Pet grooming now permitted in commercial zones
By Ginger Livingston
The Daily Reflector
Friday, September 20, 2019
Entrepreneurs who see an opportunity in pet grooming will have an easier time launching such a business in Greenville, following Tuesday's Greenville Planning and Zoning Commission meeting
The commission unanimously vote to add pet grooming to the uses allowed in the city's various commercial zones.
Previously pet grooming services were listed under the heading of "personal services not listed" and required the business owner to obtain a special-use permit from the city's board of adjustment.
Pet grooming is less intensive than other pet care businesses such as kennels because it doesn't have the volume of pets, lengthy hours of operation or overnight bordering so staff thought it appropriate to be a permitted use instead of a special use, Chief Planner Chantae Gooby said.
Planning board member Michael Overton, who is a commercial real estate broker, suggested adding pet grooming to permitted commercial uses, after he was approached by a client who wanted to open a grooming business in property he manages in the medical-general commercial district.
The planning board recused Overton from voting on the text amendment change since he brought the request to the city.
The text amendment will define a pet grooming facility as "Any premises containing four or more domesticated animals, which are five months or older, where these domestic animals are dropped off and picked up for temporary care on site related to grooming. Grooming activities include both the hygienic care and cleaning of a dog, as well as a process by which a dog’s physical appearance is enhanced for showing or other types of competition."
Standards that will be applied to the business includes limiting hours of operation from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The facility won't offer training, socialization, keeping or board, breeding or sale/rental of pets and no pet will be kept outside the structure for the purposes of grooming or holding.
The rules also will require grooming activities take place in an enclosed area if another use, such as the sale of pet products, take places within the same location.
Planning board member Brad Guth asked if neighboring commercial businesses could be negatively affected by a grooming facility because dogs may relieve themselves before entering or after leaving a grooming facility.
Overton said the grooming business owner and the property manager will make sure the area remains clean.
No speaker opposed the change and it was unanimously approved. The business will be permitted in downtown commercial, downtown commercial fringe, medical-general commercial, medical-heavy commercial, neighborhood commercial, general commercial and heavy commercial zoning districts.
Other action taken during Tuesday's meeting included:
Renaming the section of street called Farmville Boulevard to West 10th Street. The name will be applied to the stretch of road between Memorial Drive and west of Evans Street.
Planner Domini Cunningham said no residential property owners are affected by the change, which is a result of opening the 10th Street Connector, a 1.4-mile direct route between the medical district and downtown Greenville.
Cunningham said the change should make it easier to give directions and reduce possible confusion caused by the road name changing at the bridge crossing over Dickinson Avenue.
On Monday, the N.C. Department of transportation dedicated the same stretch of road in memory of former East Carolina University Chancellor Leo W. Jenkins and dedicated the bridge in memory of physician Dr. Andrew A. Best, the first African American to serve on ECU's Board of Trustees and a community leader. The dedications were honorary.
Amended the use of recording studio by renaming it "digital broadcast studio" and adding a definition, additional standards and permissible zoning districts.
Gooby said when recording studio first was added to the city's code, the facilities were associated with the use of outdoor antennas. Digital broadcasting doesn't use such equipment and can be operated in a number of settings, she said, which is why the change is needed.
Approved Happy Trail Farms' request to rezone less than an acre of property between West Arlington Boulevard and Spring Forest Road from medical-general commercial to medical-resident (high density multi-family) zoning. The change brings the land in line with the zoning of nearby property, Gooby said.
Approved a request from Liberty Free Will Baptist Church to rezone 18.5 acres located at the southeastern corner of the intersection of N.C. 43 West and Martin Luther King Jr. Highway from residential-agricultural to heavy commercial. The church sought the change because it wants to sell the property.
Approved a request by University Medical Park North to rezone 1.13 acres located along the western right-of-way of Moye Boulevard and north of West Fifth Street from medical-office to general commercial.
All of Tuesday's votes were unanimous.