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Child Day Care/Residential
One of the most indispensable and essential services for busy families is child care. Some parents prefer a smaller, residential type setting for their children while mom and dad are at work. This type of business is allowed in the residential districts, but with a few conditions. There are two primary types of Group Care providers.
1. Group Child Day Care providers who care for 6 or fewer children must comply with the conditions in the
Home Business ordinance
, also noted on the
Home Business webpage
2. Group Child Day Care providers who care for more than 6 children, but not more than 12, must comply with all of the requirements of a home business noted on the
Home Business webpage
, and the following additional requirements:
The operation of a residential facility with more than 6 residents, but not more than 12 requires Conditional Land Use approval by the Planning Commission.
The facility must be registered and licensed by the State of Michigan.
The facility must be located a minimum of 1500 feet from any other licensed facility serving more than 6, but not ore than 12 residents.
The facility must be maintained in a manner consistent with the visible characteristics of the neighborhood in which it is located.
The facility must have a minimum of 1500 square feet of outdoor play area, located in the rear yard and shall be suitably fenced and screened.
Adequate areas shall be provided for parking, and pick-up and drop-off of children, in a manner that minimizes pedestrian-vehicle conflicts and allows maneuvers without affecting traffic flow on the public street.
Hours of operation. Group Child Daycare homes shall not operate more than 16 hours per day.
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