Township of Lower Southampton, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 558, 9/4/2012]
Off-street parking spaces shall be provided and satisfactorily maintained in accordance with the following provisions for each use established, erected, enlarged or altered for any of the following purposes in any district. Where the computation of required parking space results is a fractional number, it shall be rounded up to the next higher number. Handicap parking shall be required in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
A. 
Use 1: Agriculture. No required parking unless there is retail sale of farm products, in which case adequate off-road parking shall be provided for patrons.
B. 
Use 2: Lawn and garden center. One space per 1,000 square feet of gross sales area.
C. 
Uses 3, 4, 5, 6, 7: All residential. Three spaces per dwelling unit. Garage spaces do not count as required parking spaces.
C.1. 
Use 3A: Sober living facility. Two spaces per dwelling unit. Garage spaces do not count as required parking spaces. One additional off-street parking space shall be provided for each nonresident staff person. One additional off-street parking space shall be provided for each additional two residents over five, unless demonstrated that such individuals are incapable or not permitted to operate a motor vehicle during the period of residency.
[Added by Ord. 575, 9/28/2016]
D. 
Use 8: Place of worship. Ten off-street parking spaces for each 1,000 square feet of gross square foot area.
E. 
Use 9: Public or private school:
(1) 
Kindergarten, elementary and middle school. One space for every teacher and employee, plus one space per every one classroom.
(2) 
High school. One space for every teacher and employee, plus one space per every 10 students of school capacity.
(3) 
Additional parking shall be required to accommodate special events, athletic meets, and other school activities. The amount shall be determined in consultation with the Board of Supervisors.
F. 
Use 10: Library or museum. One space per 500 square feet of gross floor area available for patron use.
G. 
Use 11: Public recreational facility. To be determined by Board of Supervisors based on facility use and design.
H. 
Use 12: Private club or lodge. One space for each 100 square feet of total floor area.
I. 
Use 13: Community center. One space for each 100 square feet of total floor area.
J. 
Use 14: Day-care center, and Use 15: Adult day care. One space for every 200 square feet of gross floor area.
K. 
Use 16: Hospital campus. One space for every 250 square feet of gross floor area.
L. 
Use 17: Nursing home/personal care facility. One space for every three beds.
M. 
Use 20: Medical or dental office/clinic, and Use 34: Veterinarian office. One space per 250 square feet of gross floor area.
N. 
Use 21: Business, professional or governmental offices. One space for each 200 square feet of gross floor area.
O. 
All retail and consumer service uses, except for those uses where another parking requirement is specified. One space per 200 square feet of gross floor area.
P. 
Use 41: Large retail centers. One space per every 250 square feet of gross floor area.
Q. 
Use 26: Restaurant without liquor license. One off-street parking space per 100 square feet of gross floor area;
R. 
Use 26: Restaurant with liquor license. Two off-street parking space per 150 square feet of gross floor area.
S. 
Use 43: Banquet/catering facility. Twenty-five spaces per every 1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
T. 
Use 29: Mortuary or funeral home. One space for each 100 square feet of gross floor used or intended to be used in the operation of the establishment.
U. 
Use 30: Hotel. 1.25 off-street parking spaces for each rental room or suite.
V. 
Use 42: Bed-and-breakfast. One off-street parking space for each rental room or suite. If special events are permitted, parking to accommodate attendees, at a rate of one space per every two attendees of capacity, shall be provided.
W. 
Use 31: Indoor commercial entertainment, and Use 33: Adult business. One space for each 100 square feet of gross floor area.
X. 
Use 32: Outdoor commercial recreation. One space for each five persons of total capacity.
Y. 
Use 40: Kennel. One space for every 10 animals of capacity in the kennel.
Z. 
Use 35: Motor vehicle fueling station. One off-street parking space for every 100 square feet of gross floor area devoted to convenience commercial sales plus two off-street parking spaces for each service bay. Off-street parking spaces shall not be part of, nor interfere with, access to fueling pumps.
AA. 
Use 36: Car wash. One space per employee on duty at any one time, not counting those spaces required for a car wash for stacking area.
BB. 
Use 37: Motor vehicle sales. One off-street parking space for each 200 square feet of gross floor area plus four spaces for each service bay.
CC. 
Use 38: Motor vehicle repair garage. One off-street parking space for every 200 square feet of gross floor area devoted to retail activities, plus six off-street parking spaces for each service bay, plus one space for each employee. Spaces within service bays shall not be used to meet off-street parking requirements.
DD. 
Use 39: Trade or professional school. One off-street parking space per 100 square feet of gross floor area.
DD.1. 
Use 46: Smoke shop/smoking parlor. Two off-street parking spaces per 150 square feet of gross floor area.
[Added by Ord. 575, 9/28/2016]
EE. 
Use 47: Equipment rental or motor vehicle leasing. One space per 250 square feet of gross floor area.
FF. 
Use 48: Emergency services. For uses with a community room or training room, one space for every four persons of capacity.
GG. 
Use 49: Municipal uses. Off street parking shall be determined by the Board of Supervisors based on anticipated use for the type of facility involved.
HH. 
Use 50: Railway/transportation station. Off-street parking spaces as the Board of Supervisors shall determine adequate to serve customers, patrons, visitors, employees and vehicles normally parked on the premises.
II. 
Use 62: Truck terminal. Off-street parking spaces as the Board of Supervisors shall determine adequate to serve customers, employees, visitors and vehicles normally parked on the premises.
JJ. 
All industrial uses. One space per 3,000 square feet of gross floor area.
KK. 
Use 68: No-impact home-based business. No additional parking required.
LL. 
Use 69: Accessory office. One space for each employee, in addition to the spaces otherwise required for the primary residential use.
MM. 
Use 47A: medical marijuana dispensary. One space per 200 square feet of gross floor area.
[Added by Ord. 575, 9/28/2016]
NN. 
Use 47B: medical marijuana grower/processor. One space per 3,000 square feet of gross floor area.
[Added by Ord. 575, 9/28/2016]
[Ord. 558, 9/4/2012]
In order to prevent the establishment of a greater number of parking spaces than is actually required to serve the needs of nonresidential uses, the Zoning Officer may permit a reduction of parking space if the following conditions are satisfied:
A. 
The design of the parking lot, as indicated on the land development plan, must designate sufficient space to meet the parking requirements of this chapter. The plan shall also illustrate the layout for the total number of parking spaces and the stormwater management control measures required for the total number of parking spaces.
B. 
The reduction shall provide for the establishment of not less than 70% of the required number of parking spaces as specified in this chapter.
C. 
The balance of the parking area reserved shall not include areas for required buffer yards, setbacks, or areas which would otherwise be unsuitable for parking spaces due to the physical characteristics of the land or other requirements of this chapter. The developer shall provide a landscaping plan for the reserved area with the land development plan.
D. 
The developer shall enter into a written agreement with the Board of Supervisors guaranteeing that the additional parking spaces shall be provided at the developer's or owner's expense should it be determined that the required number of parking spaces are necessary to satisfy the need of the particular land development. This decision shall be made at the sole discretion of the Board of Supervisors.
E. 
At the time of the above-stated agreement, the developer or owner shall post securities to cover the cost of installing the required parking. The Board of Supervisors shall determine if the additional spaces shall be provided by the developer or if the area shall remain as open space.
[Ord. 558, 9/4/2012]
1. 
Existing parking. Structures and uses in existence at the date of adoption of this chapter shall not be subject to the requirements of this part so long as the kind or extent of use is not changed, and provided that any parking facility now serving such structures or uses shall not in the future be reduced below such requirements.
2. 
Conflict with other uses. No parking area shall be used for any use that interferes with its availability for the parking need it is required to serve.
3. 
Preferential parking for all alternative fuel vehicles.
[Amended by Ord. 587, 6/27/2018]
4. 
Shared parking. Two or more uses may provide for required parking in a common parking area if the total space provided is not less than the sum of the spaces required for each use individually. However, the number of spaces required in a common parking facility may be reduced below this total if it can be demonstrated to the Township that the hours or days of peak parking needed for the uses are different and that a lower total will provide adequately for all uses served by the facility.
Shared parking will be permitted under the following circumstances:
A. 
The uses subject to shared parking must be either part of a single lot, such as an office park, industrial park, or mixed-use development, or the uses must be on lots that are physically adjacent to each other, with cross easements or other arrangements that allow for shared driveways and shared parking.
B. 
Owners or applicants for all uses proposing to use the shared parking arrangement must provide written agreements in a form acceptable to the Township, outlining the terms of the shared parking arrangement.
C. 
Shared parking may be approved by the Zoning Officer.
5. 
Location of parking spaces. Required off-street parking spaces shall be on the same lot or premises with the principal use served. If this requirement cannot be met, then the size or capacity of the proposed use must be reduced so that all parking requirements can be met.
6. 
Off-site parking. Parking may be provided off site in accordance with the following requirements and only if approved as a conditional use by the Board of Supervisors:
A. 
The applicant shall provide an agreement in writing that the parking spaces are available and secured by lease or license, or the applicant shall provide proof of the availability of the required parking spaces which are not needed to meet the requirements of another use which can be used for parking purposes by the applicant.
B. 
This option may be used to meet up to 50% of the parking requirement.
C. 
The use for which off-site parking is provided shall be discontinued immediately upon loss of parking arrangements. Renewal of the lease or license shall be provided to the Township annually.
D. 
Off-site parking space arrangements are permitted only where the off-site parking is located no more than 200 feet from the property line of the use it serves and only for nonresidential uses, or in the case where safe, protected pedestrian pathways are provided, the distance may be extended to 300 feet from the property line.
7. 
Maintenance of parking areas. All parking areas shall be graded, surfaced with asphalt or other suitable material, and drained to the satisfaction of the Township to the extent necessary to prevent dust, erosion and/or flow across streets or other property. All off-street parking spaces shall be marked so as to indicate their location.
[Ord. 558, 9/4/2012]
Suitable and safe off-street loading shall be provided for every nonresidential structure which exceeds 10,000 square feet. Loading docks, truck accessways, clearances and turning radii shall be shown on all land development or zoning permit applications. If it is determined that the use will be served by trucks for loading and unloading, then loading spaces on site shall be provided in accordance with need. No on-street loading or unloading is permitted.