Antrim

Changes to subdivision, home  businesses ordinances proposed

ANTRIM — The Planning Board is proposing some changes to the town’s zoning ordinances, in particular to the definition of a minor subdivision. The changes would also clarify the difference between a home-based business and a home occupation.

The current definition of a minor subdivision states that with a minor subdivision a division could be granted on a property as long as there is no potential for further subdivision. The board is proposing the town eliminate this part of the definition, allowing a property owner the ability to subdivide land any number times in the future, if desired.

“There’s no legal basis to say you have done it before,” Planning Board Chair Jesse Lazar said in an interview Monday, and can’t do so again. “It will not take away the authority to divide your land again.”

Several other proposed changes address the difference between home occupations and home-based businesses. One proposed change would be to retract “one non-resident employee” from the home occupations ordinance, which previously allowed a home occupation to be conducted by the family members living at the residence and one non-resident employee. Home occupations would no longer allow non-resident employees.

According Lazar, a home occupation is a business that is less visible in the community. Lazar gave the example of someone who bakes dog biscuits from their home and sells them, or someone who butchers meat for others from his home. These types of business do not need regulation, Lazar said, whereas someone running a home-based business in town would.

“If you have clients coming and going all the time, or a lot of freight or equipment coming and going, then you file with the town as a home-based business,” Lazar said.

As Lazar explained, the proposed changes to the home occupation and home-based business changes revolve around restricting home occupation employees to family members living at the residence and allowing only home-based businesses space for non-resident employee parking.

As part of the Planning Board’s yearly review of the zoning ordinances, town residents will have to opportunity to learn about these changes and other proposed changes to the ordinances at a public hearing at the Antrim Town Hall on Thursday at 7 p.m. Residents will have the opportunity to vote on the proposed changes in March.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or larceci@ledgertranscript.com.

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