Township of Radnor, PA
Delaware County
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[Amended 8-7-1978 by Ord. No. 78-19; 5-12-1986 by Ord. No. 86-12; 3-8-1993 by Ord. No. 93-06]
[Amended 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2016-13]
A. 
PLO Planned Laboratory-Office Districts are designed primarily to provide for selected modern laboratory, office establishments and other compatible uses which:
(1) 
Provide for attractive large-site, low-lot-coverage development in areas where traditional business development would be inappropriate.
(2) 
Strengthen and diversify the Township's tax base.
(3) 
Are compatible with the character of the surrounding areas.
(4) 
Increase the effectiveness of the zoning district by providing the capability for a mixture of complementary uses.
(5) 
Decrease the negative external effects of parking and traffic on surrounding areas by providing the capability for a mixture of complementary uses.
B. 
PLO Districts may be established and developed only in accordance with the special provisions of § 280-132 and subject to the regulations of this article and any other pertinent provisions of this chapter.
C. 
In PLO Planned Laboratory-Office Districts, the regulations contained in this chapter shall apply.
[Amended 4-8-2013 by Ord. No. 2012-09; 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2016-13]
A building or unified group of buildings may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Forty percent to 100% of the gross floor area may be used or occupied for the following:
(1) 
Scientific or industrial research, testing or experimental laboratory or similar establishment for research or product development, provided that there is no commercial production or storage of any commodity or substance except for storage necessary for scientific research.
(2) 
Office building, including medical, dental, professional and sales.
B. 
Subject to the requirements of § 280-64G, up to 60% of the gross floor area may be used or occupied for the following:
(1) 
Hotel, including extended stay, which may contain restaurant and banquet space. Hotel pools and indoor health/fitness/recreation centers shall be for the use of hotel guests only.
(2) 
Skilled nursing and/or senior assisted living facility.
(3) 
Senior independent living facility.
(4) 
Ambulatory care facility: a health care facility or a distinct part of a health care facility which provides preventative, diagnostic, and treatment services to persons who come to the facility to receive services and depart from the facility on the same day, excluding medical and dental office uses. All land development plans proposing an ambulatory care facility shall be limited to no smaller than 969 square feet per patient position yielding 103 patient positions per 100,000 square feet of gross floor area.
C. 
Notwithstanding the minimum lot size of § 280-64A, properties with a total site area of less than 10 acres may be used or occupied as follows and may not be combined with any other principal use:
(1) 
Skilled nursing, senior independent living, and/or senior assisted living facility, excluding drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities.
(2) 
Hotel, including extended stay, which may contain restaurant and banquet space. Hotel pools and indoor health/fitness/recreation centers shall be for the use of hotel guests only.
D. 
Accessory uses, which may include:
(1) 
Storage within a completely enclosed building in conjunction with a permitted use.
(2) 
A cafeteria or other service facility located within the building and operated for the exclusive use of the occupants of the building. An accessory cafeteria may include outdoor dining as permitted by § 280-115.3B.
(3) 
A recreational area for occupants.
(4) 
Living quarters for watchmen, caretakers or similar employees.
(5) 
A parking structure, when constructed as an accessory structure for the purpose of eliminating allowable surface parking. Parking structures may be located wholly or partly within the principal building, attached to and made a part of the principal building, or constructed as a detached accessory structure. Parking spaces within structures may be reduced to not less than nine feet in width by 19 feet in depth, exclusive of aisles, for each motor vehicle.
(6) 
Restaurant accessory to a permitted principal use not including existing nonconforming uses. Outdoor dining is permitted in accordance with § 280-115.3B.
[Amended 12-8-2003 by Ord. No. 2003-22; 12-11-2017 by Ord. No. 2016-13]
A. 
Lot area and width. Every lot on which a building or combination of buildings is hereafter erected or used shall have a lot area of not less than 10 acres, and such lot shall not be less than 300 feet at the building line.
B. 
Building area. Not more than 30% of the area of any lot may be occupied by buildings and structures, and not less than 45% of the total lot area, exclusive of those areas within the public right-of-way, shall be devoted to landscaping and planted in accordance with Chapter 255, Subdivision of Land. Landscaped areas shall include nonimpervious areas devoted to stormwater management, required buffer areas, and landscaping for parking facilities.
C. 
Building placement. No building or accessory structure shall be located less than 150 feet from a street right-of-way line nor less than 200 feet from a side or rear property line and no surface parking area, driveway, service or interior roadway, with the exception of approved areas for vehicular access, shall be located less than 75 feet from a street right-of-way or other property line.
D. 
Building size and spacing.
(1) 
Except for a mixed use development permitted under § 280-64G, the greatest dimension in length or depth of a building shall not exceed 160 feet, and no more than three buildings may be attached to each other, provided further that the facade of any building attached to another building be visibly offset from the adjoining building at an angle of approximately 90°.
(2) 
The distance at the closest point between any two buildings or group of attached buildings, including accessory structures, shall not be less than 45 feet.
(3) 
In no case shall the width of buildings or accessory structures or the aggregate widths of buildings or accessory structures fronting on a street on the same lot exceed 80% of the width of a lot.
E. 
Height regulations. Except for a mixed use development permitted under § 280-64G, no building or accessory structure shall exceed three stories or 38 feet in height.
F. 
Riparian buffer setback: 35 feet.
G. 
Mixed use. A building or unified group of buildings may include the uses specified in § 280-63A and B and no other, subject to the following conditions:
(1) 
The minimum gross floor area of the B uses shall be 30% of the total site area. The maximum medical or dental office use shall be 30% of the gross floor area of the total site area. Ambulatory care facility uses shall be combined with a minimum 15% of gross floor area of the total site area of one or more of the uses described in § 280-63B(1), (2) or (3).
(2) 
No building shall exceed 85 feet in height. Buildings in excess of three stories or 38 feet in height are subject to the following requirements:
Building Height (tallest building on site)
Maximum Building Area
(percent)
Maximum Lot Coverage
(percent)
Setback to Street ROW Line
(feet)
Setback to Side and Rear Property Line Adjacent to Residential Zoning District
(feet)
Setback to Side and Rear Property Line Adjacent to Nonresident- ial Zoning District
(feet)
Setback to Side and Rear Property Line Abutting Railway and Limited Access Highway
(feet)
Less than or equal to 55 feet
29%
50%
100
200
50
25
Greater than 55 feet but less than or equal to 85 feet
28%
45%
100
200
50
25
(3) 
The gross floor area for all buildings on lots/properties existing as of the date of this section shall not exceed 25,500 square feet per acre of total site area.
(4) 
A parking garage or parking structure may have a height of up to 55 feet so long as such parking garage or parking structure does not exceed the height of any building on the site.
(5) 
All other accessory structures shall not exceed 45 feet in height as long as the accessory structure does not exceed the height of any other building on the site.
(6) 
Financial subdivision. In connection with development of a mixed use within the PLO District, individual lots may be created for purposes of financing and/or conveyancing. Such individual lots shall not be required to comply on an individual basis with the dimensional requirements of this article, provided that the site and uses comply with such requirements on an overall basis, and further provided that the deeds conveying such separate lots contain covenants requiring the purchasers to, at all times, operate and maintain such lots in good order and repair and in a clean and sanitary condition; that cross-easements for parking areas and all appurtenant ways, pedestrian access, and utilities shall be maintained between such lots; and that such covenants shall be subject to the approval of the Township. The purchaser of any such lot shall execute and file with the Township a written covenant agreeing to the forgoing conditions prior to purchasing.
(7) 
In the event that development requires an expansion of the right-of-way, setbacks shall be measured from the proposed right-of-way line.
(8) 
The greatest dimension in length or depth of a building (as specified in § 280-64D) may be up to 350 feet, provided that:
(a) 
The facade is constructed of brick, stone, architectural concrete, architectural metal work, or articulated glass;
(b) 
Is constructed with vertical and horizontal articulation; and
(c) 
Is approved by the Township.
(9) 
The total site area for a mixed use development must be greater than or equal to 10 acres. "Total site area" is the gross area of a lot or lots as described in the deeds or from an actual survey but excluding the area of any public or private street or rights-of-way as of the date of this section.
(10) 
All mixed use developments shall submit a transportation impact and mitigation report to the Township as part of the land development application. The transportation impact and mitigation report shall address the following components for the proposed development:
(a) 
A description of all improvements proposed along the frontage of the property, including curbs, sidewalks, drainage, and utility additions or extensions proposed as a result of the project.
(b) 
A description of all improvements to adjacent intersections or intersections within 1/2 mile of the proposed project designed to mitigate the impact of the proposed development transportation at full build-out of the site.
(c) 
A description of all off-site transportation improvements proposed by the developer or a description of proposed improvements to existing public transportation facilities, including existing rail lines adjacent to or within 1/2 mile to the site.
(d) 
A description of transportation improvements proposed to be constructed by the applicant as recommended in the Township's Comprehensive Plan.
(11) 
No land development application shall be accepted or processed by the Township without the submission of the foregoing transportation impact and mitigation report.
A. 
The tract of land on which each permitted use is conducted shall, in its entirety, be owned and operated as a single or common management and maintenance unit, with common open space, parking, maintenance and service facilities and services.
B. 
In addition to the requirements of this chapter, the plan for the proposed development shall comply with the special standards of Chapter 255, Subdivision of Land, relating to a use or group of uses on a lot.
C. 
Each building shall be designed so as to minimize its commercial appearance and shall, insofar as practicable, afford minimum external evidence of the nature of the operation conducted therein.
D. 
No products or goods shall be publicly displayed on the exterior of the premises.
A. 
Along each street line, a landscaped strip not less than 75 feet in width shall be provided, except for necessary sidewalks and accessways crossing the strip.
B. 
Along side and rear property lines which adjoin agricultural, residential or planned apartment zoning districts, or a similar district within an adjacent municipality, a buffer planting strip of not less than 50 feet shall be planted and maintained. Buffer strips shall consist of berms, hedges, evergreens, shrubbery or other suitable vegetation approved by the Township and be of sufficient density and height to provide an effective visual screen to give maximum and immediate visual screening to an abutting property or zoning district. Wherever possible, the owner shall make every effort to retain existing natural screening, such as vegetation and topography. Constructed berms shall have a maximum slope of 33% with grass cover or 50% when shrubbery or ground cover is used.
C. 
All evergreen vegetation to be installed shall not be less than five feet in height at the time of planting and shall be of such species that expected height at maturity shall not be less than 15 feet.
D. 
All deciduous vegetation to be installed shall not be less than eight feet in height and two-and-one-half-inch caliper, measured six feet above grade.
E. 
As an alternative to the possibly linear appearance of the minimum requirements above, applicants are encouraged to provide innovative, free-form buffers which need not be located entirely with the minimum required width. Such alternative buffers shall be subject to approval by the Township.
F. 
A landscaping plan shall be required, which shall clearly show and list the locations, size, species and number of plant materials proposed to be used.
A. 
All off-street parking, unloading and service areas shall comply with the provisions of §§ 280-103, 280-104 and 280-105.
B. 
Vehicular access to any property shall be limited to streets classified in Chapter 255, Subdivision of Land, § 255-27B, as arterial, primary collector or secondary collector.