S'ville commission reviews home occupation ordinance

2013-07-11T18:00:00Z 2013-07-11T22:33:11Z S'ville commission reviews home occupation ordinanceChas Reilly chas.reilly@nwi.com, (219) 662-5324 nwitimes.com

SCHERERVILLE | There are 25 occupations in which Schererville residents are permitted to operate in their homes.

The Plan Commission is reviewing the list to determine if any should be removed, commission member Bill Jarvis said.

Town code states home-based businesses are allowed to have up to two clients per hour and a maximum of 10 clients per business day.

Jarvis said town officials want to ensure residential neighborhoods aren't receiving too much traffic because of home businesses, which is among reasons to review the ordinance.

In addition to concerns regarding commercial traffic in residential areas, Larry Titak, who operates Larry Titak Photography on commercial property, said other changes should be required for some home occupations.

He said home-based businesses visited by the public should have to follow the same fire codes and inspections that are required at commercial properties to ensure there is adequate safety.

The town's home occupation ordinance states it was established to protect the residential character in Schererville neighborhoods.

Besides permitting some occupations in Schererville homes, the ordinance also sets regulations for home-based businesses, including the number of employees who can work there and the amount of space a business can occupy in a home.

Jarvis said there have been no determinations about removing certain occupations from the town's list or making other changes to the ordinance. More meetings are expected to discuss the matter.

Any changes recommended by the commission would require Town Council approval before they become effective, Jarvis said.

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