Township of Warminster, PA
Bucks County
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[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
The following definitions shall apply to the terms used in this Part 8 in connection with the development of a continuing care retirement community:
A dwelling unit varying in square footage from 200 square feet to 500 square feet that provides a residential living environment assisted by congregate meals, housekeeping and personal services for persons, age 55 or older, who have temporary or periodic difficulties with one or more essential activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, dressing or mobility. As assisted living unit shall include accessory uses, including dining rooms, bathing areas, common areas, offices and other space necessary to provide the above services.
A facility which has a primary purpose of providing housing and continuing care for people over the age of 55 or where either the husband or wife is over age 55 and consists of independent apartment units, assisted living units, skilled care nursing units and continuing care retirement community accessory uses, all as defined herein. For purposes of this Part 8, "continuing care" means the provision of lodging, nursing, medical or health-related services at the same or another location to an individual pursuant to an agreement effective for the life of the individual or for a period greater than one year, including mutually terminable contracts, and in consideration of the payment of an entrance fee with or without other periodic charges.
Any use necessary for the operation of the facility or for the benefit or convenience of the residents and their guests, including, but not limited to, kitchen and dining facilities, places of worship, indoor and outdoor recreational buildings and uses, retail and banking facilities, beauty salons and barbershops, gift shops, classrooms, security facilities, conference rooms, common areas, guest rooms, administrative offices, medical offices, postal center, pharmacy, maintenance facilities, craft and music rooms, library and television room and heating and cooling equipment structures, provided that the accessory use is for the primary benefit of the continuing care retirement community and provided that there is no exterior announcement of the use.
A dwelling unit containing living areas, bedroom areas, kitchen areas and bathrooms, including studio-style apartments, varying in square footage from 350 square feet to 2,000 square feet, which houses one or more people over the age of 55 in a manner in which they may live independently while receiving one or more meals per day in a congregate setting.
A nursing bed or individual room which provides board, shelter and twenty-four-hour skilled nursing and medical care to chronic or convalescent patients. A nursing unit shall include accessory uses, including dining rooms, bathing areas, common areas, offices, clinics, therapy areas, medical facilities and other space necessary to provide the above services.
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
A building may be erected or used and a lot may be used or occupied for any of the uses listed in this section.
The following uses are permitted by right:
Continuing care retirement community (CCRC)
Independent apartment units
Assisted living units
Skilled nursing units
Use 50
Emergency services
Use 55
Utility operating facility
The following uses are permitted as a conditional use when authorized by the Board of Supervisors in accordance with the provisions of Part 25 of this chapter:
Use 53
Public or private parking garage
Use 78
Residential wind-energy system
[Ord. 689, 9/10/2009]
The regulations for the following density, area and dimensional regulations applicable to a continuing care retirement community use are as follows:
Tract size. The minimum tract size for the development of a CCRC shall be 75 contiguous acres.
Number of dwelling units. The maximum number of independent apartment units in a CCRC shall be 2,000. In addition to the independent apartment units, up to 40% of the total number of independent apartment units may be developed as a combination of assisted living units and/or skilled nursing units.
Floor area ratio. "Floor area ratio" is defined as the ratio of the gross floor area of the structure to the gross lot area upon which the use and/or structures are to be located. Exempted from gross floor area are those areas devoted to internal atriums. The maximum permitted floor area ratio for a CCRC shall be 0.665, which ratio shall include basement areas.
Maximum tract impervious surface ratio: 45%. For purposes of calculating the rates, the area of the community arterial road (as that term is defined in Subsection N below) shall not be considered as a part of the tract.
Maximum building height. The maximum height of any structure shall be 60 feet; provided, however, that no building which is proposed to be in excess of 50 feet in height shall be located on Jacksonville Road, Street Road or within 100 feet of the eastern boundary of the lot which is proposed to be developed.[1]
Editor's Note: Original Section 802, Subsection F, Building coverage, which previously followed this subsection, was repealed by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017.
Front yard. There shall be a front yard along each street on which a lot abuts which shall be not less than 75 feet in depth, measured from the right-of-way or, where no right-of-way is provided, from the edge of the cartway; provided, however, that when bounded by an existing arterial or existing collector road or opposite a residential district, the minimum front yard shall be 100 feet from the right-of-way line of the roadway. Parking within the front yard shall be permitted; provided, however, that no parking shall be permitted within 20 feet of a right-of-way line or, in the case of a private street, within 20 feet of the edge of the cartway.
Side yards. Side yards of not less than 35 feet shall be required. Parking shall be allowed in the side yards, provided that no parking shall be located within 20 feet of a property line.
Rear yards. A rear yard of not less than 50 feet shall be required. Parking shall be allowed in the rear yards, provided that no parking shall be located within 20 feet of a property line.
Building spacing. On lots containing more than one building, a minimum thirty-foot separation is required between buildings.
Buffer yards. The buffer yard requirements of this chapter shall not apply to the CCRC District. Along the boundary of the CCRC District with Ivyland Borough, a buffer yard shall be provided, which shall be not less than 100 feet in width. No buildings shall be permitted within this buffer yard. Within this buffer yard, no parking shall be located closer than 50 feet to the boundary line of Ivyland Borough; however, driveways shall be permitted within the exterior 50 feet.
Driveways. More than one driveway may be permitted on a property from a public road, provided that each driveway is a minimum of 125 feet from any other driveway.
Parking and loading requirements. The required number of parking spaces for a CCRC shall be 1.1 parking spaces per independent apartment unit, which figure shall be inclusive of all staff, resident and visitor parking and all assisted living units and skilled nursing units within the CCRC. The required number of loading spaces shall be one per community building over 40,000 square feet.
Aisles in parking lots. The minimum width of aisles in parking areas with two-way circulation shall be 24 feet.
Access. All uses within the CCRC District shall take access from an interior roadway or shared common driveway. This shall not prevent access from a "community arterial road," which shall be defined as a road constructed for the purpose of providing access to the CCRC District or to uses within the adjacent district. A community arterial road in the CCRC District shall have a minimum right-of-way of 100 feet and a minimum cartway of 58 feet.
[Amended by Ord. 737, 1/19/2017]
Sidewalks. Sidewalks may be located within the right-of-way of public and/or private streets within the CCRC District.