§ 1282.27   GROUP HOMES AND RESIDENTIAL TREATMENT FACILITIES.
   (a)   Required information for application.  For a conditional use permit to operate a group home, the applicant shall submit the following information, in written form, prior to setting a public hearing, to aid the Village Planning Commission in its review of the requested facility.
      (1)   Information explaining the need for the facility, the clientele to be served, and the financial resources that will be used to operate the facility;
      (2)   Identification of similar facilities presently located in the area, including the names of individuals who may be contacted concerning the operation of such facilities;
      (3)   Identification of community facilities and social services that will be used by the clientele of the group home or residential treatment facility, including an indication from the administrator of such facilities and services that the clientele of the group home or residential treatment facility can be accommodated;
      (4)   A license or evidence of ability to obtain a license from the appropriate governmental agency.  Prior to the issuance of a final certificate of occupancy, the applicant shall provide evidence that a valid license has been issued or is obtainable for the proposed conditional use on the subject property.  When a license is not required of the applicant by a governmental agency, a written affidavit shall be presented as part of the application by the governmental agency to which that applicant has accountability, stating that a license is not required.  The affidavit shall further state and describe the procedures that have been established in lieu of licensing to ensure that the provisions of this section are carried out and shall state and describe the types of controls that the governmental agency can exercise in this regard;
      (5)   A copy of the operational and occupancy standards that will be used in establishing the facility; and
      (6)   Site plans, drawings, and/or illustrations showing the location of all structures, floor plans, exterior elevations, off-street parking, ingress and egress, landscaping and screening areas, and recreation and open-space facilities.  Such plans and drawings shall include evidence that the proposed use of the site will be compatible with the present physical character of the neighborhood and will not disrupt the neighborhood from the standpoint of noise, lights, congestion, or traffic generation.
   (b)   Facility requirements.
      (1)   Minimum area per occupant.  Every room occupied for sleeping purposes within the home shall contain a minimum of 80 square feet of habitable room area for one occupant, and when occupied by more than one individual, shall contain at least 60 square feet of habitable area for each occupant.  No such facility shall use living rooms, dining rooms, entryways, closets, corridors, and/or outside porches or cellars as sleeping rooms.
      (2)   Indoor recreation area.  The group home or residential treatment facility shall provide not less than 25 square feet per person of suitable indoor recreation area and not less than 75 square feet of outdoor recreation open space per person, exclusive of required front and side yards and parking area.  Such indoor recreation area shall be consolidated in a useful configuration and location provided on the site.
      (3)   Compatibility with neighborhood.  No exterior alterations of the structure shall be made which depart from the residential character of the building.  All new structures shall be compatible in residential design with the surrounding neighborhood.
      (4)   Lighting.  All exterior lighting fixtures will be shaded wherever necessary to avoid casting direct light upon any adjoining property located in a residential district.
      (5)   Off-street parking.  Off-street parking shall be provided on a one-to-one ratio to the number of autos operated and/or anticipated to be operated out of the facility.
      (6)   Required compliance.  The group home or residential facility shall comply with all other applicable codes and ordinances prior to the issuance of an occupancy permit.
   (c)   Review by Village Planning Commission.  In its review of each proposed facility, the Village Planning Commission shall consider the following regarding the proposed facility:
      (1)   Whether or not it is, in fact, a facility licensed by and/or has accountability to a governmental agency and sufficient controls can be exercised to ensure continued compliance with this section;
      (2)   Whether or not it will be designed, constructed, operated and maintained so as to be harmonious and appropriate in appearance with the existing uses of the general vicinity, and whether or not such uses will change the essential character of the neighborhood;
      (3)   Whether or not it will be hazardous or disturbing to existing or officially planned future neighborhood uses from the standpoint of noise, lights, congestion, or traffic generation which would be incompatible with the neighborhood environment;
      (4)   Whether or not it will be served adequately by essential public facilities and services, such as streets, police and fire protection, drainage structures, refuse disposal, water, sewers, and schools, and whether or not the persons or agencies responsible for the establishment of the proposed use will be able to provide such services adequately; and
      (5)   Whether or not it will have vehicular approaches to the property that will be so designed as not to create interference with traffic on public thoroughfares.
(Ord. 652, passed 11-8-1999)