Purpose. This Section is intended to assure that adequate measures are undertaken and maintained to minimize the child-care impacts created by additional office employment in the downtown, in a manner consistent with the objectives and policies of the Master Plan, by facilitating the development, expansion and maintenance of affordable, quality child-care programs and auxiliary services, the latter including, but not limited to, resource and referral services.
Requirement. For any new building or additions to or conversion of an existing building in the C-3 District where the gross square feet of new, converted or added floor area for office use equals at least 100,000 square feet, the project sponsor shall be required to provide on-site child-care brokerage services for the actual lifetime of the project. For any new building or additions to or conversion of an existing building in the C-3 District where the gross square feet of new, converted or added floor area for office use equals at least 50,000 square feet, the project sponsor shall be required to provide child-care brokerage services for the lifetime of the project, by either: (1) providing such services on-site or, (2) providing such services through a consortium of like- sized sponsors, where such services are made available within a radius of two city blocks from the sponsor’s project or (3) subcontracting with a child-care brokerage service already serving a project within a radius of two city blocks from the sponsor’s project. Prior to the issuance of the first certificate of occupancy, the project sponsor shall execute an agreement with the Department of City Planning for the provision of child-care brokerage services as provided in this Section 165 and preparation of a child-care plan to be approved by the Director of Planning and implemented by the provider of child-care brokerage services. The procedure set forth in Section 149(b) governing notice to the Zoning Administrator and issuance of the first certificate of occupancy shall also be applicable with respect to the requirements of this Section. The child care plan and child care brokerage services shall be designed:
To promote the provision of on-site child-care resource services and easily accessible child-care referral services, using, to the maximum extent feasible, existing community agencies;
To promote where feasible, the development of on-site child-care facilities, accessible and affordable to all segments of the community; to promote the development, expansion and maintenance of off-site child-care facilities accessible and affordable to all segments of the community;
To promote and coordinate the development and use of open space for child-care programs in the C-3 District;
To promote and coordinate the development of transportation services assisting employees who choose either to bring their children to on-site care or who seek means of transporting their children to off-site care;
To promote and encourage project occupants to adopt flex-time or staggered work hours programs, job-sharing programs, parental leave policies and dependent care assistance programs designed to accommodate the needs of working parents and their children;
To promote the development of parenting resources;
To promote the development of data collection, to document the numbers of worker parents in the project work force, number and ages of their children, supply of child care available to those parents, cost of available care, preferences for child care and need for special services; and coordinate such data collection with the data collection efforts of other project sponsors and the local resource and referral agency;
To carry out other activities determined by the Department of City Planning to be appropriate to meeting the purpose of this requirement.
Notice. The agreement to provide child-care brokerage services and the child-care plan required by Subsection (b) shall each provide for periodic notice reasonably calculated to apprise all persons then employed in the office development who have children under their primary care of the availability of child-care brokerage services and the existence of a child-care plan. Such notice shall be given at least once during each calendar year, and shall state a place at which a copy of the child-care plan for the development may be inspected during regular business hours.
(Added by Ord. 414-85, App. 9/17/85; amended by Ord. 509-86, App. 12/24/86)