Planning board to decide whether to recommend change of facility definition
The Aiken Planning Commission will consider a potential recommendation to change the definition of a “residential assisted living facility” on Tuesday.
The regular meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Council Chambers on the second floor of the Municipal Building, located at 214 Park Ave.
After the Planning Commission recommended a change to the definition of a “dwelling unit” last year, commissioners said they wanted to go back and look over other definitions in the City’s zoning ordinances.
Last month, Planning Commission members, including Planning Commission Chair Liz Stewart, wanted to further the conversation about the definition because, as the definition stands now, it encompasses more than just the general understanding of what an assisted living facility is.
The definition of a residential assisted living or residential care facility stands as, “a facility which offers room (regardless of whether leased or owned by the occupant or any other person), board and a limited degree of personal assistance on a long-term basis for two or more persons, 18 years old or older, unrelated to the operator, but excluding any facility which offers or represents to the public that it offers such services primarily to or specifically for the mentally ill, mentally disabled, or drug or alcohol addicted or provides or purports to provide specific procedures or processes for those diseases or conditions.”
The Planning Commission will also consider whether to recommend a change to the zoning ordnance regarding sign visibility and trees.
In other business, the Planning Commission will discuss possible revisions to the policy on provisions of water and sanitary sewer service in unincorporated areas during a public work session. The work session will begin at 5 p.m. in room 204.
Maayan Schechter is the local government reporter with Aiken Standard.