The owner of a dog training business in Harrison said she will try one last time to get township approval to operate a day care and pet boarding service at her Freeport Road location.
Kim Ringer, owner of Ringer’s Pet Dog Training, will present her case to the township planning commission on Monday. She is applying for conditional use permission to house dogs at her store, 3041 Freeport Road.
“I can’t hope,” said Ringer, who has already filed several applications with the township to operate a kennel but have been denied. “I really don’t know what I will do if they refuse me.”
Ringer has owned the pet business for 25 years, which has another location on the corner of East Sixth Avenue and Rue Corbet in Taranto.
Since purchasing the Harrison building in 2015, she has intended to centralize operations. The sprawling site once housed a car dealership and homewares store. There is room for her retail and training, as well as space for daycare, she said.
Ringer outfitted the property with a 120-by-75-foot fenced-in play area at the rear of the building and a similar area inside.
“I have a buffer zone with trees, a waste disposal plan and a 6ft fence with self-locking gates,” she said. “All the neighbors I spoke to told me that they were all in agreement. I don’t understand what the problem is.
Commissioner Chuck Dizard said applications like Ringer’s require time to fully meet state code requirements for zoning and planning.
Aside from overwhelming community support, the process must go through legal channels, he said.
“I support the endorsement and find Ringer to be a valuable business venture in town,” Dizard said.
Last month, Ringer won initial approval from township commissioners to move the project forward when they voted 5-0 to rezone the property from B-1 to S-1, allowing pet daycare services. .
If the planning commission recommends the idea on Monday, Ringer will return to township commissioners at their March 28 meeting for final approval.
Commissioner Jamie Nee said she plans to review the application and weigh what is best for the township.
Commissioner Jim Erb said any business that promotes the township and brings customers to the community, or provides a needed service to residents, is “100% supportive.”
If approved by the board at the end of March, Ringer said the daycare could be operational within a week.