Assisted Living Facilities

 

Residential Care Facilities (Including Assisted Living Facilities, Community Residential Homes, Recovery Homes, and Emergency Shelters.)
Residential Care Facilities/ALF Site Selection & Development in Manatee County
 
With Florida's large and growing elderly population, having appropriate care options for the elderly is an important issue. Many individuals do not need the level of care provided by a nursing home, however, they cannot continue to live independently without supportive services. Some developmentally disabled adults can live independently with assistance. Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) have evolved as a primary means of providing housing, food service, security, and assistance with the activities of daily living.
 
Assisted Living Facilities, or Residential Care Facilities, as defined by the Manatee County Land Development Code, are encouraged in a wide variety of locations in unincorporated Manatee County. Some zoning districts allow the use with an Administrative Permit (Final Site Plan review and approval), while others require a Public Hearing (Special Permit or Board of County Commission approval). As the need for such facilities are increasing in the area, staff created the following information and maps to make site selection easier for potential developers of such uses.
 
Manatee County defines an Assisted Living Facility as a Residential Care Facility as follows:
 
Residential Care Facility shall mean any emergency shelter, assisted living facility, community residential home, or recovery home, as individually defined herein:
 
Assisted Living Facility (ALF)shall mean any building or buildings, section or distinct part of a building, private home, boarding home, home for the aged, or other residential facility, whether operated for profit or not, which undertakes through its ownership or management to provide housing, meals, and one or more personal services for a period exceeding 24 hours to one or more adults who are not relatives of the owner or administrator. For the purpose of this code, small ALF facilities house up to fourteen (14) residents. Large ALF facilities house more than fourteen (14) residents. 
 
Community Residential Home. A dwelling unit which provides a living environment for 7 to 14 unrelated residents who operate as the functional equivalent of a family, including such supervision and care by supportive staff as may be necessary to meet the physical, emotional, and social needs of the residents. Homes of six (6) or fewer residents shall be deemed a single-family unit and a non-commercial, residential use. For the purpose of this Code, Adult Family Care Homes, as defined in the Florida Statutes, are deemed to be Community Residential Homes.
 
Community Residential Home Resident. A frail and elderly person, a physically disabled or handicapped person, a developmentally disabled person, a non-dangerous mentally ill person or child as defined by Florida Statutes.
 
Emergency Shelter shall mean any residence, building, or other place providing, for a period not to exceed an average stay of thirty (30) days per person; room, board, protection, pre-placement screening, or counseling for abused children, abused adults, or similar persons not related to the owner of the premises by law, blood, marriage or adoption; provided that such services shall not include intensive treatment or therapy. The term emergency shelter shall not be deemed to include assisted living facilities, community residential homes, recovery homes, or residential treatment facilities.
 
Emergency Shelter Home shall mean any dwelling providing, (for a period not to exceed an average stay of thirty (30) days per person), room, board and protection, pre-placement screening or counseling for no more than two (2) abused children, abused adults, or similar persons, not related to the owner of the premises by law, blood, marriage or adoption provided that such services shall not include intensive treatment or therapy. 
 
Recovery Home, Large shall mean a group residential facility with one (1) or more supervisors residing on the premises, serving seventeen (17) persons or more, with professional staff services as needed, providing board, lodging, supervision, medication and other treatment and counseling, for persons progressing from relatively intensive treatment for crime, delinquency, mental or emotional illness, alcoholism, drug addiction or similar conditions to full normal participation in community life or persons otherwise in need of a structured environment to deal with such conditions. A recovery home shall not be deemed to include a Residential Treatment Facility, Assisted Living Facility, Family Care Home, Nursing Home, Hospital or Emergency Shelter.
 
Recovery Home, Small shall mean a group residential facility with one (1) or more supervisors residing on the premises, serving sixteen (16) persons or less, with professional staff services as needed, providing board, lodging, supervision, medication and other treatment and counseling, for persons progressing from relatively intensive treatment for crime, delinquency, mental or emotional illness, alcoholism, drug addiction or similar conditions to full normal participation in community life or persons otherwise in need of a structured environment to deal with such conditions. A recovery home shall not be deemed to include a Residential Treatment Facility, Assisted Living Facility, Family Care Home, Nursing Home, Hospital or Emergency Shelter.
 
Small Assisted Living Facilities are permitted by Administrative Permit (Final Site Plan) within the following Zoning Districts:
 
A-1 (Suburban Agriculture)
RSF (Residential Single Family District)
RMF (Residential Multi-Family)
RSMH (Residential Single Family Manufacture Home)
RDD (Residential Duplex)
PR (Professional)
NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
GC (General Commercial)
HC (Heavy Commercial)
VIL (Villages – Myakka, Parrish, Rubonia)
MP-I (Master Planned Institutional District)
 
Small Assisted Living Facilities are potentially permitted, but with approval through the Public Hearing process (Special Permit (SP) or through Planned Development) in the following Zoning Districts:
 
A (General Agriculture)
PDR (Planned Development Residential)
PDO (Planned Development Office)
PDC (Planned Development Commercial)
PDPI (Planned Development Public Interest)
PDMU (Planned Development Mixed Use)
PDA (Planned Development Agriculture)
 
 
 
 
Large Assisted Living Facilities are permitted by Administrative Permit (Final Site Plan) within the following Zoning Districts:
 
PR (Professional)
NC (Neighborhood Commercial)
GC (General Commercial)
HC (Heavy Commercial)
MP-I (Master Planned Institutional District)
 
 
Large Assisted Living Facilities are potentially permitted, but with approval through the Public Hearing process (Special Permit (SP) or through Planned Development) in the following Zoning Districts:
 
A (General Agriculture)
A-1 (Suburban Agriculture)
RSF (Residential Single Family District)
RMF (Residential Multi-Family)
RSMH (Residential Single Family Manufacture Home)
RDD (Residential Duplex)
VIL (Villages – Myakka, Parrish, Rubonia)
PDR (Planned Development Residential)
PDO (Planned Development Office)
PDC (Planned Development Commercial)
PDPI (Planned Development Public Interest)
PDMU (Planned Development Mixed Use)
PDA (Planned Development Agriculture)
 
 
 
Other Requirements:
 

 

 
A.     The proposed development shall meet NFPA-101 Life Safety Code, as required by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), and all regulations specified by State Law and County Regulations.
 
B.     No Residential Care Facility shall be located within one thousand (1,000) feet of another Residential Care Facility, measured from property line to property line.
 
C.     All residential care facilities shall meet the density limitations of the zoning district where they are located. Density shall be calculated as follows: Six (6) residents (including resident staff) = One (1) dwelling unit.
 
D.     When located in a residential zoning district, all parts of the structure shall be maintained in a character consistent with the residential neighborhood in which it is located in terms of gross floor area, building design and lot coverage.
 
E.      Floor Area Requirements.
1.      To avoid unsafe or unhealthy conditions that may be produced by overcrowding of persons living in these facilities, a minimum floor area per person shall be required. Floor area requirements shall be measured from interior walls of all rooms, excluding closets, stairs, thickness of walls, toilet rooms, mechanical rooms, laundry, and corridors.
2.      A minimum of one hundred twenty (120) square feet of interior living space shall be provided per facility resident. Interior living space shall include sleeping space and all other interior space accessible on a regular basis to all facility residents.
3.      A full bathroom with toilet, lavatory, and tub or shower, shall be provided for every five (5) residents. An additional toilet and lavatory shall be provided for each additional group of four (4) persons or less.
 
Contact
Please let us know how we can assist you. Contact Lisa Barrett, Planning Manager at 941-748-4501 ext. 6884.