Daycares

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“We want to see more people of all ages in the heart of our city ([1]). “

High childcare costs in Austin make it harder for families to live in the city. CodeNEXT must allow childcare, of all sizes, all around the city in order to facilitate abundant day care access to all. Allowing day cares off of major corridors is imperative; children face no greater threat than cars. Many daycares are found in interior neighborhoods, allow families to easily walk with a stroller or wagon to bring their children to daycare. This is critical to ensuring families are welcomed in all areas.

The Problem

Daycares of various sizes are a permitted use in CodeNEXT. CodeNEXT prescribes parking minimums as well.

  • Small (<= 7 children) are P in transects: T3NE.WL and up, (all transects)
  • Large (>7 children & <20 children) are CUP in transects: T3NE.WL, T3NE, T3N.DS, T3N.IS (both IS & IS-O), T4N (both IS & IS-O), T5N (both SS & SS-O); permitted in T4; permitted in T5U.SS, T5U, T5MS, & T6U;
  • Commercial: unpermitted use below T3N.IS; for T3N.IS, T4N, T5N.SS, unpermitted in IS, SS categories (respectively), CUP in IS-O and SS-O; permitted in T4(MS); unpermitted in T5U.SS, T5U; permitted in T5MS & T6U,

Parking: 1 per 500sqft in T3N.IS, T4N.IS, T4N.SS, T4MS, T5N, T5U.SS, T5U, & T5MS; no parking requirements in T6U


Recommendations

  • Small daycares should be permitted by-right in all transects
  • Large daycares should be permitted by-right in all transects
  • Commercial daycares should be permitted by-right in all transects
  • Small, Large, & Commercial daycares should not have parking requirements

Recommendations

Comment Page/Section


Small day cares should be permitted by-right in all transects
pdf pg 108
Large day cares should be permitted by-right in all transects
pdf pg 108, 114, 121, 127, 129, 137, 145, 161,  
Commercial day cares should be permitted by-right in all transects
pdf pg 108, 114, 121, 127, 129, 137, 145, 161,   169, 177, 291 


Day cares should be exempt from parking requirements.
pdf pg 127, 135, 143, 151, 159, 167, 175, 183, 
Any-sized day care should be permitted by-right in all transects & other zones
pdf pg 291
Allow any-sized day cares (>20) and allow over 50% of area to be used as an accessory use.
pdf pg 429