Township of Lower Providence, PA
Montgomery County
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[Amended 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 556]
A. 
Legislative intent:
(1) 
To recognize and to preserve existing agricultural lands, prime agricultural soils, and existing open space.
(2) 
To protect environmentally sensitive area such as steep slopes, floodplains, wetlands, streams and densely wooded areas.
(3) 
To steer additional residential growth away from the R-1 District to areas closer to community facilities and services.
(4) 
To recognize areas that would be difficult and expensive to extend sewer and water lines to because of pumping station costs and that limited water and sewer capacity is unlikely to be available in the foreseeable future.
(5) 
To avoid nuisance complaints against farmers from new residents by not encouraging dense residential growth near active large farms or livestock operations.
(6) 
To promote preserved farmland or open space within the Township.
B. 
In an R-1 Residential District, the following regulations shall apply.
[Amended 6-20-2002 by Ord. No. 469; 9-19-2002 by Ord. No. 472; 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 556]
A building or group of buildings may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following uses and no other:
A. 
Single-family detached dwellings only.
B. 
Accessory uses and buildings/structures.
[Amended 10-20-2011 by Ord. No. 602]
(1) 
Accessory uses as defined in § 143-6, as limited by §§ 143-19A and 143-27.
(2) 
Accessory buildings/structures as defined in § 143-6, as limited by §§ 143-19B and 143-27.
C. 
Any use as permitted by right in Articles VII and XXVI and by conditional use.
D. 
Conditional uses.
[Added 4-7-2011 by Ord. No. 600]
(1) 
A Phase 2 outdoor wood-fired boiler may be permitted by the Board of Supervisors as a conditional use, provided the standards of §§ 143-80 and 143-288 are met.
[Amended 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 556]
A. 
Site area or building lot area.
(1) 
The minimum building lot size shall be 65,000 square feet, and the minimum lot width shall be 195 feet.
(2) 
Each building/structure shall have yards of at least the following distance from the property line:
[Amended 10-20-2011 by Ord. No. 602[1]]
(a) 
Front yard: 50 feet.
(b) 
Side yards: 50 feet.
(c) 
Rear yard: 60 feet.
[1]
Editor’s Note: This ordinance also repealed former Subsection A(3), regarding accessory buildings under 250 square feet, which immediately followed, and redesignated former Subsection A(4) and (5) as Subsection A(3) and (4), respectively.
(3) 
Maximum total building coverage for each lot: 15%.
(4) 
Maximum total impervious coverage for each lot: 35%.
B. 
Buildings. Buildings shall be located and constructed so as to provide a maximum height not to exceed 35 feet.
C. 
Parking. A minimum of two off-street parking spaces shall be required for each dwelling unit.
Site development within an R-1 District shall be in conformance with an overall plan for locating buildings and structures, providing for safe and efficient circulation of vehicles and pedestrians, preservation and extension of the natural amenities of the site and providing for the continued maintenance of the land and improvements thereon. Design and the operation and maintenance of the site and improvements shall meet at least the minimum standards and requirements set of in § 143-28H and I of this chapter.