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Posted August 21, 2013 | Leave a comment
Board OKs use of former shelter for pet kennel
By Alex Bridges
FRONT ROYAL -- A Warren County woman plans to turn the former animal shelter into a kennel for dogs, cats and other creatures.
The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 to approve Tamara West's request for a conditional-use permit that allows her to run a boarding kennel out of the old Humane Society facility at 380 Menefee Lane. The shelter operated from the 1960s until 2002 when the Humane Society opened in the Happy Creek area, said Planning Director Taryn Logan. The county bought the 1.75-acre property in 2010. County ordinance allows 10 kennels on the site, each containing two dogs. Cat kennels also exist on the property.
Board Chairman Archie Fox voted against the motion to approve the permit, citing concern over the potential noise the kennel could generate. County officials told the board the facility is far from the nearest residence.
"I'm a little bit concerned about the neighbors and barking dogs," Fox said.
The county kennel ordinance requires animals to remain inside a facility during certain hours at night, Logan said. Animals can stay outside from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The ordinance also limits the noise to below a certain decibel level.
During the public hearing, Luray Avenue resident William Simpson said he opposed the permit request because of the potential noise from the kennel and the effect the use may have on the value of the land owned by his son that lies adjacent to the former dog pound site.
Polk Avenue resident Pam Foster spoke in support of the permit request and said the site in its current condition probably has more of a negative effect on the values of the land around it.
"You have someone here who's willing to come along and improve the property, have a workable, viable business going into the property," Foster said.
Supervisor Daniel J. Murray Jr. said the county would need to approve at least a 5-year lease on the property to cover the $51,000 estimated cost to make repairs on the kennel building.
West runs a local business in which she travels to homes to care for people's pets, but sought to expand the operation to the boarding facility, Logan said. West has proposed to hire two full-time and two part-time employees, Logan added.
West originally proposed to run a full business at the location, with clients coming to the facility. However, the Virginia Department of Transportation determined that the existing entrance to the property can only accommodate 20 vehicles per day because of the limited sight distance, Logan said. West has since agreed to pick up the clients' pets instead and bring the animals to the kennel.
Conditions under the permit include:
Also at the meeting the board:
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