Kennels get OK in Warren County

By Alex Bridges

A dog trainer and a rescuer have received the green light to operate separate kennels in Warren County.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved conditional-use permits for two kinds of commercial kennels. No one spoke at the public hearings held for each permit request.

Karin Bakken sought a permit to run a rescue kennel specifically to house Weimaraners in her home at 1477 Hillandale Road in the Green Hill Forest subdivision in the Happy Creek magisterial district. Bakken provides transitional housing for dogs of the breed to address health and behavioral issues before sending the animals to foster homes, according to information provided by the Planning and Zoning Department.

Bakken houses dogs in 10- by 8-foot pens in her climate-controlled basement. Dogs can access the backyard through a sliding glass door in the basement.

The permit as approved limits Bakken’s kennel to 12 Weimaraners, including four personal dogs, even though the county’s ordinance allows her to keep up to 15 of the animals, given the size of her 5.39 acre property lot.

County Planner Matt Wendling said the department would need to further review issues with setbacks that are required for commercial kennels. Wendling noted Wednesday that in Bakken’s case, the arrangement of her home on the property created a situation that called for a waiver of certain setback requirements listed in the county ordinance. Board Chairman Archie Fox had expressed concern over the waivers and setbacks.

The department had to waive the requirement for a setback of 100 feet from the side and front of the property because the existing building lies 65 feet from the front of the property, 35 feet from the west, 45 feet from the east, and 1,350 feet from the rear. The structure also does not meet the required setback of 200 feet from neighboring homes.

Supervisors also approved a permit requested by David Lynders, who plans to run a boarding and training kennel in a single-family home on 25.2 acres at 2885 Strasburg Road in the Fork Magisterial District. Lynders plans to board dogs aged 6 months and older that he trains for use in therapy, personal assistance, search and rescue and as family companions.

The permit as approved limits Lynders K-9 Academy LLC to house a maximum of 25 dogs, though he advised county staff he expects to keep 12-15 animals at any one time. Information from the county indicates that Lynders plans to build a fence around an outdoor area of the kennel for training and exercise. Lynders, who currently operates his business from his Fauquier County home, plans to move to Warren County and run the kennel from the Strasburg Road residence.

While Bakken’s kennel will see some traffic with people bringing animals to the site, Lynders will not be seeing clients at his operation.

Also at the meeting supervisors:

  • Approved the county’s Comprehensive Plan Update. Jennifer McDonald, executive director of the Economic Development Authority, spoke in favor of the updated plan during the public hearing held on the matter. County Administrator Douglas Stanley said Wednesday that staff now will move to the implementation stage of the process.
  • Awarded a contract to Lantz Construction of Winchester to expand the Warren County Community at a cost of $168,880, to include an additional $10,000 in the project budget to cover unexpected expenses.
  • Approved the purchase of 16 Panasonic Toughbook laptop computers for the Department of Fire and Rescue through a state contract at a cost to the county of $38,693.20 from the cost recovery/special project funds. The county received state grants of $45,052.80 toward the total cost of $83,746.
  • Awarded a contract to Caldwell & Santmyers Inc., of Berryville, to upgrade the acoustics in the historic courtroom A in the Warren County Courthouse at a cost of $77.932.

Contact staff writer Alex Bridges at 540-465-5137 ext. 125, or abridges@nvdaily.com