Tuesday, Sep 16, 2014
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Residential kennel approved for Spring Hill

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— A Spring Hill couple got permission Monday to open a kennel in a residential neighborhood that would house up to 70 animals.

Charlotte Furey and David Hitchcock told planning and zoning commissioners they will add on to their garage and build a 2,838-square-foot kennel, complete with office, restroom, grooming area and room for 10 cats, 20 small dogs and 40 large dogs.

The staff report said there will be a 6-foot privacy fence around the perimeter of the parcel, along with indoor and outdoor cages for the animals.

Furey told staff it would be built with 8-inch concrete foam-insulated block to help reduce sound. The home is located on the northwest corner of Orchard Way and Christine Lane, in the El Pico subdivision.

The couple will have to take in the animals by 5 p.m. each day and let them out no earlier than 7 a.m.

A few people who live in the neighborhood spoke against the requested special exception use permit, fearing noise, a reduction in property values and smells from dog waste.

Commissioners Thomas Comunale and John Scharch voted against the permit request, saying the kennel appeared to be incompatible with the neighborhood.

Furey and Hitchcock said neighbors have nothing to fear because they plan to run a clean operation.

After the vote, P&Z Chairman Robert Widmar told the couple “good luck and be good neighbors.”

Also at Tuesday’s P&Z meeting:

♦ Planning and zoning commissioners voted unanimously to approve a request from the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States to open a substance abuse rehabilitation on a 9.6-acre site on the southwest corner of Youth Drive and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, about 1.5 miles north of the Brooksville city limits.

The existing 7,922-square-foot building on the property would be remodeled to accommodate the intended use. The 24-hour-a-day substance abuse facility is for both inpatient and outpatient services and would be staffed by five people.

The rehab facility will be limited to 30 inpatient beds.

♦ Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative got unanimous approval for a storage yard on five lots on the north side of Noddy Tern Road, between Ovenbird Road and Oregon Chickadee.

♦ Planning commissioners approved a rezoning allowing Dollar General to build a 9,100 square-foot store at the corner of Cortez and Treiman boulevards, near Ridge Manor

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