Logan Planning Commission votes against amending daycare code

The Logan Planning Commission voted against a land development code amendment that would have limited in-home daycare and preschool owners to a maximum of 8 students. The current code allows for up to 16 students at a daycare business run from home, depending on the owner’s permit. The room was packed Thursday at the commission meeting with parents and daycare workers who voiced opposition to the code change. The commission also received a stack of papers, full of signatures petitioning the amendment. Logan’s young population is growing, several residents said during public input, meaning the need for affordable daycare and preschool options would also grow. “If you lose these providers you have now, where will these children go?” Diane Wilkinson, who has owned a home daycare for years, said during public input. “Logan is getting bigger, not smaller.” Others voiced concern that the code amendment would affect the number of daycare options for parents as well as damage business for potential daycare owners by limiting the number of possible clients. Logan Municipal Council has the power overturn the commission’s decision. The council will hear the proposed code amendments at their meeting January 17, with an opportunity for public input at the council’s meeting February 7. The council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the Logan City Hall Council Chambers.

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