YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS WIDE-RANGING VIEWS ON HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS WIDE-RANGING VIEWS ON HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

Between 40 and 50 people turned out last night for a public workshop held by the Yucca Valley Planning Commission on home occupation permits. The residents split up into small groups—with the Planning Commissioners roving around and listening and participating in the discussion—and talked about what they felt should—and shouldn’t be—in the home occupation permit regulations. Managing editor Tami Roleff listened in on the discussions, and says the views were wide-ranging…

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Yucca Valley Planning Commissioners Jeff Drozd and Steve Whitten (both standing), participate in a round table discussion with residents about home occupation permits.

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Home-based gun sales and art studios seemed to be the top two home-based businesses on everyone’s mind last night. While most residents were against allowing home-based gun sales, not all planning commissioners agreed with the view. Yucca Valley resident Dennis Pask thought it was odd that the Town would regulate art studios. “I have art on my front lawn. Nearly everyone in my neighborhood has some kind of art on their front lawn. Throughout the city people have art on their front lawns. My neighbor… creates art. I find it very odd that he would be restricted from displaying art on his front yard because he’s an artist, while I can simply buy it and display it on my lawn.” Commissioner Steve Whitten thought the home occupation ordinance could be massaged to work for everyone. “I think it’s important for property owners to exercise their rights to a reasonable degree and one that works in harmony with neighbors.” Commissioner Vickie Bridenstine was for less regulation, not more. “They come here for freedom, they come here for wide open spaces, and I think we should allow them the freedom that they come here for. When they do their business on their property and they’re not affecting anyone else, and it’s a legal business, I don’t think that we as a governing body should be putting restrictions on them.” Some residents at the workshop were worried about the effect that heavy delivery trucks would have on the roads, and supported limiting the weight of delivery trucks. “Take a chill pill. I think we need to stop worrying about regulating everything…. We need to use some common sense.” Staff will take the public’s thoughts and ideas and present them to the Planning Commission at a future meeting.

1 comment to YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS WIDE-RANGING VIEWS ON HOME OCCUPATION PERMITS

  • How art display could be a problem defies all reason. Traditionally artists work in home studios. So do architects. To curb a home art gallery is totally inane in a community where yard and garage sales are a major source of weekend recreation. They draw crowds, create traffic jams as looky-loos shop from the centerline of the street at 5mph, and quite frankly, I think they are wonderful fun. But I doubt there is an artist in the Basin who would draw that kind of crowd unless he/she featured live nude models on the front lawn. Activities that have an environmental impact and gun sales are already regulated. The argument regarding heavy delivery trucks makes absolutely no sense. Are we going to put a weight and unit limit on online purchases our citizens are allowed? Planning has bigger challenges than regulating legal activities at private residences.

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