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Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« on: March 11, 2004, 11:30:53 AM »
I am planning on setting up my operation on my property, which is zoned for residential use.

Has anyone out there had encounters with local zoning board in terms of getting approval to operate their kiln in a residential area?
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #1 on: March 11, 2004, 03:42:04 PM »
I think it would greatly depend on things like how big the kiln is, Most of the time a solar kiln will have no more restrictions than a small shed.

I have heard of some people getting in trouble not because of the kiln but because they were selling retail from their home.
Around here, as long as you were using the lumber for you own use, not much would be said, but if you hang a sign and have a lot of traffic in and out, you could have a problem.
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #2 on: March 11, 2004, 05:44:36 PM »
I have to agree with Kevin.  I'm an elected councilman for our borough and here your violating the ordinances if you selling from a residential area.  Your freee to do pretty much as you want for yourself, within reason, noise, dirt, clutter, etc. might violate other ordinances.  The borough is pretty lienient here, but the bad thing about that is you never know when things will change. OK today, wrong tomorrow.
   The only way to run a business in a residential area here is to have the area rezoned, a pretty hard thing to get done.
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2004, 05:01:07 AM »
Thanks for the info.

The kiln will be a business, I'll either dry my own lumber to sell or dry someone elses for a fee.  I've got a call in to the local zoning board.  Will advise what I learn.
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2004, 02:52:25 PM »
If you ask the zoning board they will be obligated to instruct you that you (most likely) will not be allowed to conduct business in a residential area, exceptions may be a "home office" but the intent will be to prevent increasing ANY traffic, no business signs, and no manufacturing process. If you didn't ask and built a structure that you could use as a kiln within the zoning for your OWN purpose and not for hire they couldn't phrohibit that, Then you could after built occasionally do a quiet business as long as  it didn't offend the neighbors.

The key is you asked if you could conduct business in a residential area, their answer should be unconditionally no. Then your screwed about doing the latter that is for your own benifit not for hire,,,,... mmmmm what they don't know and dosn't offend the neighbors...

Of course if your in near proximity of the neighbors then the sound of the 24 hour fans is bound to be a negative issue, and of course the endless trucks, and huge stacks of lumber, yea, then forklifts growling around at all hours of the holiday nights....  :D

good luck with it... smooooooze up to the council if ya can

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2004, 05:29:30 AM »
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Got the letter from the Zoning Board last night. 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)

Can ya guess what it said? 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8) 8)


I can even put up a sign if'n I want. Now I gotta think of a name. :P

The bad new is  ;) I gotta pay the county an occupancy fee for setting up shop, $165; guess I need to be extra sweet to my LOML.  ;D
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2004, 08:01:47 AM »
Good for you Ga_boy.  Glad some zoning board has some common sense.
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2004, 12:17:27 PM »
If I had read this sooner I would have suggested.
Don't Ask Don't Tell.
Thats a goverment term now days.
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2004, 04:32:26 PM »
My approach is this. Let the sleeping dog lie.  ;D

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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2004, 09:13:15 PM »
Get a permit for a garage, then build it. Once done, then build the kiln inside it. You are allowed to put any equipment you want inside your garage.

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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2004, 04:00:50 AM »
I'm amazed that your zoning commission was so easy to work with. Around here they send a letter to everyone within a 1/4 mile of your site asking for objections to the re-zoning. Then they have a public hearing to see if anyone else has objections. It can be a long drawn out process. Glad to hear yours went well.

My approach is to file for a building permit let em come out and assess the building and then next year add the other 3/4's to it. County assessor is not well liked around here. ;D

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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2004, 04:49:10 AM »
It's time to fly low hard and fast. ;D 8) 8)
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Re: Property Zoning and Kiln Operation
« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2004, 12:11:18 PM »
You got that right. Strike before the pen of revoktion is able to.
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