Council denies rezoning request for planned kennel
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— Cecil County Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to deny a rezoning request from a Colora homeowner so he could open a kennel.
Stephen Beiler sought to rezone 9.9 acres at 2664 Jacob Tome Highway from
rural residential to business general zoning. He said he intended to install a dog kennel for a commercial dog breeding operation for German shepherds and cocker spaniels.
As part of his application, Beiler claimed the county made a mistake during its last comprehensive rezoning in 2011 because “not enough commercial zoning was planned for the area.”
Council President Robert Hodge explained that in order to get a rezoning request approved by the county, an applicant must prove there was a mistake made during the last comprehensive rezoning, or that there’s been a change in the area of the request.
“I don’t believe he’s done that,” he said.
The council’s denial was based on no mistake being found.
Beiler’s request also received recommendations for disapproval from the county’s planning staff and the planning commission.
Jill Sherrard, a Per- r yville resident and volunteer for A Buddy for Life, the county’s animal care and control contractor, asked the council to deny Beiler’s request during a public hearing April 5 and again Tuesday night.
“I’m asking you to deny this so we don’t bring puppy mills into this county,” Sherrard said, adding, “Because that’s what they are.”
As a volunteer at A Buddy for Life, she said she witnesses weekly how dif ficult it is to find good homes for animals that have been abandoned and she told the council, “We don’t need more dogs.”