The Milford Township Board of Trustees didn’t introduce an amendment to the township’s home occupation ordinance, but instead sent it back to the township Planning Commission for further review after discussing the proposed changes during a Wednesday, Aug. 17 meeting.
“The Planning Commission has to come up with some enforcement revisions,” said Township Supervisor Don Green. “How do you enforce the number of trips per day or the number of employees in a business?”
The proposed amendment to the ordinance outlines general provisions, such as a limit of 3 home-based occupations or businesses on a premises and a limit of two full-time or part-time employees at one time.
The amendment also states that home-based occupations or businesses that produce trash or debris that exceed contracted residential use standards are prohibited, along with the open storage of material, unlicensed vehicles, equipment or refuse associated with or resulting from the business.
The Planning Commission previously approved sending an amendment before the township board for introduction, but on July 20 the board tabled the introduction until its August meeting.
The Planning Commission began discussing changes to the ordinance back in August 2010, with Commissioner and Township Board Liaison William Mazzara saying that the current ordinance is outdated and revisions are in order. Other commissioners also noted that the current ordinance doesn’t address residents working out of their homes, changes in technology, and current economic trends.
A copy of the amendment is available at the Milford Township website, milfordtownship.com, in the August board meeting packet, which can be downloaded from the minutes and agendas section.