Township of Elizabeth, PA
Allegheny County
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The purpose of this district is to protect agricultural uses and preserve natural features and resources while encouraging low-density single-family residential development suited to the natural conditions and to provide for accessory uses and compatible public and semipublic uses as conditional uses or uses by special exception.
In the R-1, Rural Residential District, only the following uses are authorized:
A. 
Permitted Uses.
(1) 
Principal Uses.
(a) 
Agriculture, subject to § 1508.
(b) 
Essential services.
(c) 
Forestry, subject to § 1511.
(d) 
Public recreation.
(e) 
Single-family dwelling.
(2) 
Accessory Uses.
(a) 
Agricultural sales, subject to § 1508.
(b) 
Fences, subject to § 1503.
(c) 
Keeping of domestic pets.
(d) 
No-impact home-based business, subject to § 1510.
(e) 
Off-street parking and loading, subject to Article XVI.
(f) 
Other accessory uses customarily incidental to and on the same lot with any permitted use, conditional use or use by special exception authorized in this District.
(g) 
Private garages and storage buildings, subject to § 1503.
(h) 
Private residential swimming pools or sports courts, subject to § 1503.
(i) 
Private stable, subject to § 1508.
(j) 
Signs, subject to Article XVII.
(k) 
Temporary construction trailer, model home or sales office, subject to § 1507.
(l) 
Keeping of poultry subject to § 1508.11.
[Added by Ord. No. 935, 2/5/2018]
B. 
Conditional Uses.
(1) 
Principal Uses.
(a) 
Animal shelter, subject to § 1403.26.
(b) 
Boarding stable or riding academy, subject to § 1403.5.
(c) 
Cemetery, subject to § 1403.7.
(d) 
Churches, subject to § 1403.8.
(e) 
Fire and emergency medical facilities, subject to § 1403.8.
(f) 
Garden center, subject to § 1403.18.
(g) 
Golf course; golf or country club, subject to § 1403.19.
(h) 
Kennel, subject to § 1403.26.
(i) 
Oil and gas drilling, subject to § 1403.36.
(j) 
Public buildings, subject to § 1403.8.
(k) 
Public utility building or structure, subject to § 1403.41.
(l) 
Schools (public or private), subject to § 1403.8.
(2) 
Accessory Uses.
(a) 
None.
C. 
Uses by Special Exception.
(1) 
Principal Uses.
(a) 
Day-care center or preschool facility in a church or school, subject to § 1403.14.
(b) 
Mineral removal, subject to § 1403.31.
(c) 
Temporary use or structure, other than a construction trailer, model home or sales office, subject to § 1403.45.
(2) 
Accessory Uses.
(a) 
Communications antenna mounted on an existing building or existing public utility storage or transmission structure, subject to § 1403.10.
(b) 
Family day-care home, subject to § 1403.17.
(c) 
Home occupation, subject to § 1403.23.
In the R-1, Rural Residential District, all uses shall be subject to the following regulations, except as they may be modified by the express standards and criteria for the specific conditional uses and uses by special exception contained in Article XIV.
A. 
Minimum Lot Area:
(1) 
Agriculture: 10 acres.
(2) 
Boarding stable or riding academy: 10 acres.
(3) 
Private stable: three acres.
(4) 
Single-family dwelling:
(a) 
Without public sewers: one acre.
(b) 
With public sewers: 20,000 square feet.
(5) 
All other principal uses: one acre.
B. 
Minimum lot width: 100 feet.
C. 
Maximum impervious surface coverage: 35%.
D. 
Minimum Front Yard:
(1) 
Principal and accessory structures: 35 feet.
E. 
Minimum Rear Yard:
(1) 
Principal structures: 40 feet.
(2) 
Accessory structures: See § 1503.3.
F. 
Minimum Side Yard:
(1) 
Principal structures: 25 feet.
(2) 
Accessory structures: See § 1503.3.
G. 
Special yard requirements: See § 1503.
H. 
Permitted projections into required yards: See § 1504.
I. 
Maximum Height:
(1) 
All principal structures: 2 1/2 stories but no more than 35 feet.
(2) 
All accessory structures: one story but no more than 15 feet.
J. 
Height exceptions: See § 1505.
See Article XVI.
See Article XVII.
See § 1502.
See § 1509.