City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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§ 595-169 Residential uses.

A. 
Single-family and two-family dwellings.
(1) 
In the Downtown District, single-family detached dwellings shall be located outside of the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay.
(2) 
In the INS Districts, minimum lot size is 1,500 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet, unless otherwise specified.
(3) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
(4) 
The principal building shall comply with the required yards, height, and impervious surface of the designated zoning district and block class.
B. 
Multifamily dwellings.
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 1,250 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet.
(2) 
The principal building shall comply with the required yards, height and impervious surface of the designated zoning district and block class.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(4) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
C. 
Residential lowrise.
(1) 
Minimum lot size. 1,250 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet.
(2) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50% in the INS District or 80% in the DD.
(3) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(4) 
Maximum building length: 150 feet.
(5) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards and height of the designated zoning district and block class.
(6) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 12 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any building or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(7) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(8) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
D. 
Residential midrise.
(1) 
Within the CH, SS, and WW Districts: shall only be located within the SC Overlay District.
(2) 
Minimum lot size: 1,000 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet.
(3) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50%.
(4) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(5) 
Maximum height: 50 feet.
(6) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards of the designated zoning district and block class.
(7) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 12 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any buildings or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(8) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(9) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
E. 
Mixed residential/business.
(1) 
The following regulations shall apply within the CH, SS and WW Districts:
(a) 
Within the, business activity shall be limited to hardware, general merchandise, food establishments, public eating and drinking places, specialty retail establishments, personal services, repair services, and professional services.
(b) 
Within the CH, SS and WW Districts, each nonresidential use shall have a maximum floor area of 4,000 square feet.
(c) 
Within the CH, SS and WW Districts, the use shall be located on a corner lot or a lot immediately adjacent to a corner lot.
(2) 
The following regulations shall apply to all districts:
(a) 
The principal building or buildings shall comply with the dimensional criteria of the designated zoning district and block class.
(b) 
No nonresidential use shall be located on a floor above any residential use.
(c) 
Parking shall be calculated for each use in accordance with Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking.
F. 
Group homes.
(1) 
The use shall be conducted in a detached residential structure containing not less than 1,000 square feet gross floor area plus 100 square feet gross floor area per occupant capacity.
(2) 
The use shall not be established within 1,000 feet of a similar use.
(3) 
The use shall be provided with trained supervision 24 hours per day.
(4) 
No sign shall advertise the use.

§ 595-170 Cultural activities and entertainment.

A. 
Parks. Parks shall be developed in a manner that preserves natural features such as watercourses, unique rock outcrops, steep slopes and vegetation.
B. 
Adult entertainment.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 500 feet of any dwelling.
(3) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 250 feet of any such previously existing use.
(4) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 1,000 feet of a school, religious use or recreation use.
(5) 
Any use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall not have more than one sign, the dimensions of which shall not exceed 20 square feet.
(6) 
A sign for a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall contain no words, symbols or graphics which explicitly refer to sexual gratification or which are generally considered sexual in nature.
(7) 
No sign for a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be visible from adjacent properties other than public roadways.
(8) 
All activities of a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be conducted within a fully enclosed building, secured such that the activities cannot be viewed outside the confines of the building.
(9) 
No illicit activity shall be permitted.
(10) 
A complete site plan shall be submitted at the time of application to the City following the requirements of § 520-37, Subdivision and land development plan, and shall be subject to approval of the Zoning Administrator.
(11) 
Dimensional criteria for Block Class A and landscaping for Buffer Class D in accordance with § 595-168, Buffering, shall apply to uses as defined under § 595-36, B5 Adult Entertainment.

§ 595-171 Retail uses.

Hardware, food establishments, eating and drinking places, retail specialty establishments: shall be located in the CH, SS or WW Districts only as part of a mixed residential/business use.

§ 595-172 Service uses.

A. 
Repair services, personal services, or professional services: shall be located in the CH, SS or WW Districts only as part of a mixed residential/business use, unless otherwise specified within the underlying district.
B. 
Bed-and-breakfast.
(1) 
A maximum of eight guest rooms shall be permitted.
(2) 
One sign with a maximum of five square feet of sign area shall be permitted.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required. Parking areas shall not be located in the required front yard and shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
(4) 
The principal building shall comply with the dimensional criteria of the designated zoning district and block class.
C. 
Check-cashing facility and pawnshop.
[Added 6-24-2009 by Ord. No. 5210]
(1) 
A minimum distance of 1,000 feet, as measured from property line to property line, shall be maintained between any check-cashing facility and/or pawnshop establishment.
(2) 
All storefronts shall contain transparent glass windows that allow for views into the establishment from the nearest public right-of-way.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.

§ 595-173 Institutional uses.

A. 
Educational facilities and religious worship services (in the CH, SS and WW Districts).
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 30,000 square feet.
(2) 
Minimum lot width: 150 feet.
(3) 
Minimum side yard(s): 25 feet.
(4) 
Minimum rear yard: 50 feet.
(5) 
Build-to line: shall comply with the average build-to line of the buildings of the two adjoining blocks, with a maximum of 15 feet.
(6) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50%.
(7) 
Access to parking areas shall be taken directly from an arterial or collector street as identified in the City of Easton Comprehensive Plan.
(8) 
Parking areas shall not be located in the required front yard(s) or between the principal building and the street. Parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
B. 
Extended-care facilities.
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 1,000 square feet per patient bed with a minimum lot width of 50 feet.
(2) 
Maximum impervious surface for WW or INS Districts: 50%; for DD: 100%.
(3) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(4) 
Maximum building length: 150 feet.
(5) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards and height of the designated zoning district and block class.
(6) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 25 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any building or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(7) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(8) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.

§ 595-174 Light industrial uses.

A. 
Cottage industry.
(1) 
In the CH, SS and WW Districts, the industry shall be:
(a) 
Located in a mixed residential/business building where the primary operator of the industry is a permanent occupant; and
(b) 
Limited to one industry per lot.
(2) 
A maximum of four employees in addition to any full-time occupant(s) of the building may be employed.
(3) 
The maximum floor area of the use shall not exceed 2,000 square feet.
(4) 
The use shall be limited to the first floor of the building and any accessory buildings.
(5) 
If located within the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay, a retail component with public access from the street front shall be required. The retail component shall comply with the design standards in § 595-112.
(6) 
One sign with a maximum of five square feet shall be permitted.
(7) 
Parking shall be calculated for each use in accordance with Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking.
(8) 
No exterior storage shall be permitted.
(9) 
Sales of goods on the premises shall be limited to:
(a) 
Goods made on the premises.
(b) 
Goods relating to services performed on the premises.

§ 595-175 Heavy manufacturing.

A. 
Heavy manufacturing uses.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
A heavy buffer screen shall be placed along all street and river frontage consisting of a six-foot-tall solid fence and evergreen vegetation.
B. 
Commercial communications facility.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
The structure shall be completely fenced and screened.
(3) 
Such use shall not adversely affect the operation of any equipment beyond its lot lines.
C. 
Utility service. The facility shall be essential for the provision of the utility service, and alternative locations in nonresidential districts cannot be utilized.

§ 595-176 Accessory uses.

A. 
Accessory rooming unit.
(1) 
Such a unit shall only be permitted in a single-family detached dwelling.
(2) 
There shall be a limit of one such unit per dwelling.
(3) 
There shall be a limit of one person inhabiting the rooming unit.
(4) 
An additional 1,000 square feet of lot area shall be provided in addition to the minimum lot area required per the designated zoning district and block class.
(5) 
One additional off-street parking space shall be provided on the same lot as the unit served.
B. 
Large family day-care home.
(1) 
Such use shall be conducted in a single-family dwelling only.
(2) 
No sign shall be displayed advertising the use.
(3) 
A state registration to conduct such activity shall be obtained.
(4) 
No structural or decorative modifications that may alter the exterior residential character of the building or neighborhood shall be permitted.
(5) 
Outdoor play areas shall be fenced or otherwise enclosed.
(6) 
Any outdoor activity or play equipment must be set back at least four feet from any property line.
(7) 
Two additional off-street parking spaces shall be provided.

§ 595-177 Forestry uses.

A. 
Timber activities. Forestry activities, including but not limited to timber harvesting, shall be a permitted by right use in all zoning districts of the City of Easton. Forestry activities shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements, conditions and/or approvals:
(1) 
Forestry activities shall be set back a minimum of 50 feet from any property line.
(2) 
Forestry activities shall be set back a minimum of 150 feet from any residential structure.
(3) 
No debris, such as, but not limited to, tree limbs or branches, chipped wood, etc., shall be stored within the above-specified setbacks.
(4) 
Tree replacement shall take place in accordance with § 595-167, Tree replacement standards.
(5) 
Forestry activities are prohibited in riparian buffers, on very steep slopes (greater than 25%) or within the one-hundred-year floodplain.
B. 
Timber harvesting operation. In addition to the regulations for timber activities, Subsection A, timber harvesting operations shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements, conditions and/or approvals:
(1) 
A zoning permit shall be obtained from the Zoning Administrator prior to forestry activities or timber harvesting;
(2) 
A timber harvesting plan shall be submitted to the Zoning Administrator for approval prior to removing 10 or more trees per acre of six-inch caliper or greater on any tract of land larger than one acre.
(3) 
Prior to the issuance of a zoning permit for timber harvesting operation, an erosion and sedimentation control plan shall be submitted by the applicant to the County Conservation District for review, recommendation and approval;
(4) 
When harvesting or otherwise removing five or more trees on tracts larger than one acre, at least 60% of the forest cover (canopy) shall remain and the residual trees shall be well distributed. At least 30% of these residual trees shall be composed of highest value species pursuant to the timber harvesting plan; and
(5) 
No timber harvesting operation or removal of products shall take place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. or any time on weekends or legal holidays.