OKs non-family employees for home businesses
April 25, 2009 | NIBLEY -- The City Council has changed
the land use chart of the Nibley Zoning Law to allow
owners of home businesses to employ people who aren't
related to them.
The change was made after a public hearing in which
Councilman Larry Jacobsen proposed the adjustment to
the definition of home occupation on the chart. The
previous definition said that people receiving home
occupation permits to run a business with in the city
of Nibley were to not have any employees, except under
the condition the employees were members of the family
and lived at the residence.
The proposed amendment to the definition said home
occupation business owners could hire employees given
that, according to the written change, the "individuals
who perform occupation-related activities at the Home
Occupation residence must also live at that residence"
and "that individuals who do not live at the Home Occupation
residence must not report to that residence for occupation-related
"I'm a big fan of allowing people to do business out
of their homes," said Jacobsen.
The council discussed whether or not allowing home
occupation business would have an impact on neighbors.
"I'm looking for some common ground here," said Jacobsen,
in trying to find the balance between allowing a home
business to have employees and not impacting the neighborhood.
Heather Humphreys, who runs a Mary Kay business in
Nibley, expressed her concerns over the change. Humphreys,
who is a partner with her sister in the business, said
her sister visits for about four hours each week to
conduct business. She said her business wasn't big enough
to warrant getting a retail space within Nibley.
"I don't think that's the right move," said Councilman
Scott Larsen in reference to the change. He then added,
speaking to Jacobsen, "This allows what you want home
occupations to do."
Larsen said he was in favor of home occupations, just
not the potential impact that such a business could
have on neighbors.
Humphreys then expressed concern over many companies
in Nibley that are small enough to operate out of their
homes but would not be allowed to given the previous
"How many citizens of your community would you put
out of business altogether?" she asked Larsen.
After further discussion, the proposed change passed
4-1, with Larsen opposed.
In other action, the council:
- Approved the consultant ASWN, a Utah based architectural
firm, to work with the city to design a parks, trails
and recreation master plan. - held a public hearing
to receive comments concerning the consideration of
borrowing approximately $350,000 from the Community
Impact Board for the construction of a community center
in conjunction with the Cache County School District.
-Considered and reviewed the Group Living Facilities
-discussed the naming of city streets in Nibley, specifically
3200 South and 800 West.