Dresden BZA votes to allow home-based businesses to continue – NWTN Today

Account by Senior Investigative Reporter Shannon Taylor

At the last Dresden City Council meeting, Alderman Anderson spoke about an area where he lives that has been approved by the zoning appeals board. He said a business was planning to operate in an R-1 district. “It’s a business that runs a hair salon and it faces Anderson Lane across from the bank which is in R-1.” Anderson said he researched zoning laws and that a barber shop was not allowed. Anderson believes the zoning appeal board mistakenly approved the issuance of this permit.

Town Solicitor Beau Pemberton said he had also researched it and it appeared an error had been made and his suggestion was that council refer it to zoning appeals for them to look into and share their findings. A motion was made by Anderson to do so and it was unanimously approved.

The Zoning Appeals Board (BZA) met on October 24 to discuss the issue and voted unanimously to leave it as is. The press spoke to the owner of the hair salon, Keisha Roberts, who told us that she made sure to follow everything exactly as she was supposed to and that she spent a lot of money on everything implement. She said she was extremely worried the matter would be reconsidered after she had previously been approved to start building her home-based business.

The analysis of the situation by Northwest Tennessee Development District community planner Donny Bunton was as follows: “It appears that the type of ‘permissible use on appeal’ requested by Roberts was an ‘occupancy at Section 11-601© permits home occupations in R-1 districts upon BZA approval, if the specified criteria are met. In this case, most of the criteria would clearly be met, with some of the criteria probably not met, or left to his judgment.”

After reviewing Bunton’s analysis, board members Ralph Cobb and Kory Green discussed the issue. Green said the only concern the board had when initially approving was traffic flow to the company. “It was assured that the traffic would be one customer at a time and one customer at a time, so I offered to go ahead.”

Green further stated that Dresden needs businesses. “We’re in a time where we’re trying to get as much business as possible to come back – whether it’s a private home business or a city business – that’s our whole focus here.”

Cobb further stated that after reviewing the analytics, the bank would actually have significantly more traffic than Roberts’ home business. “I think it’s good and I want to see businesses thrive and do well and I don’t think we need to be a hindrance.”

Roberts said she would like it to be a full-time home business eventually, although at the moment it’s only part-time, but it would still be by appointment only. She also said that the contractors had carried out all the necessary repairs that the council had originally requested and that the contractors were in the process of completing all of this.

Roberts also added that “there was also another business on my street – the local cookie company – and it has more traffic than me and it’s right across from Mr. Gwin Anderson.”

Green said that in her opinion, “where we are now, since the tornado, we’ve been trying to get businesses started again, and she’s already spent money and funds that she’s spent to start this project since. we met for the last time.

The motion to leave it as is was made by Cobb and seconded by Green. It passed unanimously.

Roberts later told the press that she was happy and relieved with the decision made by the board.

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