The Leesburg Town Council has unanimously adopted revised zoning regulations for child day care facilities.
The new regulations, passed Sept. 24, are effective immediately and apply to home-based child care providers, recreational businesses that also include child care and commercial day care centers.
Home-based child care providers, known as family day homes, that serve five children or fewer are permitted by-right in all residential zoning districts except multifamily. The amendment means providers no longer need to obtain a home occupation permit from the town.
Family day homes with six to 12 children are also allowed in all residential districts except multi-family but must receive special exception. Those with six to nine children can receive administrative approval if they meet the criteria and, after written notice, no adjacent property owners object. If they do not meet all the criteria or a neighbor objects, the business can go through the special exception approval process, which requires public hearings in front of both the Planning Commission and the Town Council
Those family day homes with 10-12 children must go through the special exception process.
The amendments also eliminate the special exception process for recreational businesses that also provide child care.
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