Township of Shaler, PA
Allegheny County
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Exempt from the provisions of this chapter are commercial and industrial equipment, trailers and vehicles of:
A. 
The Township or other governmental agency for the accomplishment of a governmental purpose or a contractor or subcontractor under agreement with the Township or other governmental agency to accomplish a municipal purpose.
B. 
A public utility or a contractor or subcontractor under agreement with such public utility, for the installation, maintenance, adjustment or repair of or to a public utility facility, including utility trucks owned by a public or quasi-public agency when the drivers are required by their employment to respond to emergencies.
C. 
Commercial vehicles parked for the purpose of making deliveries or improvements to a property or street location.
D. 
Commercial vehicles parked for up to 48 hours if the vehicle is involuntarily parked because of mechanical failure or other emergency.
E. 
Trailers and recreational vehicles parked in the parking lots of volunteer fire departments, but if and only if the Board of Commissioners has granted an applicant a conditional use for such trailer or recreational vehicle to do so.
A. 
Parking locations. Commercial equipment and commercial vehicles shall not be parked or stored on a residential lot in a residential district between the hours of 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and all day Sunday, except as shown on Table 1, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Commercial Vehicles and Equipment,[1] and then only in those areas listed in the order of priority. Only if a higher priority location does not exist or is inaccessible and thus unavailable and if and only if the landowner complies fully with the screening requirements of this chapter may the commercial equipment or commercial vehicle be parked or stored on the residential lot in the next lower priority. If none of the prioritized locations is feasible, the commercial vehicle or equipment must be parked or stored off site. In no event shall any person in a residential district keep, store or park, or permit any other person to keep, store or park, any commercial vehicle or commercial equipment, unless screened from neighboring properties and the public right-of-way.
[1]
Editor's Note: Table 1, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Commercial Vehicles and Equipment, is attached to this chapter.
B. 
Ownership of commercial vehicle or equipment. The owner and operator of a commercial vehicle or commercial equipment parked on a residential lot shall reside on the residential lot where the commercial vehicle or commercial equipment is parked or stored.
C. 
Number of commercial vehicles or equipment permitted. Only two commercial vehicles may be parked on a residential lot at any time.
D. 
Prior approval required for paper street parking or storage. If storage of any commercial vehicle on a paper street is approved by the Township, said storage shall be subject to in-field site review and approval prior to parking or storage occurring.
E. 
Improved surface required. Parking or storage of any recreational vehicle on any residential lot shall be on an improved surface to minimize mud tracking onto roadways.
F. 
Screening. Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment within prioritized parking locations identified in Table 1, columns (2), (4) and (5),[2] and shown in hatched or shaded boxes shall be screened with an opaque barrier having at least 75% opacity unless such vehicle is stored completely within a building or is otherwise screened so as not to be visible at ground level from another property or from any public right-of-way. The opaque barrier shall:
(1) 
Screen the entire length of the commercial vehicle or commercial equipment; and
(2) 
Screen the entire height of the commercial vehicle or equipment between the ground elevation upon which it is parked and its highest point, but not exceeding the height standards set forth in Chapter 118, Fences, Walls and Hedges, of the Code.
(3) 
If said commercial vehicle or commercial equipment is located on a trailer, both the commercial vehicle and the commercial equipment as well as the trailer shall be screened.
(4) 
An opaque barrier or screening may consist of vegetation, fencing, walls or a combination of such materials and shall be located between the commercial vehicle or commercial equipment and the lot line. The use of a tarp(s) shall not be an acceptable form of screening. If the screening is to be accomplished with a fence or wall, screening must comply with Chapter 118, Fences, Walls and Hedges.
[2]
Editor's Note: Table 1, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Commercial Vehicles and Equipment, is attached to this chapter.
G. 
Screening not required. The screening requirements of this section do not apply to a commercial vehicle:
(1) 
Parked temporarily while actively engaged in loading or unloading passengers, merchandise or materials.
(2) 
Parked for up to 48 hours if the vehicle is involuntarily parked because of mechanical failure or other emergency.
Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment parked or stored on nonresidential lots on a site owned by the business shall comply with the following requirements:
A. 
Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment may be parked on a nonresidential lot between the facade line of the business establishment and any public right-of-way, but if and only if the commercial vehicles and commercial equipment are parked perpendicular to the right-of-way and if and only if the commercial vehicles and commercial equipment are parked at a point no closer than 15 feet to the closest pavement edge of a road.
B. 
Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment shall not be used as an advertising sign or as a business sign and shall not be parked or stored between the facade line of the business establishment and any public right-of-way for more than 20 days in any three-month period.
C. 
Parking shall be on an improved surface to minimize mud tracking onto roadways.
Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment parked or stored on nonresidential lots on a site not owned by the business shall comply with the following requirements:
A. 
Commercial vehicles and commercial equipment shall not be parked between the facade line of the business establishment and any public right-of-way for an aggregate period of more than 72 hours in any three-month period.
B. 
Any commercial vehicle or commercial equipment that is parked between the facade line of the business establishment and any public right-of-way for an aggregate period of more than 72 hours in any three-month period shall be considered off-premises advertising signs and subject to those provisions of this chapter relating to signs.
C. 
Parking shall be on an improved surface to minimize mud tracking onto roadways.
D. 
The requirements set forth above shall not apply to:
(1) 
Commercial vehicles or commercial equipment parked for up to 21 days while the vehicle undergoes repairs, detailing or other services provided by a licensed business establishment providing motor vehicle repairs, auto body work, detailing or similar services.
(2) 
Commercial vehicles or commercial equipment actively engaged in a construction project and which are parked no longer than the duration of the construction permit issued by the Township on the private construction site.
(3) 
Commercial vehicles or commercial equipment parked within a licensed salvage yard or junkyard.
A. 
Parking of recreational vehicles on residential streets and highways.
(1) 
No recreational vehicle in any residential district shall be parked or stored upon any Township street or highway except as provided in this chapter.
(2) 
No recreational vehicle in any residential district shall be parked on a street or highway within 50 feet of any intersection or crosswalk at any time.
(3) 
The foregoing restrictions for recreational vehicles on residential streets and highways shall not apply to: a recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours for a planned trip, outing or vacation commencing or ending on the same day of the departure or return; or a recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours for the loading and unloading of persons and personal effects, cleaning and servicing; or a recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours preparing the vehicle for such departure or return. A recreational vehicle may be parked for a period of up to 48 hours if the recreational vehicle is involuntarily parked because of mechanical failure or other emergency. Recreational equipment and personal watercraft; provided, however, that such parking on a street, highway or alley shall not occur on more than two consecutive days or on more than two days in any seven-day period and shall not be occupied while parked on the street, highway or alley.
B. 
Parking of recreational vehicles on residential lots.
(1) 
No recreational vehicle shall be parked or stored on a residential lot in any residential district except as provided in this chapter.
(2) 
Recreational vehicles, but excluding recreational equipment and personal watercraft, shall not be parked or stored on a residential lot in a residential district except as shown on Table 2, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Recreational Vehicles,[1] and then only in those areas listed in the order of priority. Only if a higher priority location does not exist or is inaccessible and thus unavailable, and if and only if the landowner complies fully with the screening requirements of this chapter, may the recreational vehicle be parked or stored on the residential lot in the next lower priority. If none of the prioritized locations is feasible, the recreational vehicle must be parked or stored off site. In no event shall any person in a residential district keep, store or park, or permit any other person to keep, store or park, any recreational vehicle unless screened from neighboring properties and the public right-of-way.
[1]
Editor's Note: Table 2, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Recreational Vehicles, is attached to this chapter.
(3) 
Ownership of recreational vehicle. The owner and operator of a recreational vehicle shall reside on the residential lot where the recreational vehicle is parked or stored.
(4) 
Number of recreational vehicles permitted. Only two recreational vehicles may be parked on a residential lot at any time.
(5) 
Prior approval required for paper street parking or storage. If storage of any recreational vehicle on a paper street is approved by the Township, said storage shall be subject to in-field site review and approval prior to parking or storage occurring.
(6) 
Improved surface required. Parking or storage of any recreational vehicle on any residential lot shall be on an improved surface to minimize mud tracking onto roadways.
(7) 
Screening. Recreational vehicles within prioritized parking locations identified in Table 2, columns (2), (4) and (5),[2] and shown in hatched or shaded boxes shall be screened with an opaque barrier having at least 75% opacity, unless such recreational vehicle is stored completely within a building or is otherwise screened so as not to be visible at ground level from another property or from any public right-of-way. The opaque barrier shall:
(a) 
Screen the entire length of the recreational vehicle; and
(b) 
Screen the entire height of the recreational vehicle or equipment between ground elevation upon which it is parked and its highest point, but not exceeding the height standards set forth in those regulations of this chapter relating to fences, walls and hedges.
(c) 
An opaque barrier or screening may consist of vegetation, fencing, walls or a combination of such materials and shall be located between the recreational vehicle and the lot line. The use of a tarp(s) shall not be an acceptable form of screening. If the screening is to be accomplished with a fence or wall, the screening must comply with the requirements of this chapter relating to fences and walls as well as the fence and wall requirements set forth in the other ordinances of the Township.
[2]
Editor's Note: Table 2, Chart of Prioritized Parking and Storage Locations for Recreational Vehicles, is attached to this chapter.
(8) 
Screening not required. The screening requirements of this section shall not apply to:
(a) 
A recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours for a planned trip, outing or vacation commencing or ending on the same day of the departure or return; or a recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours for the loading and unloading of persons and personal effects, cleaning and servicing; or a recreational vehicle parked up to 72 hours preparing the vehicle for such departure or return.
(b) 
A recreational vehicle parked for a period of up to 48 hours if the recreational vehicle is involuntarily parked because of mechanical failure or other emergency.
(c) 
Recreational equipment and personal watercraft.
A. 
Recreational vehicles shall be operable and maintained. Recreational vehicles shall be maintained and carry up-to-date registrations and applicable safety inspections.
B. 
Recreational vehicles shall not be parked on slopes greater than 15%, in designated open spaces or recreational areas, in sensitive natural resource areas, or in floodways.
C. 
Unless the International Building Code or International Fire Code dictate otherwise, there shall be no minimum building separation for recreational vehicles.
A limit of two pieces of recreational equipment and personal watercraft including jet skis and similar personal watercraft and all-terrain vehicles shall be exempt from the screening requirements of this section.
[Amended 2-10-2015 by Ord. No. 1931]
The effective date of this article shall be 180 days after the date of enactment by the Board of Commissioners, but all recreational vehicles currently parked or stored on residential lots in the Township or bought prior to the enactment of this article are exempt from the provisions of this chapter until January 1, 2016, but only if such recreational vehicle is registered and recorded with the Township Zoning Officer within 180 days of the enactment of this article. The exemption for nonconforming commercial vehicles will be until February 15, 2015.