City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[Added 1-9-2019 by Ord. No. 5666]
A. 
Legislative intent.
(1) 
The purpose of the Business and Entertainment District (BE) is to encourage active uses and storefronts that enhance Easton's Downtown as a place to visit, do business, and stay for evening dining and entertainment.
(2) 
The Business and Entertainment District should encourage cultural events, vibrant commercial activity, dining, and entertainment establishments and venues. This District is considered the hub of local and regional festivals, events and intends to create a consistent stream of daytime and nighttime foot traffic from existing businesses and potential customers that sustain the district.
(3) 
Maintain or construct vertical multistory mixed-use buildings.
(4) 
Provide continuity between old and new in the built environment.
(5) 
Permit building design appropriate with the standards set forth by the Local Historic District Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 318.
(6) 
Permit land uses that increase opportunities for daytime, evening and weekend activities.
(7) 
Promote development that maintains an attractive streetscape.
(8) 
Support entrance and facade remodeling on downtown buildings that will contribute to the existing pedestrian environment.
(9) 
Permit housing and office opportunities on upper floors.
(10) 
Discourage development and uses that require storage, or drive-through lanes or drive-through windows.
B. 
Requirements.
(1) 
The minimum building height in the district is 50 feet and be designed to appear to be a minimum of five stories at the street.
(2) 
The build-to line shall be zero feet.
A. 
Uses permitted by right in the Business and Entertainment District are as follows:
(1) 
A12 Mixed residential/business.
(2) 
B1 Cultural activities and exhibitions.
(3) 
B2 Amusements.
(4) 
B4 Private social clubs.
(5) 
C1 Shopping gallery.
(6) 
C3 General Merchandise.
(7) 
C5 Eating and drinking places.
(8) 
D1 Information and data.
(9) 
D2 Finance, insurance, real estate.
(10) 
D3 Personal services.
(11) 
D4 Business services.
(12) 
D6 Professional services.
(13) 
D7 Administrative offices.
(14) 
D8 Hotel/Motel.
(15) 
F4 Publishing.
(16) 
F9 Computers and electronics.
(17) 
I1 Accessory amusements.
(18) 
I2 Accessory offices.
(19) 
I3 Accessory structure.
(20) 
I11 No impact home-based business.
A. 
Special exception uses are as follows:
(1) 
H5 Communications antennas.
The Table of Dimensional Criteria for the Business and Entertainment Overlay District (BE) is located at the end of this chapter.
A. 
Shall be located behind the principal structure.
A. 
Article XXXV, Context Sensitive Design Standards, shall not apply in this district.
B. 
The following design standards shall apply:
(1) 
All new building construction shall utilize the entire lot for building(s) and accessory uses.
(2) 
Building design:
(a) 
The build-to line shall be zero feet. The build-to line shall apply to the first four stories of the building height. Additional stories may be set back 10 feet beyond the build-to line.
(b) 
Primary entrances shall be located along the street front. Secondary entrances may be located at the side or rear of building.
(c) 
The first floor use shall have a commercial or office component visible to the public from the front facade. Such space shall be located along the primary facade for depth of at least 40 feet and have direct pedestrian entry from the street.
(d) 
Building height:
[1] 
Buildings shall have a minimum height of 50 feet and be designed to appear to be a minimum of four stories at the street.
[2] 
Maximum building height shall be 125 feet.
[a] 
An additional 15 feet is permitted at street intersections.
[3] 
Additional height is permitted at gateway and corner locations for architectural features, such as clock towers, spires, statues, or public art.
(e) 
Any new building that exceeds 40 feet in width shall be designed with vertical bays formed by pilasters, windows, panels and other projections or recesses. Fenestration shall be vertical in orientation.
(f) 
Corner buildings are considered to be anchor buildings in the City's downtown districts. Building design and front door placement shall be appropriately anchored to a street corner.
(g) 
A minimum of 60% of the first floor of the primary facade shall be window surface area. No more than 20% of such window surface area shall be blocked by interior fixtures and/or signs.
(3) 
Building design must promote enhanced pedestrian accessibility, active uses and amenities on the streets, public areas and rights-of-way in this district. New sidewalks and crosswalks proposed are intended to extend from and into existing sidewalks and crosswalks.
(4) 
Streetscape or landscape enhancements, including but not limited to fencing, sitting walls, brick pavers, and other hardscape elements must be included within a landscaping plan.
(5) 
Chain link fences are not permitted.
(6) 
The building and site design shall be reviewed by the Historic District Commission and shall receive a certificate of appropriateness.
A. 
Off-street parking is not required in the Business and Entertainment District.
B. 
The applicant shall provide the City with employee and tenant parking information including:
(1) 
Estimate of employees during peak business hours.
(2) 
Employee parking agreements with building tenants.
(3) 
Residential parking plan.
(4) 
Plans for valet program, as applicable.
A. 
Communications facilities, including communications antennas mounted on an existing public utility transmission tower, building or other structures and existing communications towers and communications equipment buildings, shall meet the requirements of Part 6, ARTICLE XL, Communications Facility Regulations.
B. 
Requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.