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City of Easton, PA
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Table of Contents
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A. 
Single-family and two-family dwellings.
(1) 
In the Downtown District, single-family detached dwellings shall be located outside of the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay.
(2) 
In the INS Districts, minimum lot size is 1,500 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet, unless otherwise specified.
(3) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
(4) 
The principal building shall comply with the required yards, height, and impervious surface of the designated zoning district and block class.
(5) 
Minimum dwelling unit size: 450 square feet.
[Added 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 5606]
B. 
Multifamily dwellings.
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 1,250 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet and a minimum dwelling unit size of 450 square feet.
[Amended 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 5606]
(2) 
The principal building shall comply with the required yards, height and impervious surface of the designated zoning district and block class.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(4) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
C. 
Residential lowrise.
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 1,250 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet and a minimum dwelling unit size of 450 square feet.
[Amended 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 5606]
(2) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50% in the INS District or 80% in the DD.
(3) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(4) 
Maximum building length: 150 feet.
(5) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards and height of the designated zoning district and block class.
(6) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 12 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any building or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(7) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(8) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
D. 
Residential midrise.
(1) 
Within the CH, SS, and WW Districts: shall only be located within the SC Overlay District.
(2) 
Minimum lot size: 1,000 square feet per dwelling unit with a minimum lot width of 50 feet and a minimum dwelling unit size of 450 square feet.
[Amended 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 5606]
(3) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50%.
(4) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(5) 
Maximum height: 50 feet.
(6) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards of the designated zoning district and block class.
(7) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 12 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any buildings or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(8) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(9) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
E. 
Mixed residential/business.
(1) 
The following regulations shall apply within the CH, SS and WW Districts:
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(a) 
Business activity shall be limited to general merchandise, food establishments, public eating and drinking places, specialty retail establishments, personal services, repair services, and professional services.
(b) 
Each nonresidential use shall have a maximum floor area of 4,000 square feet.
(c) 
The use shall be located on a corner lot or a lot immediately adjacent to a corner lot.
(2) 
The following regulations shall apply to all districts:
(a) 
The principal building or buildings shall comply with the dimensional criteria of the designated zoning district and block class.
(b) 
No nonresidential use shall be located on a floor above any residential use.
(c) 
Parking shall be calculated for each use in accordance with Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking.
(3) 
Minimum residential dwelling unit size: 450 square feet.
[Added 11-9-2017 by Ord. No. 5606]
F. 
Mixed-use/dormitory.
[Added 5-9-2018 by Ord. No. 5636[1]]
(1) 
Residential uses shall not be at or below grade level.
(2) 
Nonresidential uses shall not be located on a floor above any residential use.
(3) 
The minimum lot size shall be 12,000 square feet.
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also provided for the redesignation of former Subsection F as Subsection G.
G. 
Group homes.
(1) 
The use shall be conducted in a detached residential structure containing not less than 1,000 square feet gross floor area plus 100 square feet gross floor area per occupant capacity.
(2) 
The use shall not be established within 1,000 feet of a similar use.
(3) 
The use shall be provided with trained supervision 24 hours per day.
(4) 
No sign shall advertise the use.
A. 
Parks. Parks shall be developed in a manner that preserves natural features such as watercourses, unique rock outcrops, steep slopes and vegetation.
B. 
Adult entertainment.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 500 feet of any dwelling.
(3) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 500 feet of any such previously existing use.
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
(4) 
No use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be established within 1,000 feet of a school, religious use or recreation use.
(5) 
Any use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall not have more than one sign, the dimensions of which shall not exceed 20 square feet.
(6) 
A sign for a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall contain no words, symbols or graphics which explicitly refer to sexual gratification or which are generally considered sexual in nature.
(7) 
No sign for a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be visible from adjacent properties other than public roadways.
(8) 
All activities of a use as defined under § 595-36, B5 (adult entertainment), shall be conducted within a fully enclosed building, secured such that the activities cannot be viewed outside the confines of the building.
(9) 
No illicit activity shall be permitted.
(10) 
A complete site plan shall be submitted at the time of application to the City following the requirements of § 520-37, Subdivision and land development plan, and shall be subject to approval of the Zoning Administrator.
(11) 
Dimensional criteria for Block Class A and landscaping for Buffer Class D in accordance with § 595-168, Buffering, shall apply to uses as defined under § 595-36, B5 Adult Entertainment.
[Amended 9-12-2018 by Ord. No. 5653]
Food establishments, eating and drinking places, retail specialty establishments: shall be located in the CH, SS or WW Districts only as part of a mixed residential/business use.
A. 
General merchandise.
(1) 
Zoning application applicants:
(a) 
Shall provide hours of operation.
(b) 
Shall provide types of retail goods for sale.
(c) 
Shall not include drive-in or drive-through facilities.
B. 
Retail sales – large scale.
(1) 
Grocery stores shall provide plans for:
(a) 
Store exterior lighting and security.
(b) 
Shopping cart storage.
(2) 
All merchandise shall be kept inside the premises, except for limited outdoor sales for which a plan must be provided. The plan should include the size of outdoor sales area, coverage for inclement weather. This area shall not impede upon pedestrian accessibility or required visibility.
(3) 
Buildings shall be oriented to face public streets and transit routes.
(4) 
Building entrances shall be emphasized with entry plazas, vertical massing [as provided in Subsection B(5)] and architectural elements such as awnings or arcades.
(5) 
No building walls facing streets shall run in a continuous place for more than 20 feet without an opening. Openings fulfilling this requirement shall have transparent glazing and provide views into work areas, display areas, sales areas, lobbies, or active spaces, or into window displays that are at least three feet deep. The maximum length of the wall may be 40 feet if it includes approved artwork approved by the City. If located in the downtown historic district, exterior design shall be approved by the Historic District Commission.
C. 
Pharmacy. A pharmacy use includes a traditional pharmacy and/or a medical marijuana dispensary. The following regulations apply to a medical marijuana dispensary:
(1) 
A medical marijuana dispensary may only dispense medical marijuana indoors within an enclosed, secure building which includes electronic locking systems, electronic surveillance and other features required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as required by Act 16, as amended and not within a trailer, cargo container, mobile or modular unit, mobile home, recreational vehicle or other motor vehicle.
(2) 
A medical marijuana dispensary may not operate on the same site as a facility used for growing and processing medical marijuana.
(3) 
There shall be no emission of dust, fumes, vapors, odors, or waste into the environment from any facility where medical marijuana growing, processing or testing occurs and the facility shall comply with Article XXIX, Environmental Controls and Protection.
(4) 
A medical marijuana dispensary shall:
(a) 
Not have a drive-through service;
(b) 
Not have outdoor seating areas;
(c) 
Not have outdoor vending machines;
(d) 
Prohibit the application and consumption of medical marijuana on the premises; and
(e) 
Not offer direct or home delivery service.
(5) 
A medical marijuana dispensary may not be located within 1,000 feet of the property line of a public, private or parochial school, a charter school or a day-care center; unless an adjustment or waiver of such prohibition shall have been approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and satisfactory proof thereof shall have been provided to the Zoning Officer. This distance shall be measured in a straight line from the closest property line in which the business is conducted or proposed to be conducted, to the closest property line of the protected use, regardless of the municipality in which it is located.
(6) 
Any medical marijuana dispensary facility lawfully operating shall not be rendered in violation of these provisions by the subsequent location of a public, private or parochial school, a charter school or a day-care center, provided the dispensary use shall not have been, or thereafter become, abandoned in the manner provided by Article X, § 595-49, Abandonment.
(7) 
Parking requirements will follow the parking schedule found in Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking, § 595-179, Retail uses.
(8) 
Loading and off-loading areas within the structure are preferred. If an external loading dock arrangement is designed it should be from within a secure environment, in accordance with Article XXXII, § 595-189.
(9) 
The applicant shall submit documentation showing compliance with Act 16, as amended, and all related regulations, including but not limited to licensure, upon demand of the Zoning Officer.
D. 
Retail specialty establshments.
(1) 
Retail specialty establishments shall not be located within 1,000 feet of any other retail specialty establishment.
A. 
Repair services, personal services, or professional services: shall be located in the CH, SS or WW Districts only as part of a mixed residential/business use, unless otherwise specified within the underlying district.
B. 
Bed-and-breakfast.
(1) 
A maximum of eight guest rooms shall be permitted.
(2) 
One sign with a maximum of five square feet of sign area shall be permitted.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required. Parking areas shall not be located in the required front yard and shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
(4) 
The principal building shall comply with the dimensional criteria of the designated zoning district and block class.
C. 
Check-cashing facility and pawnshop.
[Added 6-24-2009 by Ord. No. 5210]
(1) 
A minimum distance of 1,000 feet, as measured from property line to property line, shall be maintained between any check-cashing facility and/or pawnshop establishment.
(2) 
All storefronts shall contain transparent glass windows that allow for views into the establishment from the nearest public right-of-way.
(3) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
A. 
Educational facilities and religious worship services (in the CH, SS and WW Districts).
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 30,000 square feet.
(2) 
Minimum lot width: 150 feet.
(3) 
Minimum side yard(s): 25 feet.
(4) 
Minimum rear yard: 50 feet.
(5) 
Build-to line: shall comply with the average build-to line of the buildings of the two adjoining blocks, with a maximum of 15 feet.
(6) 
Maximum impervious surface: 50%.
(7) 
Access to parking areas shall be taken directly from an arterial or collector street as identified in the City of Easton Comprehensive Plan.
(8) 
Parking areas shall not be located in the required front yard(s) or between the principal building and the street. Parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
B. 
Extended-care facilities.
(1) 
Minimum lot size: 1,000 square feet per patient bed with a minimum lot width of 50 feet.
(2) 
Maximum impervious surface for WW or INS Districts: 50%; for DD: 100%.
(3) 
Maximum dwelling units per acre: 20.
(4) 
Maximum building length: 150 feet.
(5) 
The principal building(s) shall comply with the required yards and height of the designated zoning district and block class.
(6) 
No part of any building shall be nearer than 25 feet to any other building or groups of attached buildings, and no portion of the front or rear of any building or groups of attached buildings shall be nearer than 50 feet to the front and rear of another building or groups of attached buildings.
(7) 
Off-street parking shall be provided in accordance with § 595-179, Minimum spaces required.
(8) 
All parking areas shall be screened from adjoining land uses.
A. 
Cottage industry.
(1) 
In the CH, SS and WW Districts, the industry shall be:
(a) 
Located in a mixed residential/business building where the primary operator of the industry is a permanent occupant; and
(b) 
Limited to one industry per lot.
(2) 
A maximum of four employees in addition to any full-time occupant(s) of the building may be employed.
(3) 
The maximum floor area of the use shall not exceed 2,000 square feet.
(4) 
The use shall be limited to the first floor of the building and any accessory buildings.
(5) 
If located within the Street Corridor Enhancement Overlay, a retail component with public access from the street front shall be required. The retail component shall comply with the design standards in § 595-112.
(6) 
One sign with a maximum of five square feet shall be permitted.
(7) 
Parking shall be calculated for each use in accordance with Article XXXII, Off-Street and On-Street Parking.
(8) 
No exterior storage shall be permitted.
(9) 
Sales of goods on the premises shall be limited to:
(a) 
Goods made on the premises.
(b) 
Goods relating to services performed on the premises.
A. 
Heavy manufacturing uses.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
A heavy buffer screen shall be placed along all street and river frontage consisting of a six-foot-tall solid fence and evergreen vegetation.
B. 
Commercial communications facility.
(1) 
The requirements of § 595-251, Special exceptions, shall be met.
(2) 
The structure shall be completely fenced and screened.
(3) 
Such use shall not adversely affect the operation of any equipment beyond its lot lines.
C. 
Utility service. The facility shall be essential for the provision of the utility service, and alternative locations in nonresidential districts cannot be utilized.
A. 
Accessory rooming unit.
(1) 
Such a unit shall only be permitted in a single-family detached dwelling.
(2) 
There shall be a limit of one such unit per dwelling.
(3) 
There shall be a limit of one person inhabiting the rooming unit.
(4) 
An additional 1,000 square feet of lot area shall be provided in addition to the minimum lot area required per the designated zoning district and block class.
(5) 
One additional off-street parking space shall be provided on the same lot as the unit served.
B. 
Large family day-care home.
(1) 
Such use shall be conducted in a single-family dwelling only.
(2) 
No sign shall be displayed advertising the use.
(3) 
A state registration to conduct such activity shall be obtained.
(4) 
No structural or decorative modifications that may alter the exterior residential character of the building or neighborhood shall be permitted.
(5) 
Outdoor play areas shall be fenced or otherwise enclosed.
(6) 
Any outdoor activity or play equipment must be set back at least four feet from any property line.
(7) 
Two additional off-street parking spaces shall be provided.
A. 
Timber activities. Forestry activities, including but not limited to timber harvesting, shall be a permitted by right use in all zoning districts of the City of Easton. Forestry activities shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements, conditions and/or approvals:
(1) 
Forestry activities shall be set back a minimum of 50 feet from any property line.
(2) 
Forestry activities shall be set back a minimum of 150 feet from any residential structure.
(3) 
No debris, such as, but not limited to, tree limbs or branches, chipped wood, etc., shall be stored within the above-specified setbacks.
(4) 
Tree replacement shall take place in accordance with § 595-167, Tree replacement standards.
(5) 
Forestry activities are prohibited in riparian buffers, on very steep slopes (greater than 25%) or within the one-hundred-year floodplain.
B. 
Timber harvesting operation. In addition to the regulations for timber activities, Subsection A, timber harvesting operations shall be conducted in accordance with the following requirements, conditions and/or approvals:
(1) 
A zoning permit shall be obtained from the Zoning Administrator prior to forestry activities or timber harvesting;
(2) 
A timber harvesting plan shall be submitted to the Zoning Administrator for approval prior to removing 10 or more trees per acre of six-inch caliper or greater on any tract of land larger than one acre.
(3) 
Prior to the issuance of a zoning permit for timber harvesting operation, an erosion and sedimentation control plan shall be submitted by the applicant to the County Conservation District for review, recommendation and approval;
(4) 
When harvesting or otherwise removing five or more trees on tracts larger than one acre, at least 60% of the forest cover (canopy) shall remain and the residual trees shall be well distributed. At least 30% of these residual trees shall be composed of highest value species pursuant to the timber harvesting plan; and
(5) 
No timber harvesting operation or removal of products shall take place between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. or any time on weekends or legal holidays.