Zoning Change at 95 B Ranch Road
We the undersigned protest the change in zoning of 95-B Ranch Road to allow commercial or nonresidential development. The applicants are applying for a commercial license “to board animals for the movies” and to build up to 18,000 square feet of buildings on 12.5 acres. The applicants have been absentee owners since purchasing the property in 2008, renting 95 B Ranch Road to 3rd parties to board livestock for the movies. The neighbors of this property have been subjected to: • Increased traffic at all times of the day and night. • Noise disturbance from trucks, trailers, humans, livestock at all times of the day and night. • Unshielded outdoor lights on 24 hours a day. • Polluted runoff. There are no retention ponds or silt fencing. Manure is running down onto the neighboring properties. • Manure pile creating a noxious order, a significant fire hazard and breeding ground for flies and mosquitoes. • Odor from excrement of animals and an increase in dust. • Overcrowding of animals and commingling of animals. • No certainty that animals are disease and parasite free. • Minimal care of animals (Sporadic human presence.) • Dilapidated facilities and disrepair of structures creating safety hazards for animals and humans in the vicinity. • Environmental degradation from overuse of the 12.5 acres. (There have been 100 animals on the property at one time and the owners have approval from the County to board 150 sheep while they apply for commercial license.) • An operation that is inconsistent with the 2 horse boarding facilities on Ranch Road. The 2 commercial horse boarding facilities on Ranch Road have a regular, daily schedule with activity between 7:00 am and 6:00 pm, board horses and do not board swine, cattle, sheep, goats and chickens, have a much less intense use of their property: one boards 30 horses on 50 acres, the other boards 30 horses on 28.5 acres. Due to the acreage of these properties, there is screening between the activities that occur there and their neighbors. Each facility has a barn manager and employees living on the property so that there is daily, 24 hour supervision and accountability. • Incompatibility with the neighborhood consisting of over 150 residential lots and that is currently 99% residential. • Commercial use of a paved road intended only for residential use. • Disruption to the peaceful enjoyment of our homes and destruction to the character of our neighborhood. We have no reason to believe that future use of the property for the same purpose and by the same or similar parties would produce any different results than they have caused in the past and present. Rezoning to allow what would essentially be a 12.5 acre feed lot may result in increased traffic, noise, water use, environmental degradation, animal diseases, decrease the value of our properties and set an irreversible precedent for nonresidential uses of a neighborhood that is 99% residential.