Township of Swatara, PA
Lebanon County
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[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 1; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
BOARD
The Board of Supervisors of Swatara Township, or its authorized representative.
CAMP
A travel trailer camp as herein defined.
CUL-DE-SAC
A short dead end street terminating in a vehicular turnaround area.
INTERNAL STREET
A street in a mobile home park or travel trailer camp privately owned, constructed and maintained, which functions only to provide direct access to individual mobile home lots or travel trailer spaces, and does not connect directly to and provide access to or from a public street adjacent to the mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
LICENSE
A written document issued by the Board of Supervisors allowing a person to operate and maintain a mobile home park or travel trailer camp under the provisions of this Part.
MOBILE HOME
A transportable, single-family dwelling intended for permanent occupancy, contained in one unit, or in two or more units designed to be joined into one integral unit capable of again being separated for repeated towing, which arrives at a site complete and ready for occupancy except for minor and incidental unpacking and assembly operations and constructed so that it may be used without a permanent foundation.
MOBILE HOME LOT
A parcel of land in a mobile home park, improved with the necessary utility connections and other appurtenances necessary for the erection thereon of a single mobile home.
MOBILE HOME PARK
A parcel or contiguous parcels of land which has been so designated and improved that it contains two or more mobile home lots for the placement thereon of mobile homes.
MOBILE HOME STAND
That part of an individual lot which has been reserved for the placement of a mobile home and its appurtenant structures or additions.
PARK
A mobile home park as herein defined.
PERMIT
A written document issued by the Board of Supervisors permitting the construction, alteration and extension of a mobile home park or the location with the confines of the Township of a mobile home unit other than in a mobile home park, under the provisions of this chapter.
PERSON
Any individual, firm, trust, partnership, public or private association or corporation.
SANITARY SERVICE BUILDING
A structure housing toilet, lavatory and such other facilities as may be required by this chapter.
SEWER CONNECTION
The connection consisting of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the drain outlet of a mobile home or travel trailer to the inlet of the corresponding sewer riser pipe of the sewerage system serving the mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
SEWER RISER PIPE
That portion of the sewer lateral which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at each mobile home lot or travel trailer space.
TOWNSHIP
Swatara Township, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.
TRAILER STAND
That part of an individual trailer space which has been reserved for the placement of a single trailer or travel unit and its accessory structures.
TRAVEL TRAILER
A vehicular portable structure built on a chassis designed as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, vacation and other short term uses, and having a body width not exceeding eight feet and a body length not exceeding 32 feet.
TRAVEL TRAILER CAMP
A parcel of land or part thereof occupied or designed for occupancy by one or more travel trailers or travel units.
TRAVEL TRAILER, INDEPENDENT MEANS
A trailer or travel unit which is operated independent of connections to sewer, water and electric systems. It contains water flushing toilet, lavatory, shower and kitchen sink, all of which are connected to water storage and sewage holding tanks located within the trailer.
TRAVEL UNIT
A travel mounted camper, motor home, pickup coach, auto, truck or bus adapted for vacation living, a folding tent camper; a tent; and other similar devices used for temporary portable housing.
WATER CONNECTION
The connection consisting of all pipes, fittings and appurtenances from the water riser pipe to the water inlet pipe of the distribution system within the mobile home, travel trailer or travel unit.
WATER RISER PIPE
That portion of the water supply system serving the mobile home park or travel trailer camp which extends vertically to the ground elevation and terminates at a designed point at each mobile home lot or travel trailer space.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1972, § 2; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
Permits Required. It shall be unlawful for any person to maintain, construct, alter or extend any mobile home park or any travel trailer camp within the limits of the Township unless he holds a valid written permit issued by the Township hereunder, and in addition, any permits required by any other state or Township statues, ordinances or regulations.
2. 
Application to Township. The applicant shall submit an application to the Township using a form furnished by the Township, for a permit to operate a mobile home park or travel trailer camp in Swatara Township.
3. 
Fees. All applications to the Township shall be accompanied by the payment of a fee to be established by resolution from time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
4. 
Review of Application. Upon receipt by the Township of such application, the application plans and all pertinent information submitted shall be reviewed by the Board of Supervisors in determining compliance with this Part. Within 60 days the Board of Supervisors shall submit a report which includes their findings and recommendations. When upon review of the application and report the Board of Supervisors is satisfied that the proposed plan meets the requirements of this Part a permit shall be issued.
5. 
Denial of Permit. Any person whose application for a permit under this Part has been denied may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board of Supervisors under the procedures provided by § 14-105 of this Part.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 3; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any mobile home park or travel trailer camp within the limits of the Township unless he holds a valid license issued annually by the Board of Supervisors in the name of such person.
2. 
Original License. Application for original licenses shall be in writing signed by the applicant accompanied by an affidavit of the applicant as to the truth of the application and the deposit of a fee to be established by resolution from time to time by the Board of Supervisors, and shall contain the name and address of the applicant the location and legal description of the mobile home parks or travel trailer camp and a site plan of the mobile home park or travel trailer camp showing all mobile home or trailer lots, structures, roads, walkways and other service facilities.
3. 
Renewal of License. Application for renewals of licenses shall be made in writing by the holders of the licenses, shall be accompanied by a fee to be established by resolution from time to time by the Board of Supervisors, and shall contain any change in the information submitted since the original license was issued or the latest renewal granted.
4. 
Denial of License. Any person whose application for a license under this Part has been denied may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board of Supervisors under the procedure provided by § 14-105 of this Part.
5. 
Transfer of License. Every person holding a license shall give notice in writing to the Board of Supervisors with 10 days after having sold, transferred, given away, leased or otherwise disposed of any interest in or control of any mobile home park or travel trailer camp. Such notice shall include the name and address of the person succeeding to the ownership or control of such mobile home park or travel trailer camp. Upon application in writing for transfer of the license, deposit a fee to be established by resolution from time to time by the Board of Supervisors, the license shall be transferred if the mobile home park or travel trailer camp is in compliance with all applicable provisions of this Part.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 4]
1. 
Authorization. The Board of Supervisors is hereby authorized and directed to make such inspections as are necessary to determine satisfactory compliance with this Part.
2. 
Inspection of Premises. The Board of Supervisors shall have the power to enter at reasonable times upon any private or public property for the purpose of inspecting and investigating conditions relating to the enforcement of this Part.
3. 
Inspection of Register. The Board of Supervisors shall have the power to inspect the register containing a record of all residents of the mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
4. 
Access to Premises for Repair or Alteration. It shall be the duty of every occupant of a mobile home park or travel trailer camp to give the owner thereof or his agent or employee access to any part of such mobile home park or travel trailer camp or its premises at reasonable times for the purpose of making such repairs or alterations as are necessary to effect compliance with this chapter.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 5]
1. 
Notice of Violation. Whenever the Board of Supervisors determined that there are reasonable grounds to believe that there has been a violation of any provision of this Part, or regulations issued hereunder, the Board of Supervisors shall give notice of such alleged violation to the person to whom the permit or license was issued, as hereinafter provided. Such notice shall:
A. 
Be in writing.
B. 
Include a statement of the reasons for its issuance;
C. 
Allow a reasonable time for the performance of any act it requires.
D. 
Be served upon the owner of his agent as the case may require; provided, that such notice or order shall be deemed to have been properly served upon such owner or agent when a copy thereof has been sent be registered mail to his last known address, or when he has been served with such notice by any method authorized or required by the laws of this state.
E. 
Contain an outline of remedial action which, if taken, will effect compliance with the provisions of this Part. At the end of the time period stipulated, the Board of Supervisors shall reinspect such mobile home park or travel railer camp and, if such violations have not been corrected, the Board shall suspend the license and give notice in writing of such suspension to the person to whom the license is issued. Upon receipt of notice of such suspension, such person shall cease operation of such mobile home park or travel trailer camp except as provided in § 14-105, Subsection 2.
2. 
Hearings. Any person affected by any notice which has been issued in connection with the enforcement of any provision of this Part may request and shall be granted a hearing on the matter before the Board of Supervisors; provided, that such person shall file in the office of the Board of Supervisors a written petition requesting such hearing and setting forth a statement of the grounds therefore within 10 days after the day the notice was served. The filing of the request for a hearings shall operate as a stay of the notice and of the suspension except as provided in § 14-105, Subsection 5. Upon notice of such petition, the Board of Supervisors shall set a time and place for such hearing and shall give such the petitioner written notice thereof. At such hearing the petitioner shall be given an opportunity to be heard and to show why such notice should be modified or withdrawn. The hearing shall be commenced not later than 10 days after the day on which the petition was filed; provided, that upon application of the petitioner, the Board of Supervisors may postpone the date of the hearing for a reasonable time beyond such ten-day period when in the Board's judgment the petitioner has submitted good and sufficient reason for such postponement.
3. 
Issuance of Order. After such hearing the Board of Supervisors shall make findings as to compliance with the provisions of this Part and the regulations issued herein and shall issue an order in writing, modifying or withdrawing the notice which shall be served as provided in § 14-105, Subsection 1, hereof. Upon failure to comply with any order affirming or modifying a notice, affirming the license of the mobile home park or travel trailer camp affected by the order shall be forthwith revoked.
4. 
Records. The proceedings of such a hearing including the findings and decision of the Board of Supervisors, and together with a copy of every notice and order related thereto, shall be entered as a matter of public record in the office of the Board of Supervisors but any transcript of the Supervisors where no relief therefrom is desired need not be transcribed unless judicial review of the decision is sought as provided by this section. Any person aggrieved by the decision of the Board of Supervisors may seek relief therefrom in any court of competent jurisdiction, as provided by the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
5. 
Emergencies. Whenever the Board of Supervisors finds that an emergency exists which requires immediate action to protect the public health, the Board may without notice or hearing issue an order reciting the existence of such an emergency and requiring that such action be taken as the Board may deem necessary to meet the emergency, including the suspension of the permit or license. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this Part, such order shall be effective immediately. Any person to whom such an order is directed shall comply therewith immediately, but upon petition to the Board of Supervisors shall be afforded a hearing as soon as possible. The provisions of Subsections 3 and 4 shall be applicable to such hearing and the order issued thereafter.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 6; as amended by Ord. 8/19/1976, 8/19/1976, § II; and by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
General Requirements for Mobile Home Parks and Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Site Location. The location of all mobile home parks and travel trailer camps shall comply with the following minimum requirements and shall be:
(1) 
Free from adverse influence by swamps, marshes, garbage or rubbish disposal areas or other potential breeding places for insect and rodents.
(2) 
Not subject to flooding.
(3) 
Not subject to any hazard or nuisance, such as excessive noise, vibration, smoke, toxic matter, radiation, heat, odor or glare.
2. 
Site Drainage Requirements.
A. 
The ground surface in all parts of every park or camp shall be graded and equipped to drain all surface water in a safe, efficient manner.
B. 
Surface water collections and other bodies of standing water capable of breeding mosquitoes and other insects shall be eliminated or controlled in a manner approved the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
C. 
Waste water from any plumbing fixture or sanitary sewer line shall not be deposited upon the ground surface in any part of a mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
3. 
Soil and Ground Cover Requirements.
A. 
Exposed ground surface in all parts of every park or camp shall be paved or covered with stone screenings or other solid material, or protected with a vegetative growth that is capable of preventing soil erosion and the emanation of dust during dry weather.
B. 
Park or camp grounds shall be maintained free of vegetative growth which is poisonous or which may harbor rodents, insects or other pests harmful to man.
4. 
Nonresidential Uses.
A. 
No part of any park or camp shall be used for nonresidential purposes except such uses as are required for the direct servicing and well being of park or camp residents and for the management and maintenance of the park.
B. 
Such nonresidential areas and facilities shall be devoted to recreational facilities including space for community buildings and community use facilities such as guest parking, adult recreation and child play areas, swimming pools, utilities and drying yards.
5. 
Recreation Areas.
A. 
Recreation areas and facilities shall be provided to meet the anticipated needs of the clientele the park or camp is designed to serve.
B. 
Not less than 8% of the gross site area shall be devoted to recreational facilities including space for community buildings and community use facilities such as guest parking, adult recreation and child play areas, swimming pools, utilities and drying yards.
6. 
Specific Requirements for Mobile Home Parks.
A. 
Minimum Area and Width of Tract.
(1) 
A minimum tract area of 10 acres shall be required for any mobile home park.
(2) 
For portions of the tract used for general vehicular entrances and exits only (other than alleys and service entrances) a minimum width of 50 feet is required for portions containing mobile home stands and buildings open generally to occupants a minimum of 100 feet is required. The tract shall comprise a single plot except where the site is divided by public streets or alleys or where the total property includes separate parcels for necessary utility plants with permanent rights-of-way and easements for connection and access or for other structures necessary to the park but not open generally to the occupants; provided, that all lands involved shall be so dimensioned and related as to facilitate efficient design and management.
7. 
Maximum Density. The maximum density of any mobile home park shall not exceed five mobile homes per gross acre.
8. 
Required Setbacks and Minimum Distances Between Mobile Homes.
A. 
Mobile homes shall be separated from each other and from other buildings and structures by at least 50 feet; provided, that mobile homes placed end-to-end have a clearance of 25 feet where opposing rear walls are staggered. Any accessory structure such as attached awnings, carports or individual storage facilities shall, for purposes of this separation requirement, be considered part of the mobile home.
B. 
All mobile homes shall be located at least 50 feet from any park property, boundary, line abutting upon a public street or highway and at least 20 feet from other park property boundary line.
C. 
There shall be a minimum distance of 25 feet between an individual mobile home and adjoining pavement of a park street, or common parking area, or other common areas.
D. 
The separations, setbacks and minimum distances mentioned herein shall at all times be maintained without encroachment therein.
9. 
Screening.
A. 
Fences, freestanding walls or screen plantings shall be provided where necessary for screening purposes. Specific view to be screened include laundry, drying yards, garbage and grass collection stations and nonresidential uses of adjacent properties.
B. 
All fences and walls shall be located at least 10 feet from the street center lines and at least 18 inches from the pavement edge of streets, driveways, parking spaces and walks.
10. 
Mobile Home Stands.
A. 
Each mobile home shall have a permanent stand consisting of a footer and block foundation meeting the following minimum construction standards:
(1) 
The footer shall be poured concrete no less than six inches deep, no less than 12 inches in width and the uppermost portions of the footer shall be no less than 18 inches below ground level.
(2) 
The solid block wall foundation shall be no less than 30 inches in height, shall be constructed of block of minimum eight-inch size and shall be designed to support the full weight of the mobile home and shall fully enclose the undercarriage area.
B. 
The mobile home stand shall not shift or settle unevenly under the weight of the mobile home due to frost action, inadequate drainage, vibration or other forces acting on this superstructure.
C. 
The mobile home stand shall be provided with anchors and tiedowns such as cast-in-place concrete, dead men, eyelets imbedded in concrete foundations or runways, screw augers, arrowhead anchors or other devices securing the stability of the mobile home.
D. 
Anchors and tie-downs shall be placed at least at each corner of the mobile home stand and each shall be able to sustain a minimum tensile strength of 2,800 pounds.
11. 
Park Street System.
A. 
General Requirements. All mobile homes parks shall be provided with safe and convenient vehicular access from abutting public streets or roads to each mobile home lot. Alignment and gradient shall be properly adapted to topography.
B. 
Access to Park. The entrance road connecting to the park streets with a public street or road shall have a minimum road pavement width of 35 feet.
C. 
Internal Streets. Surface of roadways shall be of adequate width to accommodate anticipated traffic, and in any case, shall meet the following minimum width requirements:
(1) 
Parking Permitted on Both Sides. Thirty-six feet.
(2) 
Parking Prohibited or Limited to One Side. Twenty-eight feet.
Cul-de-sac streets shall be limited in length to 600 feet and shall be provided with a turn around with a minimum outside diameter of 80 feet.
D. 
Street Construction and Design Standards.
(1) 
Pavement. All streets shall be provided with a smooth hard and dense surface which shall be durable and well drained under normal use and weather conditions. Pavement edges shall be protected to prevent raveling of the wearing surface and shifting of the pavement base. Street surfaces shall be maintained free of cracks, holes and other hazards.
(2) 
Grades. Grades of all streets shall be constructed to insure adequate surface drainage but shall not be more than 8%. Short runs with a maximum grade of 12% may be permitted provided traffic safety is assured by appropriate paving, adequate leveling areas and avoidance of lateral curves.
(3) 
Intersections. Within 100 feet of an intersection streets shall be at approximately right angles. A distance of at least 150 feet shall be maintained between center lines of offset intersecting streets. Intersections of more than two street at one point shall be avoided.
E. 
Required Illumination of Park Street Systems. All parks shall be furnished with lighting units so spaced and equipped with luminaries and placed at such mounted points as will provide a minimum level of illumination of one-foot candle for the safe movement of pedestrians and vehicles at night.
12. 
Required Off-Street Parking Areas.
A. 
Off-street parking areas shall be provided in all mobile home parks for the use of park occupants and guests. Such areas shall be furnished to the rate at the rate of at least two car spaces for each mobile home lot.
B. 
Required car parking spaces shall be located for convenient access to the mobile home stands. One space shall be located on each lot and the remainder located in adjacent parking bays.
13. 
Walkways.
A. 
General Requirements. All parks shall be provided with safe, convenient, all season pedestrian access of adequate width for intended use, durable and convenient to maintain, between individual mobile homes, the parks streets and all community facilities provided for park residents. Sudden changes in alignment and gradient shall be avoided.
B. 
Common Walk System. Common walk systems shall be provided and maintained between locations where pedestrian traffic is concentrated. Such common walks shall have a minimum width of 3 1/2 feet.
C. 
Individual Walks. All mobile home stands shall be connected to common walks, to paved streets or to paved driveways or parking spaces connecting to a paved street. Such individual walks shall have a minimum width of two feet.
14. 
Skirts.
A. 
Mobile homes shall be equipped with skirts of an approved material and construction which will completely enclose the under carriage of the structure.
B. 
Storage Structures. Storage structures on the mobile home lot should be of an approved material and construction and shall not exceed six feet in width, length and height.
15. 
Specific Requirements for Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Minimum Area of Tract. A minimum tract area of five acres shall be required for any travel trailer camp.
B. 
Maximum Density. The travel trailer camp density shall not exceed 25 trailer spaces per acre of gross site area.
16. 
Required Separation Between Trailers.
A. 
Trailers shall be separated from each other and from other structures by at least 15 feet. A minimum distance of 15 feet shall also be maintained between travel trailers and trailer camps, buildings and structures. Any accessory structure such as attached awnings, carports, or individual storage facilities shall, for purposes of this separation requirement, be considered to be part of the trailer.
B. 
All travel trailers shall be located at least 25 feet from any park property boundary line abutting upon a public street or highway and at least 20 feet from other park property boundary lines.
C. 
The separations mentioned herein shall at all times be maintained without any encroachment therein.
17. 
Camp Street System.
A. 
Location and Access. No trailer park shall be located except with direct access in a paved roadway, and with appropriate frontage thereon to permit appropriate design of entrances and exits. No entrance or exit from a trailer park shall be through a residential area, nor require movement of traffic from the park through a residential area.
B. 
Design of Access to Park. Entrances and exits in travel trailer camps shall have a minimum road pavement width of 16 feet. All traffic into or out of the park shall be through such an entrance or exit. No entrance or exit shall require a turn at an acute angle for vehicles moving in the direction intended and radius of curbs and pavements at intersections shall be such to facilitate easy turning movements for vehicles with trailer attached.
C. 
Access to Spaces. Each space should be directly accessible from an approved internal street without the necessity for crossing any other space. Generally, direct access to spaces from public streets should be discouraged for overnight spaces. Drive through layouts should be encouraged so that it is not necessary either to back into the space or to back out of it.
D. 
Internal Streets. The internal street system in camps shall be privately owned, constructed and maintained and shall be designed for safe and convenient access to all spaces and to facilities for common use by park occupants, maintained according to the following specifications:
(1) 
Alignment and Gradients. Alignments and gradients shall be properly adapted in topography, for safe movement of types of traffic anticipated and to satisfactory control of water.
(2) 
Surfacing and Maintenance. Internal streets shall provide a sound all-weather driving surface, reasonably smooth and free from mud, dust or standing surface water.
(3) 
Street Widths. Surface roadways shall be of adequate width to accommodate anticipated traffic, and in any case, shall meet the following minimum requirements:
(a) 
Minor streets are hereby defined as less than 500 feet in length and serving (a) with drive-through spaces, 50 or less if street is one way, 100 or less if two way or (b) where it is necessary to back into or out of spaces, 25 spaces or less if street is one way, 50 or less if two way.
(b) 
One way with no parking: 10 feet width.
(c) 
One way with parking on one side only: 16 feet.
(d) 
One way with parking on both sides: 24 feet.
(e) 
Two way, with no parking: 20 feet width.
(f) 
Two way, with parking on one side only: 28 feet width.
(g) 
Two way, with parking on both sides: 14 feet width.
(h) 
Collector Streets (other than minor streets as defined above, serving up to and including 200 spaces and with out limitation on length):
1) 
One way or two way with no parking: 22 feet width.
2) 
One way or two with parking on one side only: 30 feet width.
3) 
One or two way with parking on both sides: 30 feet width.
E. 
Off-Street Parking and Maneuvering Space. Each travel trailer camp shall provide sufficient parking and maneuvering space so that the parking, loading or maneuvering of trailer incidental to parking shall not necessitate the use of any public street, sidewalk or right-of-way or any private grounds not part of the travel trailer camp.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 7; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
Requirements for Mobile Home Parks and Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Water Supply System. An adequate, safe and potable supply of water shall be provided for mobile homes, travel trailers, travel units, service buildings and other accessory facilities.
B. 
Where a public water supply system of satisfactory quantity, quality and pressure is available, connection shall be made thereto and its supply shall be used exclusively.
C. 
Where a satisfactory public water supply system is not available, the development of a private water supply system shall be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
D. 
Water Supply. If water is to be provided by means other than private wells owned and maintained by the individual owners of lots within the subdivision or development, applicants shall present evidence to the Board of Supervisors that the subdivision is to be supplied by a certified public utility, a bona fide cooperative association of lot owners, or by a municipal corporation, authority or utility. A copy of a certificate of public convenience from the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission or an application for such certificate, a cooperative agreement or a commitment or agreement to serve the area in question, whichever is appropriate, shall be acceptable.
2. 
Individual Water Riser Pipes and Connections.
A. 
Each mobile home stand and trailer stand shall be equipped with a water riser pipe located within the confined area of the stand at a point where the water connection will approximate a vertical position.
B. 
Water riser pipes shall extend at least four inches above ground elevation. The pipe shall be at least 3/4 inch and shall be capped when a mobile home or trailer does not occupy the lot.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1972, § 8; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
Requirements for Mobile Home Parks and Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Sewage Disposal System. An adequate and safe sewerage system shall be provided in all mobile home parks and travel trailer camps for conveying and disposing of all sewage.
(1) 
Where an adequate public sewage system is available, connection shall be made thereto, and such system shall be used exclusively.
(2) 
Where the sewer lines are not connected to a public sewer, all proposed sewage disposal facilities shall be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards.
2. 
Individual Sewer Connections. Each mobile home and trailer stand shall be provided with at least a four-inch diameter sewer riser pipe extending from the sewer lateral vertically to the ground elevation.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 9]
1. 
General Requirements. Every mobile home park shall contain an electrical wiring system consisting of wiring, fixtures, equipment and appurtenances which shall be installed and maintained in accordance with the local electric power company's specifications regulating such systems. If a travel trailer camp is provided with an electrical wiring system, it too shall be installed in accordance with such specifications.
2. 
Power Distribution Lines.
A. 
Main powerlines not located underground shall be suspended at least 18 feet above the ground. There shall be a minimum horizontal clearance of three feet between overhead wiring and any mobile home, travel trailer, travel unit, service building or other structure.
B. 
All direct burial conducts or cable shall be buried at least 18 inches below the ground surface and shall be insulated and specially designed for the purpose. Such conductors shall be located not less than one-foot radial distance from water, sewer, gas or communication lines.
C. 
There shall be not more than one service drop and one central metering bank for every five mobile home or travel trailer lots. The service entrance from the central metering bank to the individual mobile home or travel trailer lot shall be installed underground in conformance with the National Electrical Code.
3. 
Individual Electric Connections for Mobile Homes.
A. 
Each mobile home lot shall be provided with an approved disconnecting device and over current protective equipment. The minimum service per outlet shall be 120 to 140 volts AC 100 amperes.
B. 
Outlet receptacles at each mobile home stand shall be located not more than 25 feet from the overcurrent protective devices in the mobile home and a three pole, four wire grounding type shall be used. Receptacles shall be of a weatherproof construction and configurations shall be in accordance with American Standard Outlet Receptacle C-731.
C. 
The mobile home shall be connected to the outlet receptacle by an approved type of flexible cable with connectors and a male attachment plug.
4. 
Individual Electrical Connections for Travel Trailers and Travel Units.
A. 
If individual travel trailer or travel unit spaces are connected to the electrical wiring system, an approved type of disconnecting device and overcurrent protection equipment shall be provided. The service per outlet shall be 120 volts AC. 15 amperes and or 30 amperes.
B. 
Outlet receptacles at individual trailer spaces shall be located not more than 25 feet from the overcurrent protective devices in the trailer and a three wire grounding type shall be used. Receptacles shall be of weatherproof construction and configurations shall be in accordance with American Standard Outlet Receptacle C-711.
C. 
The trailer shall be connected to the outlet receptacle by an approved type of flexible cable with connectors and a male attachment plug.
5. 
Required Grounding. All exposed noncurrent carrying metal parts of mobile homes and travel trailers and all other equipment shall be grounded by means of a grounding conductors run with branch circuit conductors or other method of approved grounded metallic wiring. The neutral conductor shall not be used as an equipment ground for mobile homes and travel trailers or other equipment.
6. 
Master TV Antenna System. Mobile homes parks shall be equipped with a master TV antenna system with buried cable in each mobile home stand. No individual TV antenna will be permitted.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 10; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
General Requirements for Mobile Home Parks and Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Provisions of Buildings and Facilities. Each mobile home park or travel trailer camp shall be provided with one or more service buildings, adequately constructed and equipped, and conveniently located to meet the anticipated needs of intended park or camp inhabitants. Service buildings for management, maintenance, sanitation, laundry, indoor recreation and other similar activities shall be considered.
B. 
Structural Requirements for Buildings.
(1) 
All portions of structures shall be properly protected from damage by ordinary use and by decay, corrosion, termites and other destructive elements. Exterior portions shall be of such materials and be so constructed and protected as to prevent entrance or penetration of moisture and weather.
(2) 
All rooms containing sanitary or laundry facilities shall have sound resistant walls extending to the ceiling between male and female sanitary facilities. Walls and partitions around showers, bathtubs, lavatories and other plumbing fixtures shall be constructed of dense, nonabsorbent waterproof material or covered with moisture resistant material.
(3) 
All rooms containing sanitary or laundry facilities shall have at least one window or skylight facing directly to the outdoors. The minimum aggregate gross area of windows for each required room shall be not less than 10% of the floor area served by them.
(4) 
All rooms containing sanitary or laundry facilities shall have at least one window which can be easily opened, or a mechanical device which will adequately ventilate the room.
(5) 
Toilets shall be located in separate compartments equipped with self-closing doors. Shower stalls shall be of the individual type. The rooms shall be screened to prevent direct view of the interior when the exterior doors are open.
(6) 
Illumination levels shall be maintained as follows: (1) general seeing tasks — five-foot candles; (2) laundry room work area — forty-foot candles; (3) toilet room, in front of mirrors — forty-foot candles.
(7) 
Hot and cold water shall be furnished to every lavatory, sink, bathtub, shower and laundry fixture, and cold water shall be furnished in every water closet and urinal.
C. 
Plumbing. All plumbing in service buildings and other park or camp facilities shall comply with state and local plumbing codes and ordinances.
D. 
Laundry Drying Facilities. Adequate outside areas shall be provided for drying laundry if clothes dryers are not provided in service buildings.
E. 
Condition of Buildings. All service buildings and related facilities shall be kept in safe and sanitary condition at all times.
F. 
Screening of Doors and Windows. During the fly season, all doors, windows and other openings to the outside of service buildings shall be effectively screened, unless effective mechanical means are provided to prevent entrance of flies.
G. 
Barbecue Pits, Fireplaces, Stove and Incinerators. Cooking shelters, barbecue pits, fireplaces, woodburning stoves and incinerators shall be so located, constructed, maintained and used as to minimize fire hazards and smoke nuisances both on the property on which used and on neighboring property. No open fire shall be permitted except in facilities provided. No open fire shall be left unattended. No fuel shall be used and no material burned which emits dense smoke or objectionable odors.
2. 
Specific Requirements for Mobile Home Parks.
A. 
Required Sanitary Facilities for Mobile Homes. For each 50 mobile home lots or less, one flush toilet and one lavatory for each sex shall be provided in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards.
B. 
Additional Storage. There shall be 90 cubic feet for each mobile home lot in a central location.
3. 
Specific Requirements for Travel Trailer Camps.
A. 
Sanitary Service to Dependent Travel Trailers and Travel Units. Where a travel trailer camp, or any part thereof, is especially designed and used exclusively for dependent travel trailers and travel units, sanitary service buildings shall be conveniently located within a radius of 300 feet of each travel trailer and travel unit space to be served, and the number and type of sanitary facilities provided shall be in accordance with Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection standards.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 11; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
The storage, collection and disposal of refuse in the mobile home park or travel trailer camp shall be so conducted as to create no health hazards, rodent harborage, insect breeding areas, accident or fire hazards or air pollution and shall comply with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 12; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
In any mobile home park or travel trailer camp grounds, buildings and structures shall be maintained free of insect and rodent harborage and infestation. Extermination methods and other measures to control insect and rodents shall conform with the requirements of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 13]
1. 
Natural Gas System.
A. 
Natural gas piping systems when installed in mobile home parks or travel trailer camps shall be maintained in conformity with accepted engineering practices.
B. 
Each mobile home or travel trailer lot provided with piped gas shall have an approved shutoff valve installed upstream of the gas outlet. The outlet shall be equipped with an approved cap to prevent accidental discharge of gas when the outlet is not in use.
2. 
Liquefied Petroleum Gas Systems. Liquefied petroleum gas must be supplied from a central system through buried pipes to mobile home and trailer stands.
A. 
Liquefied petroleum gas systems provided for mobile homes, travel trailers, travel units, service buildings or other structures when installed shall be maintained to conform with the rules and regulations of the authority having jurisdiction and shall include the following:
(1) 
Systems shall be provided with safety devices to relieve excessive pressures and shall be arranged so that the discharge terminates at a safe location.
(2) 
Systems shall have at least one accessible means for shutting off gas. Such means shall be located outside the mobile home, travel trailer, or travel unit and shall be maintained in effective operating condition.
(3) 
All LPG piping outside of the mobile homes, travel trailers or travel units shall be well supported and protected against mechanical injury. Undiluted liquefied petroleum gas in liquid form shall not be conveyed through piping equipment and systems in mobile homes, travel trailers or travel units.
(4) 
Vessels of more than 12 and less than 60 U.S. gallons gross capacity may be installed on a mobile home or travel trailer lot and shall be securely but not permanently fastened to prevent accidental overturning.
(5) 
No LPG vessel shall be stored or located inside or beneath any storage cabinet, carport, mobile home, travel trailer, travel unit or any other structure unless such installations are specially approved by the authority having jurisdiction.
3. 
Fuel Oil Supply Systems.
A. 
All fuel storage tanks must be buried.
B. 
All fuel oil supply systems provided for mobile homes, service buildings and other structures shall be installed and maintained in conformity with the rules and regulations of the authority having jurisdiction when provided.
C. 
All piping from outside fuel storage tanks or cylinders to mobile homes shall be securely, but not permanently, fastened in place.
D. 
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.
E. 
All fuel storage tanks or cylinders shall be securely placed and shall not be less than five feet from any mobile home, travel trailer or travel unit exit.
F. 
Storage tanks located in areas subject to traffic shall be protected against physical damage.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 14; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
The mobile home park area shall be subject to the rules and regulations of the Swatara Township fire prevention authority where provided.
2. 
Mobile home park areas shall be kept free of liter, rubbish and other flammable materials.
3. 
Portable fire extinguishers of a type approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection shall be kept in public service buildings under park control, and in each mobile home, travel trailer or travel unit.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 15; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, a mobile home may be located other than in a mobile home park in Swatara Township but no mobile home shall be located or changed from one location to another or from one ownership to another within the confines of Swatara Township without first complying with all Township and County subdivision rules and regulations applicable thereto and without first having obtained a permit from the Board of Supervisors.
2. 
Before issuing such permit, the Board of Supervisors shall be satisfied that the mobile home shall have a footer and block foundation and that it shall comply with § 14-106, Subsection 10B, C and D, of this Part.
3. 
Each application for a permit shall be accompanied by a fee to be established by resolution form time to time by the Board of Supervisors.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 16]
1. 
Responsibilities of the Park Management.
A. 
The person to whom a license for a mobile home park or travel trailer camp is issued shall operated the park in compliance with this Part and shall provided adequate supervision to maintain the park, its facilities and equipment in good repair and in a clean and sanitary condition.
B. 
The mobile home park or travel trailer camp management shall supervise the placement of each mobile home, travel trailer or travel unit on its lot, which includes securing its stability and installing all utility connections.
C. 
The mobile home park or travel trailer camp management shall give the Township Board of Supervisors free access to all mobile home lots, service buildings and other community service buildings or facilities for the purpose of inspection.
D. 
The management shall maintain a register containing the names of all park or camp occupants. Such register shall be available to any authorized person inspecting the park or camp.
E. 
The management shall notify the local Pennsylvania Department of Health immediately of any suspected communicable or contagious disease within the mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
2. 
Restriction of Animals and Pets. No owner or person in charge of a dog or cat or other pet animal shall permit it to run at large or to commit any nuisance within the limits of any mobile home park or travel trailer camp.
3. 
Length of Occupancy in Travel Trailer Camps. Trailer spaces shall be rented by the day or week only, and the occupant of a trailer space shall remain in the same travel trailer camp not more than 30 days.
4. 
Restriction on Occupancy in Mobile home Parks. A mobile home shall not be occupied for dwelling purposes unless it is property placed on a mobile home stand and connected to water, sewerage and electric utilities.
[Ord. 7, 4/9/1973, § 17; as amended by Ord. 44, 6/11/1998]
1. 
Preventative Remedies.
A. 
In addition to other remedies, the Township may institute and maintain appropriate actions by law or in equity to restrain, correct or abate violations, to prevent unlawful construction, to recover damages and to prevent illegal occupancy of a building, structure or premises. The description by metes and bounds in the instrument of transfer or other documents used in the process of selling or transferring shall not exempt the seller or transferor from such penalties or from the remedies herein provided.
B. 
The Township may refuse to issue any permit or grant any approval necessary to further improve or develop any real property which has been developed or which has resulted from a subdivision of real property in violation of this chapter. This authority to deny such a permit or approval shall apply to any of the following applicants:
(1) 
The owner of record at the time of such violation.
(2) 
The vendee or lessee of the owner of record at the time of such violation without regard as to whether such vendee or lessee had actual or constructive knowledge of the violation.
(3) 
The current owner of record who acquired the property subsequent to the time of violation without regard as to whether such current owner had actual or constructive knowledge of the violation.
(4) 
The vendee or lessee of the current owner of record who acquired the property subsequent to the time of violation without regard as to whether such vendee or lessee had actual or constructive knowledge of the violation.
C. 
As an additional condition for issuance of a permit or the granting of an approval to any such owner, current owner, vendee or lessee for the development of any such real property, the Township may require compliance with the conditions that would have been applicable to the property at the time the applicant acquired an interest in such real property.
2. 
Enforcement Remedies.
A. 
Any person, partnership or corporation who or which has violated the provisions of this chapter shall, upon being found liable therefore in a civil enforcement proceeding commenced by the Township, pay a judgment of not more than $500 plus all court costs, including reasonable attorney fees incurred by the Township as a result thereof. No judgment shall commence or be imposed, levied or payable until the date of the determination of a violation by the Magisterial District Judge. If the defendant neither pays nor timely appeals the judgment, the Township may enforce the judgment pursuant to the applicable rules of civil procedure. Each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation, unless the Magisterial District Judge determining that there has been a violation further determines that there was a good faith basis for the person, partnership or corporation violating this chapter to have believed that there was no such violation, in which event there shall be deemed to have been only one such violation until the fifth day following the date of the determination of a violation by the Magisterial District Judge and thereafter each day that a violation continues shall constitute a separate violation.
B. 
The court of common pleas, upon petition, may grant an order of stay, upon cause shown, tolling the per diem judgment pending a final adjudication of the violation and judgment.
C. 
Nothing contained in this section shall be construed or interpreted to grant to any person or entity other than the Township the right to commence any action for enforcement pursuant to this section.
D. 
Magisterial District Judges shall have initial jurisdiction in proceedings brought under this section.