Wake County

County board OKs dog day care facility that neighbors opposed

Wake County gave the go-ahead for a dog day care center to open near North Raleigh, despite pleas from neighbors who expressed concerns about noise, traffic, public health and property values.

The county’s Board of Adjustment, which can approve or deny special-use requests for projects, voted Tuesday in favor of the facility, which would be built at 11021 Six Forks Road to accommodate up to 70 dogs.

The board voted unanimously to approve the facility based on the evidence presentedg, which met the proper criteria, said Adam Cook, a spokesman for the Wake County Planning Department.

About 30 people attended the meeting to oppose the project, which is proposed for a suburban area north of Interstate 540. A handful of others spoke in favor of it.

“It’s going to greatly affect my property value and marketability of my home,” said Sandi Baker, who lives on Martindale Drive. “We all know that there are many factors that will sometimes cause buyers to not even view your home when it’s for sale, and I believe that this is one of those.”

Baker created an online petition on change.org that had more than 330 signatures by Tuesday afternoon.

“It is our collective opinion that the proposed dog kennel at this location would adversely affect the public health, safety and welfare of the surrounding properties and the general public as well,” the petition says.

“The proposed use of the property will have widespread negative effects on this residential area including: increased traffic on a heavily used roadway and road safety due to the location of the proposed driveways and the increase in turning movements into the proposed kennel at a difficult location on Six Forks Road.”

The nearly 8,000-square-foot facility would include an outdoor play area surrounded by a solid masonry wall and a vegetative buffer, said Cayce Connell, who requested a special-use permit for the business. On nice-weather days, dogs would be allowed outside between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Dogs could stay overnight, Connell said, but the facility would mostly cater to people who drop off their pets during the day.

Connell, who works for Perennial Mortgage Group in Raleigh, said there’s “a lot of misinformation” about the facility.

“The intent is to offer residents another opportunity that’s not available,” she said in an interview. “It is meant to enhance the corridor.”

According to the online petition, there are five businesses within a five-mile radius that offer dog-boarding services.

Connell said some steps need to be taken before construction can begin, including stormwater permits. Finances are also an issue, she said.

“I’m not in any rush,” Connell said. “It’s a big step, and there’s still a lot of due diligence to be done on my part.”

Madison Iszler: 919-836-4952; @madisoniszler