Township of Mount Joy, PA
Lancaster County
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[Amended 3-16-2015 by Ord. No. 293-2015]
The R-2 Medium-Density Residential District is comprised of a mix of housing types and densities. The purpose of this district is to stabilize and preserve areas of the community to provide for a suitable environment for family life. Certain nonresidential uses are allowed by right, or by special exception, to provide for convenient access to the higher concentration of residents. This district generally coincides with public utility service areas. As a result, permitted densities and housing types require the use of these public utilities.
Permitted-by-right uses shall be as follows:
A. 
Single-family detached dwellings.
B. 
Single-family semidetached dwellings or two-family dwellings.
C. 
Apartment houses in accordance with § 135-216.
D. 
Townhouses in accordance with § 135-262.
E. 
Group homes, in accordance with § 135-231.
F. 
Home day care in accordance with § 135-232.
G. 
Place of worship and its customary related uses in accordance with § 135-251.
H. 
Municipal uses.
I. 
Publicly owned recreational facilities.
J. 
Public and private schools and related uses, excluding vocational schools and dormitories, subject to § 135-254.
K. 
Public utility service structures.
L. 
Accessory structures and uses customarily incidental to the above permitted uses.
M. 
No-impact home-based businesses in accordance with § 135-234B.
N. 
Village Design Option development in accordance with § 135-353.
O. 
Forestry and related uses; provided that the applicant provides copies of the permits and approvals from the DEP, and/or any other applicable state or federal permit authorizing such use to occur.
The following uses are permitted when special exceptions are granted by written approval of the Zoning Hearing Board. In granting any special exception, the Board may attach certain conditions to its approval which it feels are necessary requirements in order to preserve and protect the character of the district in which the proposed use would locate. The burden shall be upon the applicant to prove that the approval of the application will not be detrimental to the health, safety and general welfare of the community.
A. 
Echo housing in accordance with § 135-225.
B. 
Boardinghouses in accordance with § 135-218.
C. 
Clubhouses for private clubs in accordance with § 135-220.
D. 
Conversion of existing buildings in accordance with § 135-224.
E. 
Funeral homes in accordance with § 135-228.
F. 
Home occupations in accordance with § 135-234A.
G. 
Bed-and-breakfast in accordance with § 135-217.
H. 
Emergency services in accordance with § 135-226.
I. 
Public libraries in accordance with § 135-253.
J. 
Nursing or personal care homes in accordance with § 135-248.
K. 
Children's homes and dormitories, in accordance with § 135-219.
L. 
Medical and dental clinics and professional offices of accountants, and lawyers, in accordance with § 135-244.
M. 
Accessory structures and uses customarily incidental to the above uses.
(Reserved)
[Amended 10-17-2016 by Ord. No. 309-2016]
A. 
Height. An additional side yard setback of one foot shall be provided for every two-foot, or fraction thereof, increase in height above 35 feet. Buildings devoted to agricultural use shall be exempt from height regulations.
B. 
Minimum lot area.
(1) 
The minimum lot area for all nonresidential principal buildings shall be 40,000 square feet.
(2) 
The minimum lot area for single-family detached dwellings shall be 15,000 square feet, except as provided in § 135-105J(1) below.
(3) 
The minimum lot area for semidetached or two-family dwellings shall be 10,000 square feet, except as provided in § 135-105J(1) below.
C. 
Minimum lot width.
(1) 
The minimum lot width for single-family detached dwellings and nonresidential principal buildings shall be 75 feet at the building setback line, except as provided in § 135-105J(2) below.
(2) 
The minimum lot width for semidetached or two-family dwellings shall be 50 feet at the building setback line for each dwelling unit.
D. 
Minimum lot depth. The minimum lot depth shall be 125 feet, except as provided in § 135-105J(3) below.
E. 
Front yard minimum depth.
(1) 
The minimum front yard building setback line shall be 25 feet from the ultimate street right-of-way as designated by § 135-301, unless a more stringent requirement is required by this chapter, except as provided in § 135-105J(4) below.
(2) 
In developed areas, the minimum building setback line requirements may be adjusted by right so that the proposed building may be in proper relation to adjacent buildings. Under no circumstances shall a building be permitted to encroach any closer to the ultimate right-of-way than an adjacent building.
F. 
Side yard.
(1) 
Single-family detached dwellings, semidetached or two-family dwellings in the over-and-under configuration, and nonresidential principal buildings shall have two side yards, neither of which shall be less than 10 feet in width, except as provided in § 135-105J(5) below.
(2) 
Semidetached or two-family dwellings in a side-by-side configuration shall have one side yard per dwelling unit which shall be a minimum of 12 feet in width, except as provided in § 135-105J(6) below.
G. 
Rear yard. Rear yards shall be a minimum of 35 feet in depth, except as provided in § 135-105J(7) below.
H. 
Maximum lot coverage.
(1) 
Maximum building coverage. The maximum building coverage shall not exceed 25%, except as provided in § 135-105J(8) below.
(2) 
Maximum impervious coverage. The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 30%, except as provided in § 135-105J(9) below.
I. 
Interior yards. Separation distance between buildings shall be provided as follows:
(1) 
Front-to-front, rear-to-rear or front-to-rear parallel buildings shall have 100 feet between faces of the building for two stories in height, plus five feet for each additional story. If the front or rear faces are obliquely aligned, the above distances may be decreased by as much as 10 feet at one end if increased by a similar or greater distance at the other end.
(2) 
A yard space of 30 feet is required between end walls of buildings for each two-story building, plus five feet for each additional story. If the buildings are at right angles to each other, the distance between the corners of the end walls of the building may be reduced to a minimum of 15 feet.
(3) 
A yard space of 30 feet is required between end walls and front or rear faces of buildings for each two-story building, plus five feet for each additional story.
J. 
Alternative area and bulk regulations. On development tracts of 10 acres or greater, the following alternative area and bulk regulations may be applied in lieu of the applicable sections above. In no case, however, may a development tract yield in excess of 3.5 dwelling units per acre.
(1) 
The minimum lot area for single-family detached, semidetached or two-family dwellings shall be 8,500 square feet.
(2) 
The minimum lot width for single-family detached dwellings shall be 70 feet at the building setback line.
(3) 
The minimum lot depth shall be 100 feet.
(4) 
The minimum front yard building setback line shall be 20 feet from the ultimate street right-of-way as designated by § 135-301, unless a more stringent requirement is required by this chapter.
(5) 
Single-family detached dwellings, semidetached or two-family dwellings in the over-and-under configuration, and nonresidential principal buildings shall have two side yards, neither of which shall be less than eight feet in width.
(6) 
Semidetached or two-family dwellings in a side-by-side configuration shall have one side yard per dwelling unit which shall be a minimum of 10 feet in width.
(7) 
Rear yards shall be a minimum of 20 feet in depth.
(8) 
The maximum building coverage shall not exceed 30%.
(9) 
The total impervious coverage shall not exceed 35%.
The following regulations apply to unattached buildings for accessory use:
A. 
Maximum height. The maximum height shall be 20 feet, except that this restriction shall not be applicable to farm buildings and silos.
B. 
Front yard minimum depth. The minimum building setback line from all streets shall be that distance as required for principal buildings plus an additional 15 feet.
C. 
Side yard. The minimum distance to any interior side lot line shall be six feet.
D. 
Rear yard. The minimum distance to any rear lot line shall be six feet.
A. 
All uses shall comply with Article XXIII, General Regulations.
B. 
All uses shall comply with Article XXIV, Sign Regulations.
C. 
All uses shall comply with Article XXV, Parking Regulations.