A potential dog and cat boarding facility at the Mountain Horse Small Animal Clinic faces opposition by many Silver Creek residents, who say it will
A potential dog and cat boarding facility at the Mountain Horse Small Animal Clinic faces opposition by many Silver Creek residents, who say it will increase noise and odors. (Park Record file photo)

A proposed dog and cat boarding facility in Silver Creek faced opposition from members of the public during last Tuesday's Snyderville Basin Planning Commission meeting. The kennel would be located on the site of the Mountain Horse Small Animal Clinic.

Dr. Carl Prior of the Park City Animal Clinic is the new owner of the property and said the pet boarding facility would house up to 60 animals at one time. An equine surgery center would also be added to the site.

Because the previous owner of the property was granted a rezone and a conditional use permit to build an equine surgery center in 2005, that use was already approved. A low-impact permit for the pet boarding center is required, however, and public input was accepted last Tuesday.

Peter Player, a Silver Creek resident who lives adjacent to the Mountain Horse Clinic, said he was "totally upset with the way [the Planning Commission] handled" the public hearing.

Player said he was concerned that the Planning Commission was not taking residents' concerns seriously, especially that the use would intensify noise levels or odors.

Regarding one of the proposed functions at the facility, a clear overhead tube where cats could walk above an area for dogs, Player said it would cause dogs to bark more often.

Robert Olson, the new Chairman for the Service Area 3 Board of Trustees in Silver Creek, was also present said there were about 60 Silver Creek residents there to voice their opposition to the pet boarding facility.

"The low-impact permit was inappropriately applied in this situation," Olson said. "Residents said noise and odors would come from this facility, but the Planning Commission said they couldn't apply feelings [into their decision], only facts."

Olson added that the facility would create an increase in traffic on Beehive Drive, leading to more problems. He said Service Area 3's main well is only 600 feet from the site and is not sure if the facility's septic system is adequate enough to handle washing down animal waste.

"The ground water will eventually take effluent materials towards the direction of our well. We're concerned about that," Olson said.

Dr. Prior previously said he wants to bring in Dr. Sam Hendrix, an equine veterinarian, to the equine surgery center. Hendrix, who currently lives in Colorado, completed a three-year residency at Colorado State University, specializing in equine surgery and lameness.

The low-impact permit for the dog and cat boarding facility will undergo a final review by the Planning Commission during its next meeting. Summit County planner Jennifer Strader said it has not been scheduled yet, but she expects it to be discussed at the Tuesday, Jan. 28, meeting.