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The dogs are OK

Paradise council approves new dog care business

By Mark Squibb | Vol. 32 No. 46 (Jan. 23, 2020)

Paradise council has approved in principle a new dog walking and daycare service, despite concerns from some local residents.

The application for the Picco Drive business was approved in principle, though it was not without some discussion first.

The doggie daycare is a discretionary use, meaning that it had to be advertised in the local newspaper, and could be approved subject to no objections.

“The matter was advertised, and the planning committee received five objections,” noted Alton Glenn, Director of Planning and Protective Services.

Council had to weigh those objections when considering the matter.

“The Planning Committee discussed the matter, and we feel that the objections can be dealt with through the plans that the applicant has in place, and approval has been recommended,” said Glenn.

Councillor Deborah Quilty asked if the objections came from residents living in close proximity to the proposed business. Glenn confirmed that they were.

“The only reason why I’m asking is because we did have some issues with another similar operation on Topsail Road, I think they actually closed up last year or maybe the year before,” said Quilty.

She added that because her iPad was down, she never had a chance to read the actual comments but was fine with it as long as the committee felt confident the objections could be dealt with.

Councillor Sterling Willis added that he was confident the committee’s accompanying recommendations, of which there were 12, would quell the residents’ concerns.

Put to a vote, the application was approved unanimously.

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