• By Bob Vlach Woodford Sun Staff

Permit allows pet rescue kennel, clinic on Shannon Run

The Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a permit Monday that will allow a kennel, pet rescue and adoption facility to operate on Shannon Run Road. The vote was 3 to 0, with board member Frank Stark absent. The permit also allows applicant Multi-Specialty Foundation, Inc. to operate an animal hospital and clinic for veterinary care in order to do spay/neuter surgery. “There are a lot of humane societies that are in rural areas (of Kentucky) that are struggling with overpopulation,” said Matthew Waldman, representing applicant Multi-Specialty Foundation. “Our goal would be to take the most adoptable dogs – the ones that aren’t vicious – and just give them a place to live.” Cats would also be housed at the pet rescue and adoption facility, he added. The 30-acre farm at 372 Shannon Run Road (about .3 miles from Lexington Road), with one dwelling and a barn, was purchased by Multi-Specialty Foundation in November 2019, according to background information in a staff report to the board. Among the conditions of the permit approval was planting evergreen trees along the rear property line as a buffer and that exterior lighting must be directed downward. The applicant also agreed to add a condition that only domestic animals may be housed at the facility. No caps were placed on how many animals can be housed in the facility, but board Chair Tim Turney said that could be revisited if any issues arise. “We just want to be respectful to the neighbors. We don’t want them to be bothered by anything that we’re doing,” said Waldman. He said dogs are typically housed indoors except for outdoor bathroom breaks, exercise and training. No one spoke in opposition to the plan during Monday’s public hearing and Waldman noted representatives of the foundation had spoken to all but one neighbor, who they have been unable to reach, about the plans for the property. Variances The board unanimously approved two variance requests for residential properties in the Cedar Ridge and Derby Hills subdivisions. A rear-yard setback variance for 7069 Arbor Meadow Way (owners Tyler and Hope Shelters and applicant Creative Home Builders, LLC) allows a covered deck to remain. A wood deck was approved for the home, built in 2016, but a roof was constructed over the deck without the plan being modified, Planning Director Pattie Wilson explained. She said the variance rectifies the situation. Joe Davenport of Creative Home Builders told the board he’d spoken by telephone with former Woodford County building inspector Isaac Hughes about modifying the plan to add a covering over the deck (at the homeowner’s request) and was told that would be fine. “It was my fault I should’ve documented that (in writing),” Davenport acknowledged. A rear-yard setback variance for 8005 Sea Hero Run (Michael and Mishelle Shaffo, owners/applicants) allows the construction of a roof over a screened porch on an existing patio. The application asking for the 4-foot variance noted many homes in this neighborhood have screened porches or patio rooms. Three letters/emails of support were received, Wilson said. Officers The board voted unanimously to re-elect Turney as its chair, David Prewitt as vice chair and Stark as secretary.

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