CHATHAM, Va. — During its regular meeting session Tuesday night, the Pittsylvania County Planning Commission voted to deny a special use permit for a dog kennel.
At the meeting, Patricia Barker applied for this permit for a dog grooming and boarding business she hoped to start from her property.
“I just quit a 16 year job hoping to groom and herd dogs,” she said.
Her property sits on an acre of land and she has also purchased an additional four acres which would enable her to run this business. However, concerned neighbors expressed their disapproval of the kennel, noting that it would add traffic to the residential area, increase dog noise and could depreciate the value of their property.
Barker noted that when she stood on her four acres of land, she couldn’t see the other homes, and the business would affect her neighbors very little.
“When I go to this earth, I don’t see anyone,” she said. “It’s like total isolation.”
Given community concerns and unclear regulations regarding permit application, the commission did not recommend the kennel for approval.
Other agenda items that were recommended for approval include a special use permit for recreational use and an event location for Danville Gentry Farm, LLC, and four property rezoning applications.