A Zoning Nightmare On Elm Street

Home business? The neighbors may raise hell

Zoning regulations were the furthest thing from her mind when Georgia Patrick decided to move her media-consulting business from Washington, D.C., into a barn on her 29-acre parcel in western Maryland. Her husband had been running his land-conservation business, Windstar Wildlife Institute, out of the same barn for years without any problems, and her firm, the Communicators, had only one assistant working on-site. The rest of her employees were already telecommuters. The nearest residence was so far away, she says, "you'd need field glasses" to see it. She didn't expect any complaints.

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