Archive for Tuesday, June 22, 1999


June 22, 1999


The Douglas County Commission continued to make progress Monday toward a new set of rules to govern home businesses in the unincorporated parts of the county.

During a scheduled work session, commissioners were presented with a draft document calling for classification and regulation of people doing business in the county outside of commercial zones.

"I think it's a real good start," said Commission Chairman Dean Nieder.

In general, the six-page document creates three categories of home occupations:

  • Rural home occupations for low-intensity activities pursued within the home such as arts and crafts or office space for ministers, lawyers or salespeople.
  • Rural home occupations for service-related businesses that require accessory buildings such as repair work that can be done without need for outdoor storage.
  • Limited industrial home occupations that require conditional use permits but can include contractor offices, welding shops and businesses that almost qualify for one of the other two categories but do not meet employee or site requirements.

The topic will be taken up again at the commission meeting June 30.

-- Kendrick Blackwood's phone message number is 832-7221. His e-mail address is

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