By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Home-based businesses with multiple employees face stricter regulations from the city of Keizer.
The Keizer City Council last Monday, Nov. 7, passed development code updates that would primarily affect contractors and other employers whose workers assemble first at a residential home before heading out to a work site. Councilors still have to make the changes official at a future meeting via passing an official ordinance. Councilor Cathy Clark amended the proposed changes to state no more than two employees could assemble at a home.
“Part of this desire was to make it as permissive as possible while still protecting the neighborhood,” said Community Development Director Nate Brown, who said some 1,500 businesses were registered to homes throughout the city of Keizer.
It was a question of particular interest to city councilors because several of them operate full or part-time businesses out of their home. Councilor Jim Taylor, the only one with an employee, recused himself from the vote.
“It’s more people coming to a place to report to work and that busy (activity) in the early morning hours,” said Councilor David McKane. “It’s the commotion going on.”
“This past year we have had two very difficult cases where contractors assemble their workers in the neighborhood,” said Brown, “and I’ve had very angry people calling me and my staff.”
Under the new regulations, business owners can no longer tell workers to park on the street. The employer may allow one work-related vehicle to park off the street, such as in the driveway or in a recreational vehicle spot, but no more. The vehicle also cannot weigh more than 16,000 pounds.
In addition, outdoor storage of business-related materials, or any hazardous materials ‘beyond that which is normally incidental to residential use” won’t be allowed.
The resolution also clarifies that more than one business may exist within a home. Prohibited activities include vehicle repair or retail sales.