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Zoning Bonuses (Town Center District)
1. Zoning bonuses.
A. The Board of Supervisors, after review and recommendation by the Planning Commission, may authorize modification of the provisions and requirements of § 208-70B, § 208-70C and § 208-70H regulating building lot area per dwelling unit, building footprint and building height if an application for development is deemed to be in compliance with the spirit of the Zoning Ordinance and the Tredyffrin Township Comprehensive Plan and advances the goals and objectives described therein.
B. The modification shall take the form of zoning bonuses and must be authorized as a conditional use. During the conditional use hearing, detailed development plans must be presented, and conditional use approval may be granted only in return for specific action on the part of the applicant which advances and implements the planning concepts prescribed for the Town Center District. The application shall be submitted in accordance with the provisions of § 208-117: Conditional uses.
C. Eligibility for zoning bonuses.
The zoning bonuses may only be granted by the Board of Supervisors conditional to such specific reciprocal action on the part of the applicant which, by determination of the Board, furthers the objectives and general planning concepts of the Town Center District and the Comprehensive Plan. Applicants shall provide a list of the reciprocal actions being proposed and the rationale for choosing the particular actions which, in the determination of the applicant, justify the granting of a zoning incentive. Examples of actions which warrant consideration by the Board are:
(1) Providing publicly available, non-patron, off-street parking in excess of the minimum number of spaces required by § 208-103: Off-street parking and loading requirements. The number of spaces to be provided shall be at least an additional 20% above the required minimum or 10 spaces, whichever is greater.
(2) Renovating existing building facades to incorporate public art or unique architectural features into the design of the structure.
(3) Achieving certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at or above the "silver" level rating as defined by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System. The standard shall be LEED-NC Version 2.2 for new construction, LEED-CI Version 2.0 for interior improvements to existing commercial spaces, and LEED-ND Version 2.0 for neighborhood development, or as such standards are most recently amended. Applicants are strongly encouraged to achieve the highest LEED's certification possible in multiple categories.
(4) Installing innovative stormwater best management practices, such as construction of "green roof" buildings capable of managing small storm events through rooftop landscaping or bioretention facilities and rain gardens as complementary landscape features.
(5) For residential or mixed-use buildings, providing a minimum of 75% of required parking within a structured parking facility.
(6) Similar cooperative actions indicating a desire to further the goals and objectives of the Township Comprehensive Plan.
See § 208-71: Zoning bonuses. for more information.