By Chris Frost
Oxnard—The City Council approved planning and zoning permit 18-500-11, a special-use permit, subject to certain findings and commissions for a doggie daycare facility at 481-491 Ventura Boulevard.
The location is the future home to Doggin' Around, currently located in Ventura, but moving to Oxnard.
Community Development Director Jeffrey Lambert said the site has to be approved by the city council and can't be handled by city staff.
"Because of the way the zoning works in this area, it's not specifically listed as a permanent use, and the zoning doesn't give me the authority to say that it's close enough to something else that's permitted that we can do it at the staff level," he said. "It has to come to the council."
Contract Planner Veronica Ortiz-De Anda said the proposal means demolishing three existing residential homes and approving the construction of a 7,059 square foot, two-story dog boarding facility with indoor and outdoor play areas.
"There will be an overnight caretaker residence on the second floor, and it will be about 996 square feet," she said. "There would be new parking and landscaping improvements and some right-of-way improvements."
The project site contains two lots and combined will create a .9-acre location.
"The facility will serve up to 100 dogs and the business hours will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday through Friday," she said. "It will be from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on the weekends."
The general plan designation for the property is general commercial, she said, and the zoning designation is general commercial planned development.
Ortiz-De Anda reviewed the site plan for the property which had to be moved back so it would clear the flood line.
"The site plan shows the primary location of the outdoor dog areas would be in the rear and on the side next to commercial land uses," she said. "There will be no outdoor dog areas on the residential land use area; however, there are residential land uses behind the site."
The property will have two driveways, new parking plus landscaping improvements.
"Among the improvements proposed will be a new sidewalk along Ventura Boulevard and Cortez Street," she said. "The public right of way on Ventura Boulevard will be widened as well."
She said the proposed facility would be an insulated metal building.
"There was a noise study that concluded that the predicted operational noise levels during the day are within the allowed noise levels," she said. "The project complies with the city's noise ordinance."
The project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act and considered an infill development.
"There was a community workshop held on Nov. 19, 2018, and no comments or opposition were received," she said. "There were two inquiries received after the workshop, one of them to inquire about the project's scope and the other one asked what the elevations would be."
The applicant submitted the project at the Rio Municipal Advisory Committee, Jan. 17, 2019, and recommended approval.
"On March 21, 2019, the Planning Commission 6-0 with one commissioner absent to approve the project and added two conditions of approval and said the project complies with the planter width of 10 feet," she said. "The applicant agreed to comply with the width and agreed to have a sign outside the business with contact information for the business owner."
Councilman Oscar Madrigal said he is okay with the project but wanted to know if they approved another dog facility.
Ortiz-De Anda said they also approved another dog facility down the street.
Mayor Pro Tem Carmen Ramirez wanted to know if the facility will offer day and night care.
"I have two dogs, and I always worry that they are going to bother my neighbors because they bark," she said.
Ortiz-DeAnda said the noise study does not address the noise inside the building but does take into account the outside dock areas.
Doggin' Around Business Partner Jennifer Greiman said Ramirez asked a good question about what 100 dogs that bark sounds like.
"The plan is to not have dogs outside after closing hours, and it is an insulated facility, so we don't anticipate a lot of noise," Greiman said. "I have talked to our neighbors in that surrounding area, and if they have any issues, I've encouraged them to call."
Dogs settle in at night, she said, and the facility will have two caretakers onsite 24 hours a day.
"If one has a little problem settling in, they can manage it," she said. "They're not free to bark all night."
Councilman Bryan MacDonald said he likes the idea and concept.
Councilman Bert Perello asked if the insulation will include the roof.
Jeff Zook from Coastal Architects said the building would be insulated above title 24 requirements which is R13 in the walls.
"I'm very aware of what you're talking about Councilman Perello," Zook said. "We've specified a solid six-inch panel that from the slab to beyond the roof level."
Mayor Tim Flynn said it is a great addition to the city in an area that needs redevelopment.
451 West Fifth Street
Oxnard, California 93030
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Oxnard, CA 93036
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