Planning commission recommends denial of daycare permit

Friday, June 7, 2019

McCOOK, Neb. — Based on concerns of traffic congestion and other factors, the McCook Planning Commission is recommending denial for a special exception for a proposed daycare.

The commission will meet Monday, 5:15 p.m. at the city council chamber at the McCook Municipal Building.

The request for a special exception to locate a daycare at 1408 East Circle Drive came from Amber Massa. In her application, Massa said she will provide daycare for children aged six weeks to 12 years old and parents can use the sidewalk in front of her home and the driveway to load and unload children. The special exception is sought as the home is located in an area zoned residential medium density.

According to the agenda report, the Planning Commission has recommended denial of the special exception based on concerns that certain requirements have not been met, specifically the requirement that the applicant prove that there is sufficient off-street parking and loading areas that are safe. Staff is concerned that that area is already very congested with school traffic from the near-by McCook Elementary, compromising childrens’ safety, and the addition of more traffic to adjacent property owners.

Staff would re-consider it’s recommendation if the applicant can present a plan that address safety concerns, the agenda report said. Another factor that could impact the current recommendation is if the applicant could address the number of children that would be at the daycare center and hours of operation.

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