County planners hear requests for animal facility, repair shop
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG Banner Staff Writer
Dec 04, 2013 | 787 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print

A request to permit an animal boarding facility and requests for a property to house an automobile repair shop garnered most of the discussion at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Bradley County Regional Planning Commission.

Karen Maxwell requested that property at 3157 Tunnel Hill Road be used to house rescued dogs on a temporary basis. She said she and others would use existing structures like a barn for the dogs until the animals could be placed in foster homes or adopted.

“There’s a huge need for places for rescue dogs,” she said.

Maxwell added she would look into working with nonprofit organizations to house animals and try to gain nonprofit status for the facility. It would also have a veterinarian on call.

“How do you plan to handle the build-up as you go?” Commissioner Thomas Crye asked.

She said the facility would initially hold between six and 20 dogs, and there was space enough to hold up to 200 or so. However, she stressed that there should not be too much “build-up” because the facility would focus on finding homes for the dogs.

Doris Price, a neighbor who said she lived just north of the property, said she had concerns about a freshwater lake on her property being fed by a spring on Maxwell’s property. She questioned whether or not the facility’s management would be “diligent” about keeping the stream clean.

Planning Director Bently Thomas said the property would still be subject to environmental rules.

The Commission approved property to be permitted on appeal, with a 4-2 vote.

Two requests for the same property also prompted concern from nearby neighbors. The owner of land at 2628 Dalton Pike wanted to use it to house an automobile repair shop.

Two meeting attendees said they had concerns about how neat the property would look because some shops they had seen often had car parts and waste littering properties.

Tony Young, who was there speaking on the owner’s behalf, said the shop would not be a detriment to the property, which is located near private residences.

The property owner, Robert Turner, requested that the property be permitted on appeal and that it be rezoned from the C-2 General Commercial District category to C-3 Highway Commercial District.

The Commission unanimously approved both requests for the Dalton Pike property, with the understanding that the rezoning might require a variance from the local board of zoning appeals because it encompassed less than an acre.

A request to approve three lots in the Ridgedale Forest subdivision as official plats was deemed “pretty cut and dried” by Thomas, and the Commission unanimously approved it.

Its members also unanimously voted to approve another request that a piece of land be rezoned for another automobile repair shop at 162 Helton Road. Owner James Goins said he and his brother were already performing repairs on their private property but wanted to open a commercial shop. The property was rezoned from Forestry/Agricultural/Residential District category to C-3 Highway Commercial District. Nobody in the audience spoke in opposition of the change.