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Greene BOS Amends Home Care Structure Ordinance

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Caring for an elderly or ill family member can be difficult, especially if they don't live nearby. But some people in Greene County can get mobile homes or small structures on their property to make caring for them easier.

The Greene County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance change at Tuesday night's meeting that will make the permit process easier.

Since the 1980s the Greene County Board of Supervisors has approved more than 150 units, known as hardship mobile homes. Prior to the ordinance amendment, people in Greene had to go before the board and explain why they qualified to have a temporary health care structure on their property. Now, the structures can be used as a by right use for a family member with a physical or mental disability or illness, and no special use permit is required.

The amended ordinance will also allow also for detached accessory dwelling units.

"You can also offer that to someone who is not part of your family or extended family now," said Greene County administrator John Barkley.

Barkley says anybody can live in the structure as long as both units on the property have the same owner. Now, in order to have an extended structure on your property you do not need to go to the county for an extended use permit. 

"Both temporary medical structures and extended family units are both by right uses now," Barkley said. 

The minimum lot area for permitted uses must be eight acres. Barkley says under the new ordinance an accessory dwelling unit can be no larger than 800 square feet, and cannot have more than two bedrooms. 

"If a county resident wishes to construct an accessory dwelling unit, which is not part of the primary unit on their parcel, they will also have the ability to apply for a permit for that as a by right use," Barkley said. 

An accessory dwelling unit was originally required to be part of the primary structure. Now it doesn't have to be physically attached.

Barkley says the old process of having people go before the board and explain their personal hardships was a bit arbitrary.

Having the ordinance in compliance with state code keeps the process simple.

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