A woman on Friday said the city shut down her home-based scrapbooking business because it brought too much traffic to the neighborhood.
Michelle Reese's scrapbooking business started like any other home-based business such as Avon or Pampered Chef, but the city of Hilliard said it is a zoning problem, 10TV's Lindsey Seavert reported.
Reese said she holds scrapbooking parties from her Janes Way home, but the city said it is a traffic hazard, and has shut her down.
"I have been a Creative Memories consultant for the past 16 years," Reese said. "Three to four times a month, I welcome women into my home to work on their albums."
Reese's basement business has allowed her to create memories with her daughter, who is autistic, but the city said she must operate elsewhere.
"It has given me the opportunity to stay at home and help the women of Hilliard record their lives in albums," Reese said.
After five years, the city's zoning officer said Reese is operating a home-based business illegally, Seavert said.
"(The zoning officer) said 'Well you are in violation, you need a conditional use permit' and I was stunned," Reese said.
Neighbors complained that the traffic from Reese's scrapbooking parties was becoming a nuisance, Seavert reported.
Reese applied for a permit, but the city's planning and zoning commission denied it earlier this month.
"It hurts it hurts," Reese said.
Reese said the denial of the permit means she can no longer operate her business, taking away not only money but the memories that go along with it, Seavert reported.
"In all reality this could happen to anyone with a home-based business no matter what it is," Reese said. "They are going to take away my livelihood."
A member of the Hilliard Planning and Zoning Committee said they support entrepreneurs but this situation was a traffic issue.
The city said it has looked into a special zoning permit for home-based businesses, but ultimately the planning and zoning commission advised Reese to find somewhere else to operate her business.
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