Zoning change could give day cares more options

By Staff reports
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's day cares may soon be on their way to becoming freestanding operations in areas zoned for residential offices.The Municipal Planning Commission passed a bill Wednesday that would no longer require child-care and adult day-care facilities to be "accessory" uses. In other words, they wouldn't have to be associated with an entity such as a church or school to be located in an R-O zoned area of the city."It'll have little affect due to the small amount of R-O zoning left in the city," said Planning Director Dan Vriendt. There are only about four major R-O areas in Charleston.The matter was brought before the commission in light of Good Shepherd Child Care Center's future move to a new building in Kanawha City, Vriendt said.
Also Wednesday, the commission approved a measure that would rezone a parcel of land located at the corner of 27th Street and Washington Street West from residential to commercial use.Mountaineer Gas Company purchased that parcel and land adjacent (this parcel is zoned for commercial use) to it in order to relocate its Stockton Street Service Center.Both measures will be presented to the council Planning Committee and then, if approved, will come up for a vote by City Council. 
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