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ACT NO. 37


Zoning; Single-Family Residential Use;

Registered Family Day Care Homes

This act limits application of the provision of the municipal zoning enabling law which requires that regulated day care facilities serving six or fewer children be considered by right to constitute a permitted single-family residential use of property to registered family care homes. Prior to this act, this provision also applied to small state licensed day care facilities. The act extends, until June 30, 2000, this protection to any state-registered family day care home that was in operation on May 20, 1999 as long as the home continues to operate as a state registered family day care home at the same location and does not serve more than 12 children. This act also creates a committee to study the impact of zoning ordinances on the provision of child care and the operation of family day care homes. Members on the committee will represent zoning interests and the interests of child care providers. The committees findings and recommendations to the General Assembly by are to be filed by January 15, 2000.

Effective Date: May 20, 1999. The transitional provision for existing registered family day care homes expires on June 30, 2000. The study committee expires on the date the study committee files its report with the General Assembly.