City of Greensburg, PA
Westmoreland County
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Except as hereinafter provided in § 265-48, Area exceptions, and Article XVI, Nonconformance and Noncompliance, after the effective date of this chapter, no structure shall be erected, reconstructed, enlarged, used or moved to another location, unless such structure or enlarged portion conforms to the area regulations established by the following schedule. Area conformance for R3 Districts shall be as prescribed in the ordinance pertaining to planned residential development.
A. 
Any portion of a lot once used as a yard or as lot area in compliance with the area requirements of the district regulations of this chapter shall not be counted again as required yard or lot area for another structure.
B. 
No yards or other open spaces shall be diminished below what is prescribed by this chapter.
C. 
For yards abutting streets, the required side yard width and rear yard depth shall be the same as the required front yard depth.
D. 
Public service lines for the transportation and distribution and control of water, electricity, gas, oil, steam, telegraph and telephone communications or railroad trackage and supporting members other than buildings shall not be required to be located on an individual zoning lot nor be held to reduce the required yard dimensions for other structures on a zoning lot.
E. 
In a C or M District, when a side or rear yard abuts property in an R District:
(1) 
It shall be screened from such R District by a masonry wall or solid fence six and one-half (6 1/2) feet high, extending along the property line adjoining the abutting R District, but not closer to a street than the buildable area of the lot; or
(2) 
Said abutting side or rear yard shall be planted and maintained with shrubbery so as to provide a visual screen approximately six and one-half (6 1/2) feet high between the concerned C or M District and the abutting property.
F. 
Vision clearance on a corner lot. On a corner lot, no fence, building wall, shrubbery or other vision obstruction (including automobile parking) shall be placed or maintained, and no structure other than a necessary retaining wall shall be constructed after the effective date of this chapter if such obstruction impedes the view at any point between a height of three feet and a height of 10 feet above the upper face of the nearest curb and within a triangular area bounded on two sides by the two street lines or by projection of such lines to their point of intersection and on the third side by a straight line connecting points on such street lines (or their projection), each of which points is 25 feet distant from the point of intersection of the two street lines. Poles, posts and guys, for streetlights or other utility service, or tree trunks, exclusive of leaves and branches, shall not be considered obstructions to vision within the meaning of this provision.
The minimum depths of front yards, minimum widths of side yards, minimum depths of rear yards, minimum lot areas, minimum lot widths, maximum land coverages and maximum floor area ratios permitted in each district shall be as specified in the following schedule:
Requirement Per District
Requirements
Type of Use
R1
R2
C1
C2
M
S
Front yard depth (feet)a,b
Any use
30
30
35
0
0
30
Side yard width, each of 2 (feet)c,d,f
One-family dwelling
Two-family dwelling
Row dwelling, entrance not facing street:
10
-
10
10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Adjoining entrance
-
30
-
30
-
-
Not adjoining entrance
-
35
-
35
-
-
Other than above
10
15
0
-
-
15
Rear yard depth (feet)b,d,e,f
Row dwelling, entrance not facing street
-
15
-
15
-
-
Other than above
40
40
-
0
-
40
Lot area (square feet)
Dwellings (per dwelling unit)
One-family
7200g
7200g
-
-
-
-
Two-family
3600
-
3600
-
-
Row
-
2500
-
2500
-
-
Multiple-family (other than a row)
-
2500
-
2500
-
-
Hotel or club with dwelling quarters, dormitory or similar group housing
-
-
-
6000
-
8000
Additional for each sleeping room over 4
-
-
-
300
-
300
Lot width
(feet)
Row dwelling
Interior lot
-
90
-
90
-
-
Corner lot
-
90
-
90
-
-
Other than above
Interior lot
60g
60g
0
0
0
60
Corner lot
80g
80g
0
0
0
0
Land coverage (percent)
Any use
40
40
60
100
100
40
Floor area ratio
Any use
-
-
-
-
5.0
-
NOTES:
a. Front yard adjacent to existing building: See § 265-48A of this chapter.
b. Unenclosed porch in front or rear yard: See § 265-48B of this chapter.
c. Porte cochere in side yard: See § 265-48C of this chapter.
d. Minor or community parking area or minor garage in side or rear yard: See § 265-48D of this chapter. Side or rear yard abutting street shall be the same as front yard: See § 265-46C of this chapter.
e. Loading space occupying rear yard: See § 265-48E of this chapter. Accessory travel trailer, camp trailer, boat, etc., in rear yard: See § 265-48F of this chapter.
f. Open fire escapes in any yard: See § 265-48G of this chapter. Fences, walls or plantings in any yard: See § 265-48H of this chapter. Minor utility fixtures in any yard: See § 265-48H of this chapter. Cornices, eaves, belt courses, etc., in any yard: See § 265-48J of this chapter.
g. One-family dwelling on substandard lot of record: See § 265-48I of this chapter.
A. 
Where a lot:
(1) 
Abuts the side lot line of only one (1) lot occupied by a main building less than twenty-five (25) feet from the abutting side lot line, the front yard requirement of such lot may be the average depth of the front yard of the abutting occupied lot and the depth required in the district.
(2) 
Abuts, on both sides, lots occupied by main buildings less than twenty-five (25) feet from the abutting side lot lines, the front yard requirement of such lot may be the average depth of the front yards of the abutting occupied lots.
B. 
An unenclosed porch no more than one (1) story or fifteen (15) feet in height and twelve (12) feet in depth may be erected in the front or rear yard, provided that no portion of said porch shall be closer to a side lot line than the required width of side yard.
C. 
A porte cochere may be permitted over a driveway in a required side yard, not closer than five (5) feet to a side lot line, provided that such structure is not more than one (1) story in height and twenty (20) feet in length and is entirely open on at least three (3) sides except for the necessary supporting columns and customary architectural features.
D. 
A minor parking area, community parking area, carport or minor garage may be located partially or entirely in required side or rear yards not closer to a street than the buildable area of the lot, provided that the garage is not closer to an adjoining property than five (5) feet, and provided that any parking area is improved and maintained, as provided in § 265-64.
E. 
A loading space may occupy a rear yard, provided that it is located not closer to a street than the buildable area of the lot.
F. 
An accessory travel trailer, camper trailer, utility trailer, boat trailer or boat may be stored in an R District and may be entirely or partly in a required rear yard, provided that it is stored only behind the main structure and no closer to a side lot line than the buildable area of the lot; this exception shall not be construed as including mobile homes.
G. 
Open fire escapes may extend or project into any required yard not more than four (4) feet.
H. 
Fences, walls, plantings and other accessory structures.
[Amended 10-14-1996 by Ord. No. 1698]
(1) 
Fences, walls, hedges, shrubbery and other plantings, minor utility fixtures and articles of decoration around a main building and surface paving may be permitted in any required yard as follows: when closer to a street than the buildable area of the lot, not exceeding three and one-half (3 1/2) feet in height; when not closer to a street than the buildable area of the lot, not exceeding six and one-half (6 1/2) feet in height, except that open-type fencing of heights suited to the activities enclosed may be erected for playgrounds, parks or security purposes for a public building. Privacy fences or any decorative fencing must be erected with all support sides facing the interior of the property being secured.
(2) 
Storage sheds.
(a) 
All storage sheds must be located in the rear yard, must maintain side yard setbacks of two feet and a rear yard setback of two feet, and may not be larger than 16 feet by 12 feet.
[Amended 6-8-2020 by Ord. No. 2109]
(b) 
All storage sheds must be issued a building permit prior to construction.
I. 
Lot area or lot width requirements shall not be held to prohibit the erection of a one-family dwelling on a substandard lot of record, in which instance the following shall be applicable:
(1) 
A rear yard depth may be reduced so as to be one-half (1/2) the distance from the rear lot line to the allowable front building line, where the depth of said lot is not great enough to allow the prescribed rear yard depth, together with a dwelling structure thirty (30) feet deep.
(2) 
Side yard widths of an interior lot may be reduced proportionately with reduction of the buildable area width so that the width of each side yard is one-fourth (1/4) the width of the buildable area.
(3) 
Side yard widths of a corner lot may be reduced proportionately with reduction of the buildable area width so that the width of the side yard abutting the street is three-fourths (3/4) and not abutting the street is one-fourth (1/4) the width of the buildable area.
J. 
Cornices, eaves, belt courses, sills, canopies or similar architectural features (not including bay windows or vertical projections) may extend into a required side yard not more than twenty percent (20%) of the width of such side yard and may extend into a required front or rear yard not more than thirty (30) inches.
K. 
In any C2 District, the land area requirement for any main building may be reduced to two hundred forty (240) square feet for each dwelling unit.
[Added 6-1-1976 by Ord. No.1005]
L. 
Satellite dish antenna. Notwithstanding any other restrictions within this chapter, all satellite dish antennas within single-family detached and attached and multifamily residential districts shall be limited to one (1) per lot, shall be ground-mounted and shall be permitted within rear yards only, provided that such antennas do not exceed ten (10) feet in diameter nor fifteen (15) feet in height. Satellite dish antennas in nonresidential districts shall be ground-mounted and shall be located within the rear yard unless it is found that a usable signal cannot be obtained from a rear yard location. All satellite dish antennas shall be screened from view at ground level from any public street or residential use. No nonresidential satellite dish antenna shall exceed the height limitations of the zoning district. It is also permissible to locate said devices on the sides or rear of a residential structure provided said dish is not larger than 18 inches in diameter.
[Added 3-8.1993 by Ord. No. 1575; amended 10-14-1996 by Ord. No. 1698]
M. 
Air conditioners and similar equipment. Air-conditioning equipment, heat pumps and similar mechanical equipment may not project more than three (3) feet into any required side or rear yard and no closer than five (5) feet to any lot line. Notwithstanding, window air-conditioning units may not project more than eighteen (18) inches into a required yard.
[Added 3-8-1993 by Ord. No. 1575]