The Brookings Planning Commission has approved construction of an animal shelter by South Coast Humane Society on Railroad Street near Pacific Avenue.

The 5,200-square-foot building will have 48 dog kennels, pens for 58 cats, an office, meeting room, medical room with four isolation cages, storage areas and a restroom.

The building will be sound-proofed.

The one-third acre property is zoned industrial park and is designated as industrial by the citys comprehensive plan.

Animal boarding kennels are a conditional use within that zone, according to Planning Director John Bischoff. The area to the south is zoned general commercial (C-3).

Bischoff said the surrounding are is already developed with an industrial building to the west of the site, a bulk fuel facility on the east, a restaurant to the northwest and some non-conforming residential uses to the north and northeast.

Bischoff said the proposed building will be located approximately 83 feet from Railroad street along the easterly property line of the lot.

This area will accommodate nine parking spaces to be used for employee and public parking, Bischoff said. More space for parking is available in the rear yard if it becomes necessary to provide more parking, he said.

Bischoff said the building will occupy approximately one-third of the total lot site while still providing for a large rear yard as an outdoor exercise area as well as the nine parking spaces in front.

The applicant has stated that they will attempt to establish a reciprocal access agreement with Colvin Oil, 820 Railroad Street, adjoining on the east, the planning director said.

If a shared access can be established with the bulk fuel facility, this will provide one less access onto Railroad Street which meets the goal of access management, he said. Since this requires the cooperation of two different owners, it is encouraged but will not be made a conditional of approval.

The primary concern regarding the proposed facility, Bischoff said, is the potential for noise generated by barking dogs.

However, members of the Humane Society said they will sound proof the building and that will resolve a good portion of this potential problem, he said.

Noise generated from the outdoor exercise area is another concern, Bishoff said.

This potential problem can be mitigated to some extent by limiting the number of dogs using the exercise yard at a given time, he said.

He added, The area is zoned for industrial use and noise is one of the attributes of some industrial uses, however, since there are non-conforming uses that are noise sensitive, this should be a consideration.

Bischoff said the Humane Society has investigated the possibility of providing noise baffling walls around the exercise yard.

The city should reserve the right to require such walls if complaints warrant the need. A condition of approval will give the city the right to require such walls in the future, he said.

The conditions of approval were made a part of the document.