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Zoning - Part 2

A Pennsylvania court ruled that a commercial child care center was a permissible "accessory use" of church property under the zoning ordinance.

Key point 5-02.02. Local zoning laws generally allow "churches" in residential areas. The courts generally have extended this term to various "accessory uses" that are needed for a church to carry out its mission and purposes.

* A Pennsylvania court ruled that a commercial child care center was a permissible "accessory use" of church property under the zoning ordinance. A church (Church A) operated a commercial child care program on its premises. The church sold its property to another church (Church B). While Church B had no intention of relocating to the newly acquired property, it did plan on conducting some activities on the premises and also decided to continue the child care program. It applied for an occupancy permit to allow it continue the child care program. A local zoning board noted that the child care program was a permitted "accessory use" when Church A used the property ...

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  • July 1, 2004

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