OAKLEY -- The city hopes to stimulate its economy by allowing residents to operate more Internet-based businesses from home.
The City Council unanimously agreed Tuesday to modify an ordinance that allows no more than two home businesses at a single residence.
Council members decided that the self-employed should be able to operate more businesses at home as long as the additional ventures are conducted only over the Internet. The revision allows an unlimited number of Internet-only businesses per residence.
The move was prompted by a resident who already has multiple Internet-based businesses at home; after discovering that the city had a limit on the number of home-based businesses at one address, she voiced a desire for the city to reconsider its position.
Oakley currently has 380 home-based businesses, according to city records.
In approving the change, council members also amended the portion of the city's municipal code that restricts home-based businesses to one commercial vehicle.
The revised regulations allow up to two commercial vehicles per residential parcel, neither of which may weigh more than 1 ton.
The constraint on the number of company vehicles that someone working out of his home may have and the stipulation that anything more than two home-based businesses must be Internet-based -- and therefore not apparent to neighbors -- are designed to prevent disruptions to neighborhoods.
The proposed ordinance will come back to the council for a second vote; if approved, the changes will take effect 30 days after that.
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