Residents living next to a shopping center worried about the noise and smell from a proposed veterinary clinic persuaded the City Commission to require a noise study before the commission would consider allowing the hospital to open.
The landlord had requested a variance to allow VCA Animal Hospital to open in the Riverstone Shoppes of Parkland on State Road 7. The animal hospital and kennel would have exam and surgical rooms and space for 32 dog runs, 14 dog cages and a boarding room for cats. But residents who live behind the plaza with a 35-foot buffer said they worried about their property values.
“I live in Parkland because I wanted to live in a quiet area,” said Sandra Lieberman. “I don’t want to sit outside and hear dogs barking. We want peace and quiet in the neighborhood.”
Even though clinic representatives said the staff would be using “spray treatment” to combat smells, city staff also said they worried about noise and odor.
“We recognize if the waste is adequately packaged it may not present an odor problem, but we did not have evidence that could be satisfactorily addressed,” said Michele Mellgren, planning director.
Commissioner Mark Weissman requested the city take up the issue again in October — after the clinic pays for a noise study.
“I want to satisfy the residents,” he said. “They moved in there with the understanding certain things would not be in the shopping center. I put myself in the same situation as that resident who is invested in their largest investment — their home.”
Mayor Michael Udine didn’t agree. He said the odor issue could be addressed with additional Dumpster pickups. As for barking dogs, he said, “That’s what they do.”
“I think it would be a big help for that shopping center,” he said.
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