Borough of Downingtown, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Downingtown 10-11-1989 by Ord. No. 89-14. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Historical and Parks Commission — See Ch. 39.
Planning Commission — See Ch. 61.
Building construction — See Ch. 109.
Uniform construction codes — See Ch. 120.
Fire prevention — See Ch. 146.
Mechanical standards — See Ch. 175.
Mobile home parks — See Ch. 181.
Parks and playgrounds — See Ch. 203.
Plumbing standards — See Ch. 215.
Stormwater management — See Ch. 246.
Street address numbers — See Ch. 247.
Subdivision of land — See Ch. 256.
287a Table 1 287b Appendix I 287c Appendix II 287d Appendix III 287e Appendix IV
Article I General Provisions

§ 287-1 Title; effective date.

§ 287-2 Purpose.

§ 287-3 Objectives.

§ 287-4 Interpretation; scope.

§ 287-5 Conflicts.

§ 287-5.1 Applicability.

Article II Definitions and Word Usage

§ 287-6 Word usage.

§ 287-7 Terms defined.

Article III Zoning Districts and Boundaries

§ 287-8 Establishment of districts; Zoning Map.

§ 287-9 District boundaries.

§ 287-10 District designation of annexed areas.

Article IV Natural Features Protection Standards

§ 287-11 Statement of intent.

§ 287-12 Floodplain District.

§ 287-13 Steep Slope Conservation District.

§ 287-14 Soils with seasonally high water tables; wetlands.

§ 287-15 Protection of existing vegetation.

§ 287-16 Excavation of clay, sand, gravel or rock.

§ 287-17 Protection of topsoil.

Article V R-1 Single-Family Detached Residential District

§ 287-18 Intent.

§ 287-19 Use regulations.

§ 287-20 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-21 Design standards.

Article VI R-2 Single-Family Detached Residential District

§ 287-22 Intent.

§ 287-23 Use regulations.

§ 287-24 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-25 Design standards.

Article VII R-3 Single-Family Detached/Attached and Two-Family Residential District

§ 287-26 Intent.

§ 287-27 Use regulations.

§ 287-28 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-29 Design standards.

§ 287-30 Standards and criteria for conditional uses.

Article VIII R-4 Single-Family/Two-Family/Multifamily Residential District

§ 287-31 Intent.

§ 287-32 Use regulations.

§ 287-33 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-34 Design standards.

§ 287-35 Standards and criteria for apartment development.

Article IX C-1 General Commercial District

§ 287-36 Intent.

§ 287-37 Use regulations.

§ 287-38 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-39 Design standards.

§ 287-40 Plan submission requirement.

Article X C-2 Central Commercial District

§ 287-41 Intent.

§ 287-42 Use regulations.

§ 287-43 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-44 Design standards.

§ 287-45 Plan submission requirement.

Article XI C-3 Highway-Oriented Commercial District

§ 287-46 Intent.

§ 287-47 Use regulations.

§ 287-48 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-49 Design standards.

§ 287-50 Plan submission requirement.

§ 287-51 Standards and criteria for buuildings taller than 45 feet or four stories for conditional uses.

Article XIA Central Business Revitalization Overlay District

§ 287-51.1 Intent.

§ 287-51.2 Applicability.

§ 287-51.3 Design standards.

Article XIB ARM Adaptive Reuse/Mixed-Use Overlay District

§ 287-51.4 Declaration of legislative intent.

§ 287-51.5 Application of overlay district.

§ 287-51.6 Use regulations.

§ 287-51.7 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-51.8 Design standards.

§ 287-51.9 Nonconformities.

Article XII I-1 Limited Industrial District

§ 287-52 Intent.

§ 287-53 Use regulations.

§ 287-54 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-55 Design standards.

§ 287-56 Performance standards.

§ 287-57 Plan submission requirement.

§ 287-58 Standards and criteria for mini-storage facilities.

§ 287-58.1 Standards and criteria for retail sales facilities.

Article XIII I-2 General Industrial District

§ 287-59 Intent.

§ 287-60 Use regulations.

§ 287-61 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-62 Design standards.

§ 287-63 Performance standards.

§ 287-64 Plan submission requirement.

§ 287-65 Standards and criteria for junkyards.

Article XIIIA MU Mixed-Use Overlay District

§ 287-65.1 Intent.

§ 287-65.2 Conditions of eligibility.

§ 287-65.3 General design principles.

§ 287-65.4 Use regulations.

§ 287-65.5 Density, housing mix, use composition, and open space requirements.

§ 287-65.6 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-65.7 Procedure for approval of development.

Article XIIIB TND Traditional Neighborhood Development District

§ 287-65.8 Intent.

§ 287-65.9 Zoning overlay concept and eligibility for TND.

§ 287-65.10 Neighborhood purposes.

§ 287-65.11 Use regulations.

§ 287-65.12 Height standards.

§ 287-65.13 Open space requirements.

§ 287-65.14 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-65.15 Content of application for approval of TND.

§ 287-65.16 Procedures.

Article XIV P Public Park District

§ 287-66 Intent.

§ 287-67 Use regulations.

§ 287-68 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-69 Design standards.

Article XV I-3 Multipurpose District

§ 287-69.1 Intent.

§ 287-69.2 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.3 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-69.4 Design standards.

§ 287-69.5 Performance standards.

Article XVA R/C Infill Development District

§ 287-69.6 Intent.

§ 287-69.7 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.8 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-69.9 Design standards.

§ 287-69.10 Plan submission requirement.

Article XVB UTDD Uptown Transportation Development District

§ 287-69.11 Intent.

§ 287-69.12 Zoning overlay concept and eligibility.

§ 287-69.13 Master development plan approval.

§ 287-69.14 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.15 Area and bulk regulations.

§ 287-69.16 Design standards.

§ 287-69.17 Content of application for approval of UTD plan.

§ 287-69.18 Procedures.

Article XVC Neighborhood Revitalization Option

§ 287-69.19 Intent.

§ 287-69.20 Applicability and procedure.

§ 287-69.21 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.22 Area and bulk regulations.

Article XVD KPRD Kardon Park Redevelopment District

§ 287-69.23 Intent.

§ 287-69.24 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.25 Area, bulk, density, open space and height regulations.

§ 287-69.26 Design standards.

§ 287-69.27 Plan submission requirements.

§ 287-69.28 Procedures.

§ 287-69.29 Conflicts

Article XVE Woodbine Overlay District

§ 287-69.30 Intent.

§ 287-69.31 Subdistrict uses.

§ 287-69.32 Use regulations.

§ 287-69.33 Area and bulk requirements.

§ 287-69.34 Design guidelines.

§ 287-69.35 Application criteria and subdivision and land development review process.

§ 287-69.36 Application review procedure.

Article XVI General Regulations

§ 287-70 Intent.

§ 287-71 Exception to height limitations.

§ 287-72 Modification of front yard requirements.

§ 287-73 Projections into required yards.

§ 287-74 Location of accessory private garages.

§ 287-75 Protection against vision obstruction.

§ 287-76 Height limitations for fences, walls and hedges.

§ 287-77 Landscaping and site design.

§ 287-78 Buffering and screening of visual impacts.

§ 287-79 Storage.

§ 287-80 Access and traffic control.

§ 287-81 Interior circulation.

§ 287-82 Lighting.

§ 287-83 Noise standards.

§ 287-84 Environmental performance standards.

§ 287-85 Protection of groundwater.

§ 287-86 Keeping of animals.

§ 287-87 Commercial and industrial facilities.

Article XVII Supplemental Regulations

§ 287-88 Intent.

§ 287-89 Public utility corporations.

§ 287-90 Vehicle repair and service stations.

§ 287-91 Accessory uses and structures.

§ 287-92 Home occupations.

§ 287-93 Institutions.

§ 287-94 Conversion of dwellings.

§ 287-95 Agriculture.

§ 287-96 Temporary structures.

§ 287-97 Helistops and other aviation facilities.

§ 287-98 Residential clustering and lot averaging.

§ 287-99 Senior citizen housing.

§ 287-100 Satellite dish antennas.

§ 287-101 Bed-and-breakfast facilities.

§ 287-101.1 Restaurant facilities.

§ 287-101.2 Professional, general or governmental offices.

§ 287-101.3 Historic resources protection and adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

§ 287-101.4 Group homes.

Article XVIII Off-Street Parking and Loading

§ 287-102 General requirements.

§ 287-103 Location.

§ 287-104 Size.

§ 287-105 Design and maintenance standards.

§ 287-106 Handicapped parking.

§ 287-107 Schedule of required parking spaces.

§ 287-108 Shared parking.

§ 287-109 Parking reserve area.

§ 287-110 Shopping center parking.

§ 287-111 Off-street loading.

Article XIX Signs

§ 287-112 Purpose.

§ 287-113 Definitions.

§ 287-114 Types of signs.

§ 287-115 Sign area and height.

§ 287-116 General regulations.

§ 287-117 Specific regulations.

§ 287-118 Supplemental regulations.

§ 287-119 Permitting procedures and fees.

§ 287-120 Nonconforming signs.

§ 287-121 Miscellaneous provisions.

Article XX Nonconformities

§ 287-122 Intent.

§ 287-123 Nonconforming uses.

§ 287-124 Nonconforming structures.

§ 287-125 Nonconforming lots.

§ 287-126 Nonconforming signs.

§ 287-127 Nonconforming structures of historic significance.

§ 287-128 Nonconformities within Floodplain District.

Article XXI Administration

§ 287-129 Duties and functions of Zoning Officer.

§ 287-130 Building permit required.

§ 287-131 Application for building permit.

§ 287-132 Issuance of building permits.

§ 287-133 Use and occupancy permit required.

§ 287-134 Application for use and occupancy permit.

§ 287-135 Certification of compliance; temporary permit.

§ 287-136 Issuance or refusal of use and occupancy permit.

§ 287-137 Conditional uses.

Article XXII Zoning Hearing Board

§ 287-138 Membership.

§ 287-139 Organization.

§ 287-140 Expenditures; fees.

§ 287-141 Powers and functions.

§ 287-142 Public hearing procedures.

§ 287-143 Decisions.

§ 287-144 Standards for review of variance requests.

§ 287-145 Standards for review of special exception requests.

Article XXIII Amendments

§ 287-146 Authorization.

§ 287-147 Initiation of amendment proposals.

§ 287-148 Procedure for consideration of proposed amendments.

§ 287-149 Public hearing.

§ 287-150 Readvertisement in case of revision; enactment.

§ 287-151 (Reserved)

Article XXIV Miscellaneous Provisions

§ 287-152 Violations.

§ 287-153 Enforcement notice.

§ 287-154 Causes of action.

§ 287-155 Violations and penalties.

§ 287-156 Fees and expenses.

§ 287-157 Municipal liability.

Article XXV Telecommunications

§ 287-158 Intent.

§ 287-159 Exclusions.

§ 287-160 Placement of telecommunications facilities by zoning district.

§ 287-161 Requirements for telecommunications facilities.

§ 287-162 Application procedures.

§ 287-163 Collocation.

§ 287-164 Nuisances.

§ 287-165 Maintenance of facilities; notice; removal.

§ 287-166 Abandoned towers; removal.

§ 287-167 Preexisting towers; nonconforming uses.

Article XXVI Solar Energy Systems

§ 287-168 Intent.

§ 287-169 Applicability; permit required; fees; permitted accessory use; compliance in Historic Overlay Resources District.

§ 287-170 Permit application; system design; installation.

§ 287-171 Placement of solar energy systems.

§ 287-172 Nonconforming solar energy systems; exclusions.