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Ordinance will allow Wynne homes to be open for business

WYNNE, AR (KAIT)- The city of Wynne will legalize home occupied businesses in all areas starting next month.

Up until now, only homes with a particular property value were allowed to have home businesses. Whether it's child care, selling AVON products or giving piano lessons, soon Wynne residents will no longer have to worry about the city finding out.

"If they don't infringe on their neighbors we've just kind of looked the other way," said Wynne Mayor Bob Stacy.

But that will no longer be necessary once this ordinance goes into effect next month.

"It's an ordinance to allow home businesses in residential one and residential two in Wynne," he said.

Mayor Stacy said up until now only those living in residential three homes were allowed to have home businesses.

"The residential one would be your higher valued homes, your more exclusive neighborhoods. Then R2 is a step down, R3 is a step down," Stacy said.

Stacy said after getting several complaints he started digging into ordinances in surrounding cities.

"Low and behold we were the only town that didn't allow some type of residential businesses in residential 1's and 2's," he said.

Stacy said these ordinances are put in place to protect the integrity of the neighborhood.

"The main component is there can be no visible sign, you cannot alter your house in any way, you cant store stuff outside, you cant have an outside shed it has to be enclosed in your residence," he said.

Stacy said there will also be an added benefit for the city.

"Hopefully we will have more revenue come to the city because they are required to have a city license," he said.

The ordinance will be adopted next month after the final reading.

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