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.
Townhouses in E District — See Ch. 1268, Sections 1268.06(a) and 1268.08(h)(1).
Signs — See Ch. 1292.
Off-street parking and loading — See Ch. 1294.
Nonconforming uses — See Ch. 1296.
Fire separations in multifamily dwellings — See Ch. 1440, Section 1440.03 (BOCA See. 910.3).

§ 1278.01 Application of chapter.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1278.02 Permitted uses.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily 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) 
Housing for the elderly.
(b) 
Residential nursing care facilities.
(c) 
Municipal use.
(d) 
Accessory uses in accordance with Section 1250.04(2) and Chapter 1298.

§ 1278.03 Lot area and width.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, a lot area of not less than 20 acres shall be provided for every development.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. A lot width of not less than 200 feet shall be provided along a public street or way for every access to the development.

§ 1278.04 Yards.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, there shall be front, side and rear yards provided on each lot, which yards shall be not less than 200 feet in width.

§ 1278.05 Lot coverage.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Building Coverage. In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, the total area building coverage shall not exceed 20%.
(b) 
Impervious Coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 45%.

§ 1278.06 Building height.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
The maximum height for dwellings, buildings or other structures erected or enlarged in an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District shall be 30 feet, not exceeding two stories.
(b) 
The maximum height for any building accessory to any dwelling shall be 14 feet, not exceeding one story.

§ 1278.07 Off-street parking and loading.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
For each dwelling unit in an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, 0.85 of a parking space shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(b) 
For employee and accessory uses, parking shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(c) 
Areas for loading and unloading of delivery trucks and other vehicles, and for refuse collection, fuel and other service vehicles, shall be provided, shall be adequate in size and shall be so arranged that they may be used without blocking or interfering with the use of access roads or automobile parking facilities, and all such areas shall be in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(d) 
No parking area, service area or loading area shall be located within 200 feet of a public street or right-of-way and no parking area, service area, loading area or access drive shall be located within 20 feet of any other property line.

§ 1278.08 Development standards.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985; Ord. 251. Passed 2-16-1988]
(a) 
Density. In an "MF-3-A" Multifamily Residential District, the number of units per developable acre shall not exceed six for developments with no residential nursing care facilities.
The number of dwelling units per developable acre shall not exceed 3.25 for developments that include residential nursing care facilities.
The number of residential nursing care beds in any one development shall not exceed 20% of the total number of dwelling units in that development.
(b) 
Building Plan. Buildings shall be in accordance with an overall plan and shall be designed as a single architectural scheme. The distance at the closest point between buildings shall be 30 feet.
(c) 
Preservation of Natural Features. The development plan shall preserve and incorporate natural features such as woods, streams and open space areas which add to the overall cohesive development of such district and to the overall Township development.
(d) 
Lighting; Utility Lines. Spaces between buildings, parking areas, loading areas, access areas and service areas shall be adequately illuminated at night. Lighting, including sign lighting, shall be arranged to protect the highway and adjoining property from direct glare or hazardous interference. Utility lines servicing the area shall be placed underground.
(e) 
Storage of Refuse. Raw materials, supplies, trash, rubbish and other refuse shall be stored in covered containers within an adequate enclosure and handled and disposed of in such a manner so as not to give rise to smoke, odor or litter.
(f) 
Landscaping. All development in such district shall be designed and maintained in accordance with the landscape provisions of the Subdivision Regulations.
(g) 
Common Open Space. Any development in such district shall contain a minimum of five acres of common open space. Such common open space shall be of a character and quality acceptable to the Board of Supervisors. In addition, there shall be such provision for the ownership and maintenance of the common open space as is reasonable to ensure its preservation. To this end, the Township may accept the dedication of land or any interest therein for public use and maintenance, but the Board need not require that land proposed to be set aside for common open space be dedicated as a condition of the approval of the subdivision or land development. The Board shall require the landowner to provide for and establish an organization for the ownership and maintenance of the common open space consistent with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, and such organization shall not dispose of the common open space by sale or otherwise, except to the Township or, after approval of the Board, to an organization established to own and maintain the common open space. If the common open space deteriorates or if, in the judgment of the Board, it is not maintained in a reasonable manner in accordance with any approved plan or otherwise, the Township may proceed to remedy any such deficiency by enforcement of any applicable Township ordinance or by injunctive relief or otherwise.
(h) 
Detention Basins. Detention basins shall be allowed in yard areas only in accordance with Section 1298.14.

§ 1278.09 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Former Section 1278.09, Application procedure, was repealed 2-21-1995 by Ord. No. 314.