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REPORTING · 22nd December 2013
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council adopted the Planning Fee Amendment Bylaw on December 16th. While, for the most part it was uneventful, Councillor Phil Germuth did have something to say.

“During a previous debate on this bylaw, we got into a discussion on home based businesses, as it relates to the temporary use permit section of this bylaw. I wanted to clarify some comments made about home base businesses,” said Germuth.

He stated there are businesses which provide valuable services to the community which could not survive if they had to rent commercial space. This includes piano teachers, dog groomers and specialty care services.

Germuth said a home based business allows employers to build the client base and a reputation should the entrepreneur decide to expand into a storefront.

“As you may know, twenty years ago, Phil’s Mobile started out as a home based business. A more recent success story would be Oliver and Clair from Divine Inc. who started out their business at home and have now moved into a commercial store front,” said Germuth.

The motion was called and carried.