Township of Lower Salford, PA
Montgomery County
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[Added 10-7-1992 by Ord. No. 92-7]
In expansion of the community development objectives contained in Article II of this chapter and in support of the goals and recommendations of the Township Comprehensive Plan, it is the intent of this article to:
A. 
Locate office and limited commercial uses as a transition directly between existing intensive commercial uses and existing residential areas.
B. 
Limit the impact of nonresidential development on residences by encouraging a residential character, limiting the scale of buildings, controlling the location of parking areas and requiring buffer landscaping.
C. 
Require more extensive development standards for more intensive uses.
A lot may be used for one or more of the following uses:
A. 
Single-family detached residential in accordance with the standards of the R-3 Medium-Density Residence District.
B. 
Offices, including businesses and professional offices.
C. 
Funeral homes.
D. 
Studios for dance, art, music or photography.
E. 
[1]Bed-and-breakfast homes, provided that these homes are located in a residential building existing at the time of passage of this article and there are no more than 10 guest rooms.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 164-62.9E, regarding day-care centers, family day-care homes and group day-care homes, was repealed 10-22-1998 by Ord. No. 98-12. This ordinance also redesignated former § 164-62.9F, G and H as § 164-62.9E, F and G, respectively.
F. 
Offices combined with a single dwelling unit, such as a single-family detached home or apartment.
G. 
Accessory uses on the same lot with and customarily incidental to any permitted residential use.
A lot may be used for one of the following classes of uses, provided that a conditional use is received in accordance with the requirements of § 164-25 of this chapter and all standards of this district are met.
A. 
Class One conditional uses. On lots which meet the Class One dimensional requirements, the following uses are permitted as a conditional use:
(1) 
Retail establishments for the sale of dry goods, clothing, hardware, furnishings, appliances and other durable goods. Retail sale of food, beverages and automobile is not permitted.
(2) 
Personal service shops, including but not limited to barbershop, hairdresser, beautician, shoe repair, tailor, dry cleaning and laundry.
(3) 
Fitness centers.
(4) 
Municipal buildings, offices and uses.
[Amended 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
(5) 
Fire companies and other rescue services.
[Amended 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
(6) 
Class One institutional uses, in accordance with the standards of Article XIVA, Institutional Regulations, of this chapter.
[Added 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
(7) 
Class Two institutional uses, in accordance with the standards of Article XIVA, Institutional Regulations, of this chapter.
[Added 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
B. 
Class Two conditional uses. On lots which meet the Class Two dimensional requirements, the following uses are permitted as a conditional use:
(1) 
Car washes, provided that:
(a) 
There are no accessory buildings or uses.
(b) 
Each automatic car wash bay provides stacking space 200 feet in length for cars waiting to be washed and 80 feet in length for cars exiting the car wash bay.
(c) 
Each self-service car wash bay provides stacking space 40 feet in length for cars entering or exiting these bays.
(d) 
All direct vehicular access to the car wash lot is from a collector or feeder street.
(e) 
All car-washing equipment is contained within a building.
(f) 
Car wash bay doors do not face the street, unless a screen buffer planting is provided along the street in accordance with the screen planting requirements in Chapter 142, Subdivision and Land Development.
A. 
All lots must be within 150 feet, measured from lot line to lot line, of an existing nonresidential use.
B. 
If there is an existing principal building, the proposed use must preserve, utilize and maintain this building, provided that it was originally built for residential purposes. If such building is demolished after enactment of this article, then no conditional use will be permitted.
C. 
All conditional uses must have a residential character, which can be achieved by using pitched roofs, residential building materials and residentially scaled windows and doors.
Proposed uses shall meet the following dimensional requirements:
Permitted Uses By Right
Class One Conditional Uses
Class Two Conditional Uses
Minimum net lot size
(square feet)
[Amended 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
20,000
40,000
100,000
Minimum lot width (feet)
100
150
200
Minimum front yard setback (feet)
30
30
40
Minimum side yard setback (feet)
20
20
30
Minimum rear yard setback (feet)
40
40
40
Minimum setback from abutting residential property lines (feet)
60
60
75
Maximum height (feet)
35
35
35
Minimum setback for parking
areas from abutting residential property lines (feet)
30
30
40
Minimum setback between buildings on the same lot (feet)
25
25
Only 1 building permitted per lot
Maximum building footprint (square feet)
4,000
6,000
6,000
Maximum building dimension, measured horizontally, parallel to exterior walls (feet)
100
150
150
Maximum building coverage, except as noted in § 164-62.13A(3) below
10% of net lot area
10% of net lot area
5% of net lot area
Minimum amount of green space, except as noted in § 164-62.13A(3) below
60% of net lot area
60% of net lot area
60% of net lot area
A. 
Driveway access controls.
(1) 
No more than one driveway access shall be permitted per street frontage.
(2) 
All driveways must be at least 100 feet from the center line of any existing or proposed driveways, when feasible given existing physical features.
(3) 
For offices and Class One conditional uses, when two abutting lots share a common driveway from a primary arterial, the maximum building coverage of each lot may be increased to 15% of the net lot area, and the minimum amount of green space of each lot may be decreased to 50% of the net lot area, provided that no other driveways lead from either lot to the primary arterial and provided that each lot is deed restricted to limit access from the primary arterial to the common driveway. A single lot which only abuts vacant or single-family detached lots along a primary arterial may use fifteen-percent maximum building coverage and fifty-percent minimum green space, provided that all requirements outlined above are met.
B. 
Each lot with a nonresidential use shall provide access easements for its parking aisles and driveways guaranteeing access and use to all abutting lots within the OLC and C Districts, unless all possible interconnections between two abutting lots must cross wetlands, floodplains or slopes of 15% or more. Parking areas on each lot with a nonresidential use shall be designed so that the parking areas can be directly interconnected by driveways with existing or potential parking areas on abutting lots within the OLC and C Districts. The driveway interconnections shall be constructed to the property line during the initial land development.
[Amended 8-21-1997 by Ord. No. 97-5]
C. 
Parking is not permitted between buildings and streets.
D. 
No outdoor storage is permitted, and trash must be kept inside a principal building.
E. 
All signs must meet the requirements of Article XVII, Signs.
F. 
All nonresidential buildings must have a ten-foot offset in the facade every 50 feet of continuous facade.
G. 
Lighting shall not shine on abutting residential properties, and lighting poles shall not exceed 20 feet in height. Light sources shall be parallel to the ground.
H. 
All nonresidential uses shall provide screen buffers in accordance with the Chapter 142, Subdivision and Land Development.