Kennel seeks to expand business

County has questions about Camp Yuppie Puppy's plans

December 31, 2006|By DAVID P. GREISMAN | DAVID P. GREISMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A Uniontown dog kennel still has a few more hoops to jump through before getting approval to expand its business to handle up to 200 canines.

Earlier this month, the Carroll County Planning and Zoning Commission raised questions about Camp Yuppie Puppy's request to construct a kennel in the 3400 block of Uniontown Road, where the dog boarding and grooming business has operated since 1994.

County officials told kennel co-owner William Quinn that he would need to provide more details about the project and account for discrepancies between plans he supplied to the commission recently and those presented in 2004 to the county Board of Zoning Appeals.

"He is going to need to work with us as far as arriving at a plan that we believe the planning commission will be comfortable with approving," said Neil Ridgely, the county development and planning policy coordinator. "My concern was that the Board of Zoning Appeals was shown one thing, and we were seeing something quite different on the site plan."

Camp Yuppie Puppy offers a plush getaway for up to 20 dogs to eat and sleep in individual climate-controlled enclosures or to burn off energy in private indoor and outdoor runs.

Pet owners leave their dogs for an average stay of five to six days, Quinn said. The kennel also offers a day care program and grooming services. Day care costs per day run between $18-$24, depending on the size of the dog.

The zoning appeals board approved the kennel's expansion plans two years ago, but limited the hours when dogs can be picked up and dropped off and mandated the use of double doors to prevent animal escapes. The board also required the owners to have trees screen the kennel operation, to use nonintrusive outdoor lighting and to abate the noise of the building's heating and air conditioning.

The plans recently submitted to the planning and zoning commission include the features required by the appeals board, but there are significant changes from what the zoning appeals board reviewed two years ago in the building's design and in the location of an outdoor exercise area, Ridgely said. The recently submitted plan, for instance, shows a two-story kennel, unlike the barn-like structure shown at hearings in 2004.

Both Quinn and his wife Brenda, the other co-owner, said they have altered the building design to get a structure that meets their business needs more. They said they are working with a new architect, and hope to submit new, detailed design plans soon.

"The architectural plan is probably within a month from being finalized," Brenda Quinn said. "They are still doing some elevation studies, which could change the exterior somewhat."

The county's development coordinator said that the site plan must include details such as the material and colors of the building, the type of exterior lighting and proof that the kennel expansion has health department approval. At the hearing earlier this month, Quinn said the county health department had authorized the kennel for 160 dogs. A Health Department supervisor said final approval is pending a plan for stormwater management.

"I think Mr. Quinn and his engineer will connect with us, and we will have a substantial discussion about what the building will look like in detail," Ridgely said.

Three people who have houses or property near the current Camp Yuppie Puppy location expressed concerns to the commission about the project, mainly over noise from the dogs barking.

"It is a very quiet community in Uniontown," Randy Kegel said at the hearing. Kegel lives on Trevanion Road. "[My] concern is that the exercise area, which is outdoors where the dog-barking would carry, be addressed."

A fourth person -- the chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission for Uniontown -- said her group was concerned about the visual impact of the two-story building included in the designs. A one-story building, she said, would be a better fit.

William Quinn said that noise would not be an issue, as all the dogs' runs would be contained within the building, which has soundproofing. The outdoor play area, he said, would not have that many dogs in it at one time.

"I think neighbors normally have concerns," Quinn said. "The technology is such today that they really should not be inconvenienced or bothered by it."

The proposed expansion would make Camp Yuppie Puppy larger than most of the approximately nine commercial kennels in the county. Shady Spring Board Kennels and Camp for Dogs boards as many as 250 dogs in their Woodbine location.

Brenda Quinn said the need for a new, bigger building arose from an inability to meet customer demand.

"During prime times -- which would be summertime, holidays -- we have unfortunately had the need to turn away a large number of potential clients due to the size of our kennel," she said.

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