Township of Radnor, PA
Delaware County
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C-1 Local Commercial Districts provide for the special requirements of retail convenience-type commercial establishments which serve primarily the day-to-day needs of the immediately surrounding neighborhood and encourage attractive, compact retail commercial development in locations close to the residences served. In C-1 Local Commercial Districts, the regulations contained in this article shall apply.
A detached or semidetached building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any one combination of the following purposes, provided that the use and conversion of any existing dwelling shall comply with the provisions of §§ 280-45 and 280-101:
A. 
Retail store designed primarily to provide daily service to residents of the immediately surrounding area and with a gross floor area not in excess of 10,000 square feet.
B. 
Restaurant or similar establishment.
C. 
Personal service shop, such as barbershop, beautician or clothes-cleaning and -pressing pickup agency, but not including laundry, dry-cleaning or clothes-pressing establishment.
D. 
Retail service shop or custom shop, such as bakery, candy, ice cream or similar shop; custom tailoring or millinery shop; clock, watch or jewelry shop; radio, television or household appliance repair shop, provided that:
(1) 
Any processing activity, if located on the ground floor, shall be not less than 15 feet from the front of the building and shall be screened by a wall or partition from the front portion of the building used by customers.
(2) 
Any article made shall be sold at retail from the premises.
(3) 
The area devoted to processing shall constitute not more than 40% of the gross floor area.
E. 
Office or studio, to include the establishment of a veterinarian.
[Amended 9-22-1980 by Ord. No. 80-21]
F. 
Bank or similar financial institution.
G. 
Automatic self-service laundry, when authorized as a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board, subject to the general standards prescribed in § 280-145.
H. 
Telephone central office, including office open to the general public; radio broadcasting studio; and other governmental or public-service use.
[Amended 7-20-1992 by Ord. No. 92-13]
I. 
Motor vehicle parking lot.
J. 
Accessory uses may include:
(1) 
Storage within a completely enclosed building in conjunction with a permitted use.
(2) 
Living accommodations or sleeping quarters for the proprietor of a store or business establishment or for a watchman or similar employees, provided that no such dwelling accommodation shall be located on the first floor.
(3) 
Signs, as permitted in Article XXI, Signs.
(4) 
Outdoor dining in accordance with the requirements of § 280-115.4.
[Added 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
K. 
Church or similar place of worship, including rectory or parish house, provided that such rectory or parish house contains not more than one dwelling unit.
[Added 12-8-1980 by Ord. No. 80-30]
[Amended 4-27-1998 by Ord. No. 98-04; 11-8-1999 by Ord. No. 99-30]
A. 
Lot area and width. Every lot shall have a lot area of not less than 15,000 square feet, and such lot shall be not less than 100 feet in width at the building line.
B. 
Building area. Not more than 25% of the area of each lot may be occupied by buildings or structures.
C. 
Front yards. There shall be a front yard on each street on which a lot abuts, which shall be not less than 20 feet in depth.
D. 
Side yards. Side yards shall be provided on each street as follows:
(1) 
For every detached building, there shall be two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 20 feet in width.
(2) 
For every semidetached building, there shall be one side yard which shall be not less than 20 feet in width.
E. 
Rear yards. There shall be a rear yard on each lot, which shall be not less than 35 feet in depth or not less than 35% of the lot depth, whichever is the greater.
F. 
Height. No building shall exceed 35 feet in height.
G. 
Lot coverage. Not more than 60% of each lot may be occupied by impervious surfaces.
H. 
Riparian buffer setback: 35 feet.
[Added 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-22]
In order to encourage sound and attractive commercial development, the following special requirements shall apply:
A. 
Every use, other than a parking lot and outdoor dining, shall be completely enclosed within a building.
[Amended 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
B. 
Except for outdoor dining as permitted by § 280-115.3, no permanent storage of merchandise, articles or equipment shall be permitted outside a building, and no goods, articles or equipment shall be stored, displayed or offered for sale beyond the front lines of a building. No outdoor vending machine, self-serving station or similar use shall be allowed in any required yard abutting a street or on a public sidewalk.
[Amended 9-22-1980 by Ord. No. 80-21; 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
C. 
Along each side or rear property line which directly abuts a residence district in the Township or a similar district in an adjoining municipality, there shall be a buffer planting strip as defined in § 280-4B, not less than 15 feet in width.
D. 
No permanent storage of merchandise, articles or equipment shall be permitted outside a building, and no goods, articles or equipment shall be stored, displayed or offered for sale beyond the front lines of a building. No outdoor vending machine, self-service station or similar use shall be allowed in any required yard abutting a street or on a public sidewalk.
E. 
The greatest dimension in length or depth of a building shall not exceed 160 feet.
F. 
The off-street parking, off-street loading and special requirements relating to highway frontage prescribed in §§ 280-103, 280-104 and 280-105 shall apply in C-1 Local Commercial Districts.