First, the good news: I met with the Elizabeth Township zoning commission and they approved my petition for an exemption to operate a B&B in a rural zone.
Now, the bad news: I also met with the county engineer, and found out we’ve only just begun our regulatory hurdles. Apparently, any change of use is subject to a “land development plan” which has to be reviewed by the township and county. Mike, the engineer, thinks he can get that waived if we do a full survey, floodwater analysis, and address parking, access routes, and site line distances. All I keep thinking is – if that’s what they need to not do a land development plan, what does a full plan call for?!
I also keep thinking, why didn’t our contractor tell us about this last September?!