Council Oks New Home Business Rules

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Despite last minute changes to correct inconsistencies in the revised home-based business regulations, the Payson Town Council approved the document Thursday evening.

As explained by Town Manager Rich Underkofler, who went through numerous drafts before gaining the approval of the Planning and Zoning Commission, the major change would strike language prohibiting the "sales of goods delivered to customers on the premises" and require a conditional use permit for "more than two customer/client visits per day."

The meeting bogged down over a request by Public Works Engineer LaRon Garrett to discontinue a proposed roadway improvement district for the 20-lot Granite Dells Estates subdivision. Garrett said the latest tally of property owners, indicating an 11-9 plurality in favor of the district, was too close to justify moving forward.

With most of the property owners in attendance, the issue was debated for nearly an hour before the council voted to proceed with preliminary engineering plans. While two more protest periods remain, the town estimates each property will be assessed about $8,100 with the town paying an equal amount.

Finally, the council adopted the Year 2001 Corporate Strategic Plan with several last-minute revisions, including the addition of $22,000 to fund the D.A.R.E. program, $20,000 for more aggressive water conservation measures, and $35,000 to improve the intersection of Highway 260 and Mud Springs Road. A $100,000 savings will be realized by dropping a proposed runway extension not favored by the airport advisory board.

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