I am a planner in a 1st tier suburban city of about 145,000 that was at one time very industrial up until approximately the 1980’s (of course). With the massive layoffs and plant shutdowns, we are now left with a population that is very hard workers and very resourceful. This resourcefulness has created an avalanche of small industrial type businesses that are ran out of normal suburban homes (typically 1/3 to ¼ Acer lots). The businesses range from dump truck excavation, backhoes, septic tank cleaning businesses and one business that creates art by using a sand blaster. As you can imagine it is a zoning and code enforcement nightmare. The “Solution” that the council has came up with is that if the businesses has no EPA problems they will issue a Special Use Permit for anyone that gets caught (Got to keep those voters happy). The arguments that are often used buy the business owners deals with the issue of money. Renting a storage space for the equipment would cost too much. Buying some of the 100’s of Acers of vacant industrial land would defiantly cost too much. But, giving out that many Sup’s seems to negate the zoning code. It also causes issues with the sales of property. More often than not someone buys one of these SUP properties thinking that it is properly zones. The council intern issues another SUP for the new guy and the cycle continues. Has anyone else had to deal with a situation like this or does any one have any ideas that could help.