The Amity Township Planning Commission has begun drafting a 100 percent agerestrictive ordinance to provide for that type of development on at least 20 acres in the low-density (LDR) and medium density residential-zoning districts (MDR).The township's first transitional age development (TAD) ordinance was unanimously approved on Aug. 21-30 months after discussions were initiated by Greystone Capital Partners, West Conshohocken. Greystone wanted to build a TAD community of 486 units on the Schmale Farm property, Pine Forge Road. The first TAD ordinance was voted down by a split vote in August 2006.

The TAD regulates communities with general market and age restrictive housing on land tracts of 100 contiguous acres in the medium density residential (MDR) zoning district.

The 100 percent age restrictive ordinance would be similar to the TAD that it would require at least one person per unit be aged 55 or older.

The TAD's density bonuses (incentives to increase the age restricted above the required 50 percent) would be requirements in the new 100 percent ordinance.

The open space requirement would be 20 to 40 percent of the land parcel.

Density would not exceed 10 units per acre. Density requirements in sample ordinances ranged from 2.5 units up to 15 units per acre. Permitted housing types would include all single family, twins, townhouses, and apartments, or a mix, but no less that 25 percent of any one type. Architectural standards may also be required for at least 25 percent of the units.

Accessory uses to this type of community would include retail stores, banks, a community center, clubhouse, as well as places to park recreational vehicles. Some uses, such as a pool, could border the community and allow public access and use, to help fund its use.

The use may also be permitted in LDR and MRD, instead of it being a conditional use. The land development plans of permitted uses are reviewed first by the planning commission before they are approved by the Board of Supervisors.

With a conditional use, the land use conditions are set forth by the Board of Supervisors before preliminary land development plans are reviewed by the commission. Developers may also submit sketch plans for the conditional use hearing instead of fully engineered preliminary plans.

Sketch plans don't indicate whether the development would meet subdivision and land development and zoning ordinance requirements.

The commission will continue working on the ordinance draft at their Nov. 28 workshop.

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