"Kid Friendly" Zoning Code

Ashtabula, Ohio, are updating their zoning codes to be more "kid friendly", as more and more residents are submitting applications to convert homes into day care facilities.
June 12, 2009, 9am PDT | Liyuan Huang
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"With this economy, a lot of people are finding ways to make extra money, including home businesses," Brown said. "Anyone who operates a business out of their home needs a home occupation permit and must go before the planning commission."

"We just couldn't take the cookie-cutter code and apply it to home occupation day cares," Brown said. "The way the code read didn't translate well for a day care facility."

Brown said child safety was also a major concern with the ordinance.

The code also outlines regulations for escape plans, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, heaters and electrical outlets."

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Published on Saturday, June 6, 2009 in Star Beacon
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