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Councillors accepted her presentation as information and sent the issue to planning staff for further review. It will come back to councillors for discussion but, meantime, Stone is allowed to continue to operate.
“All I’m looking for is to continue to be allowed to have customers pick up their orders from my home,” Stone said.
She told councillors she was unaware of any bylaw that would prohibit her from having a home-based business when she purchased the Parkhill Lane house.
Prior to moving into Wincey Mills, Stone said she sold her products from her previous home on Jane Street in Paris with no issues.
Stone said most of the concerns about increased traffic are due to work vehicles connected to construction in the neighbourhood. As well, there is an increase in delivery truck traffic as more people order goods online.
She said her customers account for a small number of vehicles on the street.
“During these difficult times, we need to be supporting small businesses,” Stone said. “That’s what Paris is all about.
“I support local businesses in our community and I appreciate everyone who has supported my small business through this time.”
Councillors received nearly 100 letters supporting Stone, including one from Jennifer Westfall, who lives across from Stone.
“I have not noticed any increase in traffic on the street or any other concern with the bakery operating from the home on Parkhill Lane,” Westfall said in her letter. “I am retired and at home the majority of the time.”