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Township of Lower Oxford, PA
Chester County
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[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 400; as amended by Ord. 4/23/1986, 4/23/1986; by Ord. 6/24/1987, 6/24/1987; by Ord. 1-92, 4/8/1992, § 2; by Ord. 3-92, 7/8/1992, § 3; by Ord. 1-95, 5/10/1995, § 2; by Ord. 1-96, 5/8/1996, § 2; by Ord. 3-99, 5/12/1999, § B; and by Ord. 1-2000, 6/14/2000]
A building may be erected, altered, or used, and a lot may be used for any one of the following purposes and for no other:
1. 
Single-family detached dwellings.
2. 
Agriculture, subject to the regulations contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 15, and elsewhere in this chapter.
[Amended by Ord. 3-2011, 6/8/2011]
3. 
Educational or religious use.
4. 
Golf course and golf house including driving range as a part of the same establishment, but excluding miniature golf course.
5. 
Public utility operating facilities in accordance with § 27-1202, Subsection 13.
6. 
Municipal, county, state or federal uses, excluding correctional or penal institutions.
7. 
Club, fraternal institution or nonprofit swimming pool, provided that a particular activity shall not be one which is customarily carried on as a business and provided that all services shall be for members and their guests.
8. 
Commercial cemeteries. [See Use Regulation, § 27-1202, Subsection 1].
9. 
Noncommercial recreational uses.
10. 
Family farm related business or school in accordance with Part 14, "General Provisions," § 27-1417, "Family Farm Related Business or School."
11. 
Any of the following accessory uses shall be permitted:
A. 
Customary residential and agricultural accessory uses.
B. 
Swimming pool, provided that it is located in the rear yard or side yard of the dwelling to which it is an accessory, and located 10 feet from any lot line and enclosed with at least a four-foot high continuous barrier.
C. 
Home occupations in accordance with § 27-1418 "Home Occupations."
D. 
The sale of farm products subject to the provisions of § 27-1401 of this Chapter 27.
E. 
Noncommercial greenhouses.
F. 
Feed-lots.
G. 
Sludge application sites subject to the provisions of §§ 27-1511 through 27-1518 of this Chapter 27 are permitted only by conditional use.
H. 
Solar energy system, residential and agricultural, subject to the regulations contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 16.
[Added by Ord. 1-2012, 6/13/2012]
I. 
Wind energy system, small, subject to the regulations contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 17.
[Added by Ord. 1-2012, 6/13/2012]
12. 
A large animal used as the primary means of transportation may be housed on a lot of two acres and less than four acres upon approval of the Board of Supervisors as a conditional use pursuant to the provisions of §§ 27-1411 through 27-1413 of Part 14. Except for Subsection 1, all subsections of § 27-1420, "Large Animals," shall apply.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 401; as amended by Ord. 3-88, 12/21/1988, § 1; by Ord. 1-93, 1/6/1993; by Ord. 3-99, 5/12/1999, § B; by Ord. 4-99, 6/8/1999; by Ord. 1-2000, 6/14/2000; by Ord. 2-2002, 6/12/2002; and by Ord. 2-2003, 2/12/2003]
The following area and bulk regulations shall apply:
1. 
All Uses Except Agricultural.
[Amended by Ord. 1-2012, 6/13/2012]
A.
Lot Size
Residential
1 acre minimum
All other uses except agricultural
2 acres minimum
B.
Lot Width at Building Line
150 feet minimum
C.
Lot Width at Street Line
50 feet minimum
D.
Side Yard
25 feet minimum
E.
Rear Yard
50 feet minimum
F.
Building Setback Line
60 feet minimum
G.
Building Setback Line from Interior Roads
25 feet minimum
H.
Building Setback from Parking Lots
20 feet minimum
I.
Distance between Buildings
20 feet minimum
J.
Building Height
35 feet
K.
Lot Coverage
30% maximum
L.
Solar energy systems which are accessory uses
Setback requirements as established for buildings and other principal structures contained in this chapter and not those for other accessory uses
M.
Wind energy systems, small
Setback requirements established by this chapter for said systems
2. 
Agricultural Use. Agriculture, farm houses and usual farm buildings shall be permitted without restriction except as follows:
A. 
To qualify as agricultural use, the minimum lot size shall be 10 acres.
B. 
No barn lot, mushroom house or manure storage shall be established closer than 100 feet to any property line, or 100 feet from the center line of a public right-of-way (street).
C. 
Two dwelling units are permitted on a lot used for agricultural purposes; provided, that at least one of the dwelling units is a frame structure; provided, that all dwellings are separated by a minimum distance of 100 feet.
D. 
Silos and bulk bins shall be exempted from area and bulk regulations when attached to an existing building.
E. 
Farm buildings shall not be constructed closer than 85 feet to a street right-of-way line or front property line nor closer than 50 feet to a side or rear property line.
F. 
No dwelling shall be constructed closer to property lines than allowed under § 27-401, Subsection 1.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection 2G, regarding composting of manure, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 6/8/2011 by Ord. 3-2011.
3. 
Residential accessory buildings may be erected in side and rear yards, provided that there remain side or rear yards of at least 10 feet from the accessory building to the side or rear lot lines.
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 402]
The following design standards shall apply:
1. 
For residential and agricultural uses, off-street parking regulations as established by § 27-1110 of this Chapter 27.
2. 
For all other uses permitted in this district:
A. 
Storage standards as established by § 27-1102 of this Chapter 27.
B. 
Landscaping standards as established by § 27-1103 of this Chapter 27.
C. 
Access and traffic control standards as established by § 27-1104 of this Chapter 27.
D. 
Interior circulation standards as established by § 27-1105 of this Chapter 27.
E. 
Off-street parking regulations as established by § 27-1109 of this Chapter 27.
F. 
Regulations for solar energy systems contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 16.
[Added by Ord. 1-2012, 6/13/2012]
G. 
Regulations for wind energy systems contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 17.
[Added by Ord. 1-2012, 6/13/2012]
3. 
Fresh mushroom compost and spent mushroom compost/substrate use are controlled by regulations contained in § 27-1202, Subsection 15.
[Added by Ord. 3-2011, 6/8/2011]
[Ord. 1-71, 3/2/1971, § 403]
1. 
The following general standards shall apply:
A. 
Where feasible, install all utilities underground.
B. 
Recognize that subdivision and building permits shall be granted only after following procedures established in Chapter 22 of this Code.