Township of Uwchlan, PA
Chester County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Uwchlan 9-25-1989 by Ord. No. 89-15. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Construction codes — See Ch. 106.
Parking — See Ch. 174.
Subdivision and land development — See Ch. 260.
The owners of all commercial, industrial or multifamily residential uses located more than 50 feet from a public street shall provide fire lanes extending to within 30 feet or less of said use; provided, however, that owners of said uses lawfully developed and in existence as of the effective date hereof shall be required to provide said fire lanes only when so required in accordance with Subsection G hereof.
Fire lanes shall extend from existing and improved public streets and shall have a minimum unobstructed right-of-way width of 25 feet, within which there shall be constructed an all-weather paved and well-drained cartway not less than 20 feet in width.
Fire lanes which curve from or change direction shall have a minimum radius of 55 feet and a minimum tangent length of 50 feet between curves.
Dead-end fire lanes shall not exceed 400 feet in length and shall be terminated with an unobstructed vehicular turnaround or cul-de-sac with a minimum surface radius of 35 feet.
Fire lanes shall be shown on all site plans and must be reviewed by the Township's Engineer, Building Code Officer, Fire Marshal and Chief of Police.
Signage and pavement markings designating fire lanes are required in accordance with standards set forth in the Uniform Manual on Traffic Control Devices ("Manual"). Where physical characteristics of the site dictate a need to vary from the Manual's recommendations, the Board of Supervisors shall have discretion to waive strict compliance with the Manual's recommendations in order to adapt them to the site, provided that the changes will promote the public safety and welfare.
The Township Fire Marshal and the Chief Fire Officer shall have the power to investigate existing sites, and the Fire Marshal may recommend to the Township Building Code Officer that a fire lane be established or that an existing fire lane be changed when such establishment or change is determined by the Fire Marshal to be in the best interests of the safety and welfare of the public in light of the existing emergency access(es) to the site. The establishment of such a fire lane or the change of an existing fire lane shall be completed in conformity with the provisions of the chapter within 90 days of receipt by the affected property owner of a notice from the Building Code Officer requiring such establishment or change. However, where such notice requires the application of paving materials and the notice is received at a time which would require paving during winter conditions, then said owner shall have until May 31 following receipt of said notice to comply with said paving requirement. Property owners aggrieved by such notice of the Building Code Officer may appeal said notice to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days of the property owners' receipt of said notice.
Fire lanes shall at all times remain unobstructed except for emergency vehicles and equipment used in emergency situations as provided in the Vehicle Code of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
The requirements of this chapter shall apply to all proposed uses defined in Subsection A above and shall further apply to all uses as set forth in Subsections A and G hereof which are existing uses as of the effective date hereof.
Applications for permits for the construction of fire lanes as set forth in this chapter shall be made to the Building Code Officer on forms supplied by the Township.
Except as provided in Subsection L below, any person who violates or permits the violation of any provision of this chapter shall be subject to a criminal fine in an amount not to exceed $1,000, plus the costs of prosecution, including reasonable attorneys' fees. In default of payment thereof, the defendant may be sentenced to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 90 days. Each twenty-four-hour period during which a violation of this chapter continues shall constitute a separate offense. Enforcement of this chapter shall be by action brought before a Magisterial District Judge in the same manner provided for the enforcement of summary offenses under the Pennsylvania Rules of Criminal Procedure. The Township Solicitor may assume charge of the prosecution without the consent of the District Attorney.
[Amended 3-24-1997 by Ord. No. 97-05[1]]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
The parking of vehicles in fire lanes, officially posted as such, shall be subject to the criminal proceedings, fines and penalties set forth in the Vehicle Code, 75 Pa.C.S.A. §§ 3352, 3353 and 3354.
Nothing herein shall preclude the Township from seeking enforcement of this chapter in any action at law or in equity.
The Township's Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance[1] shall be amended so as to require compliance with this chapter.
Editor's Note: See Ch. 260.