Saturday, May 14, 2011

Business Regulation Flexibility

Former location of Lizzie's Herb Shop, Main Street, Kernersville
As businesses become more innovative and entrepreneurial, more flexibility may be needed in our regulations to reduce start-up costs while protecting the public good. For example, it may make more sense to regulate home occupations by performance standards (no outside storage of products, no on-premise sales, maximum 25 percent of home allowed for business, etc.) than by the current method of regulation. Similar issues exist for changes in use from one business to another as well as building code administration when retrofitting older buildings from non-residential to residential and vice versa.

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