No verdict yet on Frederick dog boarding kennel

Posted: May 15, 2014

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — A request for a conditional-use permit that would allow for a dog-boarding kennel in western Frederick County was postponed Wednesday night.

The county’s Board of Supervisors was unable to reach a consensus on the request from Jessica Neff that would allow a kennel to be constructed and operated at 461 Laurel Grove Road.

The board previously voted to postpone the action at its April 23 meeting and had to delay action Wednesday because of a 3-3 vote on whether or not to approve the permit. Supervisor Christopher Collins was absent, leaving the seven-person board with six voting members.

Chairman Richard Shickle and supervisors Gary Lofton and Gene Fisher voted for the permit — which was unanimously amended before the vote to allow for no more than 20 dogs at the kennel — while Vice-Chairman Charles DeHaven Jr. and supervisors Robert “Bob” Hess and Robert Wells voted against.

The board then had a tied vote to deny the permit.

Lofton — who represents the Back Creek Magisterial District, where the kennel would be located — said during the meeting that research of other kennels in Frederick County and nearby localities had produced no compelling evidence to deny the permit.

While neighboring property owners to where the kennel would be located raised concerns Wednesday — and previously — about the noise, traffic and smells the facility could generate, in addition to potential devaluation of their homes, Lofton said he had found little or no basis for the concerns when looking at the other kennels.

The board will take up the permit request at its June 26 meeting.

Also on Wednesday, the supervisors:

Reappointed William H. Cline to the Extension Leadership Council.

Reappointed Randy Carter to the Parks and Recreation Commission.

Reappointed Kevin W. Kenney to the Board of Building Appeals.

Reappointed Kris C. Tierney, Gary A. Lofton, Robert A. “Bob” Hess, Paige Manuel, Roger L. Thomas and John Lamanna to the Development Impact Model Committee.

Reappointed Dana Bowman to the Community Policy and Management Team.

Reappointed Pamela K. Keeler to the Lord Fairfax Emergency Medical Services Council.

Reappointed Gene E. Fisher to the Winchester Regional Airport Authority.

Voted 6-0 to approve the outdoor festival permit request of Sarah Fromme for the Teens Inc. Boots and Bluegrass Festival. The event will be from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on June 20 at 2122 North Frederick Pike (U.S. 522).

Voted 6-0 to keep supervisors’ annual salaries at the current level of $10,800 for the board chairman, $10,200 for the vice-chairman and $9,000 for all other members.

Voted 6-0 to adopt both the 2014-2015 Frederick County Primary and Interstate Road Improvement Plans and the Secondary Road Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2020.

— Contact Matt Armstrong at marmstrong@winchesterstar.com