A special use permit request to establish a pet daycare facility in Cherokee County was withdrawn after opposition from nearby residents and planning commissioners.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners approved a withdrawal from the applicants for the pet daycare Tuesday.

At its May public hearing meeting, the Cherokee County Planning Commission voted to recommend denial of a special use permit request from Dylan Bartlett and Puppy Play Ranch, which was looking to set up a training, boarding and daycare facility for cats and dogs at 6642 East Cherokee Drive. Area residents were strongly opposed to such a center setting up in their community, saying the smell and the noise this facility could generate would negatively affect the area.

During the work session earlier Tuesday, Cherokee County Zoning Manager Michael Chapman said the county had received a request to withdraw the special use permit application. The board had no issue with this request and approved allowing the case to be withdrawn in a unanimous vote.

Another pet business, Chestnut Hill Canine Sports, requested to withdraw a zoning appeal, but there will still be a public hearing June 15.

The county's Board of Zoning Appeals ruled Chestnut Hill Canine Sports, located at 1185 Liberty Grove Road, could retain its business license but the home business is limited to activities within the house. To hold dog sporting events outside, the business will have to apply for a special use permit. By Tuesday, a public hearing was already scheduled at the commissioners' June 15 meeting, so County Attorney Angie Davis recommended the board wait to take action until then, in case people had planned on attending.

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