We're currently putting the final touches on the revision of our Zoning Ordinance and the point of contention that I have with the department's counsel (does not serve as the City's counsel) is that it has been recommended that PUBLIC and private schools be lumped together as a conditional (or special use) in residence districts. Currently PUBLIC schools are permitted uses and private schools are conditional uses. Nobody knows why there was this difference which is why they have been proposed to be lumped together. My thoughts (as off-base as they might be) on why PUBLIC schools are listed as permitted uses are the following:
1. PUBLIC schools are funded with the public's (community's) tax dollars.
2. PUBLIC schools are built as a necessity based on population. If you allow private schools to open up, you may be taking children out of the PUBLIC schools, lowering the PUBLIC school's enrollment rate, which can lower financing for the PUBLIC schools.
3. PUBLIC schools cannot be regulated by the local jurisdiction, and that they're regulated only by the state.
Am I off-base? Does anyone else have conditional/special use permit requirements for a PUBLIC school? Not certain if requirements are different from state to state, but I am in Illinois, so anyone who is in Illinois would be of great help.