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.
Planned residential development — See Penna. Mun. Plan. Code, Art. VII.
GENERAL REFERENCES
General provisions and definitions — See Section 1254.04; Ch. 1298.
Establishment — See Section 1254.01.
Signs — See Ch. 1292.
Off-street parking and loading — See Ch. 1294.
Nonconforming uses — See Ch. 1296.

§ 1264.01 Application of chapter.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
In a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1264.02 Permitted uses.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
In a "CD" Cluster Development 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) 
One single-family detached dwelling;
(b) 
Municipal use; and
(c) 
Accessory uses in accordance with Section 1250.04(2) and Chapter 1298.

§ 1264.03 Lot area and width.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District, a lot area of not less than 14,000, nor more than 20,000 square feet shall be provided for every dwelling.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. A lot width of not less than 60 feet at the building line shall be provided for every dwelling.

§ 1264.04 Yards.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Front Yards.
(1) 
In a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District, there shall be a front yard on each lot, which yard shall be not less than 30 feet in depth.
(2) 
Where lots are located on a cul-de-sac, there shall be a front yard which shall be not less than 25 feet in depth.
(b) 
Side Yards. There shall be two side yards on each lot, neither of which shall be less than 20 feet wide.
(c) 
Rear Yards. There shall be a rear yard on each lot, which yard shall be not less than 30 feet in depth. An accessory use structure, if entirely separate from the main building and located at least 10 feet farther back than the rear of the main building, may be erected in the rear yard, but not within 10 feet of the rear or side property line. A detached private garage shall not be deemed to be an accessory use building in a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District.
(d) 
Corner Lots. Yards for corner lots are regulated by Section 1298.09.

§ 1264.05 Lot coverage.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Building Coverage. In a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District, the total building coverage shall not exceed 20%.
(b) 
Impervious Coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 55%.

§ 1264.06 Building height.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
The maximum height for dwellings, buildings or other structures erected or enlarged in a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District shall be 35 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.

§ 1264.07 Off-street parking.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Residential. For each dwelling unit in a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District, two all-weather off-street parking spaces shall be provided, in accordance with Chapter 1294.
(b) 
Setbacks. No parking area or driveway shall be located closer than five feet to any property line, except the portion of the driveway required for normal ingress and egress.

§ 1264.08 Special requirements.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985; Ord. 251. Passed 2-16-1988]
(a) 
Signs. In a "CD" Cluster Development 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.

§ 1264.09 Development standards.

[Ord. 223. Passed 12-10-1985]
(a) 
Tract Area. A tract area of not less than 50 acres shall be required to be held in single and separate ownership in order to qualify for designation as a "CD" Cluster Development Residential District.
(b) 
Public Utilities. A tract must be served by both public sewer and public water systems.
(c) 
Density.
(1) 
The overall density of development within this district shall not exceed one single-family detached dwelling unit per 40,000 square feet of developable acreage area, provided that the total number of lots that may be approved within such district shall be computed by subtracting from the total developable acreage area in the cluster development tract, 20% thereof for street right-of-way purposes. This method shall apply regardless of the amount of land actually required for street rights-of-way.
(2) 
By permitting the reduction of minimum lot areas and yard requirements in such district, the remaining land in the development shall be set aside as permanent open space in accordance with this Zoning Code. The overall density to which the area was originally zoned shall be maintained.
(3) 
There shall be not more than eight single-family dwelling lots in each cluster of homes within the cluster development. No buildable area of any lot in one clustering of homes shall be closer than 160 feet from the buildable area of any lot in another cluster.
(d) 
Permanent Open Space. There shall be such provision for the ownership and maintenance of permanent open space as is reasonable to ensure its preservation. The Board of Supervisors shall require the landowner to provide for and establish an organization for the ownership and maintenance of the permanent open space consistent with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Uniform Condominium Act, and such organization shall not dispose of the permanent open space by sale or otherwise, except to the Township or, after approval of the Board, to an entity established to own and maintain the permanent open space. If the permanent 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.

§ 1264.10 (Reserved) [1]

[1]
Editor's Note: Section 1264.10, Application procedure, was repealed 2-21-1995 by Ord. No. 314.