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Teen's Christmas tree lot can stay, county says

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VANCOUVER, WA (KPTV) -

A Christmas tree controversy in Clark County nearly forced a 16-year-old girl to shut her business down.

Kaitlyn Metscher received a notice from the county that said her Christmas tree lot is in violation of zoning ordinances. But thanks to a last-minute change, Metscher has now been given the green light to keep her lot open for business.

The Christmas tree lot has been a family business for more than a decade, and that this is the first year she has taken over.

On Tuesday, the county notified her she was in violation of zoning ordinance - operating a business in a residential area.

Metscher said her family dealt with issues from other Christmas tree lot competitors in the past and she believes it may have one of them who complained about her lot to the county.

"We've had some rivalries with the competitors up the street," she said. "It's kind of hard to compete with $8 Christmas trees so we think that's largely what happened."

Despite the notice from the county, Metscher, who said she is using the money from the lot toward her college education, wasn't about to give up without a fight.

As an aspiring attorney, she started to look into the county's zoning laws herself.

News of her tenacity spread quickly, and on Wednesday afternoon, county commissioners voted to approve an emergency ordinance that allows tree stands on residential areas.

That means Metscher's $8 trees are still up for grabs.

"I'm really glad it's no longer a waiting game. Will they shut us down? Are we going to get served?" she said.

Metscher's lot is located at 107th Avenue and Covington Road.

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