Ordinances

ARTICLE 1308

R-M RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT

1308.01 Purpose

The purpose of this zoning district is to provide for high density residential uses and compatible residentially-oriented non-residential uses.

1308.02 Use Regulations

A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the following purposes, and no other, subject to the applicable provisions of Article 1318, "General Regulations", and other applicable provisions of this and other City Ordinances.

(a) The following uses are permitted by right:

(1) Any use permitted in R-T Residential District.

(b) The following uses and their customary accessory uses may be permitted following a review and recommendation by the Planning Commission in accord with the provisions of Article 1322:

(1) Any use permitted in R-T Residential District.

(c) The following uses and their customary accessory uses when authorized by a special exception by the Zoning Hearing Board may be permitted, subject also the provisions of Article 1325:

(1) Any use permitted in R-T Residential District.

(2) Temporary or Overnight Shelter.

(d) The following accessory uses may be permitted:

(1) Any use permitted in R-T Residential District.

1308.03 Area, Yard and Building Regulations

(See Article 1318).

1308.04 Off-Street Parking and Loading Regulations

(See Article 1319).

1308.05 Sign Regulations

(See Article 1320).

1308.06 Site Plan Review Requirements

(See Article 1321).

1308.07 R-M Residential District Overlay Zone

The purpose of the overlay zone is to permit the density and flexibility of the R-M zoning district, while also providing appropriate limitation to the height of development where the R-M district abuts a neighboring community with comparable height provisions.

(a) The R-M Residential District Overlay Zone is identified on the Zoning Map of the City of Bethlehem and shall consist of that geographic area in the R-M Residential District in Ward 16 of the City, bounded by the I-78 Interchange on the North, Easton Road and then Township of Lower Saucon Municipal Boundary on the East, Cherry Lane and the Borough of Hellertown Municipal Boundary on the South and the C-G General Commercial District on the West.

(b) The maximum building height in this overlay zone district shall be two and one half (2-1/2) stories and thirty-five (35) feet for all uses along the property line fronting the street right of way of Cherry Lane to a depth approximately one hundred eighty eight (188) feet North and parallel to the property line encompassing an area of approximately six and one half (6-1/2) acres. The maximum height of buildings on the remaining estimated five (5) acres, Area “A”, shall be three and one half (3-1/2) stories and fifty (50) feet. The land in Area “A” is generally lower than the land fronting Cherry Lane, therefore, the overall heights of the buildings will also appear lower.

[Section 1308.07 was added by Ordinance No. 4195 on June 3, 2003]