Pair hoping to build kennel drop challenge to ruling

Mother, daughter plan to build facility in Green Spring Valley

October 17, 2001|By Gerard Shields | By Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF

A mother and daughter hoping to build a kennel in a Green Spring Valley residential area dropped their challenge yesterday to a Baltimore County ruling that would have blocked one of two plans they have put forward.

But Gretel White and her daughter, Erika Lanasa, who want to build a kennel for 50 dogs and 50 cats on their 6-acre property in the 7800 block of Greenspring Ave., said they will pursue another option, despite neighborhood opposition.

Last summer, Deputy Zoning Administrator Timothy M. Kotroco ruled against giving White and Lanasa permission to build a kennel within 200 feet of their property line, abutting the Baltimore Beltway. Development is prohibited in the area, Kotroco ruled.

White and Lanasa appealed. Yesterday, their lawyer, Matthew Azrael, asked the county Board of Appeals to hear the challenge simultaneously with one filed by kennel opponents after the mother and daughter were given permission to build on another portion of their property. When the three-member panel denied Azrael's request, he withdrew the appeal.

"I was ecstatic," said J. Carroll Holzer, an attorney hired by the neighborhood opponents. "It reinforces that a commercial kennel does not belong in a residential neighborhood."

Yesterday's ruling, however, was only half the battle.

In August, Kotroco ruled that White and Lanasa can build a kennel on their property as long as it is restricted to a 1,700-square-foot triangle in the center of the property. The opponents are appealing that ruling.

Walking out of the hearing room yesterday, Azrael declined to comment on why the appeal was dropped. But Lanasa expressed confidence that a kennel will be built on the property.

"We have an approval that is already permitted and we're going to pursue it," said Lanasa, who added that the kennel would house show dogs weighing less than 7 pounds.

In a related matter Monday night, the County Council approved a law imposing tougher restrictions on opening kennels in residential neighborhoods. Kennel opponents say they plan to use the new law to challenge the Green Spring Valley proposal.

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