Township of Raccoon, PA
Beaver County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Supervisors of the Township of Raccoon 11-14-2017 by Ord. No. 2017-4. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and recreation — See Ch. 127.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
CAMPER
A vehicular portable structure to be mounted on a chassis or wheels and towed by or constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreation, and vacation, commonly known as "travel trailers," "pickup coaches," "motor homes," or "camping trailers."
CAMPGROUND
A tract or tracts of land, or any portions thereof, used for the purpose of providing sites for the temporary use of trailers, campers, or tents, as hereinafter defined, for camping purposes, with or without a fee being charged for the leasing, renting, or occupancy of such space.
CAMPING SITE
A parcel of land in an organized camp or campground for the placement of a single camper and/or tent and the exclusive use of its occupants.
PERSON
Any individual, partnership, corporation, association, municipality, county, authority, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any other private or public entity.
RECREATION AREA, ACTIVE
Those areas designated, developed and equipped for such organized activities as swimming, basketball, volleyball, tennis, handball, badminton, baseball, football, children's play areas and similar endeavors.
RECREATION AREA, PASSIVE
Those functional areas either landscaped or left in a natural state for walking, sitting, nature study and other passive uses.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
A vehicle primarily designed and utilized as temporary living quarters for recreational, camping, or travel use, whether self-propelled or mounted on or drawn by another vehicle, and including travel trailers, recreational trailers, camping trailers, truck campers, motor homes, and similar types of vehicles. It shall also include horse trailers used for such purposes. The term shall not mean or include a mobile home, manufactured home or seasonal dwelling.
TENT
A portable lodging unit usually made out of skins, canvas, plastic, or strong cloth stretched and usually sustained by poles, and which is dependent upon separate toilet and lavatory facilities.
TOWNSHIP
Raccoon Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to construct or maintain a campground within Raccoon Township, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, without first having secured a permit from the Township.
B. 
Application for such permit shall be provided by the Township Secretary upon request. Following the approval of the Township Supervisors, a permit shall be issued by the Secretary.
C. 
A campground permit fee shall be required upon application or upon issuance of a renewal. A fee of $2,500 must accompany all applications for new campgrounds and the annual renewal fee is $1,000. These fees may be changed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors. The applicant will also be responsible to pay any and all septic fees and all cost of legal and engineering review, if necessary.
D. 
The permit shall be valid only for the campground for which application is made.
E. 
The permit may be transferred if the property is sold, provided the campground is in compliance with all provisions of this chapter and upon the payment of a transfer fee in the amount of $2,500 which may be changed from time to time by resolution of the Board of Supervisors.
F. 
In the event the issuance of a permit is authorized by the Board of Supervisors for the establishment of a camp in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or in the case of a presently existing camp, no change or alteration shall be made unless application therefor shall be made to the Board as in the case of the original establishment of a camp and a permit is thereupon authorized to be granted for such change or alteration by resolution of the Board.
G. 
The Supervisors may revoke, suspend, or refuse to renew a permit at such time as there is evidence of noncompliance with this chapter.
A. 
Application. An application for a permit to operate a campground must be made on a form provided by the Zoning Enforcement Officer or Secretary of the Township. The operator/applicant must agree in his or her application that a responsible attendant shall be in charge of the management of the campground at all times. The application must set forth the names of the management attendants to be in active charge of the proposed campground and their hours of duties shall be set forth.
B. 
Plan. A plan must be submitted with the application; the plan shall be drawn at an appropriate scale to provide ease of review but at no less than one inch equals 100 feet. The plan must include the following:
(1) 
The survey date with certification by a registered land surveyor showing calculated distance and bearings of the mobile home park boundaries, lots, utility easements, streets, alleys, building lines, and parks and other common areas reserved for community purposes.
(2) 
A site plan showing trees, roads, campsites, location of one-hundred-year floodplain, if applicable.
(3) 
A plan to control noise, litter, lighting, trespassing and traffic.
(4) 
Property lines of adjacent properties, together with the land use of such adjacent properties.
C. 
Changes. Any changes after the permit is granted shall be filed with the Township Zoning Officer within five days from the date of the change.
A. 
Setback. No camping site shall be located within 100 feet of a public right-of-way or within 100 feet of any property line or within 300 feet of a nonaffiliated residence. No part of any setback shall be used for any other required area for a campground, service buildings, drives or water and sewage facilities which are located aboveground except to contain the required buffer yard.
B. 
Buffer yard. There shall be a planted buffer yard of at least 50 feet along the side and rear yards that shall contain evergreen shrubs at least four feet in height when planted, to provide a visual buffer.
C. 
Campground. A campground shall have a minimum lot size of five acres. If a campground is being developed on the same parcel as another use, for example a home or agricultural use, the parcel must have enough acres to delineate the minimum five acres to the campground while reserving the minimum acres required for the existing use per the Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 185, Zoning.
D. 
Campsites. Individual campsites shall contain a minimum of 2,000 square feet with a minimum width of 40 feet. Each campsite shall provide a clear, level, well-drained, mud-free pad for accommodating trailers and campers. A maximum of 10 campsites per acre is permitted.
E. 
Parking. Parking shall be provided within the campground.
(1) 
Camping site parking shall provide a clean, mud-free and well-drained area.
(2) 
No on-street parking shall be permitted within the campground.
(3) 
Off-street parking spaces for at least 2.5 motor vehicles shall be provided for each camping site.
F. 
Streets and roads. Each camping site shall front upon an approved street or road.
(1) 
One-way streets and roads with camping site parking shall have an improved surface of no less than 12 feet.
(2) 
Two-way streets and roads with camping site parking shall have an improved surface of no less than 20 feet.
(3) 
One-way streets and roads with on-street parking on one side shall have an improved surface of no less than 20 feet, and 28 feet for parking on both sides.
(4) 
Two-way streets and roads with on-street parking shall have an improved surface of no less than 28 feet for one-side parking, and 36 feet for both-side parking.
(5) 
Streets and roads shall be graded to provide positive drainage from the road surface. Drains and culverts shall be provided as necessary to maintain proper drainage.
(6) 
Streets and roads shall have a maximum grade of 6%, except for sections of no more than 100 feet in length which may exceed 6% but in no case shall exceed 10%.
(7) 
Streets and roads shall be all-weather constructed. All streets and roads shall be at least six inches of crushed, compacted aggregate and shall be built to be mud-free year round. Road oil, calcium or other suitable material shall be applied in an amount and frequency as necessary to control dust.
(8) 
Dead-end streets (culs-de-sac) shall be limited to a maximum length of 600 feet, and shall be provided at the closed end with a turnaround having an outside roadway diameter of at least 100 feet.
(9) 
No structure shall be permitted within 25 feet from the right-of-way of an access road, an interior road or within 20 feet of common parking.
G. 
Emergency ingress and egress to all campsites shall be maintained at all times. An operator/applicant shall permit representatives of the Police Department, Fire Chief, Zoning Enforcement Officer or other Township departments or agencies to inspect the premises of the campground on an ongoing basis for the purposes of ensuring compliance with the law.
H. 
Common facilities shall be well-illuminated from dusk to dawn.
I. 
A minimum of 20% of the gross area of the campground shall be devoted to recreational facilities and common open spaces. Recreational facilities shall not be located within 100 feet of any property line.
J. 
At least 50% of the required recreational facilities and common open spaces shall be developed for active recreation. The remaining portion of required recreational facilities and common open spaces may be used for passive recreation.
K. 
No parking shall be permitted, for any reason, within the recreational facilities and common open spaces.
L. 
Recreational facilities and common open spaces shall be distributed more or less equally throughout the campground development in relationship to the campsite they are intended to serve and consistent with good design principles. Open spaces shall not be isolated in one corner of the campground, but shall be accessible to all campsites within the campground.
A. 
All campgrounds shall comply with the requirements of the Department of Environmental Protection and with the rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health, as set forth in Article 413, Chapter 4, Regulations for Control of Sanitation in Organized Camps and Campgrounds, adopted April 25, 1968, as amended and with the Pa. Code Title 28, Article 19, Organized Camps and Campgrounds.
B. 
All campgrounds must have approval from the Township's Sewage Enforcement Officer (SEO).
C. 
Every campground shall contain an electrical wiring system consisting of wiring, fixtures, equipment and appurtenances which shall be installed and maintained in accordance with local electric power company specifications, National Electrical Code, and local and state codes and ordinances. Inspection by a qualified electrical inspection agency shall be made of all private electrical systems.
D. 
Violation of the above shall constitute a violation of this chapter, and such violator shall be subject to penalties described herein.
In addition to compliance with the standards set forth in this chapter, the Township Supervisors may make additional requirements as deemed necessary to protect the health, safety, morals and general welfare of the public. Such additional requirements shall be included in the plan for the campground and shall be complied with prior to issuance or renewal of a permit.
A. 
Any person operating a campground at the time of adoption of this chapter shall make application for a permit, including a plan of the existing campground.
B. 
The Supervisors shall examine the plan to determine which violations of this chapter, if any, necessitate immediate correction, and proof of such correction shall be required prior to issuance of a permit.
C. 
Any person operating a campground at the time of adoption of this chapter shall, within one year, submit a plan for this campground complying with the requirements of this chapter and shall, within two years of the date of this chapter, comply with the requirements and standards herein.
Upon receipt of evidence that compliance with the requirements and standards of this chapter would render undue hardship, the Zoning Hearing Board may grant a variance to those requirements and standards, provided that such variance does not violate the intent of this chapter and/or endanger the health, safety, morals or general welfare of the public. Any application for a variance must follow the guidelines in Ordinance No. 99-1, Zoning Ordinance.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See Ch. 185, Zoning.
The Township Engineer or duly authorized Township officer of the Township shall make a thorough inspection of all campgrounds located within the Township, who shall thereupon make a report to the Board at its next meeting on the health and sanitary conditions found in each campground.
Primitive camps, defined as unimproved, limited access with nondelineated campsites, shall be limited in use to three nights during 21 consecutive days. These campsites are excluded from the provisions of this chapter.
Each campground shall have an office in which shall be kept copies of all records pertaining to the management and supervision of the campground. Such records shall be available for inspection by the authorized officers of the Township. The permit from the Township shall be on display in a conspicuous place on the premises at all times.
It shall be the duty of the owner or his agent to keep a register of the "head of the family" accommodated in the campers or tents, their regular home address and the number and description of their automobiles or other vehicles. Said register shall be open at all times to inspection by any authorized official of the Township. The owner or his agent shall prescribe rules and regulations for the management of the campground and make adequate provision for the enforcement of such rules.
A. 
No more than two recreational vehicles may be stored or maintained outside of an enclosed structure on a lot except in approved and properly permitted campgrounds. For purposes of this section, contiguous lots owned by the same persons shall be considered one lot.
B. 
No recreational vehicle which is not registered, licensed and inspected in accordance with the requirements of the laws of Pennsylvania, or in accordance with the requirements of the laws of the state of residence of the owner, shall be stored or maintained outside of an enclosed structure on any premises. For the purposes of sale or repairs a vehicle will be exempt from this requirement for no longer than 90 days.
C. 
No recreational vehicle which is not registered, licensed and inspected, in accordance with the requirements of the laws of Pennsylvania, or in accordance with the requirements of the laws of the state of residence of the owner, shall be used or occupied for living quarters or residential purposes, whether temporary or permanent.
D. 
No structural additions shall be constructed onto or attached to a recreational vehicle, and no recreational vehicle shall be physically attached to or become a part of any other building.
E. 
No recreational vehicle shall be permanently anchored or set on a permanent foundation; it shall remain mobile.
F. 
No recreational vehicle shall be used as a dwelling for residential use or for living quarters, whether permanent or temporary, except under the following circumstances:
(1) 
In an approved and properly permitted campground.
(2) 
With a permit issued by the Zoning Officer per the Township Zoning Ordinance Article XII, Supplementary Regulations, § 185-46D and E.
(3) 
Where located adjacent to a dwelling which provides occupants of the recreational vehicle with sewage, water, and utility services, provided that it is used as temporary living quarters for periods of time not exceeding 15 consecutive days and 30 cumulative days in any calendar year.