Township of Upper Providence, PA
Delaware County
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[Ord. No. 321, passed 12-10-1998]
A. 
The Township of Upper Providence is hereby divided into districts of different types, each type being of such number, shape, kind and area, and of such common unity of purpose and adaptability of use, that are deemed most suitable to carry out the objectives of this Ordinance and the Comprehensive Plan.
B. 
For the purpose of this Ordinance, Upper Providence Township is hereby divided into districts which shall be designated as follows:
R-1
Residence
R-2
Residence
R-3
Residence
R-4
Residence
R-5
Residence
R-6
Residence
B
Business
LI
Limited Industrial
POC
Planned Office Campus
RO
Recreation and Open Space
C. 
In addition, for the purpose of this Ordinance, Upper Providence Township hereby establishes the following overlay districts:
SS
Steep Slope Conservation
RC
Ridley Creek Watershed Overlay
FP
Flood Plain Overlay
PRD
Planned Residential Overlay
[Ord. No. 321, passed 12-10-1998]
Districts are bounded and defined as shown in the map entitled "Zoning Map, Township of Upper Providence" which accompanies and which, with all explanatory matters thereon, is hereby made a part of this Ordinance.
[Ord. No. 321, passed 12-10-1998; Ord. No. 345, passed 3-8-2001]
Whereby uncertainty exists with respect to the boundaries of the district as indicated on the Zoning Map, the following rules shall apply:
A. 
Where district boundaries are indicated as approximately coinciding with the centerlines of streets, highways, railroad lines, or streams, such centerlines shall be construed to be such boundaries.
B. 
Where district boundaries are so indicated that they approximately coincide with lot lines, such lot lines shall be construed to be said boundaries; or where district boundaries are extensions of lot lines or connect the intersections of lot lines, such lines shall be said district boundaries.
C. 
Where district boundaries are so indicated that they are approximately parallel to center lines of streets or highways, such district boundaries shall be construed as being parallel thereto and at such distance therefrom as indicated on the Zoning Map.
D. 
Where a district boundary is not fixed by dimensions and where it approximately follows lot lines, and where it does not scale more than 10 feet therefrom, such lot lines shall be construed to be such boundaries unless specifically shown otherwise.
E. 
In unsubdivided land or where a district boundary divides a lot, the location of such boundary, unless the same is indicated by dimensions, shall be determined by the use of the scale appearing on the map.
F. 
Where an owner or owners of lots join lots by reverse subdivision or lot consolidation, the lot created shall retain the zoning classification of the individual lots joined for the dimensions of those individual lots and shall not be changed to a different zoning classification.
[Ord. No. 321, passed 12-10-1998]
A. 
R-1 Residence. The R-1 Residence District is intended to promote the maintenance of existing low density neighborhoods while providing the opportunity for future infill development at similar intensities. Single-household detached cluster and planned residential development options are conditionally permitted in the interest of protecting existing environmental resources.
B. 
R-2 Residence. The R-2 Residence District is intended to promote the maintenance of existing low density neighborhoods while providing the opportunity for future infill development at similar intensities. Single-household detached cluster and planned residential development options are conditionally permitted in the interest of protecting existing environmental resources.
C. 
R-3 Residence. The R-3 Residence District is intended to promote the maintenance of existing medium low density neighborhoods while providing the opportunity for future infill development at similar intensities. Single-household detached cluster and planned residential development options are conditionally permitted in the interest of protecting existing environmental resources.
D. 
R-4 Residence. The R-4 Residence District is intended to promote the maintenance of existing medium density neighborhoods while providing the opportunity for future infill development at similar intensities. Single-household detached cluster and planned residential development options are conditionally permitted in the interest of protecting existing environmental resources.
E. 
R-5 Residence. The R-5 Residence District is intended to make housing more available and affordable by permitting additional housing type options such as single-household semidetached and two-household detached. Mobile/manufactured home parks and planned residential developments are also permitted as conditional uses.
F. 
R-6 Residence. The R-6 Residence District is intended to make housing more available and affordable by permitting a variety of higher density residential uses such as attached dwellings, apartments, and mobile/manufactured home parks, with provision made for areas of open space to preserve steep slopes and other natural features in the District. Planned residential developments are also permitted as conditional uses.
G. 
B Business. The B Business District is intended to provide appropriate space for retail, convenience-type, business establishments which will serve the needs of the immediate surrounding neighborhood and the Township in general, and to encourage attractive, compact retail business development in locations close to the residences served.
H. 
LI Limited industrial. The LI Limited Industrial District is intended to provide appropriate space for those manufacturing and industrial uses requiring highway access without heavy traffic usage.
I. 
POC Planned office campus. The POC Planned Office Campus District is intended to provide an appropriate district for campus-type office development which will permit exclusively office use in a campus-type surrounding with adequate on-site parking in such a manner as to be compatible with the surrounding uses in the Township.
J. 
RO Recreation and open space. The RO Recreation and Open Space District is intended to provide the residents of the community with open space to be used for recreation, the protection of natural features, historic resources, municipal parks and facilities.
K. 
SS Steep slope conservation overlay. The SS Steep Slope Conservation District is an overlay district comprised of areas of steep and very steep slopes, as defined herein, the general intent of which is to promote the health, safety and general welfare and to minimize negative environmental impacts by preventing inappropriate development of steeply sloped areas.
L. 
RC Ridley creek watershed overlay. The RC Ridley Creek Watershed District is an overlay district comprised of the Ridley Creek Watershed, as defined herein, the general intent of which is to minimize danger to public health and safety and damage to property by providing for management of storm water run-off in a manner consistent with the Act 167 Storm Water Management Plan for the Ridley Creek Watershed.
M. 
FP flood plain overlay. The FP Flood Plain District is an overlay district comprised of those areas identified as being subject to the one-hundred-year flood, as defined herein, the general intent of which is to minimize danger to public health and safety and damage to property by protecting water supply and natural drainage and encouraging the utilization of appropriate construction practices, in accordance with federal and state flood plain management requirements.
N. 
PRD Planned residential overlay. The PRD Planned Residential Overlay District is an overlay district designed in accordance with Article VII of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code, the general intent of which is to provide increased flexibility in the land development regulations of the Township in order to encourage development that recognizes advances in the theory and practice of site planning and in design and technology in the building industry, and that recognizes the demands in the housing market for a variety of housing types suited to the needs of households of different size and income.