Childcare & Zoning

-This webpage is being revised to provide 'how-to" information for child care providers-

In an effort to provide greater and more equitable access to childcare, the Office of Planning and Design Services (PDS) is reviewing local zoning regulations that limit where childcare providers can be located, as well as the related rules that affect their operations including the maximum occupancy of children. For example, a childcare provider with 8 or more children is currently restricted to commercial and office zones. Among other impacts, this can result in childcare providers operating in locations that are too far away for parents who may rely on alternate modes of transportation.

September 29, 2021 Press Release

Community Meetings

Looking to identify existing barriers to access and to hear residents' visions for the future of childcare rules in Louisville Metro, PDS held five events beginning with a virtual open house hosted via Cisco Webex Video Teleconferencing on October 5, 2021. To view a summary of the meeting and staff presentation, please click on the links below:

Virtual Open House Summary

Virtual Open House Staff Presentation

Four in-person events were held at parks throughout Louisville Metro.

  • Petersburg Park (5008 E Indian Trl, Louisville, KY 40218) - October 9, 2021
  • California Park (1104 S 16th St) - October 10, 2021
  • Iroquois Park (5216 New Cut Rd)– October 12, 2021
  • Hounz Lane Park (2300 Hounz Ln) – October 14, 2021

Notification for these events was provided to registered users of all council districts signed up to receive electronic notification for development, mailed via USPS to child care providers not associated with a school, posted on social media through Develop Louisville’s Facebook account, and provided to several family/social support organizations. Local media coverage also provided additional awareness of these events.

Event Notification Flyer

A questionnaire and place for public comment have also been made available on this webpage. To view submitted comments, please click on the link below:

Public Comments (Through October 21, 2021)

Written comments will be accepted until the date of the public hearing. Members of the public may also verbally provide comments to the Planning Commission at the public hearing. 

Staff Report and Preliminary Amendment Recommendations

Following these events, PDS staff is posting recommended changes for a review period for anyone to comment. After the review period, the recommendations will go before the Planning Commission, which will host a public hearing on the matter.

Preliminary recommendations based upon a review of existing local and state regulations pertaining to childcare, relevant data, peer city land use regulations, and community conversations may be reviewed via the following link:

Preliminary Land Development Code (Zoning) Recommendations (as of October 25, 2021)

The preliminary recommendations are not final and are subject to change. To comment on these preliminary recommendations, please fill out the below questionnaire or directly contact the case manager, Joel Dock. In addition, you can learn more about state regulations and the Greater Louisville Project via the following links.

Planning Committee Staff Presentation (November 3, 2021)

Summary of Kentucky Childcare Regulations

Greater Louisville Project


Staff will produce a report containing its findings and any proposed changes to the Land Development Code for review by the Planning Commission at a public hearing. The staff report will be published prior to the meeting date. Following the Planning Commission's review and recommendation, amendments are reviewed by Metro Council and other cities with zoning authority that choose to take up the matter.

To learn more about watching and participating in Planning Committee or Planning Commission meeting, please click here.

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You may also call Joel Dock at (502)574-5860 or email Joel with any questions or comments.

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