Wyoming Liberty Group
Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard proved in 1939 that the world-changing magic of American innovation can spring from a home-based business, perhaps even in a small residential garage. Despite this, and other examples including many from Silicon Valley, some Wyoming cities are waging a campaign against entrepreneurship and small, Wyoming-grown, businesses. Cities like Cheyenne use zoning codes to prohibit residents from starting many small business types from home. While other homeowners in a residential neighborhood can have legitimate concerns about private nuisances such as noise, light, and congested parking, do cities need oppressive land use laws to govern home-based businesses or is there a better way? In fact Casper’s home occupations ordinance provides an example of what other cities can do to facilitate, instead of undermine, entrepreneurship in local communities.