July 7, 2016

The Town/Village of Harrison in Westchester County, New York recently amended its Zoning Code to allow Senior Living Facilities by Special Exception Use Permit. The new law, Local Law No. 2 of 2016, defines a Senior Living Facility as “A residential facility containing Independent Living, Assisted Living, and/or Memory Care Units…”  An Assisted Living Unit is defined as “A unit specifically designed for use and occupancy for individuals who benefit from daily monitoring…”  An Independent Living Unit is defined as “A unit specifically designed to accommodate individuals with increasing frailty…”  A Memory Care Unit is defined as “A unit specifically designed to accommodate individuals suffering from dementia.”

The siting requirements for a Senior Living Facility include (i) single ownership; (ii) non-residential use; (iii) at least 6 acres with 1,500 feet of frontage along an Arterial Roadway; and (iv) not to be located on municipal or school property.

The minimum lot requirements include (i) six acre lot area; (ii) 800 foot width; (iii) maximum 20% building coverage; (iv) 40 foot front yard; (v) 30 foot rear yard; and (vi) 30 foot side yard (60 feet combined).

The new law also sets forth density, height and parking requirements, as well as permitted accessory uses.

A copy of the new law can be found online:    http://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA0224/source/LF897113.pdf

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