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Archive for Wednesday, June 19, 1996

COUNTY TO REVIEW HOME BUSINESS RULES

June 19, 1996

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County Other biz

  • Discuss possible regulation of private cemeteries.
  • Meet in executive session with the county counselor to discuss potential litigation.
  • Consider approval of out-of-district community college tuition payments totaling $164,208.
  • Consider a contract for DiCarlo Construction Co. for construction management services for the proposed health facilities.
  • Consider bids for 50 miles of pavement sealing.

County agenda:

Douglas County commissioners will discuss whether they need a clear policy on operating home-based businesses on land zoned for farming when the commerce involved is not entirely related to agriculture.

Last month commissioners requested an opinion from their legal counsel, who has submitted a report on her findings.

``It's essentially a gray area,'' said County Administrator Craig Weinaug.

In the absence of a legal mandate to restrict the operation of agricultural businesses that lose their focus on agriculture, commissioners can be expected to discuss their philosophy on zoning restrictions in unincorporated Douglas County.

Background

This issue was brought to commissioners' attention by Don Hixson, 1829 E. 1500 Rd., whose next-door neighbor is operating a pool construction business out of his home.

Hixson's complaints about McKee Pool and Landscape have gone unheeded for the past several years because Douglas County considers landscaping companies to be exempt under its zoning regulations.

Although Bruce McKee, the company's owner, says his primary business is construction, county commissioners have said he should be left alone because he has nursery stock growing on his property.

They also are afraid that taking enforcement action against McKee will obligate them to pursue many other rural residents they believe are operating businesses in violation of zoning regulations.

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