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Mathews board approves home occupation zoning changes

The board voted 4-1 to approve changes to the home occupation section of the zoning ordinance during the board meeting held on Dec. 17. Supervisor Edwina Casey cast the lone dissenting vote.

With the changes, identified in Case 6-ZA-19, the zoning ordinance will now have a new definition for home occupation. The term will be used for low-impact, home-based business activities “for individuals within any dwelling completely contained within the dwelling unit and accessory buildings that are an accessory and subordinate use to the residential use.” Home occupations are allowed in all but the industrial and conservation districts, where residential uses are not permitted.

In addition, a new definition will be added for a “home enterprise.” This term includes an expanded use that allows for the business to be conducted only in an accessory structure and “may include limited employee access, customers or clients.” Home enterprises would be allowed in bo...

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