"It is a sweeping revision." Tredyffrin Director of Planning and Zoning Matt Baumann told Patch after the vote. "We are modernizing the code to reflect changes in uses (since previous zoning codes were enacted). Baumann has worked on shepherding the new ordinance through a two year process which included hiring a consultant firm to look at current commercial zoning in the township and make recommendations based on preserving the interests of residents and local home and property owners while also trying to attract news businesses.
"Thousands of cars drive through Tredyffrin Township (on 202 and 30) every day. We want people to stop here, shop here and open up businesses here," Baumann said. This ordinance was created with an eye on what the township will need to be competitive "in 10, 15, 20 years," Baumann told TE Patch.
The new ordinance creates or redefines five commerical zoning categories:
- O- Office
- LI- Light Industrial
- PIP-Planned Industrial Park
- C1- Commercial business geared toward consumers like dry cleaners, restaurants and smaller retail stories
- C2- Larger commercial businesses like shopping centers or the old Syms store
- (as an example and if it were still in business)
The new ordinance also eliminates by redefining five commercial zoning categories:
LO- Limited Office District
Among the other notable changes to zoning regulations included in the new ordinance are a reduction in size of commercial property parking spaces from 10x20 feet to 9x20 feet and changes in regulations regarding commercial business signs.
Monday's vote follows nearly two years and 15 public meetings and hearings.
You can read details of the ordinance here on the Tredyffrin Township website. A summary presentation made Monday evening by the consultants to the supervisors and the public is expected to be posted on the township website by Tuesday afternoon.