August 28, 2013 Edition

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WR Council adopts ordinance
to regulate animal businesses

Gloria Wilkerson
Staff Writer

If an animal hospital, veterinary clinic, professional kennel or any other animal-related business wants to open a business in Walnut Ridge, or if an existing business wants to move to a new location within city limits, the city now has an updated ordinance that sets up guidelines for them.

At a special meeting on Tuesday, aldermen adopted an ordinance that requires individuals or entities to apply for a conditional use permit for property zoned C-3 in the city for animal-related businesses. Fire Chief Frank Owens told the council that the previous ordinance did not have the guidelines he needs pertaining to animal businesses within the city limits.

Applicants will be obligated to publish a notice in the local newspaper for two consecutive weeks giving notice of the time and place where his/her application will be heard before the Walnut Ridge Planning Commission. Additionally notice shall be posted at the location of the property listed in the application for two consecutive weeks before the hearing.

The new ordinance will give the city's planning commission the authority to limit the amount of animals a business can have at one time, as well as assist them with other issues that may arise in connection with animal-related businesses.

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