Four Belgrade residents are asking a district judge to reverse the Gallatin County commissioners’ recent approval of a permit for their neighbor’s home-based business.

Douglas Croghan, Laurie Croghan, Daniel Griffing and Carol Wells allege the commissioners incorrectly issued a permit for All About Homes and Land to run some of its operations out of a property on Dana Lane, according to court documents.

In the permit application, the property owners — Daniel, Kari, David and Robin Francisco — said the business, which offers services that include remodeling and snow plowing, would occasionally move equipment to a shop on the property for maintenance and storage.

The property, which is in the Dana Lane Estates subdivision, has a large, detached garage and the company’s equipment includes a 20-ton construction excavator with a heavy hauling trailer.

“This looks clearly like a light industrial application, and in my opinion, it’s completely out of place,” Griffing said, adding, “If you saw it, you’d take a look at it and say, ‘What is this? An airplane hangar?’”

The Croghans, Griffing and Wells say the commissioners’ approval of the business permit violates the Gallatin County growth policy and the regulations for the East Gallatin zoning district because the work All About Homes and Land does is incompatible with a residential area.

“Here’s an example of the county not protecting the residential character and not following its own standards,” Daniel Griffing said.

Daniel Francisco, who runs All About Homes and Land, said that his application for the permit complied with county regulations and that planning department staff recommended his application be approved. He added that he stands by the staff recommendation and the commissioners’ decision to approve the permit.

The Croghans, Griffing and Wells intend to ask the District Court to reverse the commissioners’ decision, invalidating the permit for All About Homes and Land. They also are asking for the commissioners to pay all the fees associated with court proceedings.

The Gallatin County Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Perrin Stein can be reached at 406-582-2648 or at Follow her on Twitter @PerrinStein.

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