The Spalding County Board of Commissioners last month approved a change in the county zoning ordinance to allow home occupation businesses in areas zoned for commercial use and in adult residential districts (AAR). Sun City Peachtree is zoned AAR.
Community Development Director Chuck Taylor said while researching a request, he noticed that AAR in Sun City didn’t allow for home occupation businesses, Home occupation businesses are an option in all other residential zoning districts.
Taylor said the change deals with “most commercial districts where more homes were grandfathered in but are still used for residential.”
The changes allow minor home occupations in C-1, highway commercial; C-1A, neighborhood commercial; C-1B, heavy commercial; C-2, manufacturing; and AAR.
Minor home occupations, Taylor said, are “simply a home office, with no impact on the county or neighborhood.”
Owners of these types of businesses just need to get a business license and pay the business occupation tax.
General home occupations, he said, have clients and employees come to the house or a product being produced and sold. These have a high impact on the county, Taylor said.
General home occupations require a business license and a special exemption to be permitted. The special exemption goes through the Spalding County Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners, like a rezoning would, for approval.
He said the change is “good for the county.
“As these businesses grow, it may be that new building in the industrial park.”