Coun­cil de­nies re­zon­ing re­quest for planned ken­nel

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ ce­cil­whig. com

— 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.”

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