The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners has approved with conditions a special-use permit allowing a couple to operate a pet boarding facility for about 40 dogs and eight cats southeast of Holly Springs.
Marilyn and Scott Irvin had requested the special use for an existing, 3,500-square-foot horse barn on their 15.1-acre property at 504 S. Holly Springs Road. The kennel would operate on an appointment-only basis.
The Planning Commission recommended approval with conditions including the applicant obtaining a kennel license from the Georgia Department of Agriculture; fully fenced outdoor play areas at least 75 feet from the property line; and a 5-foot-tall berm with 6-foot Leyland cypress or similar plantings on the north and west side of the fenced area as a noise and visual buffer.
Other conditions included all outdoor activities restricted to 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; no more than eight dogs walked outside at a time; noise reduction panels installed inside the kennel; and doors and windows kept closed to keep noise confined to the building.