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Zoning Outdoor schools

luckless pedestrian

Super Moderator
Staff member
Does anyone differentiate the outdoor school from other education buildings in their zoning?

I only ask because typically an outdoor school wants to be adjacent to a large outdoor open space, like a city/state/national park and often that adjacency is on properties that are residentially zoned. It usually is a smaller building, really just for inclement weather or to gather in the morning or at the end of the day. It does have the same traffic pattern, though, of a school, rush in the morning at a certain time and a rush at the end of the day.

I am trying to get my head around whether I should allow them separately as a use in certain residential zones, or as an overlay on properties within 300 feet of a publicly owned open space, or treat them like any other educational institution in zoning.

Any thoughts?