Township of Upper Chichester, PA
Delaware County
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The purpose of this district is to allow a variety of industrial uses as a matter of right and larger-scale more-intense industrial uses by special exception. Special development regulations relating to buffering, screening and landscaping are included to minimize the environmental impact of industrial establishments on adjacent neighborhoods and to assure sound development and appearance within the Industrial District.
Land, buildings or premises shall be used by right for one or more of the following uses:
A. 
Office or office building.
B. 
Laboratory.
C. 
Wholesale, distribution or warehouse facility.
D. 
Printing, publishing, photo finishing, lithographing and binding.
E. 
Manufacturing, compounding, assembly, processing, and, where applicable, service distribution of the following types of items:
(1) 
Products such as candy, drugs and food products (excluding meat and fish and processing of beverages but permitting the distribution of beverages).
(2) 
Electrical or electronic equipment, such as appliances and equipment not in excess of 50 cubic feet.
(3) 
Measuring and scientific precision instruments and equipment, clocks, watches, jewelry, cameras and business machines.
(4) 
Articles or merchandise from previously prepared materials.
F. 
Light metal processes, including metal finishing, grinding, polishing and heat treatment, metal cutting and extrusion of small products such as costume jewelry and pins.
G. 
Laundry service and cleaning and dyeing facility.
H. 
Machines, plumbing, heating, upholstery, carpentry, electrical, welding or similar type of shop or facility.
I. 
Mail order business or facility.
J. 
Radio and television station.
K. 
Building materials storage and sales.
L. 
Gasoline service station, including self-service station, subject to § 600-177.
M. 
Trucking facility.
N. 
Automotive and truck sales, service and repair, including body repair, painting, towing, varnishing, undercoating and detailing.
O. 
Rental storage facility.
P. 
Government or public utility use or building.
Q. 
Cold storage plant, frozen food plant and lockers.
R. 
Industrial park, consisting only of uses enumerated in Subsections A through Q above.
The following uses shall be permitted by special exception, subject to the provisions of Articles XXI and XXV, as the specific sections listed below:
A. 
Cemetery, subject to §§ 600-182 and 600-183.
B. 
Wireless communications facility subject to the requirements of § 600-187.
C. 
Any use of the same general character as the uses above as determined by the Zoning Hearing Board.
The following shall be permitted as conditional uses, subject to Article XXII and the provisions cited below:
A. 
Storage of petroleum or petroleum products or fuel oil for sale and distribution, excluding gasoline and other highly volatile or explosive fluids.
B. 
Chemical processes not involving noxious odors or danger from fire or explosion; compounding of perfumes and pharmaceutical products.
C. 
Manufacturing, processing, assembly, service testing, and repair of goods, products or materials which are larger, more intense or produce greater impact than the uses permitted by right in § 600-78, but, provided that such facilities, processes or operations are demonstrated by the applicant not to be materially injurious or offensive to the occupant and the Township as a whole by the emission or creation of noise, vibration, smoke, dust or other particulates, toxic or noxious materials, odors, fire, explosive hazards, heat or glare and are in full compliance with Article XXIII relating to performance standards.
D. 
Processing facility, subject to § 600-194.
The following accessory uses shall be permitted:
A. 
Storage within a completely enclosed structure in conjunction with a permitted use.
B. 
Outdoor storage, provided the area used for such storage is located in the rear yard and is completely screened from adjoining nonindustrial properties by a solid fence or wall not less than six feet in height. No materials shall be stored in a manner to project above the fence or wall with the exception of vehicles and mechanical equipment.
C. 
Cafeteria, dining hall or similar facility for the exclusive use of the occupants and employees of the building.
D. 
Recreation area for employees.
E. 
Living quarters for watchmen or caretakers.
F. 
Parking, subject to Article XVIII.
G. 
Signs, subject to Article XIX.
H. 
Satellite antenna, subject to § 600-167.
I. 
Any accessory use on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses and not detrimental to the area.
Unless specifically stated otherwise, the following shall be minimum requirements:
A. 
Lot area: two acres.
B. 
Lot width at building line: 200 feet.
C. 
Front yard: 100 feet.
D. 
Side yards: 50 feet each.
E. 
Rear yard: 75 feet.
F. 
Building coverage: 30% maximum (principal and accessory buildings).
G. 
Impervious surface area: 75%.
H. 
Height: 50 feet.
I. 
Industrial park: tract area of 20 acres and tract width of 300 feet.
A. 
Buffering, screening and landscaping.
(1) 
Prior to the use, development or expansion of a building or facility in this district in areas where such use abuts a residential district or use, a buffer area or zone shall be provided on the industrial property at its boundary with the residential use or district. The width of such buffer area shall be no less than 50 feet. No buildings or parking shall be permitted in the buffer area.
(2) 
There shall be a planted visual screen within the buffer area required in § 600-83A(1) above, immediately between any industrial use or facility and any residential use or district.
(3) 
In industrial parks, there shall be a landscaped planting area not less than four feet in width at the front and at one other side of any principal building hereafter erected.
(4) 
All requirements in §§ 600-171 and 600-172 relating to landscaping and screening, respectively, shall be followed where applicable.
B. 
Access.
(1) 
All accessways to any public street shall be hereafter located not less than 250 feet from the intersection of any other public street lines and shall be designed so as to provide safe and convenient ingress and egress.
(2) 
No industrial use shall be hereafter located so as to have access to or from a local street.
(3) 
Access roads carrying nonresidential traffic, especially truck traffic, shall not be extended to the boundaries of adjacent residential properties or residentially zoned areas.
C. 
Parking and loading.
(1) 
Parking and loading shall be in accordance with Article XVIII.
(2) 
Parking shall be permitted in required yards, provided that such parking is at no point closer than 10 feet to a right-of-way line or a principal building.
D. 
Signs. Signs shall be in accordance with Article XIX.
E. 
Illumination. All spaces between buildings and all parking, loading and unloading, access and service areas shall be adequately illuminated at night. Such illumination, including sign lighting, shall be arranged so as to protect the surrounding streets and adjoining properties from direct glare or hazardous interference of any kind.
F. 
Storage and waste disposal.
(1) 
No highly flammable or explosive liquid, solid or gas shall be stored in bulk above the ground, with the exception of tanks or drums of fuel directly connecting with energy devices, heating devices or appliances located on the same lot as the tanks or drums of fuel. Aboveground tanks shall be surrounded by a dike or moat as a safeguard to adjacent facilities.
(2) 
All outdoor storage facilities for fuel, raw materials and products, and all fuel, raw materials and products stored outdoors shall be enclosed by a fence that is a minimum of six feet in height.
(3) 
No materials or wastes shall be deposited upon a lot in such a form or manner that they may be transferred off the lot by natural causes or forces.
(4) 
All materials or wastes that might cause fumes or dust or that constitute a fire hazard or that may be edible or otherwise attractive to rodents or insects shall be stored outdoors only in closed containers, adequate to eliminate such hazards.
(5) 
Trailers, shipping containers or vehicles may be used for storage purpose, provided that such trailers or vehicles are located in the rear yard and are effectively screened from public streets. A permit must be obtained from the Township prior to using trailers or vehicles for storage purposes for three or more consecutive days.
A. 
Each building shall be designed so as to minimize its industrial appearance and shall, insofar as practicable, afford minimum external evidence of the operation conducted therein.
B. 
All utilities shall be placed underground.
In accordance with Article XXIII.
See latest adopted Upper Chichester Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance[1] and the definition of "land development" in Article I of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code (MPC).[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 505, Subdivision and Land Development.
[2]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10101 et seq., and particularly 53 P.S. § 10107, Definitions.
[Added 3-8-2018 by Ord. No. 721]
A. 
The Zoning Officer of Upper Chichester Township may issue a temporary use permit for a business trailer as defined above.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 600-9, Definitions.
B. 
Such uses are declared to be temporary uses that may be approved, upon application, by the Zoning Officer of Upper Chichester Township subject to his judgment as regards to the following:
(1) 
The proposed business trailer would not have a detrimental effect upon the use of neighboring properties;
(2) 
The business trailer would not be contrary to the general welfare of Upper Chichester Township;
(3) 
The duration of the permit for the business trailer shall be determined by the Zoning Officer of Upper Chichester Township consistent with its intended use, but in no event may a permit be approved for more than a twelve-month period.
(4) 
A temporary use application, as provided by Upper Chichester Township, must be completed by the applicant before any permit shall be issued.