A group that was planning to build a dog adoption center in Conoy Township has withdrawn its land development plan, but a spokeswoman said the group plans to build elsewhere in the township.
“Almost Home has withdrawn the land development plan for the parcel that sits near the intersection of Route 441 and Scuba Drive,” spokeswoman Nell McCormack Abom said in reply to an inquiry from the Advocate. “Almost Home is evaluating other site opportunities in Conoy Township. It is still the board’s plan to locate the Dog Adoption Center in the township and to become a loving, safe, temporary home for dogs that have been surrendered by their owners in Lancaster County. We look forward to being wonderful neighbors in the community.”
Neighbors of the property where Almost Home Dog Adoption planned to build had objected to the plan, saying they were concerned about noise from barking dogs. The group had said its plans were designed to prevent that from happening and that the group would be a good neighbor. A spokeswoman had said the center, to house up to 56 dogs, would be constructed to reduce noise by incorporating block walls, glass-enclosed rooms and soft lighting, creating a retreat-like environment for the dogs. Also, dogs would not be outside without supervision.
Township Solicitor Matthew Creme told supervisors at their meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8, that the group would need to start all over if it wants to resume its plans.
The township planning commission had voted Dec. 5 to recommend approval of the plans for the Almost Home Dog Adoption Center proposed for 2037 River Road, Bainbridge. Township supervisors were initially set to vote on the plan at their Dec. 14 meeting, but that was postponed until the Feb. 8 meeting. At the Feb. 8 meeting, the township noted that it had gotten a Feb. 2 letter from Almost Home Dog Adoption withdrawing its plan.
In other business at the Feb. 8 meeting, township supervisors voted unanimously to pay $750 to the Bainbridge Band to a performance of patriotic music in Conoy Park West on Sunday, June 24. Supervisors also voted unanimously to approve a Sewage Planning Module Resolution that notes that lots being subdivided from a farm on Donegal Springs Road will be served by on-lot septic systems since there is no public sewer serving the area.
Supervisors Chairman Stephen Mohr said the township road crew has been kept busy with things like replacing road signs that were knocked down and clearing debris from accidents.
“For the last month, it’s been winter maintenance,” Mohr said.