Kensington to crack down on home-based businesses

Mike Carson
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KENSINGTON — Town council is looking to crack down on home-based business operations that have not applied to the town for the necessary permits.

Kensington Deputy Mayor Rowan Caseley raised the issue at the May town council meeting following the approval of a home-based dog grooming operation in the town.

Cynthia Darrach applied to council to operate a dog grooming business from her home at 44 Sunset Drive.

Chief administrative officer Geoff Baker said Darrach’s application was in compliance with the town’s development control bylaw and recommended approval.

Following the vote, Caseley raised the issue of similar business operations which have not come to the city for approval.

“It’s good that we’re having people who want to run a home-based business to come forward and make application,” he said.

“I wonder if there’s any kind of an inventory of how many home-based businesses there are in the town that have not come forward? It’s not fair to the ones who comply. It’s not fair to the people who are paying the commercial rate.”

Baker said staff is in the process of pulling together an inventory.

Kensington Mayor Gordon Coffin said it could be difficult finding out if an individual does have a home-based business.

“They could be operating and we’d have no way of being aware,” he said.

Organizations: Town council

Geographic location: Kensington

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  • Just wondering
    May 26, 2014 - 12:27

    Just wondering if Transcontinental is satisfying the attribution requirements with the Street view screen capture image for this item. I suspect those 2009 Google "clouds" in the sky probably don't qualify as adequate attribution . . All uses of Google Maps and Google Earth Content must provide attribution to both Google and our data providers. We do not approve of any use of content without proper attribution, in any circumstance. We require attribution when the Content is shown. Requests for exceptions will not be answered or granted.

  • Why Can't
    May 26, 2014 - 08:44

    Why can't Town council & the Mayor just be damn glad that these people that are trying to make a go of it are staying inside Town limits . Just who are they hurting ?????? Do they pay taxes to the town on their homes at present ? That should be enough & if they want to work extra from home to make ends meet , it's their business . Sounds like Wes has all you fine people of Kensington brain washed into thinking people that fend for themselves need to be hassled & ripped off for more than the taxes they now struggle to pay . Take a lesson from Montague the Beautiful . As stated by the Mayor this last week , the first residential building permit for a number of years was issued .(Is it private or Gov. sponsored) Doesn't that speak for itself because Montague has the same kind of council that desires to run other peoples lives . Cripes , the Mayor & several council members don't even own property that they pay taxes on & still they want to tell others to pay more . Only building inside town in last few years is being done with taxpayers money . Is that what you want your town to turn into ???? If not , brighten up & leave your residents alone . They are already paying more than they should be , thanks to Wes & Robert . If you don't believe me , take a drive through Montague & see the empty buildings & the many for sale signs . And yes there is plenty of vacant lots empty within town limits

    May 26, 2014 - 06:43

    Why don't they crack down on the lobster fishermen selling food products from the back of an untraceable truck with no reciept or tax paid on the income .

    • Crabby Joe
      May 26, 2014 - 08:51

      Why? Because that would shut down a third of the economy. The trickle-down economy still gets taxed and that's a lot of coffer money. Hold your nose and ignore the rules... otherwise these folks will eat YOUR tax dollars in the form of welfare :)