[Ord. No. 3549 §4, 10-22-2015]
Purpose. It is necessary and desirable to ensure suitable sites for group homes and foster homes in residential areas, provided that, in furtherance of the goal of deinstitutionalization, group homes and foster homes are integrated fully into the community in which they seek to locate, seamlessly adhering to the character and aesthetics of the neighborhood. Additionally, group homes should not be unduly concentrated in neighborhoods so as to ensure that mentally or physically disabled persons are afforded the opportunity to be fully assimilated into the community.
Group homes. In order to promote deinstitutionalization and dispersal of group homes, no group home may be located within five hundred (500) feet of another group home, measured by the straight line distance between the nearest points of the exterior walls (exclusive of overhangs) of the buildings within which the relevant facilities or uses are located; or
Adjoin any lot upon which another group home already exists, or
Be separated from any lot upon which an existing group home already exists only by a street or roadway.
To achieve the deinstitutionalization and dispersal goals referenced herein, owners and operators of group homes must register the facility with the Community Development Department on forms provided for that purpose. Owners and operators of group homes must also notify the Community Development Department of any change of use, transfer or termination of a group home use and revise the facility registration as appropriate. No fees will be associated with the registration.
Foster home and group homes. For any single family dwelling used as a foster home or group home, the exterior appearance of the home and real property shall be in keeping with the character of the other single-family dwellings in the immediate neighborhood, and shall comply with applicable Building Code occupancy limits, signage regulations and other standards applicable to single-family dwellings shall apply.