The Purcellville Town Council approved a text amendment to increase the maximum enrollment of a residential day care from six to 12 during the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23. The vote was 6-1, with Council member Doug McCollum voting "nay."
Purcellville resident Ana Maria Uceda requested a zoning ordinance to increase the enrollment in all zoning districts from six to 12. The Town ordinance currently only allows for six children, while the State allows for 12. The State licensing department informed her that the town ordinance has to be followed. She had originally requested the increase only for R-8 (townhouse developments), where she runs her business. The Planning Commission held public hearings on Nov. 19, and staff developed alternate regulations and added additional standards to mitigate the impacts of the increased enrollment. A second public hearing was held on Jan. 7 of this year. Staff recommended approval but the Planning Commission was split with a 4-2 vote.
Council member Doug McCollum explained his â€œnayâ€ vote, which he registered at the Planning Commission level, where he serves as chair. "In the version prepared by the P/C and Staff," he said, "there was language in the 18 standards that required exterior changes meet the Town’s zoning ordinances. However, the Planning Commission accepted a motion to amend that standard to delete any reference to zoning. Since I believe exterior changes may create controversy," I voted against the standards as amended. I continued that position before the Council."
Applicants must meet the 18 standards to expand a home day care business to twelve.