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Seattle City Council makes it easy for small neighborhood home businesses

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Seattle City Council on Monday approved temporary zoning changes designed to make it easier for people to start businesses from their homes or garages.

The changes, which are expected to take effect within a year, will ease four restrictions that limit the number of businesses that can operate in residential areas.

At present, householders can only see customers by appointment. can have only one worker abroad. may have only very small signs; և Can not move parking lots.

All four of these restrictions were to be eased.

The council passed the bill 8-1 on Monday, and council member Alex Pedersen did not vote unanimously. Pedersen has previously expressed concern about the impact on existing small businesses of increasing traffic in the districts.

Mayor Jenny Durkan supports the legislation, according to his office.

The bill’s main sponsor, council member Dan Strauss, said the bill would be a small effort to boost small business, as there are still “multiple layers of government” governing businesses, homes and elsewhere. Commercial supplies will remain limited in households; they will not yet be able to produce noise, light or odor that could affect the household.

Although it is considered as a way to help the business without the cost of commercial rent, the changes come in response to one particular business.

The Yonder Cider launched last year just as the epidemic was closing bars and restaurants. The company began selling cider jars from the owner, Greenwood Garage, a short distance from the commercial district.

Neither the state health department nor the state cannabis cannabis council objected, but the protests forced the city construction department, which oversees land use and zoning, to do business. They had to close the location in February. They have since been able to reopen, subject to the adoption of legislation to ease those restrictions. They have entered into a commercial lease for the pavilion, which is scheduled to open this summer.

“There are dozens, if not hundreds, of households in the city that are in the same situation as Yonder,” Strauss said, technically not complying with the city code.

“What caught my eye is that we have companies with different apartments that do not operate in accordance with the letter of the code, they can be stopped if they are quoted,” he said. “This bill is more than just about Yonder, it is about the opportunity to start and grow a business that can soon grow by filling the front of a vacant store.” »

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