27.01    Land Use Definition

27.02    Use Regulations

27.03    Property Development Standards

27.04    Height Regulations

27.05    Setback Regulations

27.06    Additional Regulations

27.07    Continuum of Care Developments

27.01 Land Use Definition

Public facilities: this land use category applies to areas for churches, schools, hospitals, continuum of care developments, government buildings, and utility facilities which, together with convention services, child care and information centers, are permitted.

Accessory uses, temporary uses, arcades and game centers, cemeteries/mausoleums, clinics, commercial recreation, convalescent homes, outdoor farmers markets, fraternal or civic clubs, health clubs, plant nurseries, professional/business offices, solid waste stations, stables, veterinary services, and manufactured structures require use permit approval. (Ord. 16-211 § 1 (part); Ord. 01-74 § 1 (part))

27.02 Use Regulations

Buildings and premises shall only be used for the purposes as defined in the city of Litchfield Park zoning matrix (Section 28).

27.03 Property Development Standards

a.    Lot Area

Not Applicable.

b.    Lot Width

Each lot shall have a minimum width of sixty feet.

c.    Lot Coverage

The maximum lot coverage shall be sixty percent of the lot area.

d.    Buffers

Buffer yards, consisting at a minimum of landscaping for the required setback distance, including pathways as appropriate, as approved by the design review board, shall be provided between dissimilar uses or other districts. (Ord. 04-91 § 1 (part))

27.04 Height Regulations

The height of buildings shall not exceed forty-five feet above grade nor three stories, except that the height of any church tower or steeple may not exceed sixty feet.

27.05 Setback Regulations

a.    Front Yard

A minimum front yard of twenty feet is required in the PF district.

b.    Side Yard

None required, except that:

1.    Where a lot is adjacent to a rural or residential zoning district there shall be a side yard on the side of the lot adjacent to such rural or residential zoning district having a width of not less than thirty feet.

2.    Where a corner lot abuts two streets there shall be a side yard on the street side of such corner lot having a width of not less than twenty feet.

3.    If a side yard is otherwise provided it shall have a width of not less than twenty feet.

c.    Rear Yard

None required, except that:

1.    Where a lot abuts a rural or residential zoning district whether or not separated by an alley, there shall be a rear yard having a depth of not less than thirty feet.

2.    If a rear yard is otherwise provided it shall have a depth of not less than twenty feet.

27.06 Additional Regulations

a.    All activity (except required on-site parking, loading or unloading) excluding incidental or accessory storage and display area shall be within a completely enclosed building, unless specifically noted herein.

b.    Any exterior lighting shall be directed downward and away from adjacent property in accordance with the city code and this zoning code. See Section 31.15.

c.    Provisions for on-site stormwater retention/drainage and off-site stormwater drainage both entering and leaving the property shall be as required by the city and the Maricopa County Flood Control District; the procedures for which shall be approved by the council.

27.07 Continuum of Care Developments

a.    Purpose

A continuum of care development provides a variety of health related services, including independent living facilities, with only the minimum of health care related services provided, to skilled nursing facilities with a wide range of health care related services provided. A continuum of care development is neither strictly residential nor strictly commercial, but is a blend of land uses within a single coordinated campus setting of not less than twenty acres. The purpose of this section is to regulate continuum of care development in order to provide additional land use and property development regulations for continuum of care developments in public facility districts within the city of Litchfield Park.

b.    Definitions

The following terms shall have the meanings indicated when used in this section:

1.    Continuum of Care Development Any coordinated development in which an individual is provided a living environment with some level of health related service. These shall include, but are not limited to, independent housing facilities; congregate care facilities, assisted living facilities, dementia care facilities, skilled nursing facilities and supporting facilities.

2.    Independent Housing Facility A facility where a minimum of health care related services are provided.

3.    Congregate Care Facility A facility for age restricted individuals where the level of service includes some meals and housekeeping.

4.    Assisted Living Facility A facility for individuals, which includes meals and housekeeping and some level of assistance with activities of daily living.

5.    Dementia Care Facility A facility for individuals, which includes meals, housekeeping, assistance with activities of daily living and provides some level of assistance to those suffering from some form of memory impairment.

6.    Skilled Nursing Facility A facility for individuals who require twenty-four-hour health care related services.

7.    Supporting Facilities A subordinate use which provides support for, or convenience to, continuum of care developments, including by example but not limited to, medical/professional offices, pharmaceutical, urgent care, primary care and acute care facilities, ambulatory, diagnostic and treatment facilities, medical laboratories, outpatient facilities, personal care businesses, banks, and neighborhood markets. Supporting facilities shall be integrated into the design and function of the continuum of care development and shall be open for and may be used by members of the general public.

c.    Application Requirements

In addition to application requirements contained elsewhere in this code, an application for a continuum of care development shall be accompanied by a development plan that shall be reviewed by the planning and zoning commission, who shall forward their written recommendations to the city council. The development plan shall be approved by the city council as part of approval of the zoning application and incorporated therein.

d.    Land Use and Operational Regulations

1.    Property Development Regulations

Continuum of care development shall comply with the requirements of the public facility district, except that a planned development (PD) overlay may include supplemental requirements and standards as therein specified.

2.    Location of Sales Office

A sales office for a continuum of care development may be located temporarily in a modular building or other temporary facility. This temporary facility shall be subject to approval of the design review board and the issuance of a use permit by the city council. Prior to approving any use permit, the planning and zoning commission shall hold a public hearing and submit its written recommendation to the city council. Once units have been completed on site and a certificate of occupancy for such units has been issued, the sales center may be located in one or more of the units or clubhouse. (Ord. 01-74 § 1 (part))