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Hall Planning Commission recommends approval of pet spa expansion
Hall County Government Center

The Hall County Planning Commission recommended approving a rezoning plan for a South Hall pet spa to build a new facility to expand its current operation, as long as the number of the boarded animals does not go above 20.

The recommendation will now go to the Hall County Board of Commissioners for a final decision Feb. 22.

Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting

What: Final action on planning commission recommendation on pet spa

When: 6 p.m. Feb. 22

Where: Hall County Government Center, 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville

The application up for discussion was to rezone a 1.185-acre tract of land on Friendship Road from agricultural-residential to highway business.

Kristi and Dane Robertson, who operate Puppy Love Pet Spa in Buford, told the commission about the cyclical and fluctuating nature of the pet care industry.

“Everybody wants their dogs groomed for Christmas,” Kristi Robertson said. “Around April, or when the weather starts warming up, everybody wants their dog shaved down for the warmer weather.”

The same can be said for the demand for boarding, as families take vacations in late spring as well as the November and December holiday season.

Members of the commission focused many of their questions on how many animals would be boarded or kenneled.

The Robertsons said there is not a huge demand at the moment for boarding, but this could change.

The proposal detailed a 10,000-square-foot retail building on the east side of Friendship Road, where they currently expect eight to 10 dogs per day for day care and six to eight dogs daily for grooming.

No outdoor pens were proposed, and the Robertsons explained a plan for a climate-controlled indoor facility that would also abate any noise complaints.

“When we planned this, I tried to think of the environment that I would want my dog in if my dog would go into day care or being groomed or being boarded overnight,” Kristi Robertson said.

If the demand for boarding grew over time, the Robertsons said they may consider hiring extra staff.

Planning commissioner Chris Braswell called the motion to approve with the staff’s recommendations and “that the maximum number of dogs to be held or kenneled at any one time would be 20.” The rest of the commission voted in favor of the plan.