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Resolution would address work vehicles in residential areas

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The Roswell City Council next week will conduct a public hearing and vote on a resolution that addresses in part home-based occupations and the related work vehicles that are allowed in residential areas.

The public hearing will be during the City Council’s Aug. 13 meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

Proposed resolution 20-08 would change city codes regarding regulations of land development, and also includes changes regarding recreational vehicle parks and accessory structures.

The main purpose of the resolution, however, is to address issues of work vehicles in residential neighborhoods, Bill Morris, community development director, told the City Council at its July 9 meeting.

Typically, home occupations are those that aren’t really noticed in the community, such as certified public accountants or medical transcription, but Morris said the city also allows businesses such as construction or landscaping.

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“The issue is how big can certain types of these commercial uses grow inside a residential neighborhood,” Morris said.

“What’s happened is that we’ve had situations where these businesses are starting to grow, as we want them to as a business incubator, but like most businesses of a certain size, they are supposed to leave the nest and go to a regular commercial or industrial area,” he said.

“The problem we’re having is they’re staying,” he said.

The proposed resolution would change Article 62 of the city code to prohibit storage of oversized vehicles and heavy equipment in residential areas. The changes would also restrict parking to two regular-sized vehicles or trailers and personal vehicles in the driveway, and regulate parking of other work-related vehicles in back or side yards.

It would further add trucking companies involving the parking or storage of oversized trucks, vehicles and trailers to the list of prohibited home occupations.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.