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Letter: DeKalb County Board should allow B & C Kennels to expand capacity

To the Editor:

On Wednesday, the DeKalb County Board is scheduled to vote on amending the 2010 special use ordinance regarding B & C Kennels. The amendment asks to increase the maximum capacity of dogs at the kennel from 40 to 100.  

I urge the County Board to approve this amendment.

The proposed use meets all requirements for the land use as stated in the DeKalb County zoning ordinance’s Special Use Permit Procedures.

Opponents make issue that B & C Kennels “violated” its Special Use Ordinance as issued. That terminology is incorrect.

“Violation” or “punishment” are not terms used when discussing land-use matters. The correct land-use terminology is “operating outside the parameters of their current special use ordinance.”

DeKalb County’s long-established policy has been to allow the situation to be remedied when a violation is discovered. B & C Kennels is not the only business found in this situation. As such, it should not be treated any differently than any other business in this county that is found operating outside the parameters of its special use ordinance.

This is a land-use issue – not a moral issue or an animal welfare issue, as the opposition would like to characterize it. Whether you like dogs or cats or prefer to adopt a pet from a shelter versus buying one from a breeder is irrelevant.

Land-use decisions are based on whether the proposed use meets the standards set forth by the local ordinance. By evaluating the proposed use against the special use ordinance criteria that the decision to grant or deny is to be made.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Everyone is not entitled to their own set of facts. Opponents have done an artful job of spinning alternative facts to support their viewpoint that this is a moral issue.

Whether the amendment is granted is not a moral issue; it is a decision based on a factual analysis. The owners of B & C Kennels have provided solid, factual information that meets each of the standards set forth in the special use zoning ordinance.

This land use promotes the general welfare, public health and safety of the community. The amendment to B & C Kennels special use ordinance should be granted. It is now incumbent upon County Board members to perform their legally required duty and vote to allow this amendment as requested.

Diane E. Elliott

DeKalb

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