County commission ends ongoing pet boarding zoning moratorium

At a zoning meeting on Thursday, March 24, the Palm Beach County commission voted unanimously to end an ongoing zoning moratorium that has temporarily halted accepting pet boarding applications. limited.

At a zoning meeting on Thursday, January 27, the commissioners approved conditional use applications to allow limited pet lodging at two locations in The Acreage.

The approvals were made on a 4 to 2 vote, and immediately after approving the applications, council voted 6 to 0 to place a moratorium on ongoing zoning to temporarily halt any further applications until staff of the county writes an order limiting pet boarding.

Commissioner Melissa McKinlay said the pet boarding had been the subject of several controversial emails that commissioners had received and asked staff to further research the matter and come back with recommendations.

Senior site planner Jeff Gagnon said county staff first reviewed the limited pet boarding as an accessory to primary residential use in 2013. The current code was enacted in 2017.

“We believe the existing regulations are sufficient to properly regulate use,” Gagnon said. “What we’re going to do is take a closer look at that specific use to make sure there’s not a transformation into a kennel-type use or a commercial operation.”

He said county staff will continue conversations with Palm Beach County Animal Care & Control regarding the regulations.

“We will take a closer look at these nominations as they come in,” he said. “Currently, there are 10 limited pet boarding locations in Palm Beach County. We ask that the ongoing zoning be completed at that time.

McKinlay said she met with county staff and agreed with their reasoning.

“I’m okay with that,” she said, making a motion to end the moratorium, which went 7-0.

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