RICHMOND, Va – Delegate Torian is pleased to report that his bill (HB 1209) clarifying current residential day care zoning regulations to allow local governments to approve with conditions or deny an applicant has passed the House of Delegates unanimously.
“Early childhood care is critical for the development of our sons and daughters. I carried HB 1209 on behalf of Prince William County because we discovered that the zoning process does not allow our local government to mediate any concerns between a day care provider and their neighbors. There are too many families that struggle to find quality child care options for young children and we need to make it easier for them not harder.” Delegate Torian said in his office after the House of Delegates adjourned.
Current zoning regulations require a public hearing and public notification for residential day care facilities that serve between 6 and 12 children. If any written concern is received in response to the notice, the zoning administrator must deny the applicants zoning requests. There are no provisions in the code for the locality to negotiate with the applicant to mitigate the concerns of the neighbors.
The bill is supported by the Virginia Alliance of Family Child Care Associations.
Upon passage of HB 1209 Mary Braxton President of the VA Family Alliance of Family Child Care Associations reacted favorably: “This bill is a good first step towards fixing some of the issues that exist for regulated child care providers. HB 1209 will promote quality child care while advocating for family providers to become and remain licensed and regulated.”
Delegate Torian will continue to monitor all bills that foster safe child care in Virginia. HB 1209 now moves forward to the Senate.