Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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STATUTORY REFERENCES
General provisions and definitions — See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq.
Offensive businesses — See 18 Pa.C.S.A. § 4107 et seq.
GENERAL REFERENCES
Establishment — See Ch. 1254, Section 1254.01.
Signs — See Ch. 1292.
Off-street parking and loading — See Ch. 1294.
Nonconforming uses — See Ch. 1296.
General provisions and definitions — See Ch. 1298.

§ 1284.01 Application of chapter.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
In a "D-2" Planned Business District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1284.02 Permitted uses.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; Ord. 387. Passed 7-17-2001]
In a "D-2" Planned Business 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) 
A retail store selling one or more of the following items at retail: food, groceries, meats, vegetables, clothing, cosmetics, fruit, drugs, jewelry, optical goods or professional, scientific or musical instruments.
(b) 
An office, bank or financial institution.
(c) 
A personal service shop of a dressmaker, shoe repairer, tailor or hairdresser.
(d) 
Medical and dental offices or a clinic for treatment of humans only.
(e) 
A restaurant and a catering establishment, but not including the sale of prepared foods for consumption in automobiles or off the premises.
(f) 
A child nursery or day-care center.
(g) 
A church, library or educational facility.
(h) 
A municipal use.
(i) 
A community center for cultural or recreational use when authorized as a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board, but not including motion-picture establishments or assembly halls.
(j) 
Hotels, motels or similar lodging facilities when authorized as a conditional use by the Board of Supervisors.

§ 1284.03 Prohibited uses.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
Any use not complying with this chapter is prohibited in a "D-2" Planned Business District. The following uses are specifically prohibited:
(a) 
Public garages.
(b) 
Motor vehicle sales.
(c) 
Motor vehicle service or repair.
(d) 
Motor vehicle rental or leasing.
(e) 
Gasoline service stations.
(f) 
Parking lots incidental to any of the uses set forth in Subsections (a) to (e) hereof.
(g) 
Trucking terminals.

§ 1284.04 Lot area and width.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In a "D-2" Planned Business District, a lot area of not less than 10 acres shall be provided.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. A lot width of not less than 500 feet shall be provided.

§ 1284.05 Yards.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; Ord. 328. Passed 7-22-1996]
(a) 
Front Yard. In a "D-2" Planned Business District, there shall be a front yard on each lot which shall not be less than 100 feet.
(b) 
Side Yards. There shall be two side yards on each lot, neither of which shall be less than 50 feet.
(c) 
Rear Yards. There shall be a rear yard on each lot which shall not be less than 50 feet.
(d) 
District Yard. No side or rear yard adjacent to any residential district shall be less than 75 feet in depth.
(e) 
Corner Lots. Yards for corner lots are regulated by Section 1298.09.

§ 1284.06 Lot coverage.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Building Coverage. In a "D-2" Planned Business District, the total building coverage shall not exceed 20%.
(b) 
Impervious Coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 40%.

§ 1284.07 Building height.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
The maximum height for buildings or other structures erected or enlarged in a "D-2" Planned Business District shall be 40 feet, not exceeding two stories.

§ 1284.08 Off-street parking and loading.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Parking and Loading. In a "D-2" Planned Business District, all-weather parking and loading facilities shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(b) 
Setbacks. No parking, loading or driveway area shall be located closer than 50 feet to any property line, except as required for normal ingress and egress. In the case of any property line being adjacent to a single-family residential district, no parking, loading or driveway area shall be located closer than 75 feet to such property line, except as required for normal ingress and egress.

§ 1284.09 Special requirements.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; Ord. 251. Passed 2-16-1988; Ord. 400. Passed 5-21-2002]
(a) 
Signs. Signs shall be permitted in accordance with Chapter 1292.
(b) 
Development Regulations. The project shall be developed and constructed in accordance with an overall master plan which shall be updated so as to be current. The development shall be designed and constructed as a single architectural scheme.
(c) 
Landscaping. All development in a "D-2" Planned Business District shall be designed and maintained in accordance with the landscape provisions of the Subdivision Regulations. There shall be a suitable and effective landscape barrier at the edge of the property adjacent to any public street. Such buffer strip shall be at least 10 feet wide and shall channel motor vehicle ingress and egress from the property. There shall be a maximum of one access road per 400 feet of frontage and in no case more than two access roads per frontage.
(d) 
Utilities. All development in a "D-2" Planned Business District shall be served by public sewer and water. All utilities serving a permitted use in this district shall be underground.
(e) 
Outdoor Land Use. There shall be no outdoor storage or display of goods or materials for marketing, storage or any other purpose. The outdoor storage of trash shall be designed and maintained to be completely screened from view by a landscape buffer.
(f) 
Hazardous Uses. No building shall be erected, altered or maintained, and no lot shall be used for any purpose, trade or business, that is noxious, offensive or potentially injurious to health by reason of odor, noise, dust, smoke, heat, gas, radiation, hazardous substance, hazardous waste or vibration.
(g) 
Building Spacing. The distance at the closest point between any buildings shall be not less than 30 feet.
(h) 
Site Lighting. Exterior lighting provided in conjunction with any building or use shall be placed not higher than 14 feet above grade and shall be screened so as not to permit the source of illumination to be seen from off the premises. Only color-corrected types of illumination shall be used. The hours of illumination of such lights shall be limited to hours of business operation and shall otherwise be extinguished between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. of the following day, prevailing time.
(i) 
Detention Basins. Detention basins shall be allowed in yard areas only in accordance with Section 1298.14.

§ 1284.10 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 1284.10, Application procedure, was repealed 2-21-1995 by Ord. No. 314