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Minot Planning Commission agrees to loosen new day care rule

MINOT, N.D. — Minot’s Planning Commission is recommending that a permit for home day cares be required only for the largest operations.

The city passed a zoning ordinance change in 2013 to require home day cares with more than 14 children to obtain a $250 permit and pay up to $1,250 in city costs.

Ward County Social Services began notifying day care providers this fall during their license renewals. Surprised providers took their concerns to the City Council, and Mayor Chuck Barney appointed a committee to study the matter.

The Minot Daily News reports that the Planning Commission recently accepted the committee’s recommendation that the city require the permits only for home day cares with more than 18 children. The City Council will have the final say.

In related news, Group to suggest easing day care permit requirement in Minot.

Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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