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Brandermill daycare’s conditional permit request denied

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) –On Wednesday night, the Brandermill Community Association (BCAA) voted down Joni Roberts’ request to continue operating her in-home daycare under a conditional use permit.

For several months, Roberts has been battling to keep her business up and running. After tonight she comes one step closer to closing her business.

CBS 6 was not allowed inside the meeting, but waited outside to interview residents and board member Jack Bettin, who had avoided comment to us the past week.

The BCA said Roberts’ business violates a 40-year-old neighborhood covenant which is designed to limit in-home businesses that have the potential to create traffic problems.

The vote Wednesday night was 5-1, with  Bettin abstaining.

CBS 6 first reported last week that Mr. Bettin’s wife also runs her sex and relationship therapy business out of her home, which also appears to be in violation.

But when CBS 6’s Chelsea Rarrick questioned Mr. Bettin last month, her call was abruptly ended.

“Chelsea, first I want to apologize. You called me and I hung up. You scared the wits out of me,” Bettin said after the meeting.

Mr. Bettin’s wife’s in-home business was brought up again at Wednesday night’s meeting, those in attendance told CBS 6.

Mr. Bettin said he was not aware his wife’s in-home business was in violation of the covenant when first reading it.

“We misinterpreted it,” he said.”In my view when I read it, it stated any home based business that created traffic, and in our mind one car coming to our home does not create traffic.”

I asked Bettin if, as a board member, he should be aware whether he’s in violation of a covenant.

“I am now. At the time I wasn’t a board member when we first started the business, and so I wasn’t aware of that,” he said.

Mr. Bettin said at the time of first reading the covenant, his wife called the BCA and said they were comfortable with what they were doing.

I asked if his wife will continue to run her business in her home for right now even though it’s in violation.

“Until we hear further, yes,” said Bettin.

Another BCA board member said the board plans to discuss all in-home businesses in Brandermill in the future.

16 comments

  • Bobby R.

    My Granny’s adage comes to mine, “do as I say, not as I do”. No surprise that the Bettins would not consider their ‘in-home’ business to be in violation of BCA covenants.

  • mimi4nmo

    An in home business of any kind needs to be closed now and not later. If she has to follow the rules so should he and his wife. Close them all to make it fair.

  • Anon1357

    Personally I think they should let this woman continue to run her daycare since it’s gone on this long w/o harming anything. BUT technically if this covenant was in place before the woman bought her home and/or before she started her business, she had this coming to her eventually. I’m sure at some point she had to sign something saying she agreed to abide by the association’s rules. Ultimately it was her responsibility to make sure she fully understood every rule she was agreeing to follow, and to maybe even get in writing upfront that her business was acceptable to run in that neighborhood. She didn’t do that and now she wants to be an exception to the rules. Like I said since she’s been running it for so long with no issues I don’t see what the big deal is, but it really does ultimately fall back on her for not thoroughly checking in to the situation in advance. Some people want to use “oh I didn’t know” as a defense, when in actuality they did know at some point but either ignored it or forgot about it.

  • John

    Doesn’t it become a estoppel rule if the BCA knew the rule was being validated and choose not to do anything about it for so any years? At least she came before the bca and tried to get a permit, unlike maybe 100’s of others in BCA . A FedEx truck is traffic it he’s delivering to a bussiness.

  • athynz

    Imagine that – his wife gets to keep her business while they deny the daycare… hypocritical much there Bettins? Do the right thing dude, close down your wife’s business now since you are making they daycare close.

  • Kristine

    If a woman is part of company such as pure romance to where she is the owner and holds parties at her own home to display her products… Wouldn’t this constitute as a home business that creates traffic? So what do they do? Fair is fair and if she must close her in home daycare than any business to where customers come to someone’s home should shut down too.

  • concerned resident

    another great example of a double standard. this decision is a hard ship on frist responders that use her for their kids. one business is okay but not another. if they ban her then the parties residents fall under that if it causes traffic argument.

  • Bruce Collier

    “The potential to create traffic problems” is pretty vague.I guess that could be said of any home business.Now,do the right thing.If you’re going to close one home based business in Brandermill,close them all based on”the potential to create traffic problems”.(This is why I would NEVER buy a home anywhere there is a HOA”

  • B Martin

    First when my children were small I had a home daycare so I could be with my children. I was one of the fortunate ones who did not have to go to work and leave my children, now that is not the case. Most families need two incomes. So is true for the lady who has the daycare, that is her job her income. Maybe to help pay for her house in Brandermill, duh.

    Second, how long has she had this home business?

    Third, have there been any accidents caused by the parents dropping there children off?

    Fourth, what about the children she keeps? Has anyone thought to ask the parents who have her as their daycare provider how they or their children would feel if they were forced to go somewhere else? When I had my home daycare the children I kept because very close, I would hate to think no one in Brandermill have thought about the children in this whole matter.

    Fifth, who is complaining exactly?

    Finally, this HOA was written 40 years ago, I believe, so times have changed sometimes HOA’s need to change too.

  • J. Tuck

    I think the real story is who did Ms. Roberts tick off in the community who probably decided to bring up this issue as payback. Just saying.

  • Tonia Thornton

    Why would a community want to close down an IMPORTANT resource to the community. Child care…this is a business that is crucial to on many aspects to the community. AND why should the children suffer. Why would you uproot continuity for the children…BRANDERMILL….everything isn’t just black and white….but if that is how it is… Then Bettin should have to close HER business as well.

  • John

    Funny how Chelsea scared the wits out of Bettin. Guess that’s what happens when you send a woman to do a mans job. You wouldn’t have gotten that response if it was that other reporter AJ something from that other station. Hey if your scare, say it but not on tv. Hoot hoot

  • John

    Does BCA really want people with sexual hang ups driving though Brandermill to see dr Bettin ? Maybe you might not mind them driving by your kids, but I would.

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