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  Item # 2.       
Meeting Date: 06/19/2013  
Requested by: David Williams
Submitted By: Hillary Turby, Development Infrastructure Services
Department: Community Development & Public Works  

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SUBJECT:
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION TO INITIATE A ZONING CODE AMENDMENT RELATED TO PROVISIONS FOR ASSISTED LIVING INCLUDING MEMORY CARE,  SKILLED NURSING AND SENIOR CARE
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends initiation of an amendment to the Oro Valley Zoning Code Revised to clarify existing code language and add new provisions related to assisted living, skilled nursing, memory care and related care facilities. 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
As requested by Council, this item is to initiate a zoning code amendment to clarify, update and add appropriate zoning provisions for facilities or institutions providing adult and senior care including skilled nursing services, memory care and similar services. 

The Council may wish to discuss and take action to initiate a Zoning Code amendment whose scope would include revisions to the definitions of various types of care facilities, appropriate standards of development and any specific review processes that may need to be adjusted based on the type and character of the proposed facility.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
The skilled nursing and senior care industry is rapidly expanding.  Memory care and senior living facilities are in strong demand nationwide.  The Town is seeing increased inquiries and requests for approvals for these types of care facilities. 

The Zoning Code currently includes very limited standards for various types of care facilities and group homes.  Updated and additional provisions should be considered for appropriately regulating adult, senior and skilled nursing facilities.

Further, the Code is currently inconsistent with State and Federal provisions for adult care homes, presently referred to as 'community residences' in the Oro Valley Code.  These inconsistencies make portions of the present code unenforceable as it relates standards preempted by the State and the Federal Government.  

The Town is experiencing growth in this land use type.  Adding and improving Zoning Code provisions related to this group of land uses is important as continued expansion and new construction of facilities in Oro Valley is expected. 
FISCAL IMPACT:
N/A 
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to initiate an amendment to the Oro Valley Zoning Code Revised to add, update and clarify provisions related to adult and senior care including skilled nursing, memory care and related types of services and facilities.
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