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Special Exception Authorization
All requests for variances and special exceptions will first be sent by the Board to the Gettysburg Planning Commission for review and recommendation.
In any instance where the Zoning Hearing Board is required to consider a special exception or variance in accordance with the provisions of this Part, the applicant shall provide evidence to allow the Board to, among other things, consider the following standards. The Board may, by rule, prescribe the form of application and may require preliminary application to the Zoning Officer. 
(1) The applicant shall provide evidence to indicate to the Zoning Hearing Board that:
(a) The proposed use is consistent with the purpose of the Part whereby it is permitted and the overall purposes contained in Part 1.
(b) The proposed use and its location are generally consistent with the Comprehensive Plan and the current Gettysburg Borough Zoning Map.
(c) The proposed use complies with the lot requirements and the building height of the district where it is proposed.
(d) The proposed use is consistent with the general and supplemental regulations set forth in Part 15, and the design standards of Part 19.
(e) The proposed use will not substantially injure or detract from the use of neighboring property or from the character of the neighborhood and that the use of the adjacent property is adequately safeguarded. Further, the proposed use, located on the proposed property, with the present and proposed characteristics of each, and considering the present and proposed characteristics of the neighboring properties, will not cause negative impacts over and above those typically associated with such uses located and operated in a usual manner.
(f) The proposed use will provide a fence or a planting screen and/or additional yard or open space area to reduce the effect of the proposed use upon adjacent properties.
(g) The proposed use will promote preservation or adaptive reuse of the sites and structures identified by the Local Historic District Regulations [Chapter 11].
(h) The proposed use complies with the required off-street parking and loading regulations in Part 13.
(i) The proposed use will provide safe and adequate access to streets and that the applicant will make any improvements needed to guarantee compatibility with adjacent streets as recommended by the Borough Engineer.
(j) The proposed use will provide for pedestrian access to the site.
(k) The proposed use will not adversely affect public facilities and utilities, such as water, sewer, police and fire protection, schools, etc.
(l) The proposed use will comply with the signage regulations of Chapter 19 of the Borough Code.

(2) The Zoning Hearing Board may attach reasonable conditions as it deems necessary to assure compliance with this chapter.

More information on Permits and Applications (including fees) can be found here