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Upcoming hearing about Animal Control building expansion

The planning process for the expansion of the Summit County Animal Control building is quickly moving forward, bringing the project closer to fruition.

The East Side Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Thursday on the conditional-use permit that was filed with the Summit County Planning Department last month. The hearing will be at 6 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the County Courthouse in Coalville.

If and when the permit is approved by the East Side Planning Commission, the project can go up for bidding.

Animal control director Brian Bellamy has said he’d like to see the expansion complete by the end of the year. Bellamy has engaged and is working with the design firm EDA Architects, in Salt Lake City, on the project.

The Summit County Council met with Bellamy last month to discuss design concepts for the approximately 2,056-square-feet expansion to the existing building on 1745 Hoytsville Road. The building sits on a seven-acre lot and has not been updated since it was built about 25 years ago.

The expansion area would accommodate additional office space, a kitchen, more kennels, food storage, a quarantine area and an exterior dog run. It would be placed on the rear of the building and wrap around the south to the front, according to a Planning Department staff report.

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The renovations will provide secure holding spaces for dogs, a recreation area for cats and a much-needed quarantine area, among other improvements that will nearly double the facility from its current size of 2,853 feet.

One of the only significant conditions of approval staff that is suggesting stipulates the exterior dog run will only be used during regular business hours and when an employee is on site. It won’t be used between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.

For more information about the expansion and the conditional-use permit application, view the Planning Department staff report at http://summitcounty.org/DocumentCenter/View/2182