Proposed pet spa worries commissioners


The Routt County Board of Commissioners expressed concerns Tuesday that a proposed pet spa would create traffic, noise, water and waste problems.

The Four Paws Pet Resort & Spa came before county commissioners as a preapplication Tuesday, so no formal decision was made. However, county commissioners said they shar-ed some of the concerns expressed by most neighboring residents.

County Commissioner Doug Monger said his main concern was the potentially heavy traffic the pet resort could create on country roads in the area.

Other concerns brought up at Tuesday's meeting included disruption to wildlife and neighbors, visual effects, water supply and that the use was out of character for the area.

After hearing the concerns, Mike Vogl, who is proposing the resort with his wife, Nicole Vogl, said they plan to continue with the application and address the concerns.

The pet resort is proposed for a 40-acre site a half-mile north of U.S. Highway 40 on Routt County Road 44B.

The resort could house as many as 74 dogs at a time for day care, overnight stays or other needs. The Vogls decreased the resort size from 20,000 square feet in their first preapplication to as many as 12,200 square feet. They also decreased the height of their buildings from 40 feet to 30 feet.

Maxine Trull Turner, an adjacent landowner, recently put her family's almost 750 acres under conservation easements with the help of grants from Great Outdoors Colorado and the Routt County Purchase of De-v-elopment Rights program.

Her eyes became wet as she told county commissioners about the land that had been in her family for more than 100 years and how she put it under a conservation easement "to try to preserve the land and the peace and tranquility."The pet resort would not maintain those qualities, Turner said. She also worried about the variety of wildlife in the area and the traffic on C.R. 44B.

Susan Otis, executive director of the Yampa Valley Land Trust, said the pet resort was a bad idea for that parcel.

Donne Thompson, a neighboring landowner, said she did not think the pet resort would have more negative effects than other uses in the area now, including the operating concrete plant.

Mike Vogl said he and Nic-ole would do a full traffic study, explore water sources and a waste disposal system in-depth, and spend time talking with neighbors. Also, he said he talked with biologists who said that if the dogs were controlled and confined, they would not harm wildlife.

Vogl said the pet resort would keep with the area's character because it in-volves animals and could be less invasive than livestock.

Monger disag-reed, saying the dogs would be "a lot more invasive than livestock."

Monger also said it worried him that such a resort was possible in a rural area most likely because the land was less expensive.

"I'm continually concerned that the impacts of Steamboat Springs be borne by the residents of rural Routt County," he said

The Vogls will submit an application to the county if they decide to move forward.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail


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