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Sellersville broadens zoning uses in commercial center

CHRIS RUVO

Sellersville officials are eager to help attract quality businesses to the planned Sellersville Business Campus.

With that in mind, Borough Council on Monday broadened the scope of the types of businesses that can operate at the yet-to-be-built commercial center.

Council voted to approve a zoning ordinance amendment that, among other things, allows commercial recreational and entertainment facilities to operate by conditional use in the borough’s industrial zoning district, which includes the 40-acre business campus, officials said. As the industrial zone name suggests, the district is typically reserved for industrial uses, such as light manufacturing.

“Conditional use” is a zoning term that means a developer/business owner keen to have such a recreational/entertainment establishment in the industrial zone would need to meet particular conditions and receive special approval from the borough to do so.

Borough Manager David Rivet said council believes opening the door for commercial recreational and entertainment businesses to set up shop at the Sellersville Business Campus could help encourage desirable business in those fields to consider locating at the site, which is the former home of U.S. Gauge – once one of the largest employers in Upper Bucks County.

Rivet noted that there had been a request to build a recreational facility at the campus, but the deal fell through.

As part of the zoning amendment, Borough Council set standards for parking spaces for recreational and entertainment businesses.

The standards say, in part, that such businesses would need one space for every five people of total lawfully allowed capacity at the facility. Borough Council would have discretion to allow up to 25 percent of required spaces to be deferred for potential future development.

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