Kenwood Press


Serving the communities of Kenwood, Glen Ellen and Oakmont

email print
News: 02/15/2013

Kennel proposal back at the BZA





After almost a year, the Meadows Kennel off of Sonoma Hwy. across from Oakmont, is back in front of the county’s Board of Zoning Adjustments with a revised expansion proposal.

Last time around, a proposal for taking care of up to 50 dogs on the corner property at 6445 Sonoma Hwy. attracted lots of input, both pro and con. There were a number of objections about potential noise and traffic safety problems, some from Oakmonters living across the highway and many from neighbors who live on the rural road that passes by the kennel. Many of the neighbors noted that there was another dog kennel already on the road.

At last year’s BZA hearing, commissioners asked Meadows Kennel owner Heidi Niemann to tweak her proposal and get more information regarding traffic, as well more details about how noise would be addressed in the proposed 1,500 square foot new kennel building.

Neimann now has a revised proposal and will appear in front of the BZA on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2 p.m., in the Permit and Resource Management Department hearing room, 2550 Ventura Ave., Santa Rosa.

According to the public hearing notice, the new use permit request is for a two-phased project, eventually resulting in a new kennel (the same as proposed earlier), and boarding and doggie daycare for up to 35 dogs on site at any one time.

The kennel would open for pick-up and drop-off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; and 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

When the facility is in full operation, up to five full-time and two part-time employees would be allowed.

After the 2012 BZA hearing, additional traffic and noise studies were conducted.

To minimize noise at the site, according to the updated acoustical report, Niemann has agreed to not have any dogs outside between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m., have no more than 20 dogs outdoors at any time, keep all doors and windows of existing and new kennel buildings closed at all times (except for entry and exit), and that building materials for the new kennel be chosen to enhance noise control.

The supplemental noise report also concluded that even with the proposed kennel in full operation, the “noise environment” in the area would be dominated by vehicle traffic sound on Sonoma Hwy.

A supplemental traffic study was also conducted, which determined, in part, that the kennel expansion would have a “negligible” impact on a.m. and p.m. peak hour traffic in the area, that stopping sight distances in both directions of Sonoma Hwy. in the area of the kennel’s road were adequate, and that collision history in the immediate area, “does not indicate an immediate concern at this intersection.”



Recently Published:

04/15/2017 - Take out the broom – now!
04/15/2017 - SVCAC to review latest VJB plans
04/15/2017 - Kenwood’s got talent, lots of talent!
04/15/2017 - Kittens discovered, first adult male mountain lion collared for study
04/15/2017 - Earth Day activities
04/15/2017 - Firefighters offer educational scholarships
04/15/2017 - GE post office getting a facelift
04/15/2017 - BZA to consider Warm Springs Road cell tower facility
04/15/2017 - OVA election recount; new pickleball courts may be doomed
04/15/2017 - Gas tax, fees will boost road repairs statewide
04/15/2017 - GE Fire Dept. taking a step into the future
04/15/2017 - Public input sought for North Sonoma Mountain Master Plan
04/15/2017 - Gorin seeks locals for committees
04/01/2017 - Line up for local Easter Egg Hunts
04/01/2017 - Ecology Center angling to improve creek flows

Community Calendar

Forest therapy – a doctor’s perspective
04/24/2017
more...
Learn about historic bridges, roads of Glen Ellen
04/24/2017
more...
Executive Women’s Golf Association plays 9 holes
04/26/2017
more...
Counter-terrorism strategy to be discussed at SIR #53
04/26/2017
more...
Guided planet hike
04/29/2017
more...
‘Headwaters to Headwaters’ hike
04/29/2017
more...
Bouverie walk
04/29/2017
more...
Oakmont Sunday Symposium
04/30/2017
more...
Ranch Readiness Day at the fairgrounds
04/30/2017
more...
Executive Women’s Golf Association plays 9 holes
05/03/2017
more...
Oakmont Car Show
06/27/2017
more...