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After long battle, Chesterfield leaders allow Brandermill daycare a permit

Posted at 10:31 PM, Apr 23, 2014
and last updated 2014-04-24 01:05:34-04

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WTVR) --After a four-month fight against a homeowner association,Chesterfield Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday to allow Joni Roberts a conditional use permit for her daycare.

A new change in state law required Roberts to get a special use permit in order to stay in business.

"It's an overwhelming release of a tremendous burden," said Roberts.

Early last month, the Brandermill Community Association (BCA) voted down Roberts’ request to continue operating her in-home daycare under a conditional use permit.

Roberts' business also appears to violate  a 40-year-old neighborhood covenant which is designed to limit in-home businesses that have the potential to create traffic problems.

The county doesn't oversee neighborhood covenants, but the President of the BCA's board of directors did speak at Wednesday night's public hearing, telling the Board of Supervisors that Roberts' request should be denied. There was only one person who spoke out against Roberts' request.

CBS 6 recently reported that a BCA board member's wife also appears to be running an in home business that violates the neighborhood covenant.

BCA Spokesman, John Bailey said right now, the board isn't enforcing that particular covenant. Bailey said the board is looking to see if changes can be made to the covenant.