Home-office Law Mulled

December 26, 1990

MOUNT AIRY - The regulations for running a business out of a home are ambiguous and need to be revised, say members of the Planning Commission.

But just how to rework the guidelines remains to be seen.

The commission is working on a proposed amendment in hopes of clarifying Mount Airy's home-occupation guidelines, and continued discussion on the matter is expected at its meeting on Monday.

The measure was tabled, but is scheduled to be taken up again when the commission reconvenes in January.

The guidelines need reworking because of the growing variety of businesses that people run from their homes today, said Fred Goundry, the commission chairman. He even has suggested that commission should consider abolishing the home-occupation designation altogether.

Traditionally, the guidelines have applied to businesses such as barber and beauty shops that operate in homes in rural areas where there was little commercial space.

One provision of the proposed ordinance would allow professional offices -- physicians, dentists and others -- to locate in areas zoned for residential and agriculture.

Another revision would ban vehicle storage and repair at homes.

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