Township of North Fayette, PA
Allegheny County
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[Ord. 360, 11/23/2004, § 400]
1. 
Agricultural uses shall comply with the following requirements:
A. 
Agricultural practices shall be permitted to operate in accordance with the provisions of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's Act 133 of 1982, as amended, "An Act Protecting Agricultural Operations from Nuisance Suits and Ordinances Under Certain Circumstances" statute, 3 P.S. § 951 et seq.
B. 
Farm buildings, other than a dwelling, shall not be erected within 75 feet of an adjoining lot line.
C. 
Feed lots, runs, pens, and similar intensively used facilities for animal raising and care, excluding pasture and grazing areas, shall not be located within 300 feet of an adjoining lot line.
D. 
Animal holding areas for poultry and swine shall not be located within 500 feet of any lot line.
E. 
Roadside stands for sale of agricultural products shall be permitted provided all of the following requirements are met:
(1) 
They are erected at least 35 feet back from the nearest edge of any roadway surface;
(2) 
They are used exclusively for the sale of agricultural products grown on the premises where they are sold;
(3) 
Parking spaces are provided off the road right-of-way.
[Ord. 360, 11/23/2004, § 401]
1. 
In the R-R, R-1 or R-2 Districts, a private stable or hobby farm for personal use and enjoyment shall be permitted on a lot which does not meet the acreage requirements for a farm, as defined by this chapter, provided the lot contains at least five acres and all of the following requirements are met:
A. 
The owner of a private stable or hobby farm shall reside on the lot.
B. 
Hobby farms may include any of the activities encompassed by agriculture, as defined by this chapter. The hobby farm shall be restricted to personal use and enjoyment and any sale of animals or produce shall not constitute the principal economic activity of the residents of the hobby farm. The sale of agricultural products raised on the hobby farm shall be permitted. Roadside stands, authorized by § 27-401 of this chapter, shall not be permitted on hobby farms.
C. 
The number of animals maintained on a hobby farm, if any, shall be reasonably related to the size of the lot, the area available for grazing and the capacity of the land to sustain the animals without creating a nuisance.
D. 
On a lot utilized for a private stable, one horse or pony shall be permitted on the first three acres of land. One additional horse or pony shall be permitted for each additional acre over three acres. However, no private stable or hobby farm within an R-1 or R-2 Zoning District shall have more than a total of eight horses or ponies at any one time.
E. 
No stables or other buildings in which animals are kept or manure is stored shall be located within 75 feet of any lot line or within 100 feet of any occupied dwelling, other than the stable owner's dwelling.
F. 
No grazing of any animals shall be permitted closer than 100 feet from any occupied dwellings within the parcel or located on an adjacent parcel, excluding the private stable or hobby farm owner's dwelling.
G. 
A private stable or hobby farm owner shall not permit litter and droppings from the horses or other animals to collect so as to result in the presence of fly larvae or objectionable odors.
H. 
The area of the lot used for grazing shall be adequately fenced to properly enclose the animals and to protect adjacent lots.
[Ord. 360, 11/23/2004, § 402]
1. 
The following section defines a series of special provisions for the Village District. If a conflict exists between the following provisions and any other requirements defined by this chapter, the special provisions shall take precedence.
2. 
The maximum lot area shall be 87,000 square feet.
3. 
The maximum gross floor area of a building or structure shall be 15,000 square feet.
4. 
No curb cuts or driveway entries along a public right-of-way shall be permitted within 150 feet of another curb cut or driveway entry.
5. 
If constructed, front porches, stoops and balconies shall be placed along the front facade of residential buildings.
6. 
Awnings, sunscreens or other similar architectural treatments shall be permitted on the front facade of all nonresidential buildings. Awnings and sunscreens shall be permitted to project into required front and side yards no more than three feet.
7. 
All fire escapes or similar life safety features shall be located on the side or rear facade of a building or structure.
8. 
No mechanical or electrical equipment related to a building or structure shall be visible from a public right-of-way.
9. 
All land development within a Village District shall provide sidewalks within the front yard setback. The minimum width of all sidewalks within the front yard setback shall be five feet. Sidewalks shall be located to optimize the amount of contiguous area available for landscaping within the front yard. When practical, all new sidewalks shall directly connect to existing sidewalks situated on adjoining lots.
10. 
Parking areas shall be constructed within centralized location(s) accessible to multiple land uses. If said layout can be demonstrated to not be physically feasible, then said parking shall be located to the rear or side of the lot's structures. Multiple parking areas shall be interconnected to the greatest extent possible.
11. 
No single parking lot area shall exceed 30% of the overall lot.
12. 
All parking areas shall be landscaped as per the standards of Bufferyard D.
13. 
One landscape island measuring 150 square feet in area shall be constructed for every 10 parking spaces. The island shall contain a minimum of one deciduous tree that has a minimum caliper size of 3 1/2 inches and ground cover planting covering 50% of the island's area.
14. 
All service and loading areas shall be located in the rear yard of a lot. The service and loading area of all nonresidential developments shall be screened by an eight-foot high hedge, earth berm, masonry wall or fence with a minimum opacity of 80%.
[Ord. 360, 11/23/2004, § 403]
1. 
A development proposed within the Town Center District shall be based on a development plan submitted as part of an application for tentative approval or the preliminary approval of a subdivision or land development. The development plan may be prepared and submitted by a landowner and/or developer or prepared by Township staff, but in either case shall be approved by the Township Planning Commission and adopted by the Township Board of Supervisors.
2. 
Building Foundation/Front Yard Landscape Area.
A. 
The landowner and/or developer shall provide:
(1) 
A minimum ten-foot wide landscape area around the perimeter of each principal building's foundation.
(2) 
A landscaped area within the front and side yards equivalent to the total landscape area required by Subsection 2A(1) whereas a minimum of 60% of the total required landscape area is provided in the front yard.
B. 
Sidewalks are permitted within the building foundation landscape area but shall not exceed 50% of the total area along each facade. Sidewalks shall be constructed of concrete, brick or stone.
C. 
A combination of deciduous and/or evergreen trees and shrubs planted within the building foundation landscape area shall, at mature growth, cover a minimum of 70% of the permeable building foundation landscape area or front/side yard plantings. Ground cover shall compose no more than 30% of the building foundation landscape area or front/side yard plantings. Turf grass shall not be permitted as building foundation landscaping or front/side yard plantings.
3. 
One landscape island measuring 150 square feet in area shall be constructed for every seven parking spaces. The island shall contain a minimum of one deciduous tree a minimum of four inches in diameter at breast height (dbh) and ground cover covering 50% of the island's area at installation.
4. 
Street System and Parking.
A. 
To minimize pedestrian and vehicle conflicts, the street system within the Town Center shall act as a functional and visual link between residential neighborhoods, open spaces, civic and nonresidential uses.
B. 
The circulation system shall include streets, alleys, service/access drives and parking aisles. All streets and access/service drives shall conform to the Township's Construction Standards [Chapter 5, Part 4] and shall be dedicated to the Township upon request.
C. 
Parking areas shall be constructed within centralized location(s) accessible to multiple land uses. If said layout can be demonstrated not to be physically feasible, then said parking shall be located to the rear or side of the lot's structures. Multiple parking areas shall be inter-connected to the greatest extent possible.
D. 
No single parking area shall exceed 30% of the overall lot.
E. 
The design and construction of all vehicular cartways and parking areas shall incorporate concrete curbs.
F. 
A minimum five-foot wide planting strip shall be provided for the installation of street trees along all streets. The planting strip shall be located behind the back of curb.
G. 
With the exception of alleys, vehicular cartways shall be a maximum of 24 feet and minimum of 22 feet in width as measured between the inside of curbs.
H. 
No parking spaces, storage of goods and the like shall be permitted in the front of any buildings within the Town Center District.
5. 
Sidewalks.
A. 
In addition to the applicable plans, studies and reports as required as part of this chapter, all landowners and/or developers shall prepare a sidewalk plan that shall illustrate all facilities for pedestrian movement and that shall comply with Township Construction Standards [Chapter 5, Part 4] or other applicable ordinances.
B. 
Sidewalks shall be constructed along all rights-of-way including both sides of each road that is internal to a development. Sidewalks shall be interconnected with one another and shall minimize conflicts with vehicular circulation.
C. 
Sidewalks immediately adjacent to buildings shall have a minimum width of eight feet. Sidewalks within parking lots or that connect parking lots to a building shall have a minimum width of five feet. Sidewalks or pedestrian connections adjacent to a public right-of-way shall be a minimum of five feet wide.
6. 
Service, loading areas/docks, dumpsters, mechanical equipment areas and fire escapes shall not be visible from public right-of-ways, on-site residential development or from surrounding residential districts.
7. 
Street trees shall be a minimum of four inches in diameter at breast height (dbh). One tree shall be planted a maximum average of every 35 feet on center within buffer areas and along all streets.
8. 
Eighty percent of window glazing in all nonresidential buildings located within a Town Center shall be transparent.
A. 
No front facade on the ground floor of any building or structure shall have less than 75% of its surface area constructed of glazing.
B. 
No front or rear facade on the upper floor of any building or structure shall have less than 50% of its surface area constructed of glazing.
9. 
All utilities located within a Town Center development shall be provided underground.
[Added by Ord. No. 463, 11/27/2018]
1. 
The keeping of chickens shall be allowed by right as an accessory use by permit, in all residential districts of the Township, subject to the standards in this section. Chickens in agricultural zones and on any existing farms or hobby farms are exempt, regardless of zoning districts in which they are located.
2. 
Any person wishing to engage in this accessory use by permit shall submit an application for zoning/accessory use permit to the Zoning Officer for review and approval, with the fee for same to be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Approval shall be subject to the following standards:
A. 
For the first 4,000 square feet of any property, up to three chickens are allowed. An additional chicken is permitted for every additional 2,000 square feet. A maximum number of 10 chickens may be kept at once on a parcel.
B. 
No person shall keep or maintain a rooster.
C. 
The chicken coop shall be located in a backyard only, a minimum of 10 feet from any lot line, and the minimum coop size shall be three square feet per chicken.
D. 
An outside run shall be attached to the coop, 10 feet from any lot line, and sufficiently contain the chickens; any chicken not contained shall be considered running at large.
E. 
All feed, water and other items for keeping chickens shall be secured to prevent rats, mice, or other vectors from infesting.
F. 
Chicken feces must be properly collected, stored, and disposed of in a manner that prevents malodorous smells, nuisances, or other hazards. (Chicken manure may be composted and added to gardens or yards if done without creating malodorous smells, nuisances, or other hazards.) The minimum setback for chicken waste collection and storage shall be 10 feet from the property line.
G. 
The selling of chickens or chicken products for commercial purposes is prohibited.
H. 
Slaughtering and butchering is prohibited.
I. 
No chickens shall be kept in townhouse communities, apartment communities, or mobile home parks.
[Added by Ord. No. 463, 11/27/2018]
1. 
Subject to the standards in this section, it shall be lawful to maintain ducks as an accessory use by permit in any residential district. Ducks in agricultural zones and on any existing farms or hobby farms are exempt, regardless of zoning districts in which they are located.
2. 
Any person wishing to engage in this accessory use by permit shall submit an application for zoning/accessory use permit to the Zoning Officer for review and approval, with the fee for same to be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Approval shall be subject to the following standards:
A. 
Ducks shall be kept on properties of one acre or larger.
B. 
No person shall house more than five ducks on a single residential lot.
C. 
Ducks shall be kept in the backyard only. An enclosed shelter with adequate protection from weather and predators is required. The shelter shall provide at least three square feet per duck. All duck keeping facilities shall be set back at least 50 feet from lot lines.
D. 
Any duck not contained on the owner's property will be considered running at large.
E. 
All feed, water and other items for keeping ducks shall be secured to prevent rats, mice, or other vectors from infesting.
F. 
Duck feces must be properly collected, stored, and disposed of in a manner that prevents malodorous smells, nuisances, or other hazards. (Duck manure may be composted and added to gardens or yards if done without creating malodorous smells, nuisances, or other hazards.) The minimum setback for duck waste collection and storage shall be 10 feet from the property line.
G. 
Ducks shall be kept for personal reasons only. The selling of ducks or duck products for commercial purposes is prohibited.
H. 
Slaughtering and butchering is prohibited.
I. 
No ducks shall be kept in townhouse communities, apartment communities, or mobile home parks.
[Added by Ord. No. 463, 11/27/2018]
1. 
Subject to the standards in this section, it shall be lawful to maintain an apiary as an accessory use by permit in any residential district. Bees in agricultural zones and on any existing farms or hobby farms are exempt, regardless of zoning districts in which they are located.
2. 
Any person wishing to engage in this accessory use by permit shall submit an application for zoning/accessory use permit to the Zoning Officer for review and approval, with the fee for same to be established by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. Approval shall be subject to the following standards:
A. 
For 4,000 square feet of any parcel, up to two hives are allowed; each additional 2,000 square feet of any parcel is permitted two additional hives. A maximum number of six hives may be kept per property.
B. 
Apiaries shall be maintained in the backyard of a property and prohibited from being located in the front or side yard of any property. Any hive shall be set back a minimum of 15 feet from any lot line. Beekeeping facilities shall not be within 50 feet of a swimming pool or permanently kenneled animal.
C. 
Flyway barriers shall be required if the beekeeper is unable to direct bee flight pathways above six feet across the beekeeper's property. A flyway barrier shall be six feet in height and within five feet distance from the hive. No flyway barrier is required for hives on porches or balconies at least 10 feet above grade.
D. 
Bees shall be kept for personal use only. The selling of bees or bee products for commercial purposes is prohibited.
E. 
No bees shall be kept in townhouse communities, apartment communities, or mobile home parks.