Zoning request for Indian Land shelter denied

joverman@fortmilltimes.comOctober 9, 2012 

— A Barberville Road property owner was denied a rezoning request by the Lancaster County Council, killing her hope of opening a thrift shop and dog shelter on the site.

Neighboring property owners spoke out against the rezoning at the council meeting Monday night, saying the proposed rezoning from residential to business was inappropriate for the largely residential area.

“If you vote to approve this zoning change it will negatively impact the neighbors across the street and will create a domino effect for the entire area and we’re going to wind up with a mismatch of zoning down there like we've seen on [Hwy.] 521,” resident Jack Patterson said.

Larry McCullough, Indian Land’s representative on the council, said several weeks ago that he was in favor of the rezoning. At the council meeting, however, he voted against it.

While he said he supports an animal shelter on the property, he also said he does not believe any property in Indian Land should be rezoned to a business class until changes are made to make the county’s zoning distinctions more specific.

“The question on the table is should we turn that property into B2, and over the past years I have not supported any B2 or B3 in the Indian Land area. Until those definitions change I continue to not support any B1, B2 or B3 in the Indian land area."

Council members Cotton Cole and Charlene McGriff both said they support a dog shelter, but not at that location.

“My decision has to go with the people in the community. The fact of the matter is, would you want it next to your house? Do we listen to the people in the neighborhood or the people who come and go into the neighbor hood?” McGriff said.

Austin Zobel, a ninth grader from Waxhaw, N.C., was one of more than 15 people that spoke in favor of the rezoning. He volunteers with Paws in the Panhandle at its thrift shop in Zimmer Business Park in Indian Land and at monthly yard sales.

“When we get a shelter built we won't only be saving the lives of dogs, we will be helping people like me. Kids sit inside, watch TV and do nothing all day, and this is a volunteer opportunity. Rezoning and allowing this shelter to be built will help more people be able to volunteer,” Zobel said.

The council voted unanimously to deny the rezoning request.

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