City of Easton, PA
Northampton County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
A. 
Legislative intent.
(1) 
The purpose of the Downtown District is to provide the highest intensity of development in the core of the City of Easton and to promote a mix of regional commercial and office space, with residential opportunity and neighborhood services.
B. 
Requirements.
(1) 
Minimum lot sizes in the district are 3,000 square feet for A Blocks, 2,500 square feet for B Blocks, and 2,000 square feet for C Blocks.
(2) 
The build-to line shall be five to 10 feet for A Blocks and 0 to five feet for B and C Blocks.
(3) 
Both new construction and redevelopment in the district shall comply with Article XXXV, Context Sensitive Design Standards, particularly standards for building location, building size and types/height, parking location, uses, and street trees and landscaping.
A. 
Uses permitted by right in the Downtown District are as follows:
(1) 
A8 Residential low-rise dwellings (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(2) 
A9 Residential midrise.
(3) 
A10 Residential highrise.
(4) 
A12 Mixed residential/business.
(5) 
B1 Cultural activities and exhibitions.
(6) 
B2 Amusements.
(7) 
B3 Parks.
(8) 
B4 Private social club.
(9) 
C2 General bookstore/coffee shop.
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(10) 
C3 General merchandise.
[Added 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120]
(11) 
C4 Food establishments.
(12) 
C5 Eating and drinking places.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Former Subsection A(13), C6 Retail specialty establishments, and Subsection A(14), C7 Furniture and other furnishings, which immediately followed this subsection, were repealed 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653. This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(15) through (24) as Subsection A(13) through (22).
(13) 
D1 Information and data.
(14) 
D2 Finance, insurance, real estate.
(15) 
D3 Personal services.
(16) 
D4 Business services.
(17) 
D5 Repair services.
(18) 
D6 Professional services.
(19) 
D7 Administrative offices.
(20) 
D8 Hotel/motel.
(21) 
D9 Bed-and-breakfast.
(22) 
D10 Community services.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection A(24), D11 Day-care center, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120.
(23) 
D15 Medical services.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653[3]]
[3]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(25) through (28) as Subsection A(24) through (27).
(24) 
E1 Educational services.
(25) 
E2 Government services.
(26) 
E3 Hospitals.
(27) 
E4 Extended-care facility.
(28) 
F4 Publishing.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(29) 
H1 Passenger depot.
(30) 
H3 Parking lot/structure. (Refer to Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking, for design criteria and restrictions.)
(31) 
I1 Accessory amusements.
(32) 
I2 Accessory offices.
(33) 
I3 Accessory structure.
(34) 
I4 Temporary structure.
(35) 
I5 Accessory storage.
(36) 
I6 Accessory parking area.
(37) 
I7 Accessory swimming pool.
[Added 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120]
(38) 
I9 Small family day-care home.
(39) 
I10 Large family day-care home.
(40) 
I11 No-impact home-based business.
(41) 
J1 Timber activities (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(42) 
J2 Timber harvesting operation (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
A. 
Special exception uses are as follows:
(1) 
A1 Single-family detached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(2) 
A2 Single-family semidetached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(3) 
A3 Single-family attached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(4) 
A4 Two-family detached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(5) 
A5 Two-family semidetached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(6) 
A6 Two-family attached dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(7) 
A7 Multifamily dwelling (in accordance with Article XXXI, Supplemental Standards).
(8) 
A11 Rooming house.
(9) 
A14 Dormitory.
(10) 
C1 Shopping gallery.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection A(11), C3 General merchandise, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120.
(11) 
C6 Retail specialty establishments.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653[2]]
[2]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also redesignated former Subsection A(11) through (23) as Subsection A(13) through (25).
(12) 
C11 Pharmacy.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(13) 
D11 Day-care center.
[Added 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120]
(14) 
E5 Religious worship services.
(15) 
F1 Trade contractors.
(16) 
F2 Food processing.
(17) 
F3 Furniture and other furnishings manufacture.
(18) 
F4 Publishing.
(19) 
F5 Textile mill products.
(20) 
F6 Apparel, finished products.
(21) 
F7 Lumber and wood products.
(22) 
F9 Computers and electronics.
(23) 
F10 Cottage industry.
(24) 
H4 Utility services.
(25) 
H5 Communications facilities.
The Table of Dimensional Criteria for the Downtown District (DD) is located at the end of this chapter.
A. 
Shall not exceed 15 feet in height.
B. 
Shall be set back four feet from any and all side lot lines.
C. 
Rear yard setback shall be four feet where no vehicular access exists and six feet otherwise.
A. 
In addition to other design standards of this article pertaining to lot area and width, build-to lines, side yards, building height, and impervious surface, the following shall apply:
(1) 
The context sensitive design standards of Article XXXV.
(2) 
Buildings shall have a minimum height of 30 feet and be designed to appear to be a minimum of two stories from the street.
(3) 
The build-to line shall apply to the first four stories of building height only. Additional stories shall be set back 10 feet beyond the build-to line.
(4) 
The maximum building footprint in the DD shall be 8,000 square feet.
(5) 
Primary entrances shall be located along the street front. Secondary entrances may be located at the side or rear of building.
[Amended 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120]
(6) 
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.
(7) 
Parking structures shall comply with the design criteria in § 595-178D.
(8) 
All nonresidential uses located within the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay and the Downtown District, fronting Northampton Street in the areas from Larry Holmes Drive/Riverside Drive to 6th Street, or fronting on Center Square, shall have a nonresidential use occupying the first floor. Such use shall occupy an area equal to the linear frontage along the street line by a depth of at least 20 feet and shall provide direct pedestrian access from the sidewalk into the commercial area.
[Amended 9-24-2008 by Ord. No. 5120; 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(9) 
All driveways, parking pads, and parking areas located in the Downtown shall be paved.
[Added 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in this article, off-street parking is not required for new uses within the DD except for nonresidential uses requiring 10 or more parking spaces and residential uses consisting of five or more dwelling units. In such cases, the minimum parking spaces requirement of § 595-179 of this chapter shall only apply to the number of dwelling units in excess of four, and all such required spaces may be provided off site in compliance with § 595-186, Joint use, and § 595-188, Location of facilities. Mixed-use parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-184, Maneuvering area; space layout.
A. 
Communications facilities, including communications towers and communications antennas mounted on an existing public utility transmission tower, building or other structure and existing communications towers and communications equipment buildings, shall meet the requirements of Part 6, Communications Facility Regulations.
B. 
Cottage industry shall meet the supplemental standards of Article XXXI.
C. 
Trade contractors, food processing, furniture and other furnishings manufacture, publishing, textile mill products, apparel, finished products, lumber and wood products, and computers and electronics uses.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
The use shall not be located within the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay District.
(3) 
The use shall have a retail component visible to and open to the general public during regular business hours. Such space shall consist of a minimum of 10 square feet for every foot of building frontage, with direct entry off of the street.
(4) 
The use shall be limited to a maximum of 80 feet of frontage along a public street.