Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
STATUTORY REFERENCES
General provisions and definitions — See 53 P.S. § 10101 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.

§ 1282.01 Application of chapter.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
In a "D-1" Special Use District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1282.02 Permitted uses.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; amended 9-24-2013 by Ord. No. 489]
In a "D-1" Special Use 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 scientific research laboratory.
(b) 
An engineering center.
(c) 
An office building.
(d) 
A municipal use.

§ 1282.03 Prohibited uses.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
Any use not complying with this chapter is prohibited in a "D-1" Special Use District. The following uses are specifically prohibited:
(a) 
Commercial production or manufacturing.
(b) 
Commercial storage.
(c) 
Commercial processing.
(d) 
Retail or wholesale sales.

§ 1282.04 Lot area and width.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In a "D-1" Special Use District, a lot area of not less than 25 acres shall be provided.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. A lot width of not less than 1,000 feet shall be provided.

§ 1282.05 Yards.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; Ord. 328. Passed 7-22-1996]
(a) 
Front, Side and Rear Yards. In a "D-1" Special Use District, there shall be front, side and rear yards provided on each lot, which yards shall not be less than 200 feet in depth.
(b) 
District Yard. No front, side or rear yard adjacent to any single- family residential district shall be less than 400 feet in depth.

§ 1282.06 Lot coverage.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Building Coverage. In a "D-1" Special Use District, the total building coverage shall not exceed 20%.
(b) 
Gross Building Floor Area Coverage. The total gross building floor area coverage shall not exceed 40% of the developable area of the site.
(c) 
Impervious Coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 40%.

§ 1282.07 Building height.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987; Ord. 323. Passed 1-23-1996]
The maximum height for buildings or other structures erected or enlarged in this district shall be 60 feet, with a maximum of three stories. Rooftop equipment may project an additional 10 feet above the roof.

§ 1282.08 Off-street parking and loading.

[Ord. 233A. Passed 6-18-1987]
(a) 
Parking and Loading. In a "D-1" Special Use District, all-weather parking and loading facilities shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(b) 
Setbacks. No parking, loading, driveway or access roadway area shall be located closer than 200 feet to any property line, except as required for normal ingress and egress. In the case of any property line or boundary being adjacent to a single-family residential district, the setback shall be 300 feet, except as required for normal ingress and egress.

§ 1282.09 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 approved 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-1" Special Use 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 600 feet of frontage and in no case more than two access roads per frontage.
(d) 
Utilities. All development in a "D-1" Special Use 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 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 (except security lighting) shall be limited to the 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.
Exterior lighting, when set back a minimum of 300 feet from an adjacent residential district and a minimum of 200 feet from an adjacent nonresidential district, may exceed the fourteen-foot limitation stated in this subsection, but shall not be placed higher than 25 feet above grade.
(i) 
Detention Basins. Detention basins shall be allowed in yard areas only in accordance with Section 1298.14.

§ 1282.10 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 1282.10, Application procedure, was repealed 2-21-1995 by Ord. No. 314.