Lacombe to allow home-based businesses

The City of Lacombe is putting out a welcome mat for home-based businesses.

The City of Lacombe is putting out a welcome mat for home-based businesses.

Council has amended its land use bylaw to allow home business operators like music teachers and hair stylists to conduct their trade in Lacombe’s residential narrow lot single detached dwelling (R1d) district.

However, approval of such uses is at the discretion of the city’s municipal planning commission.

Previously, the only home-based businesses permitted to operate in the R1d district were those that didn’t generate customer or client traffic.

Lacombe Mayor Steve Christie said in a release that the change reflects city council’s commitment to promoting home-based businesses, which he described as “valuable drivers of our local economy.”

City planner Jennifer Kirchner said municipal planning commission’s review of home-based business applications in the R1d district will ensure their compatibility with the property and surrounding land uses, and that the parking there is adequate.

The city said in its release that each application can now be judged on its merits.

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