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Kennel plans receive county OK, await approval from town board

A proposal for a profit-making dog kennel in the Town of Lockport has received the approval of Niagara County planners, but it has yet to come before the town Planning Board.

The plan, submitted by Janet Zehr of Newfane, envisions a 36-unit kennel on a 4.47-acre lot on Robinson Road, opposite the intersection with East Canal Road.

A second phase would include a veterinary clinic in a second building, according to plans submitted to the town Building Inspection Department.

The property is zoned agricultural-residential, so a special use permit would be needed. The county Planning Board approved the idea Jan. 23.

However, the site plan is not yet submitted for town Planning Board consideration, said Brian M. Belson, the town's chief building inspector.

Zehr said she hopes it will be ready for the March agenda.

Zehr is a volunteer with Diamonds in the Ruff, one of the county's animal rescue groups.

"It's got nothing to do with non-profit organizations," she said of her plan.

A letter from Zehr to the county Planning Board said the first building to be erected will cover 5,200 square feet and include 36 individual kennel spaces.

Plans drawn last August by Glynn Geotechnical Engineers of Lockport show a half-acre animal play and training area, surrounded by a solid six-foot fence, will adjoin the kennel building.

The kennel will have 12 parking space and will be set back 75 feet from the road.

The second phase calls for a 5,200-square-foot clinic with 13 parking spaces.

Both buildings would be served by septic fields, and a quarter-acre retention pond at the back of the property would handle run-off, according to the plans.

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