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This category includes public, quasi-public, and private uses that provide unique services that are of benefit to the public as a whole. The public, civic, and institutional subcategories are:
(a) Airport-Related Facilities.
Any of the following:
(.1) Air terminals;
(.2) Airport administration buildings, including airline offices, and related uses;
(.3) Ancillary retail sales and commercial services uses located within an airport;
(.4) Fixed base operators;
(.5) Air hangars;
(.6) General aviation operations;
(.7) Airport maintenance, rescue and firefighting buildings, and public safety uses, including security and immigration processing;
(.8) Airport operational facilities including, but not limited to, air traffic control towers, communication facilities, weather service offices, equipment and instrument landing systems, and other related navigational equipment;
(.9) Air cargo and related ground transportation facilities;
(.10) Flight schools, flying clubs, and other schools or training facilities relating to aviation or air- related transportation;
(.11) Fuel and fuel waste containment storage systems and pumps;
(.12) Aircraft related sales, manufacturing, assembly testing, and repair of aircraft, aircraft parts, avionics, instruments, or other aircraft equipment;
(.15) Glycol and related aircraft deicing fluid storage and processing systems;
(.16) Emergency (outpatient) medical facilities;
(.17) Ground transportation facilities commonly associated with airports, such as rail, car rental facilities, taxi cabs, buses and limousines, including associated maintenance, fueling, storage and administration;
(.18) Accessory uses customarily incidental to any of the above permitted uses, including, where appropriate, security barriers, boat launches, storage facilities, including outdoor storage of vehicles and equipment, airport-related lighting, and chapels; and
(.19) Other uses determined to be airport-related by the regulations of the Department of Commerce.
Land used for burial of dead bodies or cremated remains. Cemeteries are allowed only if approved by ordinance. See § 14-603(4) (Cemetery).
(c) Child Care. 460
Uses providing care, protection, and supervision for children for a fee on a regular basis away from their primary residence for less than 24 hours per day. Examples include preschools, nursery schools, Head Start programs, and latch key programs. The following are not regulated as child care uses: (i) care given by guardians, or relatives of the children, or (ii) care given away from the primary residence of the children by babysitters or caregivers for fewer than 10 hours per week. For the purposes of the child care use subcategory, the term "relative" shall mean a parent, stepparent, grandparent, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, aunt, or uncle. The following are child care specific use types:
(.1) Family Child Care.
The provision of care within the child care provider's primary residence for children who are not relatives of the provider. See also the family child care use-specific standards of § 14-603(5) (Child Care).
(.2) Group Child Care. 461
The provision of care in a facility that is not the child care provider's primary residence for up to 12 children who are not relatives of the provider. See also the group child care use-specific standards of § 14-603(5) (Child Care).
(.3) Child Care Center.
(d) Detention and Correctional Facilities.
An institution operated by the City, the Commonwealth, the federal government, or a private party under contract with the City, the Commonwealth, or the federal government for the confinement and punishment and treatment or rehabilitation of offenders under the jurisdiction of a court.
(e) Educational Facilities.
(.1) Public and private schools at the primary, elementary, junior high, or high school level that provide basic education.
(.2) Colleges and other institutions of higher learning that offer courses of general or specialized study leading to a degree.
(f) Fraternal Organization.
The use of a building or lot by a not-for-profit organization that restricts access to its facility to bona fide, annual dues-paying members and their occasional guests. Banquet rooms and the preparation and serving of food and beverages and occasional live entertainment are uses and activities in association with fraternal organizations.
(g) Hospital. 461.2
Uses providing medical or surgical care to patients and offering inpatient (overnight) care. This subcategory includes nursing homes licensed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
(h) Libraries and Cultural Exhibits.
Museum-like preservation and exhibition of objects in one or more of the arts and sciences, gallery exhibition of works of art, or library collection of books, manuscripts, and similar materials for study and reading.
(i) Re-Entry Facility.
A facility used for the rehabilitation and overnight accommodations of 25 or more individuals, including staff, who are (a) under the jurisdiction of a court, but not under confinement, or (b) individuals recently released from the jurisdiction of a court. Such facility shall be operated by the City, the Commonwealth, the federal government, or a private party under contract with the City, the Commonwealth, or the federal government for the purpose of providing treatment or rehabilitation intended to assist such individuals with their re-entry into the community.
(j) Religious Assembly.
Religious services involving public assembly that customarily occur in synagogues, temples, mosques, churches, and other facilities used for religious worship.
(k) Safety Services.
Establishments that provide fire, police or life protection, together with the incidental storage and maintenance of necessary vehicles.
(l) Transit Station.
Stations, off-street passenger waiting areas, and loading/unloading areas for local and regional transit service. Street-side boarding locations, such as bus and trolley stops, are not regulated as transit station uses.
(m) Utilities and Services, Basic.
Public and quasi-public facilities and services that need to be located in the area where the service is to be provided, such as water and sewer pump stations; electrical transforming substations; wind energy conversion systems; solar collector systems; water conveyance systems; gas regulating stations; stormwater facilities and conveyance systems; telephone switching equipment; emergency communication warning/broadcast facilities; and central heating facilities.
(n) Utilities and Services, Major.
Infrastructure services that have substantial land use impacts on surrounding areas. Typical uses include but are not limited to water and wastewater treatment facilities, major water storage facilities and electric generation plants.
(o) Wireless Service Facility.
Towers, antennas, equipment, equipment buildings, and other facilities used in the provision of wireless communication services. The following are wireless service facility specific use types:
(.1) Freestanding Towers.
A structure intended to support equipment that is used to transmit and/or receive telecommunications signals including monopoles and guyed and lattice construction steel structures.
(.2) Building or Tower-Mounted Antennas.
The physical device that is attached to a freestanding tower, building, or other structure, through which electromagnetic, wireless telecommunications signals authorized by the Federal Communications Commission are transmitted or received.
(p) Community Center. 462
A space used for cultural, educational, recreational, or civic engagement purposes; owned and operated by a public agency or not for profit organization; and open to the general public; but not including any Special Assembly Occupancy as defined in subsection 9-703(1)(a).
(q) Adult Care. 463
Uses providing care, protection, and supervision for adults for a fee on a regular basis away from their primary residence for less than 24 hours per day. The following are not regulated as adult care uses: (i) care given by guardians, relatives or Life Partners of the adults, or (ii) care given away from the primary residence of the adults by caregivers for fewer than 10 hours per week. For the purposes of the adult care use subcategory, the term "relative" shall mean a spouse, parent, child, stepparent, stepchild, grandparent, grandchild, brother, sister, half brother, half sister, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
Amended, Bill No. 210075 (approved March 29, 2021).
Added, Bill No. 170402 (approved June 27, 2017).
Added, Bill No. 190253 (approved July 24, 2019).