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Sedgwick County commissioners want more study before they approve proposed changes in the zoning code dealing with home-based businesses. The commission had discussions this week on 15 proposed changes, 14 of them affecting rural homes and one for homes in cities.
The changes would deal with distance requirements, the allowed number of employees and other issues for "home occupations."
One change would reduce the minimum lot size for a rural home occupation from 20 acres to two acres, but commissioner Dave Unruh felt that five acres should be the minimum. Commissioner Jim Skelton was concerned about noise and other factors that might have a negative impact on neighboring homes. He wants to protect the concept of a neighborhood in rural areas of the county.
Commissioners decided to send the changes back to the Metropolitan Area Planning Department and the Planning Commission for more study and discussion. The changes will then come back to the commission for final action.