A new "high-class" facility for dogs may be launched in Port Robinson, pending a property zoning amendment approval by the city.
Tracy Norton and Guy Carter have applied to establish a home-based dog kennel business at 1596 Allanport Road on the corner of Hurricane Road.
Stephen Bedford, of LANDx Development Ltd., addressed council members to explain the application at the public portion of Tuesday’s council meeting.
If approved, the couple plans to insulate the 800-foot-square “accessory barn” on their 10-acre property, noted Bedford, adding that the building would be “renovated so it’s totally enclosed, air-conditioned and heated; kind of a high-class kennel.”
There shouldn’t be any noise issues for neighbours, he added, since there are “woodlands to the east,” west and south of the proposed kennel structure. “To the north is SteelPro Fabricating Steel plant.”
The facility would not have an outside run, and would house “approximately 26 dogs maximum, with a mix of large and small dogs,” Bedford said.
His supporting documents, submitted to council, state: “The proposed development is small in intensity and footprint and will be purely accessory to the existing residential dwelling and plot of land. Developing a commercial dog kennel will not require the expansion of municipal services, will not limit opportunities for agriculture or negatively impact any future development on the property or adjacent properties, and will not adversely impact the rural character of the immediate neighbourhood.”
No one spoke either in favour of or against the proposed kennel at the public meeting, and the issue is now being assessed in more detail by Thorold’s city planning staff.