Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
STATUTORY REFERENCES
General provisions and definitions — See Penna. Mun. Plan. Code, Art. I.
Zoning — See Penna. Mun. Plan. Code, Art. VI.
GENERAL REFERENCES
General provisions and definitions — See Section 1250.04; Ch. 1292.
Establishment — See Section 1256.01.
Signs — See Ch. 1292.
Off-street parking and loading — See Ch. 1294.
Nonconforming uses — See Ch. 1296.

§ 1255.01 Application of chapter.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
In an "AA" Residential District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1255.02 Permitted uses.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
In an "AA" Residential District, a building may be erected or used, and a lot may be used or occupied, for any of the following purposes and no other:
(a) 
Farming;
(b) 
One single-family detached dwelling;
(c) 
Municipal use; and
(d) 
Accessory uses in accordance with Section 1250.04(2) and Chapter 1298.

§ 1255.03 Lot area and width.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In an "AA" Residential District, a lot area of not less than 80,000 square feet shall be provided for every dwelling or other building.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. A lot width of not less than 275 feet at the building line shall be provided for every dwelling or other building.

§ 1255.04 Yards.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
(a) 
Front Yards. In an "AA" Residential District, there shall be a front yard on each lot, which yard shall be not less than 100 feet in depth.
(b) 
Side Yards. There shall be two side yards on each lot, neither of which shall be less than 65 feet wide. In the case of any building other than a single-family detached dwelling or a building accessory thereto, there shall be two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 100 feet wide.
(c) 
Rear Yards. There shall be a rear yard on each lot, which yard shall be not less than 100 feet in depth. An accessory use structure, if entirely separate from the main building and located at least 25 feet farther back than the rear of the main building, may be erected in the rear yard, but not within 25 feet of the rear or side property lines.
(d) 
Corner Lots. Yards for corner lots are regulated by Section 1298.09.

§ 1255.05 Lot coverage.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
(a) 
Building Coverage. In an "AA" Residential District, the total building coverage shall not exceed 10%.
(b) 
Impervious Coverage.
(1) 
The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 20% for a single-family residential use.
(2) 
The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 25% for all nonresidential uses.

§ 1255.06 Building height.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986; Ord. 257. Passed 6-21-1988; Ord. 409. Passed 7-22-2003]
(a) 
The maximum height for dwellings, buildings or other structures erected or enlarged in an "AA" Residential District shall be 45 feet, not exceeding 2 1/2 stories.
(b) 
The maximum height for any building accessory to any dwelling shall be 14 feet, not exceeding one story, except that by special exception the height of accessory buildings constructed entirely outside any mandatory set-back areas on lots exceeding 40,000 square feet shall not exceed 35 feet or 2 1/2 stories.

§ 1255.07 Off-street parking.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
(a) 
Residential. For each dwelling unit in an "AA" Residential District, two all-weather off-street parking spaces shall be provided, in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(b) 
Nonresidential. For any permitted use other than a residential use, parking facilities shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294. Further, such parking shall not occupy any portion of the front, side or rear yards required under this chapter.
(c) 
Setbacks. No parking area or driveway shall be located closer than 10 feet to any property line, except the portion of the driveway required for normal ingress and egress.

§ 1255.08 Special requirements.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986; Ord. 251. Passed 2-16-1988]
(a) 
Signs. In an "AA" Residential District, signs shall be permitted in accordance with Chapter 1292.
(b) 
Swimming Pools; Tennis Courts; Equine Facilities. Swimming pools, tennis courts and equine facilities may be permitted in such District, subject to Chapter 1298.
(c) 
Detention Basins. Detention basins shall be allowed in yard areas only in accordance with Section 1298.14.
(d) 
Subdivisions, Frontage. No subdivision in the "AA" District shall be created in which more than 50% of the lots have their entire frontage on a public street. The remaining lots shall be interior lots.
(e) 
Subdivisions; Dimensional Requirements for Conditional Uses. In a proposed subdivision of 10 or more lots, all dimensional requirements of this chapter (minimum lot width, area requirements and yard distance) for a conditional use, under Section 1298.07, be reduced by as much as 25%, for a maximum of 25% of the number of lots, provided that the average dimensional requirements of all lots in any subdivision meet the minimum requirement.

§ 1255.09 Frontage on public streets.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
No subdivision in an "AA" Residential District shall be created in which more than 50% of the lots have their entire frontage on a public street. The remaining lots shall be interior lots.

§ 1255.10 Exception to dimensional requirements.

[Ord. 230. Passed 7-22-1986]
In a proposed subdivision of 10 or more lots in an "AA" Residential District, as a conditional use pursuant to Section 1298.07, the minimum lot width, area requirements and yard distance provided for in this chapter may be reduced by as much as 25% for a maximum of 25% of the number of lots, provided that the average dimensional requirements of all lots in the subdivision meet the minimum requirements set forth herein.