Township of Radnor, PA
Delaware County
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C-2 General Commercial Districts provide for the appropriate development and special requirements of the Township's main or general business districts which are designed to offer Township-wide regional services. In C-2 General Commercial Districts, the regulations contained in this article shall apply.
A building or a unified group of buildings may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any one or 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. 
Any use permitted in C-1 Local Commercial Districts.
B. 
Retail store, including department store, variety store, furniture store, specialty shop or any other retail store or shop designed primarily to serve an area larger than the immediately surrounding neighborhood.
C. 
Hotel, motel or inn, on a lot not less than two acres in size.
D. 
Central or headquarters office building.
E. 
Manufacturing display room, retail outlet or display room of a wholesale establishment.
F. 
Club, fraternity house or lodge.
G. 
Newspaper publishing, job-printing or similar establishment.
H. 
Mortuary.
I. 
Catering establishment.
J. 
Indoor place of amusement or recreation, including theater or bowling alley, health spa, racquet-sports club, poolroom, billiard room or amusement arcade.
[Amended 9-22-1980 by Ord. No. 80-21]
K. 
Retail service shop or custom shop, for making articles sold at retail from the premises, provided that 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.
L. 
The following uses, when authorized as a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board, subject to the general standards prescribed in § 280-145, and provided that special consideration shall be given to the suitability of the use in the proposed location in terms of logical land use pattern and the continuous and compact development of retail frontage:
(1) 
An automobile sales agency (not to include a used car lot or a trailer or truck sales agency as a main use), provided that:
(a) 
The lot shall be not less than 15,000 square feet in size.
(b) 
All facilities shall be located and all services shall be conducted within the confines of the lot.
(c) 
All lubrication, repair or similar activities shall be accessory.
(2) 
Laundry, dry-cleaning or clothes-pressing establishment, provided that the equipment and materials to be employed will not involve danger from fire or explosion and that the use will not detract from the predominant commercial character of the district.
(3) 
Wholesale business establishment, other than permitted above.
(4) 
Business school, not to include trade school.
(5) 
Indoor storage building or warehouse in conjunction with a retail store or other permitted use.
(6) 
Any use of the same general character as any of the above permitted uses, but not to include any use first permitted in C-3 Districts.
M. 
Accessory uses, as permitted in § 280-47J.
[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 20,000 square feet, and such lot shall be not less than 100 feet in width at the building line.
B. 
Building area. Not more than 30% of the area of each lot may be occupied by buildings.
C. 
Front yards. There shall be a front yard on each street on which a lot abuts, which shall be not less than 15 feet in depth.
D. 
Side yards. For each building or unified group of buildings erected on a lot, there shall be two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 20 feet in width, except that where a lot abuts a residence district in the Township or a similar district in an adjoining municipality, a side yard shall be provided, which shall be not less than 30 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 70% of each lot may be occupied by impervious surfaces.
H. 
Riparian buffer setback: 35 feet.
[Added 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-22]
[Amended 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2012-09]
The special requirements prescribed for C-1 Local Commercial Districts in § 280-49 shall apply in C-2 General Commercial Districts, except as follows:
A. 
The requirement that a use be enclosed within a building shall not apply to outdoor dining or a used car lot in conjunction with an automobile sales agency.
B. 
No goods, articles or equipment shall be stored, displayed or offered for sale beyond the front lines of a building, except for outdoor dining and the display of automobiles not less than 20 feet from a street right-of-way line.
[Added 10-12-2004 by Ord. No. 2004-36]
A. 
Purpose; intent of regulations. it is the intent of these regulations to provide opportunities for town center residential development, and for mixed-use development within the Business District as defined in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan. It is the further intent of these regulations that an appropriate mix of residential and commercial uses will increase the choice of housing opportunities within the Township, enhance the vibrancy of the Wayne Business District, and promote and increase the use of mass transportation by allowing people to use their cars less and walk more throughout the business district.
B. 
Town center residential. Town center residential shall provide for midrise residential housing units within the Wayne Business District. Where provisions of these regulations conflict with other zoning regulations, the following shall apply.
(1) 
Use regulations. A building or unified group of buildings may be constructed or used and a lot may be occupied for the following purposes:
(a) 
Multiple-family dwellings.
(b) 
Accessory uses on the same lot incidental to the foregoing permitted use, which shall include:
[1] 
Management office that provides services exclusively for the development.
[2] 
Private garage or off-street parking area.
[3] 
Home occupations, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 280-115.1.
[4] 
Signs as may be permitted by Article XXI, Signs.
(2) 
Area, height, and yard regulations.
(a) 
Every lot shall have a minimum lot area of not less than 4,000 square feet and a minimum lot width of not less than 30 feet at the lot line.
(b) 
No front, rear, or side yard setbacks shall be required, provided that the building walls adjoin the sidewalk for all primary facades.
(c) 
No building shall exceed a maximum height of 35 feet as measured from the highest point on the lot. Roof-mounted HVAC equipment shall be screened by use of a parapet wall or other building material that shall be included in the building height.
(d) 
Primary building facades shall have at least 30% but no more than 75% fenestration. Nonprimary building facades shall have at least 30% but no more than 75% fenestration which may include blank windows for aesthetic appeal and continuity.
(e) 
One hundred percent of each lot may be occupied by building and impervious surfaces, provided that the development contributes to the stormwater management plan in the watershed in which the building is located.
(3) 
Special regulations.
(a) 
No building shall be fronted along an arterial cartway as defined in Chapter 255 (Subdivision of Land) of the Township Code.
(b) 
Development under this subsection shall be permitted only on the south side of E. Lancaster Avenue (Rt. 30) within the business district as defined in the 2003 Comprehensive Plan.
(c) 
A minimum of two off-street parking spaces shall be provided for each dwelling unit.
(d) 
Mechanical equipment and areas for refuse disposal shall be located and screened from public view in a manner acceptable to the Township.
(e) 
Buildings shall be located, oriented, and designed to create architectural interest and to preserve areas of environmental concerns and further the amenities of light, air, recreation, and visual enjoyment.
(f) 
Building plans shall be subject to review and approval by the Design Review Board.
C. 
Town center mixed-use development. Town center mixed-use development shall provide for a mix of commercial and residential uses within buildings in the business district. Where provisions of these regulations conflict with other zoning or subdivision and land development regulations, the following regulations shall apply:
(1) 
Use regulations. A building or unified group of buildings may be constructed or used and a lot may be occupied for the following purposes:
(a) 
All uses currently permitted in a C-2 District.
(b) 
Dwelling units when located above the first floor of a building.
(c) 
Accessory uses on the same lot incidental to the foregoing permitted uses, which shall include:
[1] 
Home occupations when accessory to a dwelling unit, subject to the provisions of Article XX, § 280-115.1.
[2] 
Signs as may be permitted by Article XXI, Signs.
(2) 
Area, height and yard regulations.
(a) 
Lot area and width. Every lot shall have a lot area of not less than 20,000 square feet, and such a lot shall be not less than 100 feet in width at the building line.
(b) 
Front yards. No front yard setback shall be required.
(c) 
Side yards. For each building or unified group of buildings erected on a lot, there shall be two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 15 feet in width.
(d) 
Rear yard. There shall be a rear yard on each lot, on which shall not be less than 15 feet in depth.
(e) 
Height. No building shall exceed 35 feet in height.
(f) 
Building area. Not more than 30% of each lot may be occupied by buildings.
(g) 
Lot coverage. Not more than 70% of each lot may be occupied by impervious surfaces.
(3) 
Special regulations. The special requirements prescribed in § 280-49A, B, D and E shall apply in addition to the following regulations:
(a) 
The off-street parking, off-street loading and special requirements related to highway frontage prescribed in §§ 280-103 and 280-104 shall apply, except that a minimum of 1.5 off-street parking spaces shall be required for each dwelling unit. However, when approved by the Township, an applicant may be permitted to reduce the parking to 1.0 off-street parking spaces per dwelling unit with the introduction of a streetscape plan for the subject property.
(b) 
Mechanical equipment and areas for refuse disposal shall be screened from view by use of walls, fences, plantings, or any combination thereof, and shall not be located within any required setback abutting an area zoned or used for residential purposes. Enclosures shall be subject to Township approval and shall be maintained by the owner of the property.
(c) 
Areas required for off-street loading shall not be located within any rear yard setback, and shall be designed to not interfere with areas required for off-street parking.
(d) 
A minimum buffer strip of five feet shall be required when any property adjoins a residential use. Buffers shall be designed to minimize visual and noise impact and shall consist of a combination of fencing and evergreen vegetation. Vegetation shall be planted at a height of not less than eight feet and shall be of such species that expected height at maturity shall not be less than 15 feet. Planting strips shall be maintained by the property owner and be subject to review and approval by the Shade Tree Commission.
(e) 
Building plans shall be subject to review and approval by the Design Review Board.