• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Board approves dog kennel, training facility

A conditional-use permit approved Monday by the Board of Adjustment (BOA) will allow a dog kennel and training facility on West Leestown Road.

Brian Charry has a contract to purchase 35.444 acres at 4125 West Leestown Road, where he’ll operate “Charry’s Premier K9 Training.”

In addition to boarding services, his request included hosting events, competitions, trials, matches or seminars, which the BOA limited to no more than two a year. Other conditions limited public hours during the summer to no later than 9 p.m. and no earlier than 7 a.m. Also, exterior lighting around any structures must be directed downward.

There are currently no structures on the property, but Charry said a 40-foot-by-70-foot building will be constructed and a second building could be constructed depending on growth of the business. Dogs will remain indoors at night and will be contained in fenced-in areas or kept on a leash when outside, he said.

A neighboring property owner voiced concern that dogs at the kennel and training facility may cause problems for his farm’s cattle and calves.

“The dog kennel is not consistent with the agricultural zone that is in place,” said David Phillips.

“I don’t think that a dog kennel or a training center for dogs is considered agriculture.” Sportsmen farms and kennels are allowed as a conditional use in an agricultural district.

The BOA approved the conditional-use permit 4 to 0, with member Frank Stark absent.

Family cemetery

A conditional-use permit will allow Elke Kirkpatrick to have a family cemetery at 2203 Cummins Ferry Road.

An area of 24-by-24 feet (near the public roadway) will be fenced and maintained as a family cemetery, according to the application for a permit.

Cemeteries are a conditional use in the agricultural zoning district.

Permit reviewed

During a one-year review of a conditional-use permit that allows an agri-tourism enterprise at 661 Shannon Run Road, property owner

Michael Duckworth said his farm hosted three weddings last year. A farm to table dinner was held on the property in late-August, he said.

“We plan on doing a few things like that again going forward,” said Duckworth.

Planning Director Pattie Wilson determined during a recent on-site discussion with Duckworth that he’s complying with the conditions of his permit. She also pointed out that trees were planted as required.

“I’ve got 800 Canadian firs,” said Duckworth when asked if he had planted Christmas trees. He estimated that the two-year-old seedlings will be ready for sale in four or five years.

Variances approved

The BOA unanimously approved 28-foot front-yard and six-inch height variances so Curtis and Rebecca Lowe can erect a 48-inch-high plank and wire fence two feet from the back of the sidewalk along Hanover Drive.

The new fence will replace a privacy fence at 397 Gleneagles Way, and provide safety and security for their child and pet.

LK Real Estate, LLC and Wooldridge Versailles, LLC were granted front porch elevation variances for residential lots at 128, 132, 136, 140, 180 and 192 McCowans Ferry Alley in the Wooldridge Gardens neighborhood near Falling Springs Boulevard. A similar request before the BOA last month was denied because numerous properties were involved in that application for variances.

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