We have a start-up company that wishes to perform research to create a higher efficency battery. I imagine that with the research a certain amount of limited, research type production will occur. The question at hand is at what point does research become prodcution? We allow research to occur at a local college who is renting space to this start-up company. This college is located in a residential zoning district and is surrounded on all sides by residential. This is a typical suburban campus type college (very small too).
A quick phone call to the business verified that they are performing research only and are not manufacturing or producing. But, interested parties are persistant in that they want undeniable evidence that shows no elements of production at the facility and ONLY pure research.
How do other communities handle a topic like this? IS there a transition or breaking point when research becomes production?