6.9 Vocational Training Facilities

Vocational Training Facilities (VTF) as defined in these Regulations, are subject to the following conditions:

  1. Vocational Training Facilities shall be developed only on sites that contain a minimum of five acres.
  2. A VTF shall not be permitted on any lot or parcel that is within 1,000 feet of another VTF.
  3. Unless otherwise specifically approved by the Commission, a VTF shall only operate between the hours of 6 am to 8 pm.
  4. The applicant shall accommodate all pedestrian and vehicular traffic to and on the site, and shall provide an acceptable area for dropping off participants on site.
    1. To the extent possible, parking stalls dedicated to the public shall be located so as to preclude pedestrian crossing of interior drives.
    2. No overnight storage of more than four multi-passenger vehicles used to transport participants shall be allowed on site.
    3. Any overnight vehicle storage shall be located in the rear yard of the property and shall be screened appropriately from public view as determined by the Planning and Zoning Commission.
    4. Any areas designated for overnight vehicle storage shall not count toward the minimum parking spaces required pursuant to Section 7.1.
  5. All State and/or local licensing and permit requirements/standards shall be met including special or coastal flood hazard area development standards to demonstrate to the Commission’s satisfaction that hazards to life and property are minimized.
  6. A VTF shall not expand, enlarge, add on to, intensify or otherwise increase the square feet of use or the scope and services of the program(s) authorized by the Commission (such as by taking on additional participants) without first receiving approval from the Commission. At the time of application for any approval, the applicant shall:
    1. Submit a written description of the proposed scope and services of all programs, including, but not limited to, services, training, educational, meals, transportation arrangements, any outside participants, agencies served either full or part -time whether permanent or temporary.
    2. Shall state the maximum number of participants to be served at the facility, the number of staff and the total square feet of the facility including all areas to be utilized by the VTF.
  7. A VTF may provide for recreational activities on site.
    1. Said recreational area shall be a minimum of one-half (0.5) acre, free of hazards and regulated wetland soils and contain a suitable surface for the proposed activities at no more than 3% slope.
    2. The recreational area shall have suitable lighting and fencing and screening to ensure the safety of the users and to mitigate any impacts both to and from adjacent properties as determined by the Commission.
    3. In the R-5.1, R-5.2 and RM zones outdoor recreational activities shall only take place between the hours of 8:30 AM and 6:00 PM.
  8. A VTF shall provide a buffer strip within the boundaries of a lot as follows:
    1. appropriate fencing and landscaping of suitable type, density and height shall be located and maintained in a buffer strip of the following width to effectively screen the facility activities from the neighboring properties:
      • Residential Districts: 25 feet
      • Commercial Districts: 25 feet
      • Industrial Districts: 25 feet
    2.  The buffer area shall be applied to the portion of the site dedicated to vocational facility uses including associated parking, accessory buildings and recreational areas.
    3. The recreational area shall not be located within the buffer area.
    4. The buffer area shall include scattered plantings of mixed height of both evergreen and deciduous trees and bushes.
    5. The Planning and Zoning Commission may, by Special Permit, reduce the width requirement of the buffer area where
      • existing topography, landscaping, and/or other features provide an adequate buffer and screening, or
      • lot size and shape or existing structures make it infeasible to comply with the minimum widths required above, provided screening (planting, fences, berms, etc.) or other methods are utilized to ensure the buffer area meets the intent of these Regulations.