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Liberty County pet-business request faces opposition at LCPC meeting
LCPC recommends approval despite neighbors' objections
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A couple’s efforts to have a pet-service business at their home was met with opposition at the Liberty Consolidated Planning Commission meeting Tuesday evening.

John and Lana Stanley filed a home-occupation request for the pet business, where the only services happening on their property would be retail sales and pet grooming. Dog training and dog sitting services would take place off-site at clients’ homes or in pet-friendly areas, such as a dog park.

LCPC Chairman Jack Shuman said there was a petition with six names supporting the business. However, a few neighbors spoke against the request. Neighbors expressed concerns over dogs barking and the business negatively impacting the value of other properties.

Despite that, planning commissioners recommended approval of the pet-business request.

In other business, a petition came before the commission to rezone three combined properties along Oglethorpe Highway, across from Parker’s gas station, on the curve in Flemington. The property owners want to rezone the area for commercial development. The area would have businesses such as a restaurant, convenience store or gas station and retail. The proposal included installing a traffic light and realigning roads to create a four-way intersection. There were concerns from neighboring businesses about water-discharge areas and the types of businesses that would go in the complex. The commmission also recommended approval of the proposal.  

The planning commission also heard updates on requests that it recently approved. A request for a second-chance home for pregnant youth was denied by the Walthourville City Council, and a request for a family burial site in Gum Branch was tabled.

To learn more about the other petitions and agenda items from this meeting, check back with and read Sunday's Coastal Courier.

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