Township of Upper Chichester, PA
Delaware County
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All mobile home parks permitted shall conform to the following standards as well as other applicable standards in this chapter and Chapter 600, Zoning.
The uses allowed within a mobile home park shall be as specified in Article VIII, MH Mobile Home District, of Chapter 600, Zoning.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
All applications for mobile home park development shall follow the procedures found in Article III of this chapter.
See Article VIII, MH Mobile Home District, of Chapter 600, Zoning.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
A. 
All regulations of Article VIII, MH Mobile Home District, of Chapter 600, Zoning, shall be adhered to in mobile home park developments.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Mobile home parks shall be laid out with due consideration to slopes and other natural features.
(1) 
Natural drainageways will in no way be impaired by development.
(2) 
Where possible, streets should follow the contours of the land.
(3) 
Efforts should be made to design the streets in the mobile home park in other than grid patterns in order to avoid monotony and achieve a more creative and economical street pattern.
C. 
Whenever feasible, units shall be arranged in groups or clusters to create a focal point of neighborhood activity and larger contiguous open space areas.
D. 
Mobile homes placed on individual lots are encouraged to be placed off-center on the lot so as to provide a large usable open yard space and outdoor living area in one section of the lot.
E. 
Mobile homes should be arranged in a variety of orientations. Where possible, mobile homes should be situated with their long axis east-west to offer a southern exposure to their longest wall and roof areas in order to take advantage of natural sunlight.
A. 
General. The street system of a mobile home park shall be designed to include the following:
(1) 
Create a separation of automobile and pedestrian circulation by means of a system of roads and pedestrian walkways.
(2) 
Create efficient and safe connections with the existing road system of the Township in order to ensure proper ingress and egress to and from the mobile home park.
(3) 
Minimize through traffic into residential areas.
(4) 
Encourage curvilinear road systems with flowing horizontal and vertical alignments, designed for slow-moving vehicles.
B. 
Proposed streets in mobile home park developments may be a hierarchy of roads or a single point of access. The road system may be classified as follows:
(1) 
Entrance road: to provide direct access to mobile home parks and shall be designed to allow free movements of traffic onto adjacent public streets.
(2) 
Secondary road: to provide access to and from common parking areas and to individual lots.
C. 
Right-of-way and cartway widths.
(1) 
Street right-of-way and cartway widths in mobile home parks shall conform to the minimum standards listed in Table 4 below:
Table 4
Mobile Home Park Street Widths
Right-of-Way Width
(feet)
Cartway Width
(feet)
Entrance road
50
30
Secondary road
40
27
(2) 
Where street rights-of-way are required, their design shall conform to the standards in § 505-35.
(3) 
Culs-de-sac, see § 505-35G.
D. 
Street intersections.
(1) 
Entrance roads intersecting local or collector streets should be located a minimum of 50 feet and 70 feet, respectively, from the closest intersecting street.
(2) 
Entrance roads entering on opposite sides of any street should be laid out either directly opposite one another or with a minimum offset of 150 feet between their center line.
(3) 
For entrance road intersections, at a point 15 feet from the curbline there shall be a clear sight distance in both directions of 75 feet for local streets and 200 feet for collector streets measured from the point of intersection. No object greater than 2 1/2 feet in height and no other object that would obscure the vision of the motorist shall be permitted within this sight triangle.
(4) 
Multiple intersections involving the junction of more than two streets or driveways shall be avoided.
(5) 
Entrance roads and secondary roads shall be laid out to intersect at right angles.
E. 
Parking areas.
(1) 
The requirements of Article XVIII, Parking Regulations, of Chapter 600, Zoning, shall be applicable to all mobile home parks.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(2) 
Parking is prohibited on all entrance roads and secondary roads.
(3) 
Off-street common parking areas may be provided instead of individual on-lot parking. Parking areas shall provide two parking spaces for each dwelling unit plus one for every four dwelling units for guests in developments of 16 or more units.
(4) 
Walking distance from car parking areas to dwelling units should not exceed 100 feet; exception to this standard should be reasonably justified by compensating advantages, such as desirable views and site preservation through adaption to topography.
(5) 
The maximum grade of a parking area shall not exceed 6%.
A. 
Sidewalks and on-site walkways should be functionally organized and follow the natural path of circulation.
B. 
Walkways shall be wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic. The minimum width shall be four feet.
C. 
Sidewalks shall not exceed eight-percent grade. Steps or a combination of steps and ramps shall be utilized where necessary so as not to exceed maximum grades. Where sidewalk grades exceed 5%, a nonslip surface texture shall be used.
D. 
Pedestrian ramps will be required from parking areas to sidewalk ways to ensure adequate circulation in development design to accommodate the handicapped and elderly.
E. 
For further provisions, see § 505-32A.
A. 
Open space and recreation areas shall be provided as required in Chapter 600, Zoning.
B. 
Not less than 20% of the tract shall consist of common open space.
C. 
Open space areas should include both active recreation areas for all age groups and passive recreation areas, particularly where the site includes a watercourse, steep slopes, or wooded areas.
D. 
Areas set aside for recreational purposes shall be contiguous and accessible by the entire development from a public street or driveway.
A. 
All fuel oil supply systems provided for mobile homes, community buildings, and other structures shall be installed and maintained in conformity with the rules and regulations of the Township Fire Marshal and the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code, and other authorities having jurisdiction.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
All piping from outside fuel storage tanks to mobile homes shall be securely, but not permanently, fastened in place.
C. 
All fuel oil supply systems provided for mobile homes, service buildings, and other structures shall have shutoff valves located within five inches of storage tanks.
D. 
All fuel storage tanks shall be securely placed and shall not be less than five feet from any exterior door of a mobile home and not less than three feet from any window.
E. 
Storage tanks located in areas subject to traffic shall be protected against physical damage. Storage tanks shall be screened in accordance with Chapter 600, Zoning.
A. 
Mobile home parks shall be subject to the requirements of the Middle Atlantic Fire Underwriters Association, the Township Fire Marshal, and any other state and local requirements when applicable.
B. 
Mobile home parks shall be kept free of litter, rubbish, and other flammable materials.
C. 
Portable hand-operated fire extinguisher of a type suitable for use on oil fires and approved by the Fire Marshal shall be kept in each community building under park control and shall be required by the mobile home park operator to be placed in each mobile home in a fixed location preferably near a door but not in close proximity to cooking facilities.
D. 
Fire hydrants shall be installed to meet the requirements of the Middle Atlantic Fire Underwriters Association and the Township Fire Marshal.
E. 
Fire hydrants shall be located within 600 feet of any mobile home, service building, or other structure in the park.
F. 
The park management shall give the Township Building Inspector and Fire Marshal free access to all mobile home lots, service buildings, and other community service facilities for inspection purposes.
All utilities shall be installed underground unless such placement is deemed not feasible by the Board of Commissioners.
See §§ 505-24, 505-25 and 505-26 of this chapter.
A. 
The storage, collection, and disposal of refuse in the mobile home park shall be so managed as to create no health hazards, rodent harborage, insect-breeding areas, accident, fire hazards, or air pollution.
B. 
All refuse shall be stored in flytight, watertight, rodent-proof containers which shall be located not more than 200 feet from any mobile home space and no less than 50 feet from the mobile home park boundary. Containers shall be provided in sufficient number and capacity to properly store all refuse.
C. 
Community refuse disposal containers shall be screened according to Township regulations.
D. 
Racks or holders shall be provided for all refuse containers. Racks or holders shall be so designed as to prevent containers from being tipped, to minimize spillage and container deterioration, and to facilitate cleaning around them.
E. 
All refuse shall be collected at least once weekly. Where suitable collection service is not available from private agencies, the mobile home park operator shall provide this service. All refuse shall be collected and transported in covered vehicles or covered containers.
A. 
Permits required. It shall be unlawful for any person to construct, alter, extend, or operate a mobile home park within Upper Chichester Township unless and until he obtains:
(1) 
A mobile home park permit issued by the Upper Chichester Township Zoning Officer in the name of the operator, which shall not be issued until the copy of the DEP permit for all permits for water supply and sewage systems shall have been obtained, and all other requirements contained herein have been complied with and final approval of the application has been granted by the Township Commissioners.
(2) 
A building permit issued by the Township Building Inspector after having paid a fee for each unit to be placed within the mobile home park.
B. 
Annual licenses. In addition to the initial permits, the operator of a mobile home park shall apply to the Upper Chichester Township Zoning Officer on or before the first day of December of each year for an annual license to continue operation of the mobile home park during the following calendar year. The Zoning Officer shall issue the annual license upon satisfactory proof that the park continues to meet the standards prescribed by state, county, and Township agencies having jurisdiction over the standards of this chapter. The license so issued shall be valid for the calendar year applied for, or part thereof remaining at the time of issuance.
C. 
Fees.
(1) 
Fees for the initial application and preliminary and final approvals shall be prescribed by resolution of the Township Commissioners.
(2) 
The fee for the annual license shall be prescribed by resolution of the Township Commissioners and shall be submitted to the Zoning Officer with the application for the annual license.
(3) 
Fees for the inspection of a mobile home park during and following construction shall be as specified by the Township Commissioners.
D. 
Inspection.
(1) 
The Township Zoning Officer or Building Inspector may inspect a mobile home park at reasonable intervals and at reasonable times to determine compliance with this chapter.
(2) 
Whenever upon inspection of any mobile home park it is determined that conditions or practices exist which are in violation of any provision of this chapter, or any regulations adopted pursuant thereto, the Upper Chichester Township Secretary shall give notice in writing to the person to whom the certificate was issued, advising him that unless such conditions or practices are corrected within a reasonable period of time specified in the notice, the license to operate in Upper Chichester Township shall be suspended at the end of such period. Such mobile home park shall be reinspected, and, if such conditions or practices shall not have been corrected, the Township Secretary shall suspend the license and give notice in writing of such suspension to the person to whom the certificate is issued.
E. 
Maintenance requirements.
(1) 
The operator/licensee of a mobile home park shall be responsible for the proper repair and maintenance of all common facilities including but not limited to roads, parking areas, sidewalks or pathways, common open space, water supply and sewage disposal systems, and community buildings.
(2) 
The operator/licensee of a mobile home park shall, prior to issuance of any certificate of occupancy pursuant to final approval of an application for a new development or expansion, post with the Township a maintenance bond in a form acceptable to the Township Solicitor in an amount sufficient to cover for a period of two years the costs of maintenance of all common areas and facilities. Said costs shall be estimated by the Township Engineer or other person designated by the Commissioners.