Township of Tredyffrin, PA
Chester County
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[Amended 8-15-1983 by Ord. No. HR-76; 2-27-1984 by Ord. No. HR-79; 1-8-1991 by Ord. No. HR-161; 8-19-1991 by Ord. No. HR-169; 12-12-1994 by Ord. No. HR-236; 5-1-2006 by Ord. No. HR-352]
The R-1/2 Residence Districts are designed to minimize disruption to notable features such as the Exceptional Value Valley Creek Watershed, the limestone/carbonate geology of the Great Valley, Valley Forge Mountain and the natural, scenic and historic character of the Township.
Land and buildings may be used and occupied for any one of the following purposes and no other:
A. 
Woodlot, game preserve, environmental education, conservation facility or other conservation purpose.
B. 
Public park or recreation area owned and operated by a governmental agency.
C. 
One single-family detached dwelling.
D. 
Utility line or any necessary governmental or public utility use, provided that:
(1) 
No such use shall include an office open to the general public; the storage of materials; rotating equipment; trucking or repair facilities; housing of work crews; a storage garage; or any structure involving major traffic movements;
(2) 
The portion of any such use not located within a building is enclosed or adequately screened in such a manner as to not detract from the character of the district; and
(3) 
No advertising shall be affixed to any structure.
E. 
The following uses when authorized as a special exception, subject to the general standards prescribed in §§ 208-105 and 208-150:
(1) 
Memorial park type of cemetery, provided that no such use shall be located closer than 200 feet to a residential property line.
(2) 
Conversion of a single-family dwelling to two-family or multiple-family use, subject to the provisions of § 208-106.
(3) 
Privately owned outdoor recreational area or use, customarily located in natural and/or rural areas (such as park, picnic ground, riding academy, golf course and swimming area, and including a country club, tennis club or hunt club lodge in conjunction with permitted outdoor use), provided that:
(a) 
The use and its design are compatible with the natural character of the area;
(b) 
Each building or structure shall be clearly incidental to the permitted outdoor use;
(c) 
Any club or lodge building and its services shall be for the use of members and their guests only;
(d) 
No commercial activity shall be permitted except for charging of admission, the sale of refreshments or such other purpose as is clearly incidental to the permitted outdoor activity;
(e) 
Each permitted use or activity shall be screened and separated from a public street and from an adjoining property by a landscaped planting strip not less than 100 feet in depth; subject to the requirements of § 208-103B relating to the location and buffering of off-street parking areas;
(f) 
Each incidental commercial use shall be located or screened so that it shall not be visible from a public street;
(g) 
There shall be no overhead lighting other than streetlight or parking lights;
(h) 
Not more than 40% of the land area of the lot shall be utilized for buildings, parking and other facilities; and
(i) 
Any activity not located within enclosed walls shall be limited to the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
(4) 
As an accessory use on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the foregoing permitted uses, a nursery school or day-care center for more than three individuals but fewer than 12 individuals, provided that:
(a) 
Outdoor play or instruction areas shall be located at least 50 feet from any street line or property line and shall be provided with landscape screening sufficient to buffer adjoining properties from noise or other disturbances.
(b) 
In addition to the general parking requirements of § 208-103, an off-street dropoff area shall be provided which is sufficient to accommodate not less than one vehicle per five individuals enrolled.
(5) 
Historical or cultural museum not operated for profit subject to the area, bulk and height requirements of § 208-13, and provided that the proposed use shall be designed so as to constitute a desirable and harmonious addition to the general environment of the area.
(6) 
Student home located in a single-family dwelling, subject to the provisions of § 208-122.1.
[Added 8-26-2010 by Ord. No. HR-384]
F. 
Accessory uses as permitted in § 208-12G, subject to the requirements thereof.
G. 
Signs when erected and maintained in accordance with Article XXV.
A. 
Lot area and width. A lot area of not less than 80,000 square feet and a lot width of not less than 200 feet at the building line shall be provided.
B. 
Building coverage. Not more than 10% of the lot area may be occupied by buildings.
C. 
Impervious coverage. Not more than 15% of the lot area may be covered by impervious surface.
D. 
Front yard. There shall be a front yard on each street on which the lot abuts, the depth of which shall be at least 50 feet.
E. 
Side yards. There shall be two side yards not less than 50 feet in aggregate width and neither less than 25 feet in width.
F. 
Rear yard. There shall be a rear yard, the depth of which shall be at least 40 feet.
G. 
Height. The height of any building shall not exceed 35 feet.
A. 
Lot area and width. A lot area of not less than 80,000 square feet and a lot width of not less than 200 feet at the building line shall be provided.
B. 
Building coverage. Not more than 10% of the lot area may be occupied by buildings.
C. 
Impervious coverage. Not more than 25% of the lot area may be covered by impervious surface.
D. 
Front yard. There shall be a front yard on each street on which the lot abuts, the depth of which shall be at least 50 feet.
E. 
Side yards. There shall be two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 40 feet in width.
F. 
Rear yard. There shall be a rear yard, the depth of which shall be at least 50 feet.
G. 
Height. The height of any building shall not exceed 35 feet.
H. 
Buffer. Along each property line which directly abuts a residential district or use, a buffer area not less than 25 feet in width shall be provided, subject to the provisions of § 208-102B.
I. 
Special development regulations. In addition to the other regulations of the district, each nondwelling use shall comply with the applicable provision of § 208-102.