A Dothan neighborhood is getting together in hopes of keeping the Board of Zoning from approving a home business. The board says home businesses aren't uncommon but they're also not normally met with this much resistance from neighbors. A decision has yet to be made but many neighbors were at the Board of Zoning meeting this week to voice their concerns.
A person living in a home on Gloster Court in Dothan applied for a special exception to operate a home remodeling business within the home but neighbors aren't happy about it.
"When a neighborhood fights something like this it's real hard for a board to want to do something," said Gina Grant, the Chairperson of Dothan’s Zoning Board.
Neighbors say they didn't know anything about the request, but letters were given to those who live directly next to or across from the property… but the rest of the people living on the street say they wanted to be notified as well.
We spoke with neighbors today but they were unwilling to go on camera. Many say they worry that the business would lower the value of their home. The biggest concern is the amount of traffic the business could bring in to the quiet community.
"Neighbors get concerned that traffic is going to increase that their children are going to be in jeopardy if they run out in the road but it is never supposed to look like a business; no signs, no employees, nothing like that... What the neighbors don't know is that there are 19 stipulations that the applicant has to abide by," Grant said.
She says the person wanting the license doesn't own the home but is living there, which would not violate the stipulations however it's something neighbors don't feel good about.
"As a person and a home owner I would feel very concerned and I would want to sit down with my other neighbors and with the applicant and know exactly what they plan on doing," Grant said.
But she sees both sides of the argument; making the board's decision a difficult one.
"Looking from the applicant's standpoint, it is not applicable to go out and rent something. Commercial rental is higher and they can't always do that so I don't think we should make them feel like they are not welcomed in the community," said Grant.
The zoning board will make a decision on the issue at their meeting in February. If the board approves the home business request, more stipulations may be added to the list to appease neighbors.