It is the intent of this article to:
Set reasonable standards to assure sufficient parking capacity for the uses of land in the Township.
Provide flexibility in the implementation of these standards by permitting construction of a reduced number of parking spaces under the appropriate conditions.
Prevent hazards to public safety caused by the intrusion of parking upon public rights-of-way.
[Amended 9-21-2006 by Ord. No. 556]
General. The parking spaces and access driveways shall be laid out in a safe and efficient method that takes into account the location of access to the property, loading areas, pedestrian circulation and any drive-through facilities.
Existing parking. Structures and uses in existence at the effective date of this section shall not be subject to the requirements of this article, provided that the kind of use is not changed or expanded and that any parking facility now serving such structures or uses shall not in the future be reduced to an amount less than that required by this chapter.
Changes in use. Whenever a building or use is changed or enlarged in floor area, number of employees, number of dwellings, seating capacity or otherwise to create a need, based upon the requirements of § 143-71 for an increase of 10% or more in the number of existing parking spaces, the number of total spaces to be provided shall be based upon the total parking that would be required for the entire existing and proposed use.
Conflict with other uses. No parking area shall be used for any other use that interferes with its availability for the parking need it is required to serve. Required parking spaces shall not be used for storage or display of materials or vehicles for sale.
Location of parking. Required off street parking spaces shall be on the same lot or abutting lot with the principal use served.
Required spaces for various uses.
[Amended 9-4-2014 by Ord. No. 617; 3-15-2018 by Ord. No. 654]
If the number of spaces required by § 143-71 above is substantially larger than the number anticipated by the applicant, reserve parking may be used in accordance with the following criteria:
Up to 25% of the number of spaces required under this chapter may be placed in reserve.
A sufficient area must be set aside for construction of the reserved spaces, if and when they are deemed necessary by the Board of Supervisors. All stormwater engineering shall be designed based on total parking requirements, including the reserve.
Should the Township Zoning Officer subsequently decide on the basis of actual usage, or as a result of any change in the use, ownership, size of building or number of residents or employees that the parking as built is adequate, he shall require that the parking required to resolve the inadequacy shall be taken out of reserve and constructed in accordance with Township specifications.
The Zoning Officer may deny or revoke the use and occupancy permit of any use that fails to comply with these provisions.
The applicant may be required to provide a financial guaranty to cover the cost of engineering and installation of the reserved parking spaces, for a period of 10 months following installation of the initially guaranty must be approved by the Board of Supervisors upon the recommendation of the Township Solicitor and Engineer.
The parking spaces required under § 143-71 above may be reduced when two or more establishments share the same parking area, whether on the same lot or abutting lots, according to the following formula:
Calculate the minimum amount of parking required for each land use as if it were a separate use.
Calculate the column total for each time period.
The column total with the highest value is the shared parking requirement.
Properties found to have insufficient space for peak periods only may allow for parking on grass-lined pavers or other stabilized pervious surfaces for the purpose of accommodating temporary conditions at overflow. Use of pavers in a sand setting bed with permeable joints or of sand or partly pervious surface treatment is also acceptable when stormwater management is adequately addressed.