Please read, if you haven’t already, Saturday’s Press Enterprise article about Steve Nauert’s dilemma for his unpermitted Interstate Fire Protection company. He is now applying for a zoning change from rural residential to manufacturing, service commercial (” MSC”) through the city of Wildomar so he can get a permit but doesn’t want to pay for the infra-structure normally required for a commercial operation.
For your further elucidation, we link the story, as follows:
Let’s cut to the chase. The applicant claimed before the Wildomar City Council, last Wednesday evening, that he did everything proper in telling the County of Riverside about his business. In the PE article, he is reported to have said in obtaining the building permit for the metal accessory building, “Nauert told the County it was a home business.” Nauert further admitted that he started his business with four employees. The PE reporter continues the article by inadequately opining that “such businesses are allowed in the property’s rural residential zone.”
Au contraire, mon frere. With four employees, this business could never have been considered a home occupation by the County. Had the County known of his intent to function as a commercial business within the accessory building, they would have required certain improvements to the site infrastructure, as some Wildomar councilmembers want to correctly require now.
Permit Zak to be factual by providing the actual language of the Riverside County ordinances chapter 5.72.020, titled “Business registration and licensing program,” defining the limitations of a home occupation, to whit:
No persons other than a resident of the dwelling shall be employed on the premises in the conduct of a home occupation
a home occupation shall be conducted entirely within the dwelling
- a home occupation shall not be conducted in an accessory structure and there shall be no storage of equipment or supplies in an accessory structure or outside building
Thus, by definition, Nuaert’s business with four employees would not be permitted by the County as a “home occupation” and a business permit was always required, in any event.
So, what ever the applicant told or did not tell the County, the bottom line is, his business is not now nor has it ever been properly licensed and it is now up to the City of Wildomar to resolve the issues equitably between its citizens and the applicant.
Nauert is whining about how unfair it is that the city would ask him to do what all other businesses are supposed to do when they have a commercial operation, such as pave at least one half of the unpaved road in front of his property; and to provide proper parking for his employee’s vehicles, as well as providing handicapped parking for retail customers who come to buy a fire extinguisher. And, of course, there is the issue of water and sewer connections in order to comply with environmentally sensitive Riverside County water quality ordinances.
Naturally, the ultimate threat by Nauert is that he will move his business, now with 15 employees, from the city of Wildomar. However, anywhere he goes he will be faced with the same issues unless he moves somewhere so remote where he can once again operate his business under the radar.
Unfortunately, some councilmembers think that the city should bend the city’s rules and reward someone who has built his business by not playing by the County’s rules that most others complied with at great expense.
This would not, however, include a current Planning Commissioner for the City of Wildomar who also built his business in a metal building “under the County’s radar” and, although cited, has not yet brought his business into conformity with city and zoning ordinances.
Comments can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org but only if you have a valid permit to do so.