Dr. Carl Prior of the Park City Animal Clinic will start a dog and cat boarding facility at the site of the Mountain Horse Animal Clinic on Beehive Drive
Dr. Carl Prior of the Park City Animal Clinic will start a dog and cat boarding facility at the site of the Mountain Horse Animal Clinic on Beehive Drive in Silver Creek. (Park Record file photo)

A local veterinarian got the go-ahead from the Summit County Council on Wednesday for a dog and cat boarding facility in the Silver Creek area. The decision came after a local resident had appealed the county's granting of a permit for the facility.

Dr. Carl Prior, who operates 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 buildings within the Mountain Horse Medical Clinic.

Summit County resident Travis Hardman had filed an appeal regarding Community Development Director Patrick Putt's low-impact permit for the facility.

Hardman did not attend Wednesday's meeting, but Peter Player, who lives adjacent to the property, spoke in his place. Player said that many Silver Creek residents had signed a petition opposing Prior's boarding facility.

The boarding facility would accommodate a maximum of 80 dogs and 30 cats at one time, although Prior stated that a good portion of those animals will only be at the facility during the day. Under the most recent application with the county, the facility was approved for outside hours of 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Summit County planner Jennifer Strader said that during the previous public hearing, many nearby residents had concerns with the increased noise the facility would bring as well as increased traffic, use of the septic system and water quality issues. The noise, she said, would be addressed with a six-foot-tall fence, and only 10 dogs would be allowed outside at one time.

Although Strader said no significant traffic issues would be presented, Player stated that there will be more risks for pedestrians near the facility. Regarding noise, he said it is "unreasonable" to think that 80 dogs being exposed to new dogs and new smells will not make noise.

Council members were concerned about animal waste as well, questioning Prior about how it will be cleaned up. Prior stated that staff will not hose down the kennels but will "spot treat" waste as it occurs. Floor drains inside the building will be sealed, even though they lead to a holding pond and not a septic system. Outdoor animal waste will also be removed daily, Prior said.

Council member Roger Armstrong stated he wanted to make sure Prior will comply with concerns raised regarding water quality and noise, and those amendments were added into the final action.

The hours of the facility were also changed to 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and any grooming and bathing of animals was prohibited, except in emergencies.

Prior had submitted to solid waste inspections by the Summit County Health Department and Environmental Health Director Phil Bondurant said all environmental concerns had been eliminated. The Snyderville Basin Planning Commission will review the facility's adherence to the solid waste plan after one year.

Player agreed to the reduced hours dogs will be allowed outside and Prior said he is willing to work with neighbors, with whom he has met often to discuss his plans.

"At Park City Animal Clinic, we send people daily to boarding [facilities] in Heber and Kamas. I stepped up and tried to make this happen," Prior said. "I want to be a good neighbor. I enjoy being a veterinarian in Park City. I'm just trying to provide a service, something that is needed."

The dog and cat boarding facility will be located at 1005 Beehive Drive in Silver Creek.