GOSHEN — A group of homeowners south of Goshen have turned in a petition opposing a new day care in their neighborhood.
The Elkhart County Board of Zoning Appeals will review a request Thursday, Nov. 21, from a couple that wants to open a licensed day care in their home in the Dry Run Creek subdivision, but 19 of its residents have already expressed concerns. Jerry and Cynthia Hawkins have applied for a special use permit for a business to care for up to a dozen children in their home at 14849 Falcon Lane in Benton Township.
“Childcare in a residential area is a service to the community,” the applicants wrote in their request for a permit. “This is a family oriented subdivision.”
A copy of the subdivision’s covenants attached to a petition that neighbors submitted to the county board explains that lots can only be used for single family homes, not home occupations, workshops, offices, businesses or manufacturing operations.
The Hawkins’ have suggested having one full-time employee and up to two part-time workers at the day care, which would operate between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The county’s planning and zoning staff has recommended approval of the permit request. The board of zoning appeals will hold a public hearing on the application at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at Elkhart County Public Services Building, 4230 Elkhart Road in Goshen.