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    Exurban live-work housing: regulations, examples

    I'm drafting a comprehensive plan, and possibly later a zoning ordinance, for a semi-rural/exurban community.

    One concept I'm considering is am exurban version of live-work housing, which would be similar to a home occupation, but somewhat more intensive. Some initial thoughts, in no particular order:

    * Live-work is intended for large lot residences where the impact on nearby or future residences would be minimal or nonexistent. Minimum lot size would apply - 2+ acres?
    * Maximum percentage of area devoted to work space - ? (higher than home occupancy, and permitted in accessory buildings)
    * No outdoor storage of goods, materials, equipment, or work vehicles.
    * One employee who does not live at the residence.
    * Visitors: up to ? clients/visitors per day.
    * Uses: art studios, professional offices, custom carpentry/furniture making, sign making, ???? (One-man "New Yankee Workshop"-type uses)
    * No vehicle repair, collision, restoration, and so on.
    * No retail sales, restaurants, and so on.

    Has this been done elsewhere in an exurban community? What are uses that aren't normally appropriate for residential areas, but probably acceptable in areas with large lot zoning?

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    How about uses like kennels or dog training facilities?
    Anyone want to adopt a dog?

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    Quote Originally posted by Cardinal View post
    How about uses like kennels or dog training facilities?
    Considering it as a conditional use in one of the large lot ag zones, but not for residential districts.

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