Katie Thisdell reports on news from Stafford County. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 540/735-1975.
The Late Show
Last night’s Board of Supervisors meeting went beyond deadline time for today’s paper, so I thought it would only be fair to let you know that a decision was, in fact, made last night.
In a 5-2 vote, the board approved the conditional use permit for the proposed SPCA site off Andrew Chapel Road. Supervisors George Schwartz and Bob Woodson dissented.
It wasn’t a total success for property owner Bill Hoyt, however. The approved motion was a compromise devised in large part by Supervisor Cord Sterling. Basically, the SPCA must abide by all the conditions set forth in the original CUP, but will only be able to operate in their "phase1" capacity.
What does that mean? Well, a lot of things, but it basically reduces the potential size and impact of the SPCA. The facility will be confined to the existing structure (the old nursing home) and will be limited to 15 dogs and 40 cats. It does allow for a dog park, but not the (approx.) 140-dog kennels Hoyt originally envisioned.
In addition, staff was directed to look for 30 acres of county land that might be used to expand the SPCA in the future.
There wasn’t much crowd reaction after the vote. Maybe that’s the sign of a good compromise. Or maybe exhaustion.