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Part 3 District Use Regulations

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Smithfield Township Zoning Ordinance - Schedule of District Regulations

District Intent

Principal Permitted Uses

Conditional Uses

Accessory Uses

Development Standards

R-1 Low Density Residential District:

This District includes large land areas that should, to the degree practical, be developed in a manner that preserves their open space character and natural amenities. Permanent and seasonal residences at low density, as well as recreational uses, resorts, camps, wildlife preserves and other types of uses compatible with the natural environment are appropriate.

Conservation subdivisions (see §302(3))

One-family detached dwellings (1 per lot)

Commercial seasonal camps

Communications towers on municipal property

Forestry and forest reserves, wildlife refuges

Membership clubs, camps and associations

Municipal recreation and entertainment facilities on lots of 5 or more acres in land area

Agriculture

Assisted living facilities

Bed and breakfasts

Cemeteries

Day care facilities (home care only)

Federal, State and County buildings and uses

Inns

Place of worship

Planned residential developments (PRD’s)

Professional and home occupations

Public utility structures

Resorts

Schools, colleges and education facilities

Stables, commercial (as part of resort)

[Ord. 192]

Accessory use or structure

No-impact home-based business

Noncommercial keeping of household pets

Private garages, tool houses and play houses

Private outdoor swimming pools

Signs as provided hereunder

Storage of vehicles and boats per §503(6)

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

50,000 sf

40,000 sf

40,000 sf

20,000 sf

Lot width:

150 ft

125 ft

125 ft

100 ft

Lot depth:

200 ft

175 ft

175 ft

150 ft

Front yard:

35 ft

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

Side yard:

30 ft

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

Rear yard:

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

Maximums:

Building coverage:

20%

20%

20%

25%

Building height:

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage & water

R-2 Moderate Density Residential District:

This District comprises areas of the Township that are basically rural in character and that are or may be used for permanent or seasonal residences at moderate densities as well as for other purposes in keeping with the rural nature of the area. Many of these areas are served with central sewage and water.

Conservation subdivisions (see §302(3))

One-family detached dwellings (1 per lot)

Two-family dwellings

Commercial seasonal camps

Communications towers on municipal property

Forestry and forest reserves, wildlife refuges

Membership clubs, camps and associations

Municipal buildings and uses

Outdoor recreation and entertainment facilities on lots of 5 or more acres in land area

Agriculture

Assisted living facilities

Bed and breakfasts

Campgrounds per Ord. 128

Cemeteries

Day care facilities (home care only)

Federal, State and County buildings and uses

Inns

Mobile home parks per Ord. 128

Multi-family dwellings per §506

Continuing care facilities

Place of worship

Planned residential developments (PRD’s)

Planned unit developments on 10+ acres

Professional and home occupations

Public utility structures

Residential conversions

Resorts

Schools, colleges and education facilities

Senior housing

Nursing home or skilled nursing facility

[Ord. 192]

Accessory use or structure

No-impact home-based business

Noncommercial keeping of household pets

Private garages, tool houses and play houses

Private outdoor swimming pools

Signs as provided hereunder

Storage of vehicles and boats per §503(6)

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

40,000 sf

30,000 sf

15,000 sf

10,000 sf

Lot width:

150 ft

125 ft

100 ft

70 ft

Lot depth:

175 ft

150 ft

125 ft

110 ft

Front yard:

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

Side yard:

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

10 ft

Rear yard:

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

10 ft

Maximums:

Building coverage:

25%

30%

30%

35%

Building height:

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage & water

R-C Residential Conservation District:

This District is intended to provide for residential development in the form of conservation subdivisions and other low intensity uses consistent with preservation of rural character in instances. It encompasses lands that can be difficult to develop without using conservation subdivision design. These lands also encompass special features that such design will help to protect

Conservation subdivisions (see §302(3))

One-family detached dwellings (1 per lot)

Two-family dwellings

Commercial seasonal camps

Communications towers on municipal property

Forestry and forest reserves, wildlife refuges

Membership clubs, camps and associations

Municipal buildings and uses

Outdoor recreation and entertainment facilities on lots of 5 or more acres in land area

Agriculture

Bed and breakfasts

Campground per Ord. 128

Cemeteries

Day care facilities (home care only)

Federal, State and County buildings and uses

Inns

Place of worship

Planned residential developments (PRD’s)

Professional and home occupations

Public utility structures

Residential conversions

Resorts

Schools, colleges and educational facilities

Stables, commercial (as part of resort)

[Ord. 192]

Accessory use and structure

No-impact home-based business

Noncommercial keeping of household pets

Private garages, tool houses and play houses

Private outdoor swimming pools

Signs as provided hereunder

Storage of vehicles and boats per §503(6)

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

80,000 sf

80,000 sf

80,000 sf

25,000 sf

Lot width:

150 ft

125 ft

125 ft

100 ft

Lot depth:

175 ft

150 ft

150 ft

125 ft

Front yard:

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

Side yard:

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

Both side yards:

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

Rear yard:

25 ft

25 ft

25 ft

20 ft

Maximums:

Building coverage:

20%

20%

30%

35%

Building height:

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage & water

M-1 Industrial Districts:

This District is intended to include areas most suitable for industrial and extractive land uses

All uses permitted in the ED District as a principal permitted use.

All uses permitted in the ED District as a conditional use.

Airports.

Distribution plants.

Federal, State and County buildings and uses.

Laboratories.

Outdoor shooting ranges.

Outdoor storage facilities (see Section 511(18) of this Chapter).

Paper mills.

Quarries and other extractive industries.

Railroad yards and freight stations.

Truck terminals.

Other similar uses.

Lawful uses not otherwise permitted.

Accessory use and structure

Signs as provided hereunder

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

40,000 sf

40,000 sf

40,000 sf

40,000 sf

Lot width:

150 ft

150 ft

150 ft

150 ft

Lot depth:

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

Front yard:

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

Side yard:

20 ft*

20 ft*

20 ft*

20 ft*

Rear yard:

20 ft**

20 ft**

20 ft**

20 ft**

Maximums:

Building coverage:

35%

35%

35%

35%

Building height:

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

* Add 25 feet where abutting a residential district boundary

** Add 35 feet where abutting a residential district boundary

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage & water

R-E Resort District:

This District is intended to encompass and support the further development, and support the further development, on an incremental or planned unit basis, of existing large self-contained resorts within the Township

Bed and breakfasts

Commercial indoor recreation and entertainment

Communications towers on municipal property

Forestry and forest reserves, wildlife refuges

Inns

Lodging accommodations

Membership clubs, camps and associations

Resorts

Restaurants (resort affiliated)

Short term rentals

Campgrounds per Ordinance 128

Communications centers/towers

Day care facilities for resort guests and workers

Gambling

Kennels for resort customers

Motels and hotels

One-family detached dwellings (part of resort)

Planned residential development (PRD’s)

Public utility structures

Restaurants (independent)

Stables

Two-family dwellings (part of resort)

Accessory use and structure

Signs as provided hereunder

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

10 acres

10 acres

10 acres

10 acres

Lot width:

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

Lot depth:

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

200 ft

Front yard:

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

Side yard:

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

Rear yard:

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

50 ft

Maximums:

Building coverage:

35%

35%

35%

35%

Building height:

Occupied

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

35 ft

Unoccupied

45 ft

45 ft

45 ft

45 ft

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage & water

ED Economic Development District:

This District is intended to encourage a diverse number of compatible, nonresidential uses along high volume traffic corridors. The District promotes flexible design options to encourage well-designed nonresidential land uses in conformance with the goals of the Smithfield Township Comprehensive Plan, and the following objectives:

A. Provide the broadest range of nonresidential uses in the Township.

B. Encourage the retention of the existing community character of Smithfield Township by preserving the existing buildings and landscaped spaces to the greatest extent possible.

C. Discourage strip-style commercial development which requires incongruous architectural styles, excessive paved areas, and numerous curb cuts.

D. Encourage consolidation of driveways, parking, and curb cuts to provide more efficient and economical access and parking.

E. Encourage a coordinated pedestrian path system to provide efficient and convenient pedestrian access from parking areas to and among the various permitted uses.

F. Assure suitable design to protect the character and property values of adjacent and nearby neighborhoods.

G. Provide regulations that minimize congestion and hazardous traffic conditions.

H. Allow existing nonresidential properties to be appropriately redeveloped.

I. Improve the Township’s economic and budgetary sustainability by expanding the tax base and job creation through appropriate nonresidential development and redevelopment.

Retail stores.

Convenience stores, with or without fuel pumps.

Personal services.

Business or professional offices and/or services.

Medical offices.

Studio for dance, art, music, photography, or exercise.

Commercial indoor recreation and entertainment.

Bank or financial institution.

Restaurant.

Bar or tavern.

Emergency service facilities.

Municipal uses.

Open space and low intensity outdoor recreational uses.

Post office.

Adult and/or child day care facilities.

Technical schools and training centers.

Funeral home or mortuary.

Mixed use building.

Motel/hotel or inn.

Commercial indoor recreation and entertainment.

Veterinarian offices/animal hospital or commercial kennel.

Shopping center.

Forestry and forest reserves, wildlife refuges.

Tool and equipment rental.

Outdoor recreation and entertainment facilities.

Assisted living facilities, continuing care facilities, nursing homes.

Retirement housing community.

Place of worship.

Building supply center, lumber yard and contractor’s business.

Nursery, garden center, or greenhouse.

Telecommunication facilities.

Public utility.

Public transportation facilities.

Campgrounds.

Resorts.

Schools, colleges and education facilities.

Stables.

Communications centers/towers.

Data centers and disaster recovery facilities.

Short stay medical center.

Light manufacturing, wholesale and warehouses.

Planned unit developments.

Rehabilitation facility.

Hospital or medical center.

Mixed use development.

Incentivized development.

Indoor flea markets.

Repair services, other than automotive.

Club or fraternal organization.

Automotive services.

Automotive and vehicular sales and rentals.

Moving vehicle rental and supply establishments.

Accessory use on the same lot with and customarily incidental to the use permitted and utilized.

Accessory uses shall meet all requirements for permitted uses.

Signs as provided hereunder.

Minimums:

A

B

C

D

Lot area:

30,000 sf

30,000 sf

30,000 sf

30,000 sf

Lot width:

100 ft

100 ft

100 ft

100 ft

Lot depth:

150 ft

150 ft

150 ft

150 ft

Front yard:

50/65 ft*

50/65 ft*

50/65 ft*

50/65 ft*

Side yard:

20 ft**

20 ft**

20 ft**

20 ft**

Rear yard:

30 ft**

30 ft**

30 ft**

30 ft**

Maximums:

Building coverage:***

35%

35%

35%

35%

Building height:***

40 ft

40 ft

40 ft

40 ft

* Principal structures measuring up to 5,000 square feet (gross floor area) require a minimum front yard of 50 feet. Principal structures in excess of 5,000 square feet (gross floor area) require a minimum front yard of 65 feet.

** Add 20-foot buffer yard where abutting a residential district.

*** See Section 511(24) of this Chapter for additional regulations.

A = On-site sewage and water

B = Central water only

C = Central sewage only

D = Central sewage and water

(Ord. 187, 4/18/2008, §4; as amended by Ord. 188, 5/27/2008, §5; by Ord. 189, 7/22/2008, §5; by Ord. 192, 11/20/2008, §§1D, 1E; by Ord. 197, 9/14/2010, §II; by Ord. 206, 4/10/2012, §II; by Ord. 225, 12/13/2016, §9; by Ord. 226, 7/12/2016, §5; by Ord. 234, 3/18/2020, §4; and by Ord. 237, 7/28/2020, §§13–19)