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Planning Commission urges new rules for home businesses

Under the proposed ammendment, planned home businesses must get approval from the Hagerstown Board of Zoning appeals

Under the proposed ammendment, planned home businesses must get approval from the Hagerstown Board of Zoning appeals

November 07, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

The Hagerstown Planning Commission Wednesday voted to recommend the Hagerstown City Council adopt a proposed text amendment to the zoning ordinance that would create requirements for future home businesses in the city.

Three people spoke in favor of the proposed text amendment during a public hearing at Wednesday's meeting. No one spoke against it.

Jeannine Yesko, who is starting an Internet-based business from her apartment, said the proposed amendment is a good idea because businesses of that type can help generate tax dollars.

Under the proposed amendment, planned home businesses must get approval from the Hagerstown Board of Zoning Appeals.

The city currently does not require that step or have other requirements governing the zoning of home businesses, city officials said.

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The Hagerstown Planning Commission discussed the ordinance at its Sept. 11 and Sept. 25 meetings.

The amendment requires approval of the Hagerstown City Council, and would not apply to existing home businesses.

Following are provisions of the amendment:

  • Only residents of the dwelling can work on site for the business.

  • The applicant shall demonstrate the home occupation will not disrupt the residential character of the neighborhood.

  • A maximum of 20 percent of the home's floor area, or 300 square feet, whichever is greater, may be devoted to the business.

  • Separate entrances for the business and outside storage of equipment, material and stock is prohibited.

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