STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representative Vince Leach (R-11) thanked Governor Doug Ducey for signing legislation into law that will prohibit the use of zoning regulations to discriminate against private schools.
HB 2461 prohibits a municipality or county from adopting or enforcing zoning regulations that require private schools to operate on more than one acre of property. The bill responds to situations like Tucson’s zoning regulations that require public and charter schools to operate on one acre or more but require private schools to operate on five acres or more.
“There’s no reason why public and charter schools should be subject to one zoning standard and private schools are forced to operate under a different standard,” said Representative Leach. “This legislation creates an even playing field for all schools when it comes to zoning regulations.”