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PLANNING DIRECTOR'S HEARING AGENDA, SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

Residents Association of Greater Lake Mathews


RAGLM Board > Riverside County Board of Supervisors Hearings > Planning Director's Hearing agenda, September 10, 2012
9/9/2012 10:26:19 AM
kennelReply: lid

A registered nonprofit rescue kennel is allowed up to 10 dogs without a kennel license. There's no question Mrs. McRae is a beautiful, kind and generous woman helping innocent dogs from abandonment and cruelty. Lets not forget the hundreds of us in this community that have also gone to great efforts to help the many, many starving, abused strays that have been dumped here. Most everyone I know, including our family, has taken one or more of these dogs. We've many times paid expensive vet bills, neutering, licensing, etc. and  provided loving care and accepted these suffering animals as a part of our families. This is a far better existence than that of dogs living in a kennel. There is no recognition of this fact, no support or donations but it is just as important, if not more so than a rescue kennel, and all the while abiding by the 4 dogs per residence limit  respecting the neighbor's rights to enjoy their properties in peace. Yes, there have been past barking problems from this kennel that most of us have ignored because we do care about these innocent victims. The dogs are not at fault, they're doing what dogs naturally do and that is bark. However there is nothing natural about dogs living in kennels, they are easily stimulated and will bark more often and for far longer periods of time. It's a touchy subject when it comes to our rights towards quality of life and that includes being able to relax outdoors and listen to the sounds of nature, instead of worrying about why the kennel is barking non stop and if the dogs are ok? For those that have lived next to even one non stop barking dog they know what I'm talking about. This area may look very rural but everyone on this street knows the way our hills, canyons and breezes can clearly carry even a normal conversation many, many properties away. Those in favor of expanding this kennel should contact Mrs. McRae and invite her to move the 25 dogs plus 4 personal dogs allowed with a class 11 license next door to them. There are light industrial areas like near the Riverside Animal Shelter that have open space and allow for higher sound levels. Perhaps people should pull their resources together and focus on a large shelter in an acceptable area that will provide loving care for these beautiful, innocent dogs.   

9/6/2012 2:11:10 PM
kennel permit request - Yes, It's their right to have it under the zoning it hasReply: Cindy Ferry
With respect to those that purchased a home without doing their due diligence, such as checking the zoning, this property is zoned and has been zoned R-A-2 for many, many years. The "A" stands for Agricultural and this means animals keeping as well as farming. Animals do NOT belong in an industrial area. Just because industrial business owners use dogs to protect their property does not somehow designate industrial areas as the only place dogs should be permitted. Dogs in agricultural areas belong there for a reason, because the lots are larger and are larger to make available the needed space for animal needs, farming needs and equipment needs, such as trucking by local nurseries and those in the trucking business and have their own truck and live in our community. The dogs should be allowed to stay as should the business and I don't even think they should have to get a permit. The zoning allows for it and that should be that. But, I agree that the money is much needed by this county and so if this person wants to keep their kennel, they will have to pay the money and apply for the permit and hope to get it. My question is, are they also asking them to get a CUP (Conditional Use Permit)? If so, then any concerns any of the neighbors may have will be addressed fully in the CUP. My other question, in all the time this kennel has been there, have there been complaints? If so, on what grounds? This is why we have to fight to keep our large lot designation folks. As the lots gets smaller the folks that move in want more and more rules and want to take away rights we have always had. If it's zoned for agricultural use, there should be on other question other than how they can best help this business get along with others in the area, but not force them to if doing so removes their right as an agricultural parcel. Today her dogs and tomorrow someone's chickens and then your horse and then even your front or backyard garden. Think I'm kidding, it's happened to Woodcrest. All their animal keeping rights were changed once smaller lots came in. Just search illegal front yard gardens and see what you find. Developers are already breaking the lots down to 1 ac. and smaller out here and with it will come the call to take away our rights. This is her right and the kennel should be approved. I'm sending a copy of this to the county for the record.
Cindy Ferry
9/6/2012 8:54:10 AM
KENNELS 3Reply: Hugh
As I understand it the property owner is making the request to have the kennels permitted. I don't understand the concept that it's not right for the County to charge a fee. Would we prefer the property owner to operate an illegitimate business?

At this link you'll find a report by the planning department:  
http://www.rctlma.org/planning/content/hearings/dh/dh2012/agendas/rdh_091012/2_1_sr.pdf
9/6/2012 8:34:22 AM
KENNELS 2Reply: Hugh
Sorry. I have an opinion on this issue. One might be quite surprised at the number of 'legally' licensed kennels (or breeders) in the general Lake Mathews area. There are three I know of within two or so miles of my residence and numerous others I'm not personally familiar with. IMO we have reason to be proud of the breeders in the area. I know one that has a national reputation and we have two of their Rat Terriers. 

Personally, I applaud Mrs. Mendoza de McRae for making application to LEGALLY permit the existing kennels. I'm familiar with the location, in fact I drove by just to make sure, and it is not a densely populated area; Quite the contrary.  The Medusa Canine Sanctuary provides a much needed service - they make homes for the elderly, ill and other dogs that are not adoptable. God bless them.

And, thanks to Mary for her informative post.

This is a legal application, look it up:  http://www.tlma.co.riverside.ca.us/planning/content/zoning/ordnance/ord348d.html#section18.45
9/6/2012 8:30:21 AM
KennelReply: Laurie
According to the agenda item, the kennel already exists.  As I understand it, the county simply wants to license it (collect $$ ?).

If I'm not mistaken (and I could be!), isn't there  already another licensed kennel in the neighborhood as well?
9/5/2012 8:54:16 PM
Kennel ApprovalReply: Mary
Many people who live in this rural area do so because they participate activities with animals, horses, pigs, dogs, cows, chickens etc...  This person applying is taking care of animals no one wants that would be killed in the shelter.  The County of Riverside allows kennels on these properties (R-A-2).  Before these kennels are approved the neighbors with in 600 yard radius have to give their permission.  If this is your neighborhood then go to the meeting.  A responsible pet owner or kennel owner can manage pet noise so their neighbors will not be disturbed.  
9/5/2012 3:18:44 PM
KennelsReply: Bob
And according to 3 well known real estate agents in the area.It will most definitely devalue your home on that street
9/5/2012 3:09:49 PM
KennelsReply: Bob
This is outragious to have a kennel where there are other homes all in the area.Where is the respect for all of the other neighbors?Barking dogs all day long.This belongs in an industrial zone,not where other homes and families are.
9/5/2012 11:00:30 AM
Planning Director's Hearing agenda, September 10, 2012Post: Laurie
1:30 P.M. SEPTEMBER 10, 2012

AGENDA
RIVERSIDE COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT
DIRECTOR’S HEARING
County Administrative Center
4080 Lemon Street
1st Floor, Conference Room 2A
Riverside, CA 92501



2.0 PUBLIC HEARINGS: 1:30 p.m. or as soon as possible thereafter.


2.1
PLOT PLAN NO. 25045 – CEQA Exempt – Applicant: Elizabeth H. Mendoza de McRae – First/First Supervisorial District – Lake Mathews Zoning District – Lake Mathews/Woodcrest Area Plan: Rural Community: Estate Density Residential (RC: EDR) (2 Acre Minimum) – Location: On the southerly side of Via Barranca and westerly of Via Lago, more specifically 15525 Via Barranca – 4.34 Gross Acres – Zoning: Residential Agricultural – 2 Acre Minimum (R-A-2) – REQUEST: The plot plan proposes to permit an existing unpermitted kennel as Class II Dog Kennel (Medusa Canine Sanctuary, Ltd.) that houses 11-25 special needs, and senior canines considered not adoptable. No selling, breeding or illegal animal activities such as fighting, etc involved. The project property contains an existing 2,405 sq. ft. residence and a 1,184 sq. ft. metal storage building which is being used as part of the kennel facility. Four 6 ft. x 12 ft. dog pens are located inside the residence’s garage, and four 6 ft. x 12 ft. pens are located just outside the southerly side of the residence. Additionally, eight 6 ft. x 10 ft. dog pens are located within the storage building, and an outdoor dog run is located along the building’s westerly side. Project Planner: Damaris Abraham at (951) 955-5719 or email dabraham@rctlma.org. (Quasi-judicial)

http://www.rctlma.org/planning/content/hearings/dh/dh2012/agendas/rdh_091012/2_1_sr.pdf


2.5
PLOT PLAN NO. 25124/VARIANCE N0. 1884 - CEQA Exempt - Applicant: David Peterson – Eng/Rep: David Cox – First Supervisorial District – Lake Mathews Zoning District – Lake Mathews/Woodcrest Area Plan – Rural: Rural Mountainous (10 Acres Minimum) (R:RM) - Located Northerly of Laurel Drive, southerly of Van Buren Boulevard, easterly of Canyon Ridge Drive, westerly Mauldin Lane – Zoning: Residential Agricultural – (R-A) - REQUEST: The Plot Plan is a proposal to construct a detached 890 square foot workshop and the variance proposes to reduce the front yard setback from 75 feet to 30 feet due to the topographic constraints on the property site, associated with 1,120 square foot residence with attached 440 square foot garage located at 14404 Oakley Drive in the unincorporated Riverside County near the City of Riverside. APN: 271-061-035. Project Planner: Bahelila Boothe at (951) 955-8703 or email bboothe@rctlma.org. (Quasi-judicial)

http://www.rctlma.org/planning/content/hearings/dh/dh2012/agendas/rdh_091012/2_5_sr.pdf



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