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The purpose of this section is to set forth regulations, which control the establishment and operation of home occupations. The intent of these regulations is to control the nonresidential use of a residential dwelling unit so that the nonresidential use is limited to an accessory use, and shall not in any way adversely affect the uses permitted in the residential district of which they are a part. Compliance with these regulations should result in all home occupations being located and conducted in such a manner that their existence is not detectable in any manner from the outside of the dwelling unit.
(a) Home occupations shall be permitted in residential districts provided:
(1) Only members of the family residing within the dwelling shall be engaged in such occupation at that location and not more than one part-time non-family member (limited to twenty (20) hours in any week) or occasional clerical or bookkeeping assistant who may perform services incidental to such occupation;
(2) The occupation is conducted wholly within the principal building and the space used for production and sale does not occupy more than twenty-five percent (25%) of the net floor area of the dwelling unit;
(3) No retail or wholesale goods except that which are produced or processed on the premises shall be exchanged on the property;
(4) No equipment shall be used which will create any dust, noise, odors, glare, vibrations or electrical disturbances beyond the lot;
(5) The home occupation shall be confined to the principal building on the lot or premises, and no structure shall be constructed, reconstructed or altered to permit extension of the home occupation outside of the principal building;
(6) All storage of materials, goods, supplies or equipment related to the operation of a home occupation shall be inside the structure;
(7) The residential character of the dwelling exterior shall not be changed, except that a small, non-illuminated sign of maximum size of two (2) square feet may be permitted;
(8) Traffic shall not be generated by such home occupation in significantly greater volume than would normally be expected in the residential neighborhood; and
(9) Any need for parking generated by the conduct of such home occupation shall be met on or adjacent to the driveway, but shall not be permitted in a required front setback, or in the public right-of-way.
(b) A home occupation shall be permitted only after a zoning certificate has been issued by the Planning and Zoning Administrator. Those uses which are questionable shall be reviewed by the Planning Commission to assure that they are in character with this section and will not constitute an objectionable use of the residentially zoned property due to potential noise, increased pedestrian and vehicular traffic, or any other conditions that might interfere with the general welfare of the surrounding residential area.
(c) When any home occupation results in an undesirable condition interfering with the general welfare of the surrounding residential area, such home occupation may be terminated by the Planning and Zoning Administrator. Such termination may be appealed to the Board of Zoning Appeals. An undesirable condition may be identified as abnormal traffic, objectionable noise or any other condition not conducive to a residential neighborhood situation.
(Ord. 8-13. Passed 5-14-13.)