A local veterinarian got the go-ahead from Summit County Council on Wednesday for a dog and cat boarding facility in the Silver Creek area. The decision came after a local resident appealed the county’s granting of a permit for the facility.
Dr. Carl Prior, who operates the Park City Animal Clinic in Prospector, received a permit from the county in March to add a pet boarding facility to one of the existing Mountain Horse Medical Clinic buildings.
Summit County resident Travis Hardman had filed an appeal regarding Community Development Manager Patrick Putt’s low-impact permit for the facility.
Hardman did not attend Wednesday’s meeting, but Peter Player, who lives next door to the property, spoke on his behalf. Player said many Silver Creek residents had signed a petition opposing Prior’s boarding school.
The boarding facility could accommodate a maximum of 80 dogs and 30 cats at a time, although Prior said a good portion of those animals will only be at the facility during the day. As part of the county’s most recent application, the facility was approved for outdoor hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Summit County Planner Jennifer Strader said at the previous public hearing, many nearby residents were concerned about the increased noise the facility would bring as well as increased traffic, septic tank usage and water quality issues. The noise, she said, would be dealt with with a six-foot-tall fence, and only 10 dogs would be allowed out at a time.
While Strader said no significant traffic issues would be presented, Player said there would be more risk to pedestrians near the facility. On noise, he said it’s “unreasonable” to think that 80 dogs exposed to new dogs and new smells won’t make noise.
Council members were also concerned about animal waste, asking Prior about how it will be cleaned up. Prior said staff will not hose down the kennels but will “deal locally” with waste as it arises. Floor drains inside the building will be sealed, even if they lead to a catch basin and not a septic tank. Outdoor animal waste will also be disposed of daily, Prior said.
Council member Roger Armstrong said he wanted to make sure Prior would comply with concerns raised about water quality and noise, and those changes were added to the final action.
The establishment’s hours have also been changed to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and all grooming and bathing of animals has been prohibited, except in an emergency.
Prior had been subject to solid waste inspections by the Summit County Health Department and Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant said all environmental concerns had been ruled out. The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will review the facility’s compliance with the solid waste management plan after one year.
The player agreed to the reduced hours that dogs will be allowed outside and Prior said he was willing to work with neighbours, whom he met often to discuss his plans.
“At the Park City Animal Clinic, we send people to boarding daily [facilities] in Heber and Kamas. I stepped in and tried to make it happen,” Prior said. “I want to be a good neighbor. I love being a veterinarian in Park City. I’m just trying to provide a service, something that’s needed.”
The boarding house for dogs and cats will be located at 1005 Beehive Drive in Silver Creek.