The way it is described to me is an occupancy issue. The category is "exercise" which requires 50 sqft per occupant. A dance studio requires 7' per occupant, for example. Common sense doesn't dictate. I spoke with the village code enforcement today and he is going to ask the "regional" guy. The store front next door to us is a coffee shop, occupancy - 68. I get the feeling it has to do with safety and moving people out in the event of an emergency, i.e. fire. I mentioned if I had 30 people in an empty room (the studio) vs the coffee shop filled with tables, counters, et al, I would be able to get everyone to safety more efficiently. It's a deal breaker for us after working on this for 2 months. We will have to rent another large space if he holds us to this requirement.