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CL- 2105 New Business   Item #:   C.    
City Council Regular Meeting
Meeting Date: 05/07/2019  
Subject:    Request to Amend the City Zoning Code Regulations Regarding Home Occupations and Home Stay Facilities.
From: Kenneth C. Gillie, Jr.

COUNCIL ACTION
Business Meeting:     05/07/2019
SUMMARY
A request has been filed to amend Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986, more specifically, Article 2 entitled “General Regulations”, Section T entitled “Home Occupations”, and Article 15 entitled “Definitions”, Section B entitled “Definitions”.  The purpose is to amend regulations regarding Home Occupations and Homestay facilities.
BACKGROUND
On Jan. 7, 2019, Planning Commission requested staff to investigate home occupation regulations, specifically related to the area within a home allowed to be used for the occupation. The issue was tabled at the following meeting on February 11 so that short-term rentals could also be discussed, as a permitted home occupation. On March 5, City Council discussed short-term rentals during a work session, and instructed staff to take the topic to the Planning Commission.  Both topics are now being addressed.
 
To properly inform Planning Commission, staff considered practices in thirteen (13) other cities in Virginia, case studies and recommendations from professional planning and economic organizations, the Danville: 2030 Comprehensive Plan, and local conversations related to home occupations and short-term rentals.
 
At their meeting of April 8, 2019, the Planning Commission did the following:

Planning Commission voted 5-0 to postpone consideration regarding short-term home rentals (renting an entire home on a short-term basis) and short-term rentals (broad category for all residential short-term rentals, including safety requirements) for separate discussion at a later date.
 
The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend approval of the remaining parts of the request to: expand the area of a home which may contain a home occupation, and define homestay.
RECOMMENDATION
It is recommended that City Council adopt an Ordinance amending Chapter 41 entitled “Zoning Ordinance” of the Code of the City of Danville, Virginia 1986 more specifically Article 2 entitled “General Regulations”, Section T entitled “Home Occupations”, and Article 15 entitled “Definitions”, Section B entitled “Definitions” regarding Home Occupations and Homestay facilities.

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