Fairfield Plan & Zoning Commission denies veterinary hospital and dog boarding facility

The commission unanimously voted down the proposal at its meeting Tuesday night.

Apr 26, 2023, 11:22 AM

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Fairfield's Plan and Zoning Commission has denied plans to bring a veterinary hospital and dog boarding facility to town.
The commission unanimously voted down the proposal at its meeting Tuesday night.
As News 12 previously reported, the owner of Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel in Stamford applied to open another location at a vacant property at 2269 Post Road in Fairfield.
Residents who live nearby told News 12 they feared the business would bring noise and an odor to the area. They were also concerned the town would change zoning regulations to allow kennels to operate next to residential zones in order to accommodate the business.
The Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel owner said he hired sound engineers and architects to make the facility as quiet as possible. He also adjusted his plans multiple times, including removing outdoor play. Instead, there would be a small outdoor area where one dog on a leash at a time would use the bathroom.
In a statement sent to News 12, the Alliance to Preserve Peaceful Fairfield Neighborhoods Steering Committee said:
"We're extremely pleased and gratified that the Fairfield Town Planning and Zoning Commission voted no tonight, citing our legal arguments, expert acoustic and public health risk documentation, and testimony about the quality of life disruption. As a result of the unanimous vote, zoning protection against dog kennels abutting residential neighborhoods will remain in place all over Fairfield. We're especially grateful to the 1,000+ residents who signed our petition, testified at hearings and wrote letters and emails to TPZ opposing the two measures. As was stated at tonight's hearing, this is the way the process should work. We wish Spot On well in their search for property better suited than 2269 Post Road. We will also remain engaged with the Town's POCD update process so we can make sure residential neighborhoods continue to be protected from development that does not align with the character of the wonderful residential neighborhoods throughout Fairfield."
It's unclear if the Spot On Veterinary Hospital & Hotel owner will appeal the commission's decision.
News 12 reached out to Spot On's Stamford location for comment and is waiting to hear back from the owner.   


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