Congratulations on the property. You’re very lucky if you’re out in the county.
We bought a 100 year old Victorian home about six years ago, located right in town, one block off a main thoroughfare. Sitting on the back of our property is a building that was built as a general store in the 30’s and operated as such until the late 70’s. Being at the back of our lot, it sits one-half block from the main highway, in plain view of traffic with only a wide-open parking lot in between. It would be the perfect FREE location for a small store, cafe, or coffee shop.
NO GO according to the city. Our current neighborhood zoning allows for both commercial or residential, but it has to be either/or. No dual use is allowed on the same property. We’d have to reclassify our home as commercial and then apply for a variance just to live there, but then we’d have to make our home ADA compliant by installing handicap accessible restrooms, ramps, doorways and even emergency lights and exit signs just like it was part of the business, even though no customers would ever use it. That was the story five years ago.
Recently some folks with deeper pockets wanted to do the same thing with their properties, so the city decided to re-examine our neighborhood to consider allowing for dual use. We’re still waiting to see what happens.
I frigging HATE dealing with the city on anything.