Town of Bloomsburg, PA
Columbia County
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[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 501; as amended by 709, 9/12/1988, § 5; by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 1, 2; by Ord. 847, 7/8/2002; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, § 4; by Ord. 902, 12/11/2006, § 2; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Residential Conservation (R-C) District is to encourage the continued use of the land for agricultural purposes and permit those uses which are compatible and allied with agricultural operations, to promote such open space activities as parks, playgrounds, recreational areas and campgrounds as well as low-density residential development.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied, for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Agriculture, dairies, riding academies, kennels, pet and animal hospitals.
B. 
Community living facilities.
C. 
Single-unit dwellings.
D. 
Two-unit dwellings.
E. 
Display and sale of agricultural and related products produced on the premises.
F. 
Public and semipublic uses, including:
(1) 
Churches, or similar places of worship, and parish houses and convents.
(2) 
Libraries, museums and public buildings.
(3) 
Hospitals, nursing and convalescent homes.
(4) 
Municipal parks, playgrounds and recreation areas, including swimming pools.
(5) 
Semipublic parks, playgrounds and recreation areas, including swimming pools when accessory to and incidental to residential uses of the district and not operated for gain or profit.
(6) 
Golf courses, country clubs, resort hotels and cemeteries.
G. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, garages, private swimming pools and home gardening.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Multiple-unit dwellings.
B. 
Cluster dwellings.
C. 
Elder family accessory dwellings.
D. 
Home occupations.
E. 
Mobile home parks.
F. 
Natural resource production uses.
G. 
Recreation vehicle camps.
H. 
Commercial communications antennas and commercial communications towers.
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 7, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Schools and colleges.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. Lot areas shall be not less than 20,000 square feet and lot width not less than 100 feet.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings including accessory buildings shall not cover more than 20% of the area of the lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum:
(1) 
Front yard: 30 feet.
(2) 
Side yards: 15 feet each.
(3) 
Rear yards: 30 feet.
(4) 
Operations involving the use of buildings and land for farming, nurseries, greenhouses, riding academies, pet kennels, animal hospitals, stock raising, dairying and poultry shall be subject to the following safeguards and regulations:
(a) 
Buildings for housing animals or poultry, for storage of manure or odor or dust producing substances, or for coal-fired greenhouse heating plants shall not be permitted within 100 feet of any lot line and/or district boundary line.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 35 feet.
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
8. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 502; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1998, § 6; by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 3,4; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, § 5; by Ord. 92, 12/11/2006, § 3; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Residential Suburban (R-S) District is to provide for the orderly expansion of suburban-type residential development, to prevent the overcrowding of the land through the application of maximum housing densities, to provide standards which will encourage the installation of public facilities and the preservation of public open space, to exclude activities of a commercial or industrial nature and any activities not compatible with residential development, to provide an environment for traditional families comprising related individuals and to provide for the public convenience and to avoid undue congestion on the roads.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected and used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Accessory apartment. (See § 27-801, Subsection 10.)
B. 
Community living facilities.
C. 
Single-unit dwellings.
D. 
Libraries.
E. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, garages, private swimming pools and home gardening.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Multiple-unit dwellings.
B. 
Cluster dwellings.
C. 
Elder family accessory dwellings.
D. 
Home occupations.
E. 
Nursing homes.
F. 
Public and semipublic facilities, including parks, playgrounds, nursery schools, churches and similar places of worship, essential service buildings and structures and swimming pools.
4. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
5. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. Minimum area of 7,500 square feet, width 75 feet with sewer and water facilities required.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings, including accessory buildings shall not cover more than 30% of the area of the lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front yard: 25 feet.
(2) 
Side yards: eight feet each.
(3) 
Rear yard: 20 feet.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 35 feet.
6. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
7. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 503; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1988, § 7; by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 5, 6; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, § 6; by Ord. 902, 12/11/2006, §§ 4, 5; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Residential Urban (R-U) District is to encourage the orderly development and preservation of existing built-up residential sections of the community by providing public facilities necessary for the health, welfare and general convenience of the population, to prevent overcrowding of the land by restricting maximum housing densities, to provide an environment for traditional families comprised of related individuals; to preserve public open space; to limit activities of a commercial nature and exclude activities of an industrial nature and any activities not compatible with the residential environment; to provide for the public convenience; to provide areas for student housing; and to avoid undue congestion on the roads.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used, and a lot may be used or occupied, for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Community living facilities.
B. 
Conversion apartments.
C. 
Single-unit dwellings.
D. 
Two-unit dwellings.
E. 
Multiple-unit dwellings.
F. 
Libraries.
G. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, garages, private swimming pools and home gardening.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Tourist homes.
B. 
Elder family accessory dwellings.
C. 
Home occupations.
D. 
Public and semipublic facilities, including parks, playgrounds, nursery schools, churches and similar places of worship and essential service buildings and structures.
E. 
Student housing.
4. 
Limitation on residential buildings: No more than one residential building shall be permitted on a lot.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. The lot area and width per dwelling unit shall not be less than indicated below:
Dwelling Type
Lot Area Per Dwelling Unit
Minimum Lot Width
Single-unit
4,000 square feet
40 feet
Two-unit
2,500 square feet
50 feet
Multiple-unit (except two-unit)
2,000 square feet*
* In no case shall the minimum lot area be less than 7,000 square feet for multiple-unit dwellings; however, structures designed to house 15 or more dwelling units for couples and/or individuals shall be provided with a lot area not less than 450 square feet for each dwelling unit.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings including accessory buildings shall not cover more than 40% of the area of the lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front yard: 10 feet.
(2) 
Side yards: five feet each.
(3) 
Rear yard: 15 feet.
* See § 27-302 for a limited exemption from these yard setback requirements in the case of multiple-unit dwellings.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 35 feet, including the appurtenances attached thereto.
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
8. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
(Repealed by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007).
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 504; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1988, § 8; by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 7, 8 and 9; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 7, 15; and by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the High-Density Residential (H-D) District is to provide an area where related and unrelated individuals can reside in facilities designed for large groups of people.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected, and a lot may be used or occupied, for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Conversion apartments.
B. 
Fraternal organizations.
C. 
Single-unit dwellings.
D. 
Community living facilities.
E. 
Two-unit dwellings.
F. 
Multiple-unit dwellings.
G. 
Libraries.
H. 
Student housing.
I. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, garages, private swimming pools and home gardening.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Home occupations.
B. 
Mortuaries.
C. 
Nursing homes.
D. 
Public and semipublic facilities, including parks, playgrounds, hospitals, churches and similar places of worship and essential service buildings and structures.
E. 
Halfway house for persons on parole or probation.
[Added by Ord. No. 995, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
5. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. The lot area and width per dwelling unit shall not be less than indicated below:
Dwelling Type
Lot Area Per Dwelling Unit
Minimum Lot Width
Single-unit
4,000 square feet
40 feet
Two-unit
2,500 square feet
50 feet
Multiple-unit (except two-unit)
2,000 square feet*
** In no case shall the minimum lot area be less than 7,000 square feet for multiple-unit dwellings; however, structures designed to house 15 or more dwelling units for couples and/or individuals shall be provided with a lot area not less than 450 square feet for each dwelling unit.
B. 
Lot Coverage. The ground floor area constituting the greatest number of square feet of all structures shall not exceed 65% of the lot area.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front Yard. Not less than 10 feet for structures up to 35 feet in height and 15 feet for structures up to 65 feet in height.
(2) 
Side Yards. Not less than 10 feet for structures up to 35 feet in height and 15 feet for structures up to 65 feet in height.
(3) 
Rear Yard. Not less than 15 feet for structures up to 35 feet in height and 20 feet for structures up to 65 feet in height.
* See § 27-302 for a limited exemption from these yard setback requirements in the case of multiple-unit dwellings.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 65 feet.
6. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. Occupancy is regulated by the International Property Maintenance Code currently enforced by the Town of Bloomsburg.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 505; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1988, § 9; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 8, 15; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Highway Commercial (H-C) District is to provide reasonable standards for the development of highway-oriented commercial uses along the roadside in areas where such uses exist and where, due to the character of undeveloped land, the development of highway commercial uses is feasible. The standards of this district are designed to separate access roads from thoroughfares, to minimize traffic congestion, and to provide buffer yards and screen plantings where such adjoin residential districts.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Supermarkets.
B. 
Animal hospitals and pet shops.
C. 
Automobile and gasoline service stations, wash and repair facilities.
D. 
Automotive and/or mobile home sales.
E. 
Drive-in restaurants, motels and hotels, drive-in theaters and banks.
F. 
Golf courses, bowling alleys, skating rinks, swimming pools and other such amusement and recreational uses.
G. 
Warehouses, distribution and service centers and terminals for trucks.
H. 
Furniture stores.
I. 
Home and garden centers.
J. 
Convenience stores.
K. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Clubs and lodges.
B. 
Golf driving ranges and miniature golf.
C. 
Municipal buildings.
D. 
Partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 7, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Adult entertainment establishments.
B. 
Shopping centers.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. A lot shall not be less than 12,000 square feet and not less than 100 feet wide measured at the building line.
B. 
Lot Coverage. The principal and accessory buildings on any lot shall not cover more than 40% of the area of such lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front Yard: 30 feet.
(2) 
Side Yards: 10 feet; provided that when a mutual agreement is provided in writing by the adjoining property owners, no side yard shall be required where two or more commercial uses adjoin side to side. In the case of such a series of adjoining structures on lots of single or separate ownership abutting and paralleling a public right-of-way, an unobstructed passage of at least 20 feet in width shall be provided at grade level at intervals not more than 400 feet apart.
(3) 
Rear Yard: 30 feet.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 50 feet.
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
8. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 506; as amended by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 10, 11 and 12; by Ord. 847, 7/8/2002; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 9, 15; by Ord. 885, 5/23/2005, § 4; and by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Commercial (C) District is to encourage the orderly development of commercial uses usually associated with a Central Business District. Standards are designed to encourage the provision of a wide variety of goods and services, to reduce congestion on the streets and to reduce fire and safety hazards.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
[Amended by Ord. 989, 3/26/2018]
A. 
Dwelling units on the second floor and above a mixed-use structure.
B. 
Community living facilities.
C. 
Retail stores, personal service shops and game rooms.
D. 
Banks, offices and studios.
E. 
Specialty shops for custom work and articles to be sold at retail on the premises, such as baking, confectionery, dressmaking, printing and tailoring.
F. 
Restaurants, cafes, tearooms and taverns.
G. 
Movie and performing arts theaters.
H. 
Public and semipublic facilities including parks, playgrounds, commercial and trade schools, clinics, churches and similar places or worship, libraries, public utility buildings.
I. 
Student housing on the second floor and above a mixed-use structure.
J. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with the customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Clubs and lodges.
B. 
Home occupations.
C. 
Hotels and motels.
D. 
Mortuaries.
E. 
Municipal buildings.
F. 
Public transportation terminals.
G. 
Recreation facilities and uses indoor.
H. 
Commercial communications antennas and commercial communications towers.
I. 
Parking facilities, including a parking lot and/or a parking structure as so defined within § 27-302, Definitions, of this chapter.
[Added by Ord. No. 990, 12/10/2018]
J. 
Partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 8, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Schools and colleges.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. A lot shall be not less than 3,000 square feet and not less than 40 feet wide measured at the building line.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings including accessory buildings may cover the entire lot except for the required areas of building setback.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front and Rear Yards. No requirements.
(2) 
Side Yards. New construction shall either abut existing structures or be no less than five feet from said existing structures.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 65 feet and the minimum shall be 25 feet.
7. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
8. 
Occupancy Requirements. Occupancy is regulated by the International Property Maintenance Code currently enforced by the Town of Bloomsburg.
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 507; as amended by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 10, 15; by Ord. 885, 5/23/2005, § 5; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Commercial Warehouse (C-W) District is to facilitate the receipt of raw material and the distribution of finished products through the establishment of warehouses, storage areas, loading and unloading facilities.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Warehousing, including storage of waste material provided that such is entirely enclosed within a building.
B. 
Wholesale and retail activity and business and professional offices.
C. 
Agricultural equipment, handling and product sales, service, distribution and supply.
D. 
Building supplies sales, storage, fabrication and distribution of components incidental to building construction.
E. 
Welding, machine and printing shops.
F. 
Laundry and dry cleaning plants.
G. 
Automotive, mobile home and related sales, service, repair and supply.
H. 
Conversion apartments.
I. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Home occupations.
B. 
Homeless shelter.
[Added by Ord. No. 993, 5/22/2019]
C. 
Partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
5. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. Lot area shall be not less than 7,500 square feet and lot width not less than 75 feet.
B. 
Lot Coverage. The principal and accessory buildings on any lot shall not cover more than 60% of the lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front yard: 15 feet.
(2) 
Side yards: 10 feet each.
(3) 
Rear yard: 15 feet.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 50 feet.
6. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
7. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 508; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1988, § 10; by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 13, 14 and 15; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 11, 15; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008; and by Ord. 712, 6/2/2008, § 1]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Commercial Residential (C-R) District is to encourage the development of a district that provides goods and services in a predominantly residential neighborhood. The facilities shall be designed to minimize traffic congestion on the streets, to provide for the public convenience and to harmonize adjoining commercial and residential uses.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
[Amended by Ord. 989, 3/26/2018]
A. 
Single-unit dwellings.
B. 
Community living facilities.
C. 
Two-unit dwellings.
D. 
Multiple-unit dwellings.
E. 
Conversion apartments.
F. 
Dwellings above or in combination with commercial uses.
G. 
Libraries.
H. 
Retail stores and personal service shops (grocery, drugs, general merchandise, beauty parlors, barbershops and shoe repair, including drive-through window service).
I. 
Business, professional and financial offices (not including drive-ins).
J. 
Restaurants, tearooms, cafes and other places serving food and beverages (not including drive-in service).
K. 
Laundry and dry-cleaning stations.
L. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, garages, private swimming pools and home gardening.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Clubs and lodges.
B. 
Home occupations.
C. 
Mortuaries.
D. 
Nursing homes.
E. 
Public and semipublic facilities, including parks, playgrounds, nursery schools, churches and similar places of worship, municipal buildings, public transportation terminals and essential service buildings and structures.
F. 
Recreation facilities and uses indoor.
G. 
Student housing.
H. 
Homeless shelter.
[Added by Ord. No. 993, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 7, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Schools and colleges.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. The lot area and width shall not be less than indicated below:
Dwelling Type
Lot Area
Minimum Lot Width
Single-unit
4,000 square feet/D.U.
40 feet
Two-unit
2,500 square feet/D.U.
50 feet
Multiple-unit (except two-unit)
2,000 square feet/D.U.*
Commercial uses
3,000 square feet minimum gross lot area, with the maximum floor area limited to 50% of the gross lot area
40 feet
* In no case shall the minimum lot area be less than 7,000 square feet for multiple-unit dwellings; however, structures designed to house 15 or more dwelling units for couples and/or individuals shall be provided with a lot area not less than 450 square feet for each dwelling unit (D.U.).
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings including accessory buildings may cover the entire lot except for the required areas of building setback.
C. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front yard: none required.
(2) 
Side yards: five feet each.
(3) 
Rear yard: six feet.
* See § 27-302 for a limited exemption from these yard setback requirements in the case of multiple-unit dwellings.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 35 feet.
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
8. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 509; as amended by Ord. 709, 9/12/1988, § 11; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, § 12, 15; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Industrial Park District is to permit and encourage industrial development and growth, to constitute a harmonious and appropriate part of the physical development of the Town, to contribute to a sound economic base of the Town and to promote the appropriate development of the district by minimizing air and water pollution, noise, glare, heat, vibration and fire and safety hazards.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Manufacturing.
B. 
Wholesale activity and related business offices.
C. 
Warehousing.
D. 
Agricultural produce wholesale activities.
E. 
Agricultural equipment handling and sales, service and supply.
F. 
Building supply, service, storage and sales.
G. 
Contractor construction yards and storage.
H. 
Municipal and public utility garages and storage yards.
I. 
Public transportation depot.
J. 
Welding, machine and print shops.
K. 
Laundry and dry cleaning plants.
L. 
Automotive, mobile home and related sales, service or storage.
M. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses including, but not limited to, cafeteria, nursery and daycare schools, and health clinics.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Natural resource production uses.
B. 
Municipal buildings.
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 7, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Airports.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. No building, structure, or portion thereof, shall be hereafter erected, structurally altered or converted to any of the following uses:
A. 
Residential uses.
B. 
The manufacture of rockets, projectiles, shells or other similar missiles, gunpowder or fireworks; however, the manufacturing of component parts thereof which have been assembled without all of their explosive or propellant components shall be permitted.
C. 
Stockyards, piggeries and slaughterhouses.
D. 
Fat rendering and tannery operations.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. The lot area shall be not less than one acre, and the lot width shall be not less than 150 feet.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings including accessory buildings shall not cover more than 60% of the area of the lot.
C. 
Yards, Minimum. Industrial structures shall not be erected closer than 25 feet to any lot line.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 80 feet.
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
8. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986; as amended by Ord. 804, 1/12/1998; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, § 15; and by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the University District is to recognize and protect the original university (lower campus) as a unique use in Town, a use consisting of a variety of activities, including instructional, residential, health, cultural, recreational, commercial and maintenance all associated with the educational institution.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
[Amended by Ord. 989, 3/26/2018]
A. 
Instructional facilities.
B. 
Student housing.
C. 
Fraternal organizations.
D. 
Stadiums, gymnasiums and athletic fields.
E. 
Parks and recreational facilities.
F. 
Administrative and faculty offices related to the university functions to include, but not limited to, business office, data processing and student records.
G. 
Day-care facilities.
H. 
Accessory university uses and buildings customarily incidental to the above uses, sized to meet the needs of the university, only and as defined in § 27-302 including, but not limited to:
(1) 
University food service facilities.
(2) 
University bookstore facilities.
(3) 
University health and counseling facilities.
(4) 
Parking lots and parking garages.
(5) 
Maintenance facilities.
3. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. None required.
B. 
Lot Coverage. None required.
C. 
Yards, Minimum. University structures shall not be erected closer than 50 feet to any lot line.
D. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 80 feet.
4. 
Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
5. 
Conditional Uses. University research facilities in accordance with § 27-703(5).
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986, § 511; as added by Ord. 757, 3/1/1993, § 2; as amended by Ord. 812, 7/13/1998, §§ 16, 17; by Ord. 854, 1/13/2003, §§ 13, 15; by Ord. 909, 12/20/2007; and by Ord. 911, 3/18/2008]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Health Care HE-C District is to provide adequate maintenance of existing hospital facilities and guide development in a manner compatible with surrounding residential neighborhoods. Further, the Health Care District limits permitted uses to those which are accessory, subordinate and supportive to hospital facilities and services. The district requires that all hospital and related uses be designed in a manner that will preserve the residential character of the surrounding neighborhoods through the use of such zoning tools as landscape buffers, design features and required yard areas.
2. 
Permitted Uses.
A. 
Single-family dwelling.
B. 
Community living facilities.
C. 
Administrative offices related to hospital functions to include, but not limited to, business office, data processing and medical records.
D. 
Day-care facilities.
E. 
Medical offices.
F. 
Hospitals, including outpatient facilities.
G. 
Outpatient medical testing laboratories.
H. 
Medical and dental clinic.
I. 
Educational and conference facilities for in-house health care training.
J. 
Automobile parking lots and parking garages affiliated with hospital.
K. 
Parks and recreational facilities.
L. 
Retail sales related to health care products.
M. 
Eating establishments incidental to and located within the hospital.
N. 
Minor banking and ATM services incidental to and located within hospital.
O. 
Service establishments incidental to and located within hospital.
P. 
Continuing-care retirement community (CCRC).
Q. 
Uses and buildings customarily incidental to any permitted uses.
3. 
Special Exception. The following special exceptions may be permitted by the Zoning Hearing Board, following review and comment by the Planning Commission, pursuant to standards and criteria as set forth in Part 6, Special Exception Uses.
A. 
Heliports.
B. 
Emergency vehicle facilities.
C. 
Nursing homes.
D. 
Hospital-related dormitories.
E. 
Substance abuse detoxification treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
F. 
Non-hospital drug-free residential substance abuse treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
G. 
Partial hospitalization substance abuse treatment facility.
[Added by Ord. No. 994, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided above shall be prohibited.
5. 
Site Design Standards.
A. 
Lot Area, Lot Width, Setback and Coverage Regulations.
(1) 
Single-Family Residential Uses:
(a) 
Minimum lot area: 7,500 square feet.
(b) 
Minimum lot width: 75 feet.
(c) 
Maximum lot coverage: 30%.
(2) 
Nonresidential Uses:
(a) 
For a permitted nonresidential use, minimum lot area and lot width shall be based upon required setbacks, coverage, parking and loading/unloading standards, but in no instance shall be less than 7,500 square feet.
(b) 
Unless otherwise specified herein, lot coverage for permitted nonresidential uses shall not exceed 40%.
(3) 
Interior yards (distances between buildings) shall be not less than 25 feet. No interior yards shall be required where two or more uses/structures are connected by a passageway, corridor or common areas; provided, that the use of such passageways, corridors or common areas is provided for the benefit of the owners of such adjoining uses and their respective patients, employees and visitors by cross easements.
(4) 
A perimeter yard of 50 feet shall be provided.
(5) 
At least 20% of the lot vegetative area shall be maintained with a cover.
B. 
Height Regulations. The maximum height for buildings within the Health Care District shall be 35 feet; provided, however, that such height may be increased to a maximum of 80 feet by increasing the exterior perimeter yard setback by two additional feet for every one foot of height over 35 feet.
C. 
Landscaping/Screening.
(1) 
Landscaping/screening shall be 15 feet in width for side and rear yards adjacent to residential uses, in accordance with § 27-803(6) herein.
(2) 
Where emergency and receiving areas are visible to residential uses, additional screening of 10 feet in width shall be required to obscure twenty-four-hour activities from view of nearby residential uses.
D. 
Emergency and Receiving Areas. Emergency room entrances must be visible from access roads for immediate recognition from drivers transporting persons in emergency situations.
E. 
Lighting. Lighting shall be provided in accordance with § 27-806 of the supplemental regulations.
F. 
Off-Street Parking.
(1) 
Off-street parking regulations shall be permitted in accordance with § 22-607, of the Town of Bloomsburg Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22] and § 27-801, Table 1, "Requirements for Number of Off-Street Parking Spaces."
(2) 
Within the Health Care District, all or part of the required off-street parking spaces required for two or more uses may be provided within shared parking areas (parking lots, garages; provided, that the total number of the spaces is not less than the sum of the spaces required for each individual use.
G. 
Signs.
(1) 
Sign regulations shall be permitted in accordance with § 27-805.
(2) 
The following signs shall be permitted within the Health Care District in addition to the signs permitted under § 27-805(B)(7):
(a) 
Joint Identification Signs. Joint identification signs identifying the project name of the building complex shall be permitted for three or more combined permitted uses on the same lot. A joint identification sign shall be limited to one ground sign, shall not exceed the maximum allowable height for the uses involved, shall not be greater the 80 square feet in size and shall be allowed in addition to the permitted signs of the occupants. A second joint identification sign shall be permitted of the same size if the site fronts on two streets.
6. 
Occupancy Requirements. No more than two unrelated individuals shall occupy a dwelling unit. (See the definition of "family.")
[Ord. 687, 10/6/1986; as added by Ord. 804, 1/12/1998; as amended by Ord. 584, 1/13/2003, § 15]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the University Educational Park (U-EP) District is to permit and encourage the continued growth and development of the existing university facilities in appropriate developing and new areas of the Town and to encourage the design and development of these areas as an integrated campus. Further, the U-EP District limits permitted uses to student housing, instructional facilities and uses, which are accessory, subordinate and supportive to the university facilities and services. Special attention is given to the design of the campus, including the spacing of buildings and interior yards, pedestrian and nonmotorized vehicular access to and from buildings and parking lots, lighting of walkways and parking lots, landscaping, screening and buffering, directional signage for increasing mobility and accessibility and street layout and accessibility.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Instructional facilities.
B. 
University student housing.
C. 
Stadiums, gymnasiums and athletic fields.
D. 
Parks and recreational facilities.
E. 
Administrative and faculty offices related to the university functions to include, but not limited to, business office, data processing and student records.
F. 
Day-care facilities.
G. 
Accessory university uses and buildings customarily incidental to the above uses, sized to meet the needs of the university, only, and as defined in § 27-302, including, but not limited to:
(1) 
University food service facilities.
(2) 
University bookstore facilities.
(3) 
University health and counseling facilities.
(4) 
Parking lots and parking garages.
(5) 
Student services.
(6) 
Maintenance facilities.
H. 
Fraternal Organizations.
[Added by Ord. 989, 3/26/2018]
3. 
Conditional Uses. University research facilities in accordance with § 27-703(5).
4. 
Site Design Standards.
A. 
Tract Area and Coverage Regulations.
(1) 
Minimum tract size shall be 30 acres.
(2) 
Maximum building coverage shall not exceed 30%, excluding parking lots and athletic fields.
(3) 
Minimum green area shall not be less than 25%.
(4) 
Building Setback Regulations:
(a) 
Each building or structure whether for a principal or accessory use shall be setback 25 feet from the interior street line.
(b) 
Separation Between Buildings. The distance between buildings shall be not less than 30 feet.
(5) 
Buffer Areas Adjacent to Residential Uses or Districts (R-C, R-S, R-U and H-D).
(a) 
A buffer area of 100 feet measured from the exterior boundary line of the tract shall be required where the tract abuts a residential use or a residential district or where the tract abuts a public street when the opposite side of the street is a residential district or use.
(b) 
The buffer area may be reduced up to a maximum of 50 feet with the provision of a two by four-foot high planted berm within the buffer in accordance with subsection (4)(C)(2).
(c) 
No structures, buildings, parking lots and/or athletic fields shall be allowed within the buffer areas abutting residential uses or residential districts.
(6) 
Buffer Areas Adjacent to Nonresidential Uses or Districts (C-R, H-C, C, C-W, I-P, U, HE-C and U-EP).
(a) 
A buffer area of 25 feet measured from the exterior boundary line of the tract shall be required where the tract abuts a nonresidential use or a nonresidential district or where the tract abuts a public street when the opposite side of the street is a nonresidential district or use.
(b) 
No buildings shall be allowed within the buffer areas abutting nonresidential uses or districts.
B. 
Height Regulations. The maximum height for buildings within the U-EP shall be 35 feet; provided, however, that such height may be increased to a maximum of 60 feet, nor more than four stories, by increasing the contiguous setbacks, separation between buildings and the buffer area by two additional feet for every one foot of height over 35 feet.
C. 
Landscaping/Buffer Yards and Screening.
(1) 
A dense screening shall be required in the buffer areas adjacent to residential districts and uses in accordance with § 22-606(10) of the Bloomsburg Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22].
(2) 
Berms utilized in accordance with subsection (4)(A)(5)(b) shall be landscaped to achieve a minimum opacity of 60% in winter and 80% in summer for a height of six feet above finished ground level.
D. 
Lighting.
(1) 
Lighting for the U-EP District shall meet the standards provided in § 27-806(4) for the HE-C Health Care District.
(2) 
Illuminated outdoor sports facilities shall be located on the site to minimize light pollution on offsite properties.
(3) 
Lighting for outdoor sports facilities shall follow the standards set forth by the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, RP-6 of 1988, Recommended Practice for Sports and Recreation Lighting and as amended hereafter.
(4) 
Lighting standards for athletic fields and stadiums may exceed the aforementioned height limitations; however, lighting standards located within an airport overlay zone shall be subject to the height limitations established in § 27-703(2)(D) as incorporated herein by § 702(2)(C).
E. 
Off-Street Parking and Loading/Receiving Areas.
(1) 
Off-street parking shall be permitted in accordance with Part 6, § 22-607 of the Town of Bloomsburg Subdivision and Land Development Regulations [Chapter 22] and § 27-801, Table 1, "Requirements for Number of Off-Street Parking Spaces, Supplemental Regulations."
(2) 
The off-street parking shall be calculated for each U-EP District separately.
(3) 
Shared Parking Areas.
(a) 
All or part of the required off-street parking spaces required for two or more uses may be provided within shared parking areas provided the total number of spaces is not less than the sum of the spaces required for each individual use and the uses proposed to utilize the parking facility are within reasonable walking distance in accordance with § 22-607(3)(B) of the Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22].
(b) 
A reduction may be granted to the total number of parking spaces, where it shall be demonstrated that the uses are utilizing the lot at different periods of the day. The required number of spaces shall be based on the use which requires the most spaces.
(4) 
Large-lot parking facilities shall meet the requirements of § 27-801(3)(F).
F. 
Signs.
(1) 
Signs shall be permitted in accordance with § 27-805.
(2) 
A joint identification sign identifying the project name for three or more combined permitted uses on the tract shall be permitted within the University Educational Park District in addition to the sign permitted under § 27-805(B)(7) as follows:
(a) 
A joint identification sign shall not exceed the maximum allowable height for the uses involved and shall not be greater than 80 square feet in size.
(b) 
A second joint identification sign shall be permitted of the same size when uses are located on two interior streets.
5. 
[Reserved]
6. 
Development Plans. In addition to the requirements set forth in the Town of Bloomsburg Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance [Chapter 22], the developer of the property shall provide the following information at the time of land development.
A. 
The location, use and ground area of each proposed building and other structure.
B. 
The location, dimensions, arrangement and proposed use of all open spaces, yards, access drives and interior roadways, entrances, exits, off-street parking facilities, loading and unloading facilities, pedestrian and nonmotorized vehicular ways and buffer yards.
C. 
The capacity for all areas to be used for parking and loading.
D. 
The character of the buffer area and screening devices, including the dimensions and arrangements of all areas devoted to planting lawns or trees.
E. 
A plan for lighting, providing location and type of lighting for walkways and parking lots.
F. 
A plan for directional signage to increase mobility and accessibility.
G. 
A statement regarding the traffic impact on the interior and exterior roadway network and the ability of the roadway systems to handle the traffic and a description of necessary improvements to roadway capacity or other roadway deficiencies.
[Added by Ord. 931, 10/11/2010]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Business Campus District is to encourage the development of an area that provides goods and services in a predominantly mixed-use setting accommodating continued operation and redevelopment of business locations and providing for light industrial activities involving generally unobtrusive processes that do not produce significant noise, smoke, odor, dust, vibration, or glare typical of more-intensive industries.
2. 
Permitted Uses. A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes:
A. 
Single-unit dwellings, two-unit dwellings and multiple-unit dwellings.
B. 
Community living facilities and conversion apartments.
C. 
Retail stores, personal service shops (grocery, drugs, general merchandise, beauty parlors, barbershops, laundry, dry cleaning and shoe repair).
D. 
Business, professional, and financial offices and banks.
E. 
Nursing homes, day-care and adult day-care facilities and assisted living facilities.
F. 
Continuing-care retirement communities.
G. 
Restaurants, tearooms, cafes and other places serving food and beverages.
H. 
Private, public and semipublic transportation terminals.
I. 
Enclosed warehouse or other storage facilities.
J. 
Theaters, fitness centers, and indoor and/or outdoor recreation trails and facilities.
K. 
Hotels, motels, and convention and conference centers.
L. 
Parking lots.
M. 
Instructional facilities, museums and libraries.
N. 
Dwelling units above or in combination with any permitted use in a mixed use structure.
O. 
Drive-in/drive-thru service for any permitted use.
P. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses.
3. 
Special Exception Uses. (See Part 6, Special Exception Uses.)
A. 
Mortuaries.
B. 
Churches and similar places of worship; municipal buildings.
C. 
Commercial communications antennas and towers.
D. 
Light industry.
E. 
Homeless shelter.
[Added by Ord. No. 993, 5/22/2019]
4. 
Conditional Uses. (See Part 7, Conditional Uses.)
A. 
Schools and colleges.
5. 
Prohibited Uses. All uses not specifically provided for above shall be prohibited.
6. 
Dimensional Regulations.
A. 
Lot Area and Width. The lot area and width shall not be less than indicated below:
Use Type
Lot Area
Lot Width
Single-unit dwelling
1,000 square feet per dwelling unit
14 feet
Two-unit dwelling
2,000 square feet per dwelling unit
28 feet
Multi-unit dwelling
2,000 square feet per dwelling unit
--
Other uses
3,000 square feet per dwelling unit
28 feet
NOTES:
*In no case shall the minimum lot area be less than 7,000 square feet for multiple-unit dwellings; however, structures designed to house 15 or more dwelling units for couples and/or individuals shall be provided with a lot area not less than 450 square feet per dwelling unit.
B. 
Lot Coverage. All buildings, including accessory buildings, may cover the entire lot except for the required areas of building setback.
C. 
Building Height. No building shall be erected to a height in excess of 65 feet.
[Added by Ord. 952, 2/10/2014[1]]
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Subsection 6D, Building Height, and redesignated former Subsection 6C as Subsection 6D.
D. 
Yards, Minimum.
(1) 
Front yard: five feet.
(2) 
Side yards: five feet; provided, however, that this requirement is not applicable to individual units in multiple-unit dwellings as provided in § 27-302.
(3) 
Rear yard: five feet.
(4) 
For buildings that exceed 50 feet in height, ten-foot front, side, and rear yard setbacks shall be required.
[Added by Ord. 952, 2/10/2014]
(5) 
No side yard setbacks shall be required for interior lots. All other setbacks shall be required.
[Added by Ord. 952, 2/10/2014; amended by Ord. 959, 11/10/2014]
7. 
Occupancy Requirements. Occupancy is regulated by the International Property Maintenance Code currently enforced by the Town of Bloomsburg.
8. 
[2]Supplementary Regulations. (See Part 8, Supplementary Regulations.)
[2]
Editor’s Note: Former Subsection 8, regarding parking, was repealed by Ord. 959, 11/10/2014. This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection 9 as Subsection 8.