Township of Lower Gwynedd, PA
Montgomery County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Lower Gwynedd 1-22-2013 by Ord. No. 488. Amendments noted where applicable.]

§ 1271.01 Application of chapter.

In the Lower Pike Overlay District, the regulations set forth in this chapter shall apply.

§ 1271.02 Permitted uses.

In the Lower Pike Overlay District, a lot may be used for any of the following purposes and no other:
(a) 
Multifamily residential.
(b) 
Office.
(c) 
Retail/personal service.
(d) 
Any combination of the above uses.
(e) 
Municipal use.
(f) 
Any use permitted by right in the underlying district.
[Added 7-22-2014 by Ord. No. 492]

§ 1271.03 Prohibited uses.

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) 
Motor vehicle service stations.
(f) 
Trucking terminals.

§ 1271.04 Lot area and width.

(a) 
Minimum Lot Area. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, a lot area of not less than two gross acres shall be provided for nonresidential development.
(1) 
A lot area of not less than three gross acres shall be provided for every development with a residential component.
(b) 
Minimum Lot Width. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, a lot width of not less than 150 feet shall be provided for every development.

§ 1271.05 Yards.

(a) 
Front Yards. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, there shall be a front yard adjacent to every street, which yard shall be not less than 20 feet.
(b) 
Side Yards. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, there shall be two side yards on each lot, neither of which shall be less then 10 feet wide.
(c) 
Rear Yards. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, there shall be a rear yard, which yard shall not be less than 20 feet in depth.
(d) 
Residential Adjacencies. In the Lower Pike Overlay District, where the property abuts a residentially zoned property there shall be a yard, which yard shall not be less than 30 feet in width, and which yard shall be planted and maintained as an opaque buffer during all seasons of the year.
(e) 
The above-cited yard restrictions shall apply to all impervious surface coverings of any kind.

§ 1271.06 Lot coverage.

(a) 
Impervious Coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 75%.

§ 1271.07 Building height.

The maximum height for any building or structure in the Lower Pike Overlay District shall be 40 feet and a maximum of three stories.

§ 1271.08 Off-street parking.

(a) 
Residential Use. For each dwelling unit in the Lower Pike Overlay District, 2.5 parking spaces shall be provided.
(b) 
Nonresidential Use. For any permitted use, other than residential, parking facilities shall be provided in accordance with Chapter 1294.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 1294, Off-Street Parking and Loading.
(c) 
Exception. When the combination of uses would allow for the reduction of the above-required parking in subparagraph (a) and (b), and when it can be demonstrated by a study prepared by a professional traffic engineer, the parking count may be reduced by the Township. The study must be reviewed and accepted by the Township Traffic Engineer.
(d) 
Access. All parking spaces must have unobstructed access at all times.

§ 1271.09 Special requirements.

(a) 
Design. Each project proposed for the Lower Pike Overlay District shall have its design be subject to conditional use approval by the Board of Supervisors. The design shall be fully integrated and all elements of the project, including, but not limited to, building size, shape, materials and fenestration, signs, streetscape furniture, landscaping, lighting, hardscape and colors shall be established for the entire project.
(b) 
Density. In the Lower Pike Overlay District the number of dwelling units per developable acre of the tract shall not exceed six.
(c) 
Site Lighting. Exterior lighting provided in conjunction with any nonresidential 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.