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Riverside residents, trustees continue bed and breakfast debate

Published: Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 4:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 9:44 p.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE – A proposed ordinance that would allow Riverside residents to turn their home into a bed and breakfast was debated Thursday night at the Riverside Board of Trustees meeting.

At a previous meeting, some trustees objected to aspects of the plan, such as which houses would be allowed to convert and whether there would be a public hearing before such a business was established.

Riverside resident Nick Cariello echoed those criticisms.

“Residents should be aware that the bed and breakfast facilities, or what have you, most likely would be located in residential and historical homes near historic buildings without warning or public hearing,” Cariello said. “I’m very disappointed that this board would allow bed and breakfasts in any residential districts. Bed and breakfasts should only be in downtown or commercial areas.”

Although the plan would allow for homes in residential zones to be converted into bed and breakfast businesses, whether or not the board would restrict the establishments to residential areas near downtown has yet to be determined.

Village Trustee Douglas Pollack said the Plan Commission, which reviewed and approved the plan at its last meeting, admitted they made a mistake in not discussing restricting bed and breakfast locations further.

At a previous meeting, Trustee Joseph Ballerine opposed restricting locations.

“We live in a town that is basically a 1.5 mile square, so pretty much any house is going to be within a half mile of downtown,” Ballerine said.

The Board unanimously decided to allow the plan commission to debate the issue again at its next meeting.

The ordinance affecting bed and breakfasts will be debated further at the next Board meeting, Oct. 3.

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