According to the Town of Paonia's land development regulations, those who wish to conduct a home occupation must go through a special review before the planning and zoning commission and the town council. This is to make sure the home occupation will not create a problem in the residential neighborhood.
Tenille VanVleet came before the Sept. 18 planning and zoning commission and the Sept. 25 town council to request approval for a photography and design studio in her home at 215 Colorado Avenue.
Mayor Neal Schwieterman read the minutes from the planning commission. Van-Vleet said she would use the front room, a bathroom and two closets for her studio. That would be about 354 feet of the first floor's 1,814 total square feet. A home occupation must be no more than 25 percent of the total square footage. VanVleet's usage is less than what the regulation requires.
Her customers will all have scheduled appointments, so there won't be any walk-in traffic.
Neighbors have offered VanVleet extra parking spaces if needed. Gene Grange offered parking on his lot at 205 Colorado Avenue. The Bible Center Church offered parking for her family if needed.
VanVleet told the planning commission that she does not expect more than one to five cars per week due to her business.
Her sign will conform to code, not being larger than 1x2 feet. The sign will be hung from her front porch.
The council saw no problem with VanVleet using her backyard for her photography.
Like the planning commission, the council unanimously approved VanVleet's home occupation request.blog comments powered by Disqus