
Maximum height of outdoor parking area and roadway lighting shall be 25 feet.
(f) 
As a part of all land development, the landowner and/or developer shall provide a plan for photometrics of the lot. Illumination, when measured at a lot line, shall be a maximum of 0.25 footcandle.
(g) 
If the parking area for a place of worship or place of assembly is adjacent to a single-family residential lot, any parking areas that demand greater than 10 automobiles, the following shall apply:
[1] 
An additional ten-foot setback with one of the following shall be provided along the parking lot's perimeter to minimize the impact of inappropriate noise, dust, light and other disturbances on adjacent residential development:
[a] 
One and one-half times the required number of plants for screening and buffering off-street parking and loading areas; or
[b] 
A mound, a minimum of 3 1/2 feet in height at its peak, shall be constructed where the sides do not exceed a four-foot horizontal to one-foot vertical change in elevation. The mound shall be landscaped with plants that provide four seasons of interest, not including turf grass. The landowner and/or developer shall coordinate lot drainage so that lot development and grading do not create any adverse effects on adjacent properties.
(16) 
Research laboratory.
(a) 
Any outdoor storage conducted on the lot shall comply with the regulations for outdoor storage as defined in this chapter.
(b) 
A research and development facility shall have one point of ingress and egress to an arterial road.
(c) 
Hours of operation and activities must be appropriately scheduled to protect the operation of the surrounding neighborhood from detrimental noise, dust, odor, vibration, light or other disturbance or interruption.
(d) 
The ground surface of off-street parking and loading spaces shall be paved with bituminous, brick, concrete or stone block paving material to protect the surrounding neighborhood from inappropriate dust and other disturbances.
(e) 
An inventory of toxic, corrosive, flammable, carcinogenic or explosive materials, chemicals, liquids, gases or solids shall be updated annually and filed with the Township Fire Marshal.
(f) 
No more than one sign shall be permitted; said sign shall be a ground or a wall sign.
(17) 
Public park or recreation facility, subject to the following requirements:
(a) 
Adequate provision for interior circulation and access must be demonstrated.
(b) 
Exterior lighting must be installed with no impact of glare on adjacent lots.
(c) 
The perimeter of an outdoor recreation area shall be screened with natural plantings or fencing a minimum of four feet in height and with a maximum of 15% transparency.
(18) 
Private recreation facility.
(a) 
Compliance with all land development criteria shall be a prerequisite for building permit issuance.
(b) 
A twenty-foot-deep buffer yard shall be provided along the entire length of any property line abutting a developed residential lot. A planting screen of varying heights (no less than four feet in height), plus consisting of a fifty-percent-fifty-percent mix of evergreens and deciduous trees, or opaque fencing, shall be installed within said buffer yard to achieve an overall maximum transparency of 15%.
See § 400-10G.
A. 
All permitted and conditional uses shall be conducted on lots with a minimum area of 20,000 square feet.
B. 
Yard dimensions. All distances are to be measured to the face of the structure on the lot, relative to its orientation.
(1) 
Front yard: 30 feet from right-of-way line.
(2) 
Side yard: 10 feet from side property line.
(3) 
Rear yard: 25 feet from rear property line or right-of-way line.
C. 
Height. Any structure in excess of five stories on a lot abutting an R-1 or R-2 District boundary line shall be set back an additional 15 feet from the adjoining lot lines for each story over five.
D. 
Bulk. No structure or combination of structures shall occupy in excess of 65% of the total lot area.
Environmental impact regulations for the C-2 Commercial Industrial District are contained in Article VI.
All land developments in the C-2 Commercial Industrial District shall comply with the provisions of Articles III and IV.
All permits for the construction, use and occupancy of structures and for the occupancy of land in this district are required in accordance with procedures outlined in Article XVII.