Township of Palmer, PA
Northampton County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Palmer 4-11-1994 by Ord. No. 255. (This ordinance also repealed former Ch. 55, Zoning, adopted 3-2-1987 by Ord. No. 220.) Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Planning Commission — See Ch. 22.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board — See Ch. 27.
Building Code — See Ch. 55.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 60.
Health Code — See Ch. 87.
Moving permit — See Ch. 102.
Neighborhood improvement districts — See Ch. 106.
One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Code — See Ch. 112.
Property maintenance — See Ch. 128.
Real estate  — See Ch. 135.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 158.
Street and sidewalk construction — See Ch. 160.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 165.
Weeds; visual obstructions — See Ch. 186.
Attachment 1 - Table 17.1 Off-Street Parking Requirements
Article I General Provisions

§ 190-1 Title.

§ 190-2 Short title.

§ 190-3 Community development objectives.

§ 190-4 Zoning Hearing Board.

§ 190-5 Interpretation.

§ 190-6 Uses not specifically regulated.

§ 190-7 Applicability to Township.

§ 190-8 Violations of other regulations.

§ 190-9 Severability.

§ 190-10 Repealer.

§ 190-11 Enactment; when effective.

Article II Definitions

§ 190-12 General interpretation.

§ 190-13 Terms defined.

Article III Establishment of Districts

§ 190-14 Districts designated.

§ 190-15 Application of district regulations.

§ 190-16 Zoning Map.

§ 190-17 District boundaries.

§ 190-18 Interpretation of boundaries.

§ 190-19 Buffers and setbacks across municipal boundaries.

Article IV RA Rural Agricultural District

§ 190-20 Purpose.

§ 190-21 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-22 Special exception uses.

§ 190-23 Conditional uses.

§ 190-24 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-25 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-26 Additional regulations.

Article V LDR Low-Density Residential District

§ 190-27 Purpose.

§ 190-28 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-29 Special exception uses.

§ 190-30 Conditional uses.

§ 190-31 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-32 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-33 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-34 (Reserved)

§ 190-35 Additional regulations.

Article VI MDR Medium-Density Residential District

§ 190-36 Purpose.

§ 190-37 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-38 Special exception uses.

§ 190-39 Conditional uses.

§ 190-40 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-41 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-42 Area and bulk regulations for uses other than townhouses.

§ 190-43 Area and bulk regulations for townhouses.

§ 190-44 Additional regulations.

§ 190-45 (Reserved)

§ 190-46 Site plan review.

Article VII HDR High-Density Residential District

§ 190-47 Purpose.

§ 190-48 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-49 Special exception uses.

§ 190-50 Specifically prohibited accessory and principal uses.

§ 190-51 Conditional uses.

§ 190-52 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-53 Area and bulk regulations for uses other than townhouses, low-rise (garden) apartments, mid-rise apartments, life care centers and offices as principal uses.

§ 190-54 Area and bulk regulations for townhouse and low-rise (garden) apartment dwellings.

§ 190-55 Area and bulk regulations for offices as principal uses.

§ 190-56 Area and bulk regulations for mid-rise apartment buildings.

§ 190-57 Additional regulations.

§ 190-58 Site plan review.

Article VIIB HDR-2 High-Density (Limited Residential) Residential District

§ 190-58.1 Purpose.

§ 190-58.2 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-58.3 Special exception uses.

§ 190-58.4 Specifically prohibited accessory and principal uses.

§ 190-58.5 Conditional uses.

§ 190-58.6 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-58.7 Area and bulk regulations for uses other than townhouses and life care centers as principal uses.

§ 190-58.8 Area and bulk regulations for townhouse dwellings.

§ 190-58.9 (Reserved)

§ 190-58.10 Additional regulations.

§ 190-58.11 Site plan review.

Article VIII PO/B Planned Office/Business District

§ 190-59 Purpose.

§ 190-60 Review procedures.

§ 190-61 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-62 Special exception uses.

§ 190-63 Conditional uses.

§ 190-64 Conditional use requirements related to traffic.

§ 190-65 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-66 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-67 Multiple uses in a building and buildings on a lot.

§ 190-68 Area and bulk regulations for life care retirement centers.

§ 190-69 Area and bulk regulations for uses other than life care centers.

§ 190-70 Additional regulations.

§ 190-71 Signs.

§ 190-72 Bonus provisions.

§ 190-73 Site plan review.

§ 190-74 Access to minor arterial streets.

Article IX GC General Commercial District

§ 190-75 Purpose.

§ 190-76 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-77 Conditional uses.

§ 190-78 Special exception uses.

§ 190-79 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-80 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-81 Conditional use requirements related to traffic.

§ 190-82 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-83 Off-street parking.

§ 190-84 Additional sign, parking, setback and development regulations.

§ 190-85 Site plan review.

Article X PC Planned Commercial District

§ 190-86 Purpose.

§ 190-87 Review procedures for conditional uses.

§ 190-88 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-89 Special exception uses.

§ 190-90 Conditional uses.

§ 190-91 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-92 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-93 Off-street parking.

§ 190-94 Signs.

§ 190-95 Environmental protection.

§ 190-96 Circulation and access.

§ 190-97 Site plan review.

Article XI LI Light Industrial District

§ 190-98 Purpose.

§ 190-99 Review procedures for conditional uses.

§ 190-100 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-101 Special exception uses.

§ 190-102 Conditional uses.

§ 190-103 Accessory uses.

§ 190-104 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-105 Sewage restrictions on uses.

§ 190-106 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-107 Additional landscaping, screening, parking and performance regulations.

§ 190-108 Bonus provisions.

§ 190-109 Site plan review.

Article XII Heavy Industrial/Mixed-Use District

§ 190-110 Purpose.

§ 190-111 Review procedures.

§ 190-112 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-113 Special exception uses.

§ 190-114 Conditional uses.

§ 190-115 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-116 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-117 Additional landscaping, screening, parking and performance regulations.

§ 190-118 Bonus provisions.

§ 190-119 Site plan review.

Article XIII PIC Planned Industrial/Commercial District

§ 190-120 Purpose.

§ 190-121 Review procedures for conditional uses.

§ 190-122 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-123 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-124 Special exception uses.

§ 190-125 Conditional uses.

§ 190-126 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-127 Sewage restrictions on uses.

§ 190-128 Multiple use buildings.

§ 190-129 More than one principal building on lot.

§ 190-130 Design guidelines.

§ 190-131 Additional landscaping, screening, parking and performance regulations.

§ 190-132 Bonus provisions.

§ 190-133 Transportation improvements.

§ 190-134 Site plan review.

§ 190-135 Specifically prohibited uses.

Article XIV PO/IP Planned Office/Industrial Park District

§ 190-136 Purpose.

§ 190-137 Requirements and specifically prohibited uses.

Article XV C-R Conservation and Recreation District

§ 190-138 Purpose.

§ 190-139 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-140 Specifically prohibited uses.

§ 190-141 Special exception uses.

§ 190-142 Conditional uses.

§ 190-143 Permitted accessory uses.

§ 190-144 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-145 Sign, parking and floodplain regulations.

§ 190-146 Environmental protection.

§ 190-147 Site plan review.

Article XVI Environmental Preservation

§ 190-148 Environmental preservation required.

§ 190-149 Nuisances prohibited.

§ 190-150 Proposed construction area and natural features and utility corridors: steep slopes.

§ 190-151 Areas with high water table; wetlands.

§ 190-152 Setbacks from waterways and drainage swales.

§ 190-153 Alluvial soils areas.

§ 190-154 Floodplain management.

§ 190-155 Erosion control and grading.

§ 190-156 Storage of gases, liquids and solids.

§ 190-157 Sewage treatment.

§ 190-158 Noise control.

§ 190-159 Vibration control.

§ 190-160 Dust, dirt, smoke, vapor, gas and odor control.

§ 190-161 Light and glare control.

§ 190-162 Electric substation.

§ 190-163 Control of radioactivity, electrical emissions, and electrical disturbances.

§ 190-164 Tree preservation.

§ 190-165 Studies to determine conformance to performance standards.

Article XVII Off-Street Parking and Loading

§ 190-166 Required number of off-street parking spaces.

§ 190-167 General regulations for parking facilities.

§ 190-168 Design standards for off-street parking facilities.

§ 190-169 Parking of commercial, unlicensed and junk vehicles in residential districts.

§ 190-170 Off-street loading.

Article XVIII Signs

§ 190-171 Applicability.

§ 190-172 Nonconforming signs.

§ 190-173 Definitions.

§ 190-174 Construction.

§ 190-175 Abandoned signs.

§ 190-176 Location of signs.

§ 190-177 Illumination of signs.

§ 190-178 Temporary signs.

§ 190-179 Signs not requiring permits.

§ 190-180 Signs prohibited in all districts.

§ 190-181 Signs and/or structures identifying major residential or business developments.

§ 190-182 Area of signs.

§ 190-183 Maximum height of signs.

§ 190-183.1 Signs permitted in residential districts.

§ 190-184 Signs permitted in commercial districts.

§ 190-185 Signs permitted in industrial and business districts.

§ 190-186 Approval of signs associated with proposed variances and changes in nonconforming uses.

§ 190-187 Off-premises signs (including billboards).

§ 190-188 Lights around commercial structure rooflines.

§ 190-189 Digital signs and electronically changing message signs.

§ 190-190 (Reserved)

Article XIX General Regulations

§ 190-191 Principal uses limited; posting of address.

§ 190-192 Frontage onto improved streets; number of uses or buildings.

§ 190-193 Height exceptions; airport approaches.

§ 190-194 Special lot and yard requirements, sight distance and buffer yards.

§ 190-195 Landscaping.

§ 190-196 Establishment of future/ultimate right-of-way widths for streets.

§ 190-197 Right-of-way requirement for industrial and commercial uses.

§ 190-198 Access onto arterial and collector streets.

§ 190-199 Nonconformities.

§ 190-200 Temporary structure or use.

§ 190-201 Site plan review procedures for certain uses.

§ 190-202 Minimum size of dwellings.

§ 190-203 Traffic impact study.

§ 190-204 Stormwater management.

§ 190-205 Recreation land, open space and fees requirements.

§ 190-206 Industrial and commercial driveways.

Article XX Additional Requirements for Specific Uses

§ 190-207 Process for uses permitted by right with additional requirements.

§ 190-208 Process for conditional uses.

§ 190-209 Process for reviewing special exceptions.

§ 190-210 Additional requirements for conditional uses and special exceptions.

§ 190-211 Additional requirements for accessory uses.

Article XXI Administration

§ 190-212 General procedure for permits.

§ 190-213 Permits and certificates.

§ 190-214 Zoning Officer.

§ 190-215 Zoning Hearing Board actions and variances.

§ 190-216 Board hearings and decisions.

§ 190-217 Appeals.

§ 190-218 Amendments to this ordinance.

§ 190-219 Curative amendments.

§ 190-220 Filing fees and costs.

§ 190-221 Enforcement; violations and penalties.

§ 190-222 Liability.

§ 190-223 Public utility exemptions.

Article XXII Traditional Village Option

§ 190-224 Purpose.

§ 190-225 Applicability.

§ 190-226 Incentives.

§ 190-227 Standards.

Article XXIII Requirements for Exotic Animals

§ 190-228 Definitions.

§ 190-229 Keeping, breeding, selling and exchanging of exotic animals prohibited.

§ 190-230 Exemptions.

§ 190-231 Personal possession permit required for possessor.

§ 190-232 Care and treatment of exotic animals held under a personal possession permit.

§ 190-233 Notification.

§ 190-234 Public contact.

§ 190-235 Enforcement of article; inspection.

§ 190-236 Denial of personal possession permit; appeal.

§ 190-236.1 Confiscation and disposition of exotic animals.

§ 190-236.2 Violations and penalties.

§ 190-236.3 Effective date.

§ 190-236.4 Powers and duties of Animal Control Authority.

Article XXIV (Reserved)

§ 190-237 (Reserved)

§ 190-238 (Reserved)

§ 190-239 (Reserved)

§ 190-240 (Reserved)

§ 190-241 (Reserved)

§ 190-242 (Reserved)

§ 190-243 (Reserved)

§ 190-244 (Reserved)

§ 190-245 (Reserved)

§ 190-246 (Reserved)

Article XXV Route 248 Overlay District

§ 190-247 Title.

§ 190-248 Purpose.

§ 190-249 Community development objectives.

§ 190-250 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-251 Conditional uses.

§ 190-252 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-253 Landscaping, screening, and buffer yards.

§ 190-254 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-255 Signs.

§ 190-256 Parking standards and interconnection.

§ 190-257 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-258 Land development plan review.

Article XXVI William Penn Highway Overlay District

§ 190-259 Title.

§ 190-260 Purpose.

§ 190-261 Community development objectives.

§ 190-262 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-263 Conditional uses.

§ 190-264 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-265 Landscaping, screening, and buffer yards.

§ 190-266 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-267 Signs.

§ 190-268 Parking standards and interconnection.

§ 190-269 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-270 Land development plan review.

Article XXVII NEB North End Business Overlay District

§ 190-271 Title.

§ 190-272 Definitions.

§ 190-273 Purpose.

§ 190-274 Community development objectives.

§ 190-275 Applicability.

§ 190-276 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-277 Prohibited uses.

§ 190-278 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-279 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-280 Signs.

§ 190-281 Off-street parking and loading.

§ 190-282 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-283 Traffic management.

§ 190-284 through § 190-290. (Reserved)

Article XXVIII MSC Main Street Commercial Overlay District

§ 190-291 Title.

§ 190-292 Definitions.

§ 190-293 Purpose.

§ 190-294 Community development objectives.

§ 190-295 Applicability.

§ 190-296 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-297 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-298 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-299 Signs.

§ 190-300 Off-street parking and loading.

§ 190-301 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-302 Traffic management.

§ 190-303 through § 190-310. (Reserved)

Article XXIX TI-1 Transportation Industrial Overlay District 1

§ 190-311 Title.

§ 190-312 Definitions.

§ 190-313 Purpose.

§ 190-314 Community development objectives.

§ 190-315 Applicability.

§ 190-316 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-317 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-318 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-319 Signs.

§ 190-320 Off-street parking and loading.

§ 190-321 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-322 Traffic management.

§ 190-323 through § 190-330. (Reserved)

Article XXX TI-2 Transportation Industrial Overlay District 2

§ 190-331 Title.

§ 190-332 Definitions.

§ 190-333 Purpose.

§ 190-334 Community development objectives.

§ 190-335 Applicability.

§ 190-336 Permitted by right uses.

§ 190-337 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 190-338 Building standards and orientation.

§ 190-339 Signs.

§ 190-340 Off-street parking and loading.

§ 190-341 Streetscape performance regulations.

§ 190-342 Traffic management.