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Township of Washington, PA
Monday, July 16, 2018

Chapter 119. Subdivision and Land Development

Article VII. Mobile Home Parks

§ 119-43. Design and construction requirements.

A. 
Minimum park area and lot area, size, height and yard requirements. A mobile home park shall have a gross area of at least 15 acres.
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 5-05]
B. 
Site location. The location of all mobile home parks shall comply with the following minimum requirements:
(1) 
Free from adverse influence by swamps, marshes, garbage or rubbish disposal areas or other potential breeding places for insects or rodents;
(2) 
Not subject to flooding; and
(3) 
Not subject to any hazard or nuisance, such as excessive noise, vibration, smoke, toxic matter, heat, odor, glare, etc.
C. 
Stormwater management.[1]
(1) 
The ground surface in all parts of a park shall be graded and equipped to drain surface water in a safe, efficient manner. Where necessary, storm sewers, culverts and related facilities shall be provided to permit the unimpeded flow of natural watercourses and ensure the adequate drainage of all locations within the park.
(2) 
A drainage plan shall be prepared and submitted prior to the granting of a plan approval or license for any mobile home park (see § 119-32).
(3) 
All stormwater facilities shall be kept completely separate from any sanitary waste facilities.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 112, Stormwater Management.
D. 
Soil and ground cover requirements.
(1) 
Ground surfaces in all parts of every park shall be paved, covered with stone or other acceptable material or planted with a vegetative growth that is capable of preventing soil erosion and the emanation of dust during dry weather.
(2) 
Park grounds shall be maintained free of vegetative growth which is poisonous or which may harbor rodents, insects or other pests.
E. 
Park areas for nonresidential uses.
(1) 
No part of any park shall be used for nonresidential purposes, except such uses that are required for direct servicing, management or maintenance of the park and its residents.
(2) 
Nothing contained in this section shall be deemed as prohibiting the sale of a mobile home located on a mobile home lot and connected to utilities.
F. 
Screening. Mobile home parks shall provide a screen planting (trees, shrubs) along the property boundary line separating the park and adjacent uses.
G. 
Placement of mobile homes.
(1) 
An enclosure of compatible design and material shall be erected around the entire base of each mobile home. Such enclosure shall provide sufficient ventilation to inhibit decay and deterioration of the structure.
(2) 
All mobile homes shall be properly placed upon a mobile home stand and securely fastened to the foundation.
H. 
Park street system.
(1) 
A safe and convenient vehicular access shall be provided from abutting public streets or roads.
(2) 
The entrance road or area connecting the park with a public street or road shall have a minimum pavement width of 36 feet.
(3) 
Other internal streets shall be as follows:
(a) 
Where parking is permitted on both sides, a minimum width of 36 feet will be required.
(b) 
A minimum pavement width of 28 feet will be required where parking is limited to one side.
(c) 
A minimum pavement width of 25 feet will be required if no on-street parking is allowed.
(d) 
Dead-end streets shall be provided at the closed end with a paved turnaround having an outside diameter of at least 60 feet.
(4) 
Grades of all streets shall be at least 0.5% and not more than 8.0%.
(5) 
Intersections of more than two streets are prohibited.
(6) 
Within 100 feet of an intersection, streets shall be at approximately right angles. In no case shall streets intersect at less than 75º.
(7) 
If intersecting streets are not in alignment, a distance of at least 125 feet shall be provided between the center line of intersecting streets.
(8) 
Minimum curb or edge-of-pavement radii at intersections shall be as follows:
(a) 
Minor street with minor street: 15 feet.
(b) 
Minor street with collector street: 20 feet.
(c) 
Collector street with collector street: 20 feet.
(9) 
All streets shall be constructed in accordance with Township specifications.
(10) 
All streets within the park shall be privately owned and maintained.
I. 
Off-street parking areas. A paved off-street parking space for two motor vehicles shall be provided at each mobile home lot.
J. 
Walks.
(1) 
All mobile home parks shall be provided with pedestrian walks on both sides of the street. Such walks shall be at least 3 1/2 feet in width.
(2) 
All mobile home lots shall be connected to a pedestrian walk with an individual walk at least two feet in width.
(3) 
All pedestrian walks shall be constructed of a hard, durable, all-weather material that can be easily maintained, in accordance with Township specifications.
K. 
Mobile home lots.
(1) 
All lots shall abut and be accessible from a park street.
(2) 
Manufactured home lots within the park shall have a minimum area of 8,000 square feet and minimum width of 70 feet frontage.
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 5-05]
(3) 
The total number of lots in a park shall not exceed an average density of four per acre.
[Amended 2-7-2006 by Ord. No. 5-05]
(4) 
Each mobile home lot shall be improved to provide a hard-surfaced mobile home stand and adequate frost-free foundation for the placement of the mobile home unit.
L. 
Recreation areas.
(1) 
In all mobile home parks, a recreation area or areas with suitable facilities shall be maintained within the park for the use of all park residents.
(2) 
Land required for such recreation areas shall not be less than 10% of the gross area of the mobile home park.