Changes to the Childcare Regulations

In an effort to provide greater and more equitable access to childcare, the Office of Planning and Design Services (PDS) is reviewing Metro's local zoning restrictions 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

We want to hear from the community. PDS is seeking to identify existing barriers to access and to hear residents' visions for the future of childcare rules in Louisville Metro at five upcoming engagements. The public is encouraged to attend any of these events to provide their ideas and thoughts.

The first engagement is a virtual open house on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. This meeting will was held online via Cisco Webex Video Teleconferencing. To view a summary of the meeting and staff presentation click on the following links below:

Open House Summary

Open House Staff Presentation

The remaining four will be in-person events held outdoors and throughout the county. Face coverings are recommended.

  • Petersburg Park (5008 E Indian Trl, Louisville, KY 40218) - Saturday, October 9th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • California Park (1104 S. 16th St) - Sunday, October 10th, 1 to 3 p.m. 
  • Iroquois Park (5216 New Cut Rd)– Tuesday, October 12th, 4 to 6 p.m. 
  • Hounz Lane Park (2300 Hounz Ln) – Thursday, October 14th, 4 to 6 p.m.

Those unable to attend may also call Planning and Design Services at 574-5860 or email at [email protected].

Staff Report and Preliminary Amendment Recommendations

Following these events, PDS staff will post any recommended changes to its website for a 30-day review period where anyone can comment on the proposed changes. After the review period, the recommendations will go before the Planning Commission, which will host a public hearing on the matter.


In advance of the required public hearing, staff will produce a report with its findings and any proposed changes for review by the Planning Commission. This is a preliminary procedural step. 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.

  • Planning Committee: To be determined
  • Planning Commission: To be determined
  • Metro Council: To be determined

We Want To Hear From You!

Please provide comments and ideas on changes to the childcare regulations by filling out the following comment form. You may also contact Joel Dock at (502)574-5860 or email him with any questions or comments.

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