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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Re-Ordering Ordinances: Zoning changes expand possibilities

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Distilleries, dwellings and developments.

Amendments to the Township’s zoning ordinances that touch on these “3Ds” will jump off the page to give residents and potential businesses more choices.

Accessory Dwellings

Residents would be able to build additional structures on their property to accommodate family.

The building cannot exceed 1,200 square feet and cannot comprise more than 50 percent of the available land. Additionally, the structure must be connected to the existing home via a breezeway or other connector that cannot exceed 30 feet in length.

Changes also allow for an addition to be created that utilizes a shared space in the main building.

The change also updates the definition of “family” based on the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines.

Micro-Brewery Regulations

With the popularity of microbreweries, distilleries and wineries ever increasing, changes to Township ordinances will allow those businesses to call Cranberry home.

The existing ordinance required the business to identify as either a restaurant or an industrial use facility. With the update, those facilities are instead defined by how much alcohol they produce each year, with a limit of 465,000 gallons per year.

These facilities will be permitted in every commercial zoning district, and the distinction will allow for tasting rooms and retail space.

Comprehensive Zoning

A change to the comprehensive zoning map will give developments in the Route 228 and Route 19 corridors more flexibility.

These Community Character Development endeavors will help ease the process for mixed-use and high-density developments, creating more a more communal feel in those areas.

The two ordinances will be advertised, and public hearings will be held after being reviewed by the Board of Supervisors at their November 19 meeting.

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