City leaders last week put the final touches on rules it revised to prevent harassment of home businesses engaging in firearms sales.
The final reading of an ordinance revising home-based businesses earned approval from City Council Feb. 2. The new version deals with more than firearms only. The latest version removes requirements on “engine size” after feedback from citizens.
The issue has been reviewed numerous times by both the city council and Planning and Zoning, arising after a recent visit from ATF agents enforcing the city’s own restrictions on residents who repaired and sold firearms. The city began serious discussions on the issue after resident Kenneth Cruse appeared before City Council last summer, asking why the Department of Justice would be enforcing city ordinances solely against one group.
New rules allow home occupations in Friendswood, with the provision that the home must still function primarily as a home, and that the occupation must not “change the character of the residential area.”
The changes were recommended 7-0 by the Planning and Zoning Commission. Child care and personal care facilities are not recognized by the city as home based businesses.