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Red Deer County approves home-based hair salon

Salon would be located in rural residential area just west of Innisfail

A Red Deer County property owner can operate a hair salon although one neighbour raised concerns.

The county’s municipal planning commission unanimously approved an application on Tuesday to operate a hair salon in an accessory building on a property located about two kilometres west of Innisfail.

The proponents said there will be one resident employee and four non-resident employees in the business, which is expected to draw about 15 vehicles a day.

Neighbour Edmund Barker said he was concerned that allowing the business might send a message that the area was moving away from being primarily a residential area.

In a letter of objection, he said allowing the applicants to add a new building to their property to house a business set a “terrible precedent for possible change in the character of the properties in this area …”

Barker said the county should have a broader discussion with residents in the area and get their views on how the area should develop.

Mayor Jim Wood said the county has approved many home-based businesses. Some serve as incubators for businesses that later move elsewhere, others provide additional income for residents while often providing local services so customers do not have to travel so far.

Wood noted the approval is for five years and if there are problems the permit can be revoked.

“I see very, very little trouble in our communities because it is very clear what the rules are,” he said, adding the applicants should have an opportunity to show they can operate their business within the conditions outlined by the county.



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