On December 12, 2016, Elissa Levan was copied on an ordinance proposed by the city of Westminster’s Director of Planning, Bill Mackey. Throughout this proposal, Mackey discussed the potential of amending Chapter 164, “Zoning,” to allow for a new specialty site, Indoor Dog Training and Event Facility.

By approving this motion, the council would also permit an exception to the I-R Restricted Industrial Zone. However, at the time, there were no known standards for the design and execution of such facilities. Therefore, the applicant did not include such information in their initial proposal, leaving the council to make an executive decision based on the concepts they were provided with.

Bearing that fact in mind, the council met on January 12, 2017, to discuss the issue at hand. After reviewing the proposal, members of the public were invited to weigh in on the matter, and eight spoke in favor of the facility’s establishment. However, the council did voice concerns over the loss of industrial space — as this building would occupy approximately 40,000 square feet on a five-acre site — and, subsequently, opportunity.

In spite of the challenges those constructing and operating the facility would face, it was ultimately approved, and the ordinance was signed by the council after February 23, 2017.

To learn more about Elissa Levan’s involvement in this project, please be sure to read the full PDF, which was provided by the City Council of Westminster, MD.