April 06, 2020

Brewer hearing tonight on day care zone changes

BREWER — The City Council and the planning board will hold a public hearing tonight to discuss a series of proposed zoning changes that would dramatically alter the way day care is regulated in the city.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the City Hall council chambers.

Currently, Brewer has the strictest day care laws in the state. While the state Department of Human Services allows for up to 12 children per home facility, Brewer allows for a maximum of only four.

Under the proposed changes, the question of approving child-to-staff ratios will be left in the hands of the Department of Human Services, not the city. Those home day cares wishing to house four or fewer children would be subject to minimal standards under the auspices of the city code enforcer.

In a nod to those residents who objected to changing the law, day care facilities wishing to house between five and 12 children would need the approval of a site plan by the planning board and a public hearing.

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