Borough of Schwenksville, PA
Montgomery County
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Nothing herein contained shall be construed to render inoperative any enforceable restriction established by covenants running with the land, and which restrictions are not prohibited by or are not contrary to the regulations herein established.
A lot which is of record on the Borough Plan or of record title upon a plan or separately described in a deed and recorded in the office for the Recording of Deeds of Montgomery County (at Norristown) and which is in single and separate ownership at the time of the enactment of this chapter and where such owner does not own adjoining land or lots and where it is not financially feasible to acquire adjoining land or lots from other owners, such lot may be used for a use permitted in the district in which it is located upon a finding by the Zoning Hearing Board that the lot size is reasonably close to the minimum and maximum regulations required under this article and that owners of lots within 300 feet thereof, after 20 days notice and hearing, do not object or will not be adversely affected thereby.
No lot shall be so reduced that the area of the lot or the dimensions of the required open spaces shall be less than herein prescribed by this chapter.
Where an unimproved lot of record is situated on the same street frontage with two improved lots or one unimproved and one improved lot, the front yard requirement for that district may be modified so that the front yard shall be an average of the existing and as required front yard.
On any lot, no wall, fence, or other structure shall be erected, altered or maintained and no hedge, tree, shrub, or other growth shall be planted or maintained which will interfere with or obstruct vehicular or pedestrian vision at any intersection of streets or any street and crosswalk measured along the street center lines a distance of 75 feet from the intersection of streets.
Accessory uses authorized in this chapter shall include, but not by way of limitation, the following:
A. 
Uses accessory to agriculture:
(1) 
Greenhouses, roadside stand for sale of products produced on the premises; barn, preparation of products produced on the premises for use and the disposal thereof by marketing or otherwise.
(2) 
The keeping of horses, livestock, poultry or foul, other than pigs, provided that the premises shall contain not less than three acres and provided that all buildings, pastures, yards and portions of the premises used for said domestic animals, livestock, poultry or fowl shall be situated not less than 100 feet from any road line or property line of an adjoining lot.
B. 
Uses accessory to dwellings:
(1) 
Private garage, private parking space, private stables, barn, shelter for pets.
(2) 
Private greenhouses.
(3) 
Living quarters for household employees, caretakers or watchmen.
(4) 
Professional office or studio of a doctor, dentist, healer, teacher, artist, architect, landscape architect, musician, lawyer, engineer, magistrate or practitioner of a similar character, or rooms for the home occupations listed below, provided that office, studio or rooms are located in a dwelling in which the practitioner resides, or in a building accessory thereto, and provided, further, that no goods are publicly displayed on the premises.
(a) 
The following home occupations shall be allowed:
[1] 
Custom dressmaking, millinery, tailoring, sewing of fabric for custom apparel and custom home furnishing.
[2] 
Foster family care.
[3] 
Any office in which chattels or goods, wares or merchandise are not commercially created, exchanged or sold.
[4] 
Tutoring.
[5] 
Fine arts studio in which are created only individual works of art.
[6] 
Home day-care for not more than six children unrelated to the caregiver.
(b) 
The following regulations and standards shall apply:
[1] 
The area used for the practice of the above shall occupy no more than 15% of the gross floor area of the dwelling unit.
[2] 
No other persons except a resident of the dwelling shall practice the occupation herein.
[3] 
No more than two persons shall be employed by the practitioner to provide secretarial or clerical assistance.
[4] 
Two paved off-street parking spaces shall be required in addition to those required for residential dwelling use and shall not be located within the minimum front yard area prescribed for the district in which located.
(c) 
Uses authorized in this chapter as accessory to a dwelling shall not be deemed to include a business, hospital, clinic, animal hospital, barber shop, beauty shop, mortuary, other personal service shop, tearoom, hotel, or any similar use.
(5) 
Residential swimming pool for use of family and guests only.
(6) 
When authorized as a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board, and when accessory to a single-family detached dwelling only, one separate living area including cooking facilities may be provided for no more than two persons related to the principal occupant of the single-family detached dwelling by blood, marriage or adoption, provided that no change is made in the area covered by the building in which housed, and provided, further, that said use is registered with the Zoning Officer, subject to a written agreement, to be recorded, to remove said cooking facilities at the time said facilities are no longer utilized by said persons related to the principal occupant as aforesaid.
(7) 
Accessory structures (includes buildings).
[Amended 6-13-2002 by Ord. No. 314]
(a) 
The total ground floor area of all accessory buildings on any one lot shall not exceed 450 square feet, unless a greater floor area is authorized by approval of a conditional use by the Schwenksville Borough Council.
(b) 
The maximum height of all accessory buildings shall be 15 feet and not exceeding one story unless a greater height is authorized by approval of a conditional use by the Schwenksville Borough Council.
(c) 
Structures accessory to a permitted use shall not be permitted within the required front yard of a lot, and, with the exception of a detached garage, shall not be permitted on that portion of the lot between the principal building and the lot line that abuts a street right-of-way.
(d) 
On reverse frontage lot, structures accessory to a permitted use shall not be permitted within 25 feet of the rear lot line adjoining the right-of-way of the arterial or collector street.
(e) 
Where a district requires building setbacks from streets to which the district abuts or from property lines to which the district abuts, no structures accessory to a permitted use shall be permitted within the designated setback area.
(8) 
No trailer camp shall be permitted in any residential district.
(9) 
No-impact home-based occupation: a business or commercial activity administered or conducted as an accessory use which is clearly secondary to the use as a residential dwelling and involves no customer, client or patient traffic, whether vehicular or pedestrian, pickup, delivery, or removal functions to or from the premises in excess of those normally associated with a residential use. The following regulations and standards shall apply to the use:
[Added 6-12-2008 by Ord. No. 349]
(a) 
The business activity shall be compatible with the residential use of the property and surrounding residential uses.
(b) 
The business shall employ no employees other than family members residing in the dwelling.
(c) 
There shall be no display or sale of retail goods and no stockpiling or inventory of a substantial nature.
(d) 
There shall be no outside appearance of a business or commercial use, including, but not limited to, parking, signs, or illumination.
(e) 
The business activity may not use any equipment or process which creates noise, vibration, glare, fumes, odors, or electrical or electronic interference, including interference with radio or television reception, which is detectable in the neighborhood.
(f) 
The business activity may not generate any solid waste or sewage discharge in volume or type which is not normally associated with residential use in the neighborhood.
(g) 
The business activity shall be conducted only within the dwelling and may not occupy more than 25% of the habitable floor area.
(h) 
The business may not involve any illegal activity.
The Zoning Hearing Board may allow as a special exception the conversion of a single-family dwelling into a dwelling for a greater number of families, subject to the following requirements:
A. 
A petition in favor of such exception is filed with the Zoning Hearing Board, and a public hearing with all residents with frontage on the same street within 500 feet of the designated lot.
B. 
The lot area per family is not reduced thereby to an amount less than 75% of that required by this chapter for the district in which the designated lot is located.
C. 
The yard and building area requirements for the district in which the building is located shall not be reduced.
D. 
There is no external alteration of the building except as may be necessary for reasons of safety. Fire escapes and outside stairways shall, where practicable, be located to the rear of the building.
E. 
The Zoning Hearing Board shall specify the maximum number of families permitted to occupy such building and may prescribe such further conditions and restrictions as the Board may consider appropriate.
F. 
The off-street parking requirements of this chapter, or any other arrangements as deemed appropriate by the Zoning Hearing Board, are met.
G. 
The conversion shall be authorized only for a large dwelling with relatively little economic usefulness as a conforming use or for any other arrangement with the intent and purpose of this chapter which may be deemed appropriate by the Zoning Hearing Board.
Each and every lot shall abut a public street for a width of not less than the required lot width established by each zoning district or at least 50 feet at the right-of-way line, whichever is less.
[Amended 4-12-2007 by Ord. No. 341]
All new development shall be required to connect to public sewer and water, and provide the necessary infrastructure to do so.
No building and no part of a building shall be erected within or shall project into any required yard in any district, except that:
A. 
An unenclosed porch, not more that 14 feet in height, may be erected to extend into a required front or rear yard a distance of not more than 10 feet, provided that in no case shall it extend into such front or rear yard more than 1/2 of the required depth of the yard.
B. 
A terrace, platform, or landing place, not covered by a roof, canopy or trellis, which does not extend above the level of the first floor of the building, may be erected to extend into a required yard a distance of not more than 12 feet, provided that it shall not extend into such yard more than 40% of the required depth or width of the yard.
C. 
A port cochere, carport, may be erected over a driveway in a required side yard, provided that such structure is:
(1) 
Not more than 14 feet in height and 20 feet in length.
(2) 
Entirely open on at least three sides, exclusive of the necessary supporting columns and customary architectural features; and,
(3) 
At least three feet from the side lot line.
D. 
A buttress, chimney, cornice, pier or pilaster of a building may project not more than 18 inches into a required yard.
E. 
Open, unenclosed fire escapes, steps, bay windows and balconies may project not more than three feet into a required yard.
No fence or wall, except a retaining wall, or a wall of a building permitted under the terms of this chapter, over six feet in height, shall be erected within any of the open spaces required by this chapter unless that portion of the fence or wall which exceeds six feet in height has a ratio of open area to solid area of at least 4:1. The Zoning Hearing Board may authorize the erection of wails or fences of greater height in such cases as may be necessary to provide adequate protection, shielding or screening of open storage or equipment areas, if allowed in "C" Commercial.
[Amended 6-13-2002 by Ord. No. 314]
A. 
Except in the FP Floodplain Conservation District, an accessory-utility building (nonpermanent and without poured foundation) is permitted in all other districts, subject to the following:
(1) 
The total ground floor area of all accessory-utility buildings on any one lot shall not exceed 288 square feet unless a larger floor area is authorized by approval of a conditional use by the Schwenksville Borough Council;
(2) 
The maximum height of all accessory-utility buildings shall be 15 feet and not exceeding one story, unless a greater height is authorized by approval of a conditional use by the Schwenksville Borough Council; and
(3) 
The accessory-utility building shall be located to comply with the setbacks established as follows:
[Amended 7-14-2016 by Ord. No. 386]
(a) 
A residential accessory structure with a footprint smaller than 250 square feet shall not be constructed closer than five feet from any side or rear property line;
(b) 
A residential accessory structure with a footprint 250 square feet or larger and/or greater than 15 feet in height, and all commercial accessory structures, shall be required to meet the principal yard setbacks for the district in which it is located.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection B, which immediately followed, regarding waiving of the zoning permit fee, was repealed 7-14-2016 by Ord. No. 386.
A. 
Requirements. Regardless of the proposed land usage, any land area to be owned or managed by an association, residents' group, individual or any other organization shall first require the specific approval and execution of required agreements by the Borough Council
B. 
Purpose. The purpose of the agreements shall be to insure that all common use areas, including but not limited to parking, streets, open space and recreation, retention basins and utility services, shall be adequately protected and to release the Borough from any responsibility for such areas except as may have been agreed to.
C. 
Preliminary plan.
(1) 
The applicant of any proposed development in which common land areas are proposed shall at the time of submission of the preliminary plan delineate:
(a) 
The location and dimensions of land areas proposed for common usage.
(b) 
The size and specific use of each area.
(c) 
Which areas, if any, are proposed for public dedication.
(d) 
Type of ownership and management planned for the common land area.
(2) 
Borough Council, at the time of approval of the preliminary plan, shall indicate those areas, if any, it is willing to accept for dedication.
D. 
Final plan.
(1) 
For common land areas proposed for ownership other than by an individual or the Borough, the applicant shall, at the submission of the final plan, present documents creating and governing a property owners' organization and containing a declaration of covenants, restrictions, easements, charges and liens deemed necessary to own, manage and maintain the common land areas and any associated recreation facilities. All documents and terms relating to the association, organization or articles of incorporation shall be subject to the approval of the Borough Solicitor.
(2) 
The documents shall contain, as a minimum, the following essential provisions:
(a) 
Powers and duties in maintaining and administering common land areas.
(b) 
Membership and voting rights.
(c) 
Establishment of bond as required by Chapter 147, Subdivision and Land Development, of the Code of the Borough of Schwenksville, to guarantee the initial construction and installation of all recreation facilities within the open space areas.
(d) 
Rights and duties of the Borough of Schwenksville, members of the organization and other residents of any proposed development in the event of nonpayment or failure to perform. In any breach of covenant or restriction, or failure to maintain the common land areas in reasonable order or condition, the duly constituted organization, the Borough, and any other parties of interest shall be guided by the provisions of Section 705(d) of the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See 53 P.S. § 10705(d).
(e) 
The recording of any deed along with restrictions, and plan of common land areas identifying the improvements thereon, shall be executed by or on behalf of the interested parties before the sale of any land or the issuance of building permits.
The permanent removal of topsoil from any parcel of land within the Borough shall be prohibited, except as follows:
A. 
During actual construction of premises, that portion of the topsoil present which covers an area to be occupied by permanent structures or permanently located materials of an impervious nature may be considered excess and may be removed by the owner.
B. 
During regrading operations conducted upon premises, whether or not carried on in conjunction with on-site construction, excess topsoil remaining after restoring proper topsoil cover to the areas of the parcel upon which regrading operations were conducted may be removed by the owner.
[Added 9-14-2017 by Ord. No. 392[1]]
A. 
General and specific requirements for non-tower wireless communications facilities.
(1) 
The following regulations shall apply to all non-tower WCFs:
(a) 
Permitted in all zones subject to regulations. Non-tower WCFs are permitted in all zones subject to the restrictions and conditions prescribed below and subject to applicable permitting by the Borough.
(b) 
Nonconforming wireless support structures. Non-tower WCFs shall be permitted to co-locate upon nonconforming tower-based WCFs and other nonconforming structures. Co-location of WCFs upon existing tower-based WCFs is encouraged even if the tower-based WCF is nonconforming as to use within a zoning district.
(c) 
Standard of care. Any non-tower WCF shall be designed, constructed, operated, maintained, repaired, modified and removed in strict compliance with all current applicable technical, safety and safety-related codes, including but not limited to the most recent editions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Code, National Electrical Safety Code, and National Electrical Code. Any WCF shall at all times be kept and maintained in good condition, order and repair by qualified maintenance and construction personnel, so that the same shall not endanger the life of any person or any property in the Borough.
(d) 
Wind and ice. All non-tower WCF structures shall be designed to withstand the effects of wind gusts and ice to the standard designed by the American National Standards Institute as prepared by the engineering departments of the Electronics Industry Association, and Telecommunications Industry Association (ANSI/EIA/TIA-222, as amended).
(e) 
Aviation safety. Non-tower WCFs shall comply with all federal and state laws and regulations concerning aviation safety.
(f) 
Public safety communications. Non-tower WCFs shall not interfere with public safety communications or the reception of broadband, television, radio or other communication services enjoyed by occupants of nearby properties.
(g) 
Radio frequency emissions. A non-tower WCF shall not, by itself or in conjunction with other WCFs, generate radio frequency emissions in excess of the standards and regulations of the FCC, including but not limited to, the FCC Office of Engineering Technology Bulletin 65 entitled "Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields," as amended.
(h) 
Removal. In the event that use of a non-tower WCF is discontinued, the owner shall provide written notice to the Borough of its intent to discontinue use and the date when the use shall be discontinued. Unused or abandoned WCFs, or portions of WCFs, shall be removed as follows:
[1] 
All abandoned or unused WCFs and accessory facilities shall be removed within 60 days of the cessation of operations at the site unless a time extension is approved by the Borough.
[2] 
If the WCF or accessory facility is not removed within 60 days of the cessation of operations at a site, or within any longer period approved by the Borough, the WCF and/or associated facilities and equipment may be removed by the Borough and the cost of removal assessed against the owner of the WCF.
(i) 
Insurance. Each person that owns or operates a non-tower WCF shall provide the Borough with a certificate of insurance evidencing general liability coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and property damage coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence covering the non-tower WCF.
(j) 
Indemnification. Each person that owns or operates a non-tower WCF shall, at its sole cost and expense, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Borough, its elected and appointed officials, employees and agents, at all times against any and all claims for personal injury, including death, and property damage arising in whole or in part from, caused by or connected with any act or omission of the person, its officers, agents, employees or contractors arising out of, but not limited to, the construction, installation, operation, maintenance or removal of the non-tower WCF. Each person that owns or operates a non-tower WCF shall defend any actions or proceedings against the Borough in which it is claimed that personal injury, including death, or property damage was caused by the construction, installation, operation, maintenance or removal of a non-tower WCF. The obligation to indemnify, hold harmless and defend shall include, but not be limited to, the obligation to pay judgments, injuries, liabilities, damages, reasonable attorneys' fees, reasonable expert fees, court costs and all other costs of indemnification.
(k) 
Maintenance. To the extent permitted by law, the following maintenance requirements shall apply:
[1] 
The non-tower WCF shall be fully automated and unattended on a daily basis and shall be visited only for maintenance or emergency repair.
[2] 
Such maintenance shall be performed to ensure the upkeep of the facility in order to promote the safety and security of the Borough's residents.
[3] 
All maintenance activities shall utilize nothing less than the best available technology for preventing failures and accidents.
(2) 
The following regulations shall apply to all co-located non-tower WCFs, that do not substantially change the physical dimensions of the wireless support structure to which they are attached, and/or fall under the Pennsylvania Wireless Broadband Collocation Act:
(a) 
Building permit required. WCF applicants proposing the modification of an existing tower-based WCF shall obtain a building permit from the Borough. In order to be considered for such permit, the WCF applicant must submit a permit application to the Borough in accordance with applicable permit policies and procedures.
(b) 
Timing of approval for applications that fall under the WBCA. Within 30 calendar days of the date that an application for a non-tower WCF is filed with the Borough, the Borough shall notify the WCF applicant in writing of any information that may be required to complete such application. Within 60 calendar days of receipt of a complete application, the Borough shall make its final decision on whether to approve the application and shall advise the WCF applicant in writing of such decision. If additional information was requested by the Borough to complete an application, the time required by the WCF applicant to provide the information shall not be counted toward the Borough's sixty-day review period. The timing requirements in this section shall only apply to proposed facilities that fall under the Pennsylvania Wireless Broadband Collocation Act.
(c) 
Accessory equipment. Ground-mounted accessory equipment greater than three cubic feet shall not be located within 50 feet of a lot in residential use or zoned residential.
(d) 
Permit fees. The Borough may assess appropriate and reasonable permit fees directly related to the Borough's actual costs in reviewing and processing the application for approval of a non-tower WCF or $1,000, whichever is less.
(3) 
The following regulations shall apply to all non-tower WCFs that do substantially change the wireless support structure to which they are attached, or that otherwise do not fall under the Pennsylvania Wireless Broadband Collocation Act:
(a) 
Noncommercial usage exemption. Borough residents utilizing satellite dishes, citizen and/or band radios, and antennas for the purpose of maintaining television, phone, and/or Internet connections at their respective residences shall be exempt from the regulations enumerated in this section.
(b) 
Prohibited on certain structures. No non-tower WCF shall be located on single-family detached residences, single-family attached residences, twin-homes, duplexes, or any residential accessory structure.
(c) 
Conditional use authorization required. Any WCF applicant proposing the construction of a new non-tower WCF, or the modification of an existing non-tower WCF, shall first obtain a conditional use authorization from the Borough. New constructions, modifications, and replacements that do fall under the WBCA shall not be subject to the conditional use process. The conditional use application shall demonstrate that the proposed facility complies with all applicable provisions in the Schwenksville Borough Zoning Ordinance.
(d) 
Historic buildings. No non-tower WCF may be located upon any property, or on a building or structure, that is listed on either the National or Pennsylvania Registers of Historic Places, or is listed on the official historic structures and/or historic districts list maintained by the Borough, has been designated by the Borough to be of historical significance, or was included in the 2012 historical survey completed by the Borough.
(e) 
Retention of experts. The Borough may hire any consultant(s) and/or expert(s) necessary to assist the Borough in reviewing and evaluating the application for approval of the WCF and, once approved, in reviewing and evaluating any potential violations of the terms and conditions of these WCF provisions. The WCF applicant and/or owner of the WCF shall reimburse the Borough for all costs of the Borough's consultant(s) in providing expert evaluation and consultation in connection with these activities.
(f) 
Permit fees. The Borough may assess appropriate and reasonable permit fees directly related to the Borough's actual costs in reviewing and processing the application for approval of a non-tower WCF, as well as related inspection, monitoring and related costs.
(g) 
Development regulations. Non-tower WCFs shall be located or co-located on existing wireless support structures, such as existing buildings or tower-based WCFs, subject to the following conditions:
[1] 
The total height of any wireless support structure and mounted WCF shall not exceed 20 feet above the maximum height permitted in the underlying zoning district.
[2] 
In accordance with industry standards, all non-tower WCF applicants must submit documentation to the Borough justifying the total height of the non-tower WCF. Such documentation shall be analyzed on an individual basis.
[3] 
If the WCF applicant proposes to locate the accessory equipment in a separate building, the building shall comply with the minimum requirements for the applicable zoning district.
[4] 
A security fence of not less than six feet and not more than eight feet shall surround any separate communications equipment building. Vehicular access to the communications equipment building shall not interfere with the parking or vehicular circulations on the site for the principal use.
(h) 
Design regulations. Non-tower WCFs shall employ stealth technology and be treated to match the wireless support structure in order to minimize aesthetic impact. The application of the stealth technology chosen by the WCF applicant shall be subject to the approval of the Borough.
(i) 
Removal, replacement and modification.
[1] 
The removal and replacement of non-tower WCFs and/or accessory equipment for the purpose of upgrading or repairing the WCF is permitted, so long as such repair or upgrade does not substantially change the overall size of the WCF or the number of antennas.
[2] 
Any material modification to a WCF shall require notice to be provided to the Borough, and possible supplemental permit approval to the original permit or authorization.
(j) 
Inspection. The Borough reserves the right to inspect any WCF to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Zoning Ordinance and any other provisions found within the Borough Code or state or federal law. The Borough and/or its agents shall have the authority to enter the property upon which a WCF is located at any time, upon reasonable notice to the operator, to ensure such compliance.
B. 
Regulations Applicable to all non-tower WCFs located in the public rights-of-way. In addition to the applicable non-tower WCF provisions listed in § 176-147(A)(1), the following regulations shall apply to non-tower WCFs located in the public rights-of-way:
(1) 
Location. Non-tower WCFs in the ROW shall be located or co-located on existing poles, such as existing utility poles, light poles, or traffic lights. If co-location is not technologically feasible, the WCF applicant shall locate its non-tower WCF on existing poles or freestanding structures that do not already act as wireless support structures with the Borough's approval.
(2) 
Design requirements.
(a) 
WCF installations located above the surface grade in the public ROW, including, but not limited to, those on streetlights and joint utility poles, shall consist of equipment components that are no more than six feet in height and that are compatible in scale and proportion to the structures upon which they are mounted. All equipment shall be the smallest and least visibly intrusive equipment feasible.
(b) 
Antennas and accessory equipment shall be treated to match the supporting structure and may be required to be painted, or otherwise coated, to be visually compatible with the support structure upon which they are mounted.
(3) 
Time, place and manner. The Borough shall determine the time, place and manner of construction, maintenance, repair and/or removal of all non-tower WCFs in the ROW based on public safety, traffic management, physical burden on the ROW, and related considerations. For public utilities, the time, place and manner requirements shall be consistent with the police powers of the Borough and the requirements of the Public Utility Code.
(4) 
Equipment location. Non-tower WCFs and accessory equipment shall be located so as not to cause any physical or visual obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or to otherwise create safety hazards to pedestrians and/or motorists or to otherwise inconvenience public use of the ROW as determined by the Borough. In addition:
(a) 
In no case shall ground-mounted accessory equipment, walls, or landscaping be located within 18 inches of the face of the curb or within an easement extending onto a privately owned lot;
(b) 
Ground-mounted accessory equipment that cannot be placed underground shall be screened, to the fullest extent possible, through the use of landscaping or other decorative features to the satisfaction of the Borough.
(c) 
Required electrical meter cabinets shall the screened to blend in with the surrounding area to the satisfaction of the Borough.
(d) 
Any graffiti on any wireless support structures or any accessory equipment shall be removed at the sole expense of the owner.
(e) 
Any proposed underground vault related to non-tower WCFs shall be reviewed and approved by the Borough.
(f) 
Accessory equipment attached to the wireless support structure shall have 12 feet of vertical clearance above finished grade.
(5) 
Relocation or removal of facilities. Within 60 days following written notice from the Borough, or such longer period as the Borough determines is reasonably necessary or such shorter period in the case of an emergency, an owner of a WCF in the ROW shall, at its own expense, temporarily or permanently remove, relocate, change or alter the position of any WCF when the Borough, consistent with its police powers and applicable Public Utility Commission regulations, shall have determined that such removal, relocation, change or alteration is reasonably necessary under the following circumstances:
(a) 
The construction, repair, maintenance or installation of any Borough or other public improvement in the right-of-way;
(b) 
The operations of the Borough or other governmental entity in the right-of-way;
(c) 
Vacation of a street or road or the release of a utility easement; or
(d) 
An emergency as determined by the Borough.
C. 
General and specific requirements for All tower-based wireless communications facilities. The following regulations shall apply to all tower-based wireless communications facilities.
(1) 
Standard of care. Any tower-based WCF shall be designed, constructed, operated, maintained, repaired, modified and removed in strict compliance with all current applicable technical, safety and safety-related codes, including but not limited to, the most recent editions of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Code, National Electrical Safety Code, National Electrical Code, as well as the accepted and responsible workmanlike industry practices of the National Association of Tower Erectors. Any tower-based WCF shall at all times be kept and maintained in good condition, order and repair by qualified maintenance and construction personnel, so that the same shall not endanger the life of any person or any property in the Borough.
(2) 
Notice. Upon submission of an application for a tower-based WCF and the scheduling of the public hearing upon the application, the WCF applicant shall mail notice to all owners of every property within 500 feet of the proposed facility. The WCF applicant shall provide proof of the notification to the Borough.
(3) 
Conditional use authorization required. Tower-based WCFs are permitted in certain zoning districts by conditional use and at a height necessary to satisfy their function in the WCF applicant's wireless communications system. No WCF applicant shall have the right under these regulations to erect a tower to the maximum height specified in this section unless it proves the necessity for such height. The WCF applicant shall demonstrate that the antenna/tower/pole for the tower-based WCF is the minimum height necessary for the service area.
(a) 
Prior to Council's approval of a conditional use authorizing the construction and installation of a tower-based WCF, it shall be incumbent upon the WCF applicant for such conditional use approval to prove to the reasonable satisfaction of Council that the WCF applicant cannot adequately extend or infill its communications system by the use of equipment such as redoes, repeaters, antenna(s) and other similar equipment installed on existing structures, such as utility poles or their appurtenances and other available structures. The WCF applicant shall further demonstrate that the proposed tower-based WCF must be located where it is proposed in order to serve the WCF applicant's service area and that no other viable alternative location exists.
(b) 
The conditional use application shall be accompanied by a propagation study evidencing the need for the proposed tower or other communication facilities and equipment, a description of the type and manufacturer of the proposed transmission/radio equipment, the frequency range (megahertz band) assigned to the WCF applicant, the power in watts at which the WCF applicant transmits, and any relevant related tests conducted by the WCF applicant in determining the need for the proposed site and installation.
(c) 
The conditional use application shall also be accompanied by documentation demonstrating that the proposed tower-based WCF complies with all state and federal laws and regulations concerning aviation safety.
(d) 
Where the tower-based WCF is located on a property with another principal use, the WCF applicant shall present documentation to the Council that the owner of the property has granted an easement for the proposed WCF and that vehicular access will be provided to the facility.
(e) 
The conditional use application shall also be accompanied by documentation demonstrating that the proposed tower-based WCF complies with all applicable provisions of this chapter.
(4) 
Engineer inspection. Prior to the Borough's issuance of a permit authorizing construction and erection of a tower-based WCF, a structural engineer registered in Pennsylvania shall issue to the Borough a written certification of the proposed WCF's ability to meet the structural standards offered by either the Electronic Industries Association or the Telecommunication Industry Association and certify the proper construction of the foundation and the erection of the structure. This certification shall be provided during the conditional hearings or at a minimum be made as a condition attached to any approval given such that the certification be provided prior to issuance of any building permits.
(5) 
Visual appearance and land use compatibility. Tower-based WCFs shall employ stealth technology which may include the tower portion to be painted silver or another color approved by the Council, or shall have a galvanized finish. All tower-based WCFs and accessory equipment shall be aesthetically and architecturally compatible with the surrounding environment and shall maximize the use of a like facade to blend with the existing surroundings and neighboring buildings to the greatest extent possible. The Council shall consider whether its decision upon the subject application will promote the harmonious and orderly development of the zoning district involved; encourage compatibility with the character and type of development existing in the area; benefit neighboring properties by preventing a negative impact on the aesthetic character of the community; preserve woodlands and trees existing at the site to the greatest possible extent; and encourage sound engineering and land development design and construction principles, practices and techniques.
(6) 
Co-location and siting. An application for a new tower-based WCF shall demonstrate that the proposed tower-based WCF cannot be accommodated on an existing or approved structure or building, or sited on land owned and maintained by the Borough. The Council may deny an application to construct a new tower-based WCF if the WCF applicant has not made a good faith effort to mount the commercial communications antenna(s) on an existing structure. The WCF applicant shall demonstrate that it contacted the owners of tall structures, buildings, and towers within a one-quarter-mile radius of the site proposed, sought permission to install an antenna on those structures, buildings, and towers and was denied for one of the following reasons:
(a) 
The proposed antenna and accessory equipment would exceed the structural capacity of the existing building, structure or tower, and its reinforcement cannot be accomplished at a reasonable cost.
(b) 
The proposed antenna and accessory equipment would cause radio frequency interference with other existing equipment for that existing building, structure, or tower, and the interference cannot be prevented at a reasonable cost.
(c) 
Such existing buildings, structures, or towers do not have adequate location, space, access, or height to accommodate the proposed equipment or to allow it to perform its intended function.
(d) 
A commercially reasonable agreement could not be reached with the owner of such building, structure, or tower.
(7) 
Permit required for modifications. To the extent permissible under applicable state and federal law, any WCF applicant proposing the modification of an existing tower-based WCF, which increases the overall height of such WCF, shall first obtain a permit from the Borough. To the extent permissible under law, nonroutine modifications shall be prohibited without a permit.
(8) 
Gap in coverage. A WCF applicant for a tower-based WCF must demonstrate that a significant gap in wireless coverage or capacity exists in the applicable area and that the type of WCF being proposed is the least intrusive means by which to fill that gap in wireless coverage. The existence or nonexistence of a gap in wireless coverage or capacity shall be a factor in the Borough's decision on an application for approval of a tower-based WCF.
(9) 
Additional antennas. As a condition of approval for all tower-based WCFs the WCF applicant shall provide the Borough with a written commitment that it will allow other service providers to co-locate antennas on tower-based WCFs where technically and economically feasible. To the extent permissible under state and federal law, the owner of a tower-based WCF shall not install any additional antennas without obtaining the prior written approval of the Borough.
(10) 
Wind and ice. Any tower-based WCF structures shall be designed to withstand the effects of wind gusts and ice to the standard designed by the American National Standards Institute as prepared by the engineering departments of the Electronics Industry Association, and Telecommunications Industry Association (ANSI/EIA/TIA-222), as amended.
(11) 
Height. Any tower-based WCF shall be designed at the minimum functional height. The maximum total height of a tower-based WCF, which is not located in the public ROW, shall not exceed 150 feet, as measured vertically from the ground level to the highest point on the structure, including antennas and subsequent alterations.
(12) 
Accessory equipment. Either one single-story wireless communications equipment building not exceeding 500 square feet in area or up to five metal boxes placed on a concrete pad not exceeding 10 feet by 20 feet in area housing the receiving and transmitting equipment may be located on the site for each unrelated company sharing commercial communications antenna(e) space on the tower-based wireless communications facility greater than 40 feet.
(13) 
Public safety communications. No tower-based WCF shall interfere with public safety communications or the reception of broadband, television, radio or other communication services enjoyed by occupants of nearby properties.
(14) 
Maintenance. The following maintenance requirements shall apply:
(a) 
Any tower-based WCF shall be fully automated and unattended on a daily basis and shall be visited only for maintenance or emergency repair.
(b) 
Such maintenance shall be performed to ensure the upkeep of the WCF in order to promote the safety and security of the Borough's residents, and utilize the best available technology for preventing failures and accidents.
(15) 
Radio frequency emissions. A tower-based WCF shall not, by itself or in conjunction with other WCFs, generate radio frequency emissions in excess of the standards and regulations of the FCC, including but not limited to, the FCC Office of Engineering Technology Bulletin 65 entitled "Evaluating Compliance with FCC Guidelines for Human Exposure to Radio Frequency Electromagnetic Fields," as amended.
(16) 
Historic buildings or districts. A tower-based WCF shall not be located upon a property, and/or on a building or structure that is listed on either the National or Pennsylvania Registers of Historic Places, or eligible to be so listed, or is included in the official historic structures and/or historic districts list maintained by the Borough or included in the 2012 historical buildings survey performed by the Borough.
(17) 
Signs. All tower-based WCFs shall post a sign in a readily visible location identifying the name and phone number of a party to contact in the event of an emergency. The only other signage permitted on the WCF shall be those required by the FCC, or any other federal or state agency.
(18) 
Lighting. No tower-based WCF shall be artificially lighted, except as required by law. If lighting is required, the WCF applicant shall provide a detailed plan for sufficient lighting, demonstrating as unobtrusive and inoffensive an effect as is permissible under state and federal regulations. The WCF applicant shall promptly report any outage or malfunction of FAA-mandated lighting to the appropriate governmental authorities and to the Borough Secretary.
(19) 
Noise. Tower-based WCFs shall be operated and maintained so as not to produce noise in excess of applicable noise standards under state law and the Borough Code, except in emergency situations requiring the use of a backup generator, where such noise standards may be exceeded on a temporary basis only.
(20) 
Aviation safety. Tower-based WCFs shall comply with all federal and state laws and regulations concerning aviation safety.
(21) 
Retention of experts. The Borough may hire any consultant and/or expert necessary to assist the Borough in reviewing and evaluating the application for approval of the tower-based WCF and, once approved, in reviewing and evaluating any potential violations of the terms and conditions of these provisions. The WCF applicant and/or owner of the WCF shall reimburse the Borough for all costs of the Borough's consultant(s) in providing expert evaluation and consultation regarding these activities.
(22) 
Timing of approval. Within 30 calendar days of the date that an application for a tower-based WCF is filed with the Borough, the Borough shall notify the WCF applicant in writing of any information that may be required to complete such application. All applications for tower-based WCFs shall be acted upon within 150 days of the receipt of a fully completed application for the approval of such tower-based WCF, and the Borough shall advise the WCF applicant in writing of its decision. If additional information was requested by the Borough to complete an application, the time required by the WCF applicant to provide the information shall not be counted toward the one-hundred-fifty-day review period.
(23) 
Nonconforming uses. Nonconforming tower-based WCFs which are hereafter damaged or destroyed due to any reason or cause may be repaired and restored at their former location, but must otherwise comply with the terms and conditions of this section. The co-location of antennas is permitted on nonconforming structures.
(24) 
Removal. In the event that use of a tower-based WCF is planned to be discontinued, the owner shall provide written notice to the Borough of its intent to discontinue use and the date when the use shall be discontinued. Unused or abandoned WCFs or portions of WCFs shall be removed as follows:
(a) 
All unused or abandoned tower-based WCFs and accessory facilities shall be removed within 90 days of the cessation of operations at the site unless a time extension is approved by the Borough.
(b) 
If the WCF and/or accessory facility is not removed within 90 days of the cessation of operations at a site, or within any longer period approved by the Borough, the WCF and accessory facilities and equipment may be removed by the Borough and the cost of removal assessed against the owner of the WCF.
(c) 
Any unused portions of a tower-based WCF, including antennas, shall be removed within 90 days of the time of cessation of operations. The Borough must approve all replacements of portions of a tower-based WCF previously removed.
(25) 
Permit fees. The Borough may assess appropriate and reasonable permit fees directly related to the Borough's actual costs in reviewing and processing the application for approval of a tower-based WCF, as well as related inspection, monitoring, and related costs.
(26) 
FCC license. Each person that owns or operates a tower-based WCF over 40 feet in height shall submit a copy of its current FCC license, including the name, address, and emergency telephone number for the operator of the facility.
(27) 
Insurance. Each person that owns or operates a tower-based WCF greater than 40 feet in height shall provide the Borough with a certificate of insurance evidencing general liability coverage in the minimum amount of $5,000,000 per occurrence and property damage coverage in the minimum amount of $5,000,000 per occurrence covering the tower-based WCF. Each person that owns or operates a tower-based WCF 40 feet or less in height shall provide the Borough with a certificate of insurance evidencing general liability coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence and property damage coverage in the minimum amount of $1,000,000 per occurrence covering each tower-based WCF.
(28) 
Indemnification. Each person that owns or operates a tower-based WCF shall, at its sole cost and expense, indemnify, defend and hold harmless the Borough, its elected and appointed officials, employees and agents, at all times against any and all claims for personal injury, including death, and property damage arising in whole or in part from, caused by or connected with any act or omission of the person, its officers, agents, employees or contractors arising out of, but not limited to, the construction, installation, operation, maintenance or removal of the tower-based WCF. Each person that owns or operates a tower-based WCF shall defend any actions or proceedings against the Borough in which it is claimed that personal injury, including death, or property damage was caused by the construction, installation, operation, maintenance or removal of a tower-based WCF. The obligation to indemnify, hold harmless and defend shall include, but not be limited to, the obligation to pay judgments, injuries, liabilities, damages, reasonable attorneys' fees, reasonable expert fees, court costs and all other costs of indemnification.
(29) 
Engineer signature. All plans and drawings for a tower-based WCF shall contain a seal and signature of a professional structural engineer, licensed in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(30) 
Financial security. Prior to receipt of a zoning permit for the construction or placement of a tower-based WCF, the WCF applicant shall provide to the Borough financial security sufficient to guarantee the removal of the tower-based WCF. Said financial security shall remain in place until the tower-based WCF is removed.
D. 
Tower-based wireless communications facilities outside the public rights-of-way. The following regulations shall apply to tower-based wireless communications facilities located outside the public rights-of-way:
(1) 
Development regulations.
(a) 
Tower-based WCFs shall not be located in, or within 50 feet of, an area in which utilities are primarily located underground.
(b) 
Tower-based WCFs are permitted outside the public rights-of-way in the following zoning districts by conditional use, subject to the above prohibition:
[1] 
R-1 Residential District.
(c) 
Sole use on a lot. A tower-based WCF shall be permitted as a sole use on a lot, provided that the underlying lot is a minimum of one acre. The minimum distance between the base of a tower-based WCF and any adjoining property line or street right-of-way line shall equal 100% of the proposed WCF structure's height.
(d) 
Combined with another use. A tower-based WCF may be permitted on a property with an existing use, or on a vacant parcel in combination with another use, except residential, subject to the following conditions:
[1] 
The existing use on the property may be any permitted use in the applicable district, and need not be affiliated with the WCF.
[2] 
Minimum lot area. The minimum lot shall comply with the requirements for the applicable district and shall be the area needed to accommodate the tower-based WCF and guy wires, the equipment building, security fence, and buffer planting if the proposed WCF is greater than 40 feet in height.
[3] 
Minimum setbacks. The minimum distance between the base of a tower-based WCF and any adjoining property line or street right-of-way line shall equal 50% of the proposed WCF structure height or the minimum setback of the underlying zoning district, whichever is greater. Where the site on which a tower-based WCF is proposed to be located is contiguous to an educational use, child day-care facility or residential use, the minimum distance between the base of a tower-based WCF and any such adjoining uses shall equal 110% of the proposed height of the tower-based WCF unless it is demonstrated to the reasonable satisfaction of Council that in the event of failure the WCF is designed to collapse upon itself within a setback area less than the required minimum setback without endangering such adjoining uses and their occupants.
(2) 
Design regulations.
(a) 
The WCF shall employ the most current stealth technology available in an effort to appropriately blend into the surrounding environment and minimize aesthetic impact. Application of the stealth technology chosen by the WCF applicant shall be subject to the approval of the Borough.
(b) 
To the extent permissible by law, any height extensions to an existing tower-based WCF shall require prior approval of the Borough.
(c) 
Any proposed tower-based WCF shall be designed structurally, electrically, and in all respects to accommodate both the WCF applicant's antennas and comparable antennas for future users.
(d) 
Any tower-based WCF over 40 feet in height shall be equipped with an anti-climbing device, as approved by the manufacturer.
(3) 
Surrounding environs.
(a) 
The WCF applicant shall ensure that the existing vegetation, trees and shrubs located within proximity to the WCF structure shall be preserved to the maximum extent possible.
(b) 
The WCF applicant shall submit a soil report to the Borough complying with the standards of Appendix I: Geotechnical Investigations, ANSI/EIA/TIA-222, as amended, to document and verify the design specifications of the foundation of the tower-based WCF, and anchors for guy wires, if used.
(4) 
Fence/screen.
(a) 
A security fence having a minimum height of six feet and a maximum height of eight feet shall completely surround any tower-based WCF greater than 40 feet in height, as well as guy wires, or any building housing WCF equipment.
(b) 
The landscaping shall consist of a screen of evergreen trees planted eight feet on center, each at least four feet in height, and staggered in two rows, located along the perimeter of the security fence. Existing vegetation shall be preserved to the maximum extent possible.
(5) 
Accessory equipment.
(a) 
Ground-mounted accessory equipment associated, or connected, with a tower-based WCF shall be placed underground or screened from public view using stealth technologies, as described above.
(b) 
All accessory equipment, utility buildings and accessory structures shall be architecturally designed to blend into the environment in which they are situated and shall meet the minimum setback requirements of the underlying zoning district.
(6) 
Access road. An access road, turnaround space and parking shall be provided to ensure adequate emergency and service access to tower-based WCFs. Maximum use of existing roads, whether public or private, shall be made to the extent practicable. Road grades shall closely follow natural contours to assure minimal visual disturbance and minimize soil erosion. Where applicable, the WCF owner shall present documentation to the Borough that the property owner has granted an easement for the proposed facility.
(7) 
Parking. For each tower-based WCF greater than 40 feet in height, there shall be two off-street parking spaces.
(8) 
Inspection. The Borough reserves the right to inspect any tower-based WCF to ensure compliance with the Zoning Ordinance and any other provisions found within the Borough Code or state or federal law. The Borough and/or its agents shall have the authority to enter the property upon which a WCF is located at any time, upon reasonable notice to the operator, to ensure such compliance.
E. 
Tower-based wireless communications facilities in the public rights-of-way. The following regulations shall apply to tower-based wireless communications facilities located in the public rights-of-way:
(1) 
Location and development standards.
(a) 
Tower-based WCFs in the public ROW shall not exceed 40 feet in height.
(b) 
Tower-based WCFs are prohibited in areas in which utilities are located underground.
(c) 
Tower-based WCFs shall not be located in the front yard area of any structure.
(d) 
Tower-based WCFs shall be permitted along certain collector roads and arterial roads throughout the Borough, regardless of the underlying zoning district. A map of such permitted roads is kept on file at the Borough Zoning Office.
(e) 
The WCF shall employ the most current stealth technology available in an effort to appropriately blend into the surrounding environment and minimize aesthetic impact. The application of the stealth technology chosen by the WCF applicant shall be subject to the approval of the Borough.
(f) 
To the extent permissible under state and federal law, any height extensions to an existing tower-based WCF shall require prior approval of the Borough, and shall not increase the overall height of the tower-based WCF to more than 40 feet.
(g) 
Any proposed tower-based WCF shall be designed structurally, electrically, and in all respects to accommodate both the WCF applicant's antennas and comparable antennas for future users.
(2) 
Time, Place and Manner. The Borough shall determine the time, place and manner of construction, maintenance, repair and/or removal of all tower-based WCFs in the ROW based on public safety, traffic management, physical burden on the ROW, and related considerations. For public utilities, the time, place and manner requirements shall be consistent with the police powers of the Borough and the requirements of the Public Utility Code.
(3) 
Equipment location. Tower-based WCF and accessory equipment shall be located so as not to cause any physical or visual obstruction to pedestrian or vehicular traffic, or to otherwise create safety hazards to pedestrians and/or motorists or to otherwise inconvenience public use of the ROW as determined by the Borough. In addition:
(a) 
In no case shall ground-mounted accessory equipment, walls, or landscaping be located within 18 inches of the face of the curb.
(b) 
Ground-mounted accessory equipment that cannot be placed underground shall be screened, to the fullest extent possible, through the use of landscaping or other decorative features to the satisfaction of the Borough.
(c) 
Required electrical meter cabinets shall be screened to blend in with the surrounding area to the satisfaction of the Borough.
(d) 
Any graffiti on the tower or on any accessory equipment shall be removed at the sole expense of the owner.
(e) 
Any underground vaults related to tower-based WCFs shall be reviewed and approved by the Borough.
(4) 
Relocation or removal of facilities. Within 90 days following written notice from the Borough, or such longer period as the Borough determines is reasonably necessary or such shorter period in the case of an emergency, an owner of a tower-based WCF in the ROW shall, at its own expense, temporarily or permanently remove, relocate, change or alter the position of any WCF when the Borough, consistent with its police powers and applicable Public Utility Commission regulations, shall determine that such removal, relocation, change or alteration is reasonably necessary under the following circumstances:
(a) 
The construction, repair, maintenance or installation of any Borough or other public improvement in the right-of-way;
(b) 
The operations of the Borough or other governmental entity in the right-of-way;
(c) 
Vacation of a street or road or the release of a utility easement; or
(d) 
An emergency as determined by the Borough.
(5) 
Reimbursement for ROW use. In addition to permit fees as described in this section, every tower-based WCF in the ROW is subject to the Borough's right to fix annually a fair and reasonable fee to be paid for use and occupancy of the ROW. Such compensation for ROW use shall be directly related to the Borough's actual ROW management costs, including, but not limited to, the costs of the administration and performance of all reviewing, inspecting, permitting, supervising and other ROW management activities by the Borough. The owner of each tower-based WCF shall pay an annual fee to the Borough to compensate the Borough for the Borough's costs incurred in connection with the activities described above.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also repealed former § 176-147, Towers.
Unless otherwise clearly stated herein to the contrary, the provisions of this article shall apply to the Borough of Schwenksville, as a municipal corporation, and to any other government, municipal corporation, authority, governmental or quasi-governmental agency or entity to the extent permitted by law.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 176-149, Buffer areas and landscaping for parking facilities, was repealed 3-8-2007 by Ord. No. 340.
Submission of plans shall be required in all zoning districts. The following regulations shall govern the character and submission of plans:
A. 
Preliminary plans shall be submitted to the Borough Council for preliminary approval showing the general layout of the total area and the type of building and/or buildings to be erected
B. 
Final plans shall be submitted to the Borough Council for approval, showing the layout of the total area, and shall include, inter alia, the following:
(1) 
The scale shall not be less than one inch equals 50 feet, with contours at two-foot intervals and showing all topographical features.
(2) 
A plot plan of the lot showing the locations of all present and proposed buildings, sidewalks and other areas devoted to pedestrian use, loading and unloading areas, drives and parking lots, waste disposal and storage facilities and other constructional features on the lot; and all buildings, streets, alleys, highways, streams and other topographical features of the lot and within 200 feet of any lot line.
(3) 
Description and architectural plans of any proposed buildings or change in existing buildings.
(4) 
A description of the use and/or operations proposed in sufficient detail to indicate the effects of those uses and/or operations in producing traffic congestion, noise, glare, air pollution, water pollution, thermal pollution and fire hazards and whether any part of the use and/or operation will be conducted outside of any building.
(5) 
Engineering and architectural plans for the connections to public water and public sewerage lines and for the pretreatment, if required, of any sewage or industrial waste before its discharge into public sewer lines.
(6) 
Engineering and architectural plans for the treatment and disposal of waste other than that which will be discharged into the public sewer lines. Outdoor facilities for waste storage shall be provided with a minimum six feet height opaque enclosure on all sides.
(7) 
Engineering and architectural plans for the handling of any traffic, noise, lighting, glare, air pollution, water pollution, thermal pollution, water consumption, fire hazard and safety hazard.
(8) 
Designation of the fuel proposed to be used and any necessary architectural and engineering plans for controlling smoke, dust and dirt, fly ash, fumes, vapors and gases.
(9) 
The proposed hours of operation, the number of shifts to be worked and the maximum number of employees on each shift and the parking lot requirements, both present and future.
(10) 
Engineering plans and reports for the control and disposal of surface drainage.
(11) 
Statement from the appropriate sewer authority authorizing connection of the premises to its sewer and indicating it will receive the type of effluent to be generated upon the premises.
(12) 
Any other pertinent data or evidence that the Borough Council may require.
C. 
Upon receipt of plans under this Subsection B, the Borough Council shall have the power of approval or disapproval of these plans. The Secretary of the Borough Council shall notify, in writing, the Zoning Officer of its final decision and any special conditions regarding the proposed use and/or operation.
All buildings and structures shall comply with the building, electrical and plumbing codes and any amendments thereto of the Borough of Schwenksville.
All driveways shall be a minimum of four feet from the lot line in all districts.
A. 
Not more than one satellite dish may be mounted above the roofline of the principal building for each lot, and said dish or similar attachment shall have a maximum diameter not greater than three feet.
B. 
Ground-mounted satellite dishes and other similar devices may be placed on a lot as an accessory use only, and shall conform to all required height, setback and yard, and coverage requirements applicable to accessory buildings for the district in which located, and further such structures or devices shall not be permitted within the minimum required front yard established for the district.
The minimum living space as provided in this chapter shall not be less than 750 square feet for a single-family detached dwelling.