DuBOIS — The Sandy Township Supervisors will hold a public hearing on a proposed Elder Cottage ordinance.

The public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Sandy Township Municipal Building.

The proposed ordinance will permit Elder Cottages in a residential agricultural (R-A) Zoned District as a conditional use.

In the absence of Zoning Officer Jim Keck, township Engineer Perry Bowser reported at Monday’s supervisors’ meeting that both the Clearfield County Planning and Community Development Office reviewed the proposed Elder Cottage ordinance and had no comment to submit regarding this proposed zoning change.

The Sandy Township Planning Commission reviewed the proposed ordinance and had the following comments:

Bob Fleck was concerned with Section II regarding the definition of Elder Cottage and limiting it to the term “manufactured”; Dan Corbet suggested using the term, “relocatable.”

Corbet also asked why Section IV is limited to the height of 20-feet if they are only one story.

Fleck questioned a section about how does the Uniform Construction Code apply to manufactured housing. Fleck feels it needs to be worded better to make it more understandable.

The ordinance could then be enacted following the public hearing.

The Clearfield County Area Agency on Aging Inc., along with its subsidiary Mature Resources Foundation, has applied and received two grants – one from the Clearfield Affordable Trust Act and another from the Pennsylvania Fair Housing Act, CCAAA Director of Business Development Julie Fenton told the supervisors at a previous meeting. The total amount of both grants is $65,000 which is to be used to build an Elder Cottage.

Fenton said the grant requires that the Elder Cottage be purchased or built and placed by the end of June 2018. The amount of the grant money will pay for one cottage.

There is currently no Elder Cottage program in Pennsylvania. If the ordinance is approved by the township, it would be the first in the state.

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