Tredyffrin Township Supervisors are considering an ordinance to regulate student housing. Either a by-right or special-exception ordinance could be enacted. A by-right zoning ordinance would state that use of a property would be approved as long as it was in compliance with the ordinance, and special exception means that the Zoning Hearing Board would decide if an applicant is complying with the ordinance. The special exception would require the applicant to go through the ordinance and show how their project achieves compliance. The township has received complaints about problems near homes being rented to students relating to noise, traffic, parking and property maintenance.
In an attempt to assure Paoli residents that new downtown development will not drastically change the character of their neighborhoods, the board of supervisors amended the township’s zoning so that certain urban structures cannot be built along the edges of Paoli’s residentially zoned neighborhoods. [Read more...]