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Home-based businesses popping up in the numbered streets
Two enterprising business women may be setting a precedent for starting businesses in the numbered streets. Although the town has a business district along Colonial Ave. and Washington, the Comprehensive Plan allows for small home-based businesses throughout neighborhoods in town as long as they are not disruptive to quiet living.
The point has its share of marine based businesses and restaurants but, until now, businesses have been primarily confined to locations south of Colonial Ave. Two home-based businesses got the green light for a conditional use permit (CUP), from the planning commission last Thursday at November’s Colonial Beach Planning Commission Meeting. Next, they will face another public hearing and approval at the council level. The commission sent favorable recommendations to the council to grant CUP’s for resident Judith M. Carter to conduct the business of dog grooming in her home, located at 2 2nd St. and Kristine M. Guido, located at 37 4th St. to use her home as a bed and breakfast, both in the Classic Shores subdivision in Colonial Beach.
No opposition or concerns from the public were aired in the case of Carter, who plans to name her business Pretty Pets, Inc., but chief Kenneth Blevins Sr. did ask the commission to make Carter aware of the noise ordinance. Guido however ran into some opposition in the form of a letter sent to the planning commission by neighbors, Curtland and Melinda Fields. The Fields, who currently use their residence in an adjacent block, plan to retire soon and make their Colonial Beach residence a more permanent home. In their letter they stated that they felt a bed and breakfast, would prove to be disruptive to the quiet enjoyment of family life in a currently residential neighborhood and would be the start of other such business uses in the neighborhood.
Colonial Beach Planning Director Gary Mitchell’s staff report states that both locations are zoned Residential-2. One of the goals listed in the town’s comprehensive plan is to build and diversify the town’s local tax base, expand local tourism, retail and professional office enterprises.
Concerning Carter’s application for Pretty Pets, Inc., the report goes on to say, an objective under this goal states that the town should attract new businesses and support existing businesses that serve the needs of our residents and provide local employment. While this is a small business which currently only has a single employee, the staff feels it is plausible that the business enterprise could grow and offer additional employment. In the case of Guido’s bed and breakfast, the report states that Guido’s application fosters two goals of the comprehensive plan; to further develop the town’s desire to be a destination and tourism center for the region as a whole and to bring in revenue in the off-season. The two business owners will have to face another public hearing and approval from the town council.