Township of Richmond, PA
Tioga County
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[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 200]
The purpose of the Agricultural Residential District is to provide for development of the broadest possible range of compatible uses in an orderly manner: (1) Allowing more intensive development and high population densities in those areas where public services are or will be most readily available; and (2) restricting development in those areas which, due to natural conditions, present a direct threat to the health and safety of persons and property.
[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 201]
For the purposes of this chapter, the land area within Richmond Township, Tioga County, Pennsylvania, is divided into an Agricultural Residential (AR), Commercial (C-1), and Manufacturing (M-1) uses.
[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 202; as amended by Ord. 3-81, 12/7/1981, § 1]
A lot or parcel may be used and a building or structure may be erected and used for any of the following purposes:
1. 
Principal Uses.
A. 
Single-family detached dwellings including individual mobile homes; providing, mobile homes are placed on a concrete pad or permanent foundation wall and skirted and has minimal landscaping conforming to nearby residences.
B. 
Agricultural uses.
C. 
Parks, playgrounds and other recreational uses.
[Amended by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
D. 
Educational and religious uses.
E. 
Municipal and civic buildings, libraries, museums, fire and police stations.
F. 
Private clubs, lodges, recreational buildings or properties, but not including fraternities or sororities.
G. 
Home occupations and professional offices as a subsidiary and subordinate use to residential units.
H. 
Mobile home parks subject to the Richmond Township Mobile Home Park Ordinance [Chapter 14].
I. 
Stables for boarding horses, horseback riding academies, horseback riding areas, horse trail riding facilities, and livery stables.
[Added by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
2. 
Minimum Lot Requirements. [See Part 10]
[Ord. 2-80 11/17/1980, § 203; as amended by Ord. 3-81, 12/7/1981, § 2; by Ord. 2-84, 11/5/1984, § 100; by Ord. 1-87, 8/3/1987; by Res. 2-87, 3/2/1987; by Res. 3-88, 3/7/1988; by Ord. 1-92, 5/5/1992, §§ 1, 3; by Ord. 4-92, 5/5/1992; by Ord. 4-98, 4/7/1998; by Ord. 5-98, 7/7/1998; by Ord. 8-98, 10/6/1998; by Ord. 2-99, 6/14/1999, § 1; by Ord. 1B-05, 11/1/2005; by Ord. 3-09, 12/1/2009, § 2; by Ord. 1-11, 3/1/2011, § 3; by Ord. 2-11, 4/5/2011; and by Ord. 1A-12, 2/7/2012]
1. 
Boundaries of Commercial Zone.
A. 
The Commercial Zones are as follows:
(1) 
All lands 500 feet from the center of West Roosevelt Highway (SR-0006) from Mansfield Borough to Charlestown Township, including:
(a) 
All lands between West Roosevelt Highway and Richmond Township Hollow Road (T-491); and,
(b) 
All lands between West Roosevelt Highway and Richmond Township Cooper Road (T-499).
(2) 
All lands 500 feet from the center of East Roosevelt Highway (SR-0006) from Mansfield Borough to Sullivan Township.
(3) 
All lands bounded on the North by Canoe Camp Creek, on the South by SR 6015 (I-99) on the West by the Tioga River, on the East by a point 200 feet East of the center line of South Main Street (SR 0015) and parallel South 1,500 feet then continuing South to a point 1,050 feet East of the center line of South Main Street (SR 0015).
(4) 
All lands 500 feet from the center of the Harold B. Strait Memorial Highway (Mansfield Bypass) (SR-6015) from Spence Road to Tioga River.
(5) 
All lands 500 feet from the center of Valley Road (T-498) starting at a point 1,950 west of the intersection of East Mulberry Hill Road (T732) and Valley Road (T-498) and continuing west for 1,500 feet.
(6) 
All lands 500 feet from the center of Lambs Creek Road (SR-1001) from Mann Creek Heights Road (T-542) to the entrance of the Lambs Creek Recreation Area.
(7) 
All lands bounded by the North Mansfield Borough line, the Harold B. Strait Memorial Highway (Mansfield Bypass) (SR-6015) and the Tioga River.
(8) 
All lands bounded on the south by Canoe Camp Creek and Westgate Road (T-770), on the west by the Tioga River, on the north by Mansfield Borough, on the east from a point on the Mansfield Borough line 500 feet east of the center of South Main Street (SR-0015) continuing south, parallel to South Main Street (SR-0015) to a point 500 feet south of the south side of Kable Acres Subdivision, then east, parallel to Kable Acres to a point at the southeast corner of Kable Acres, then to a point on Westgate Road (T-770) 660 feet east of the intersection of Canoe Camp Creek Road (SR-2027) and Westgate Road (T-770).
(9) 
The Commercial District is extended to involve lands owned by the Trask Family. The Commercial District is amended so that the north line of the Commercial District will be located 50 feet south of the south line of the Kable Acres Development.
(10) 
The Commercial District is extended to include an area located southeast of the intersection of Westgate Road and Canoe Camp Creek Road, extending from the current commercial line located on the north side of Westgate Road approximately 90 feet south, then west to Canoe Camp Creek, then following Canoe Camp Creek north to the current commercial line.
(11) 
All lands owned by Canoe Camp Development, LLC, containing 15.7 acres, more or less, and being identified as Tioga County Tax Parcel 29-09.00-064B-28.
B. 
Exceptions. (Reserved)
C. 
C-1 includes all AR uses.
2. 
Principal Permitted Uses.
[Amended by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
Animal hospitals and veterinary clinics
Arenas for public viewing of events i.e., sports, music concerts, horse shows, bull riding, etc.
Automobile service stations, including minor repairs only
Automobile, motorcycle and trailer sales
Bakeries, retail. Banks and other financial institutions
Barbershops and beauty parlors
Billiard parlors
Book and stationery stores
Carwash facilities
Cigar stores
Clothing and clothing accessory shops
Drugstores
Dry-cleaning and clothes-pressing establishments; provided no flammable cleaning agents are used
Dry goods and variety stores
Eating places and drinking places
Eating places, with or without drive up service
Electric substations (including transformers, switches and auxiliary apparatus)
Electricians
Fire and police stations
Florists
Food stores
Furniture stores
Hardware stores
Hotels and motels
Household appliance stores
Interior decorating shops
Kennels for the boarding of dogs
Laundries, hand or automatic self-service
Locksmiths
Music, radio and television stores with no loudspeakers broadcasting on to street
Newsstands
Offices; business, professional and governmental
Paint stores
Parking lots and garages
Pet shops
Photographic equipment and supply stores and photo-developing and printing establishments
Photographic studios
Plumbers
Post office
Repair shops, including musical instruments, radio, television and household appliances, typewriters and umbrellas
Social halls, lodges, clubs
Sporting and athletic goods stores
Storage and warehousing facilities
Tailors and furriers, custom
Theaters
Upholsterers
Variety shops
Water and sewer pumping stations serving a local area
3. 
Accessory Uses.
Private parking and loading
Signs as regulated in § 27-306
Other accessory uses customarily appurtenant to a permitted use
[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 204; as amended by Ord. 3-81, 12/7/1981; by Ord. 2-84, 11/5/1984, § 200; and by Ord. 1B-05, 11/1/2005]
1. 
Boundaries of I-1 Zone.
A. 
Bounded on the north by Mansfield Borough; on the south by Spencer Road; on the east by the Tioga River; and on the west by the Harold B. Strait Memorial Highway (Mansfield Bypass) (SR 6015).
B. 
Bounded on the north by SR 6015; on the south by Covington Township; on the east by SR 6015 (I99) to Covington Township; and on the west by the Tioga River.
2. 
Principal Permitted Uses.
[Amended by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
All C-1 and AR permitted uses
Automobile, motorcycle and trailer sales
Automobile, truck trailer and motorcycle repairs, including major repairs
Automobile laundries
Adult entertainment - with no advertisement visible from the highway or adjacent property
Building material yards, roofing
Carpentry, including custom woodworking and custom furniture making
Carpet and rug cleaning
Dry cleaning and dyeing
Electrical, glazing, heating, painting, paperhanging, roofing and ventilating contractors
Fuel, ice, oil, coal and wood, open or enclosed
Household and office equipment and machinery repairs
Kennels and pounds
Kennels; provided no such use shall be located closer to any "R" District boundary line than 300 feet
Laundries
Linen, towel and diaper service suppliers
Machinery rental and sales
Mirror silvering and glass cutting
Monument works, open or enclosed
Movies, motels, miniature golf courses, trampoline centers and similar uses
Nurseries and greenhouses
Packing and crating
Sign painting
Silver plating and repair, custom only
Tool, die and pattern making, other similar small machine shops
Trade and other similar schools
Trucking terminals and motor freight stations
Wholesale office and showrooms, including storage
Manufacturing, limited to the following processes and products:
Advertising displays
Automobile and metal appliance manufacturing and assembly, structural steel fabricating shops, machine shops, forges and foundries
Awnings, Venetian blinds and window shades
Bakeries, brick or pottery manufacturing
Books, hand-binding and tooling
Electric and electronic instruments and devices, such as television, radio and phonograph equipment
Food products, pharmaceuticals and the like, but not including production of fish or meat products, sauerkraut, vinegar or the like, or the rendering or refining of fats and oils
Hand-weaving and tapestries
Medical, dental and drafting instruments
Novelty products from the following: bone, canvas, cork, feathers, felt, fur, glass, hair, horn, plastics and shells
Optical goods and equipment, watches, clocks, and other similar precision instruments
Printing and newspaper publishing, including engraving and photoengraving
Soldering and welding shops
Stone or monument works
Manufacturing, assembly or packing of products from previously prepared materials, such as cloth, plastic, paper, leather, precious or semi-precious metals or stone
Outdoor skating rinks
Public and institutional uses
Radio-television transmission or receiving towers and facilities
Railroad yards and freight stations
[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 206; as amended by Ord. 3-81, 12/7/1981, §§ 5 & 6; by Ord. 4-95, 9/5/1995; and by Ord. 1-11, 3/1/2011, § 1]
The following uses are permitted as special exceptions upon approval by the Zoning Hearing Board, subject to the regulations and procedures of this chapter.
1. 
Principal Uses.
A. 
Single-family semi-detached dwellings; two-family semidetached dwellings; townhouses; multiple dwelling apartments; and fraternities and/or sororities.
B. 
Nursing homes, clinics, hospitals, sanitariums and funeral homes are permitted as special exceptions when the Zoning Hearing Board finds, after a public hearing, that such uses will not create hazardous conditions and will meet the following requirements:
(1) 
The lot contains a minimum frontage of 150 feet and an area of one acre (43,560 square feet).
(2) 
The architecture of the structure is in keeping with the general residential character of the neighborhood.
C. 
Antenna support structures in excess of 30 feet and incidental structures.
D. 
Semi-permanent residence is commonly referred to as "man camps" which may involve camping trailers, recreational vehicles or double-wide mobile living units set on gravel.
E. 
Natural gas compressor stations and metering stations.
[Added by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
2. 
No use shall be permitted as a special exception unless such uses are found to comply with the following requirements and other applicable requirements of this chapter:
A. 
The use is a permitted special exception.
B. 
The use is designed, located and proposed to be operated so the public health, safety, welfare and convenience will be protected.
C. 
The use will not cause substantial injury to the value of other property in the neighborhood where it is to be located.
D. 
The use shall be compatible with adjoining development and the proposed character of the zone district where it is to be located.
E. 
Adequate landscaping and screening are provided as required by this chapter.
F. 
Adequate off-street parking and loading are provided and ingress and egress are designed to cause minimum interference with traffic on abutting streets.
G. 
The use conforms with all applicable regulations governing the zone district where located, except as may otherwise be determined for large-scale development.
[Ord. 2-80, 11/17/1980, § 207; as amended by Ord. 3-81, 12/7/1981, § 7]
1. 
General Regulations.
A. 
Off-street parking, loading and unloading facilities shall be provided to lessen congestion in the streets. The facilities required herein shall be available throughout the hours of operation of the particular business or use for which such facilities are provided. As used herein, the term "parking space" includes either covered garage space or uncovered parking lot space located off the public right-of- way.
B. 
All parking spaces shall be ample in size for the vehicles for which use is intended and not less than 10 feet wide by 20 feet long.
C. 
Parking spaces may be located on a lot other than that containing the principal use.
D. 
Lighting. Any lighting used to illuminate any off-street parking area shall be so arranged as to reflect the light away from adjoining premises and public right-of-way.
2. 
Parking Facilities. Any structure or building hereafter erected, converted, or enlarged for any of the following uses, or any open area hereafter used for commercial purposes, shall be provided with not less than the minimum spaces, as set forth below, which spaces shall be readily accessible to the uses served thereby.
A. 
Residential Parking.
(1) 
All residential units shall be provided with two off- street parking spaces per dwelling unit.
(2) 
Apartment units shall be provided with a minimum of one parking space per dwelling unit.
(3) 
Boarding or rooming houses, hotels, motels and tourist houses. At least one parking space for each guest room. If a restaurant in connection with the above is open to the public, the off-street parking facilities shall not be less than those required for restaurants, in addition to those required for guest rooms.
B. 
Commercial Parking.
(1) 
Retail stores and other places for trade or business. One vehicle space for each 200 square feet of floor area, or a fraction thereof, for public use.
(2) 
Food markets or grocery stores. One vehicle parking space for each 100 square feet, or fraction thereof, of floor area for public use.
(3) 
Restaurants, tearooms and cafeterias including taprooms, taverns and night clubs. One vehicle space for each 50 square feet, or fraction thereof, of floor area for public use.
(4) 
Bowling alley. Five vehicle spaces for each alley.
(5) 
Office building. At least one parking space for each 200 square feet of floor area, or fraction thereof, and one for each employee on the largest shift.
(6) 
Public garages, automobile and gasoline service stations. At least one parking space for each 200 square feet of floor area, or fraction thereof, devoted to repair or service facilities, and one space for each employee on the largest shift. This shall be in addition to the space allocated for the normal storage of motor vehicles.
(7) 
Hospitals and sanitariums. At least one parking space for each three beds. Such spaces shall be in addition to those necessary for doctors, administrative personnel and other regular employees. One parking space shall be provided for each employee on the largest shift.
(8) 
Other commercial buildings. At least one parking space for each 400 square feet of floor area, or fraction thereof, except when otherwise authorized as a special exception consistent with the principals set forth herein for comparable buildings.
(9) 
Dance halls, roller rinks, clubs, lodges and other similar places. At least one parking space for each 200 square feet of floor area.
(10) 
Swimming pool. At least one parking space for each three persons for whom facilities for dressing are provided; or at least one parking space for every 12 square feet of water surface, including areas for swimming, wading and diving, whichever requirement is the greater.
(11) 
Open areas used for commercial purposes:
(a) 
Golf driving range. At least one parking space for each tee provided.
(b) 
Miniature golf. At least one parking space for each hole provided.
(c) 
Other open areas. At least one parking space for each 2,500 square feet of area or fraction thereof.
(12) 
Mortuaries, funeral homes and undertaking establishments. At least one parking space for each 100 square feet of floor area for public use. Such space shall be in addition to: (a) employee parking needs; and (b) a service area for mobile equipment, such as hearses and ambulances.
(13) 
Home occupations. At least one parking space for the resident, one parking space for each nonresident, and two parking spaces for each patron shall be required
[Amended by Ord. 01-2018, 2/6/2018]
C. 
Industrial Parking. These regulations shall apply to industrial expansion and industrial installations erected after the effective date of this chapter. Off-street parking shall be provided on the premises in accordance with the following schedule:
(1) 
Industrial and manufacturing establishments. One vehicle parking space for each two employees on the combined major and next largest shift.
(2) 
Truck terminals and wholesale warehouses. One parking space for each two employees on the combined major and next largest shift.
(3) 
Visitors and salesmen. Space shall be provided in addition to the above parking requirements according to specific needs.
(4) 
Loading and unloading spaces.
(a) 
In addition to the off-street parking space required above, any building erected, converted or enlarged shall provide adequate off-street area for loading and unloading of vehicles. The minimum size loading space shall be at least 50 feet in depth, 12 feet in width, with a minimum overhead clearance of 14 feet.
(b) 
Industrial establishments shall provide loading and unloading and commercial vehicle storage space adequate for their needs. This required space will be provided in addition to established requirements for patron and employee parking.
[Added by Ord. 01-2017, 12/5/2017]
1. 
Purpose. The purpose of the Energy Overlay District ("EOD") is:
A. 
To allow for uses within the Township that generate electricity in locations where fossil fuels such as natural gas and renewable energy resources are available.
B. 
To apply specific regulations to particular locations within the Township that warrant special consideration due to unique conditions.
C. 
To encourage the development of energy projects in areas of the Township while protecting and preserving the character of the surrounding properties by the imposition of the EOD regulations.
D. 
To promote economic development and energy independence within the Township.
2. 
Applicability. The EOD shall be located within land areas that contain a natural gas transmission or distribution line and high-voltage electrical transmission lines, or directly abut properties that contain a natural gas transmission or distribution line and high-voltage electrical transmission lines. The EOD shall be designated to be within such district on the Township Zoning Map. The EOD is an overlay zoning district to the underlying zoning district. When an applicant proposes development of a natural gas power plant under the EOD zoning, the provisions of the underlying zoning districts shall apply except where provisions of the EOD differ from provisions of other sections of the Zoning Ordinance or other Township ordinances regarding the same or of a closely similar matter, in which case the provision of the EOD shall govern.
3. 
Principal Permitted Uses. The following uses shall be permitted by right:
Construction and operation of natural gas power plants and accessory fuel yards, metering stations, switchyards and substations.
4. 
Dimensional Area, Coverage, and Parking Requirements.
A. 
Minimum Lot Size: 50 acres.
B. 
Maximum Lot Coverage: Not more than 60% of the lot area shall be covered with principal and accessory buildings excluding parking facilities, storage yards and lay down areas.
C. 
Maximum Building Height: The maximum height for buildings shall be 125 feet above grade excluding stacks, equipment and structures related to the operation and maintenance of the electrical generating facility.
D. 
Minimum Building Yard Setbacks: Each building and accessory building within an electrical generating facility in an EOD shall be governed by the following setbacks:
(1) 
Property lines, road rights-of-way: 200 feet from adjoining properties and public road rights-of-way.
(2) 
Residential structures or other occupied building: 750 feet from any existing residential structure not located on the project parcel or any school, church, hospital, or other occupied building.
(3) 
Water bodies: 200 feet to any water, perennial or intermittent stream or wetland.
E. 
Off-Street Parking: The minimum parking space shall be 10 feet in width by 20 feet in depth. One parking space for every two employees on the largest operating work shift shall be required for a use in the EOD.
F. 
Off-Street Loading. All uses in an EOD shall provide off-street loading, unloading and commercial vehicle storage space adequate to meet their needs. In no case shall a public right-of-way be used for loading, unloading or storage of commercial vehicles.
G. 
Signs. Signs shall be permitted in accordance with Part 11, Signs and Billboards, of the Zoning Ordinance.
H. 
Temporary Uses. Temporary lay down areas, contractor yards, and construction parking are permitted during construction of a natural gas power plant and accessory fuel yards, metering stations, switchyards and substations.
I. 
Noise Levels. Audible sounds from a natural gas power plant during normal operations shall not exceed a noise standard of 60 dbA at the property line of the lot upon which the natural gas power plant is operating, or the applicable standard imposed by state or federal law, whichever is less. The applicant and/or operator shall be responsible for certifying to the Richmond Township Planning Commission that it will not exceed this noise level prior to approval of the land development. Short periods of noise over and above the 60 dbA threshold during plant startup, maintenance, deliveries, loading and unloading of equipment, construction, or the like shall not be deemed a violation of this subsection.
J. 
Water Use and Testing. If on-site or off-site water wells (excluding existing public water supply wells) are utilized to supply water to the Natural Gas Power Plant, all domestic water wells situate upon other properties within 1,000 feet of a plant wellhead, or within 500 feet of the plant property line (whichever is greater) shall be monitored prior to startup of electrical generation operations and annually for a period of 10 years thereafter. Monitoring shall include both water quantity and quality. The plant owner/operator shall have an affirmative duty to investigate an allegation of a water well within this distance being adversely impacted by the plant operation. Any owner/operator who adversely affects a domestic water well by pollution or diminution shall restore or replace the affected supply with an alternate source of water adequate in both quantity or quality for the purposes served by the original well. The refusal of a property owner to permit testing of his/her water well shall relieve the owner/operator of any responsibility under this subsection.