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Hearing to address home occupation provision in Hagerstown code

November 12, 2009

HAGERSTOWN -- A public hearing about proposed modification to the home occupation provisions of the Land Management Code is scheduled for Nov. 24.

Businesses in homes in the city of Hagerstown are now allowed only as special exceptions, Planning Director Kathleen Maher said earlier this week.

The proposed change allows for home work stations, which would allow someone in any residence to receive a zoning certificate if there is no exterior evidence of any use other than as a residence.

This change would relieve some of the activity at the Board of Zoning Appeals, Maher said.

Under the definition of a home work station, no customers would be allowed to come to the home business. The only exception would be that of a musical or academic tutor receiving students in his or her home, Maher said.

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In response to a question from City Councilman Forrest Easton, Maher said home occupations that have been granted by special exception would be grandfathered in under the proposed change.

-- Erin Julius

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