The township's Planning Commission has approved a special land use request by Barbara Klop of 17891 Hickory St., on the west side of the township. If she receives approval from the Ottawa County Health Department, Klop said she would construct a 48-by-30-foot building with 26 cages for dogs.
The building would also house a cat room, Klop said. There are no plans for outdoor runs or on-site grooming at the 22-acre site.
“I'm going to retire in a couple of years and this is what I'd like to do (after retirement),” Klop said. “The property has been in my family and I've been around animals my whole life.”
Klop said she currently has horses on the land.
Although they unanimously approved the request, planning commissioners did place a condition on it — the property cannot be subdivided into smaller parcels.
Planning Commission Chairman David Rumpel said he didn't see any problems with the kennel plan.
“It's a very nice location and very private,” he said. “I don't see any red flags.”