A vote on a proposed $3 million adoption center for dogs in Conoy Township has been delayed to February.
Supervisors were expected to make a decision on plans for the Almost Home Dog Adoption Center at 2037 River Road, near Bainbridge, on Thursday. The vote has been rescheduled for Feb. 8.
Almost Home spokeswoman Nell McCormack Abom said in a statement that the nonprofit adoption center granted supervisors a 56-day extension for plan review.
The township planning commission recommended approval of the plan on Dec. 5.
“We are working diligently to address the conditions the members also recommended to the supervisors for the plan,” Abom said in a statement.
Abom later declined to discuss the conditions, referring further questions to the township.
Conoy Township officials wouldn’t provide the planning commission’s recommended conditions, either.
Kathy Hipple, assistant secretary-treasurer for the township, said in an email that minutes from the Dec. 5 meeting can’t be released until they’re approved by the commission in January. Township solicitor Matthew Creme said he “couldn’t advise” officials to discuss the conditions from memory.
56 dogs on 17 acres
The plan was proposed by Eileen Mack of East Lampeter Township. A former Humane League of Lancaster County employee, Mack wants to build a 19,000-square-foot facility to house 56 dogs on a 17-acre tract.
The timeline for construction depends on fundraising efforts, Mack said in an earlier interview. The center’s operating budget will come from donations and fees for adoptions and surrenders, she said.
The shelter will primarily house dogs surrendered by Lancaster County residents, Mack said. Dogs would be screened for health, personality and other factors to determine their likelihood for adoption before they’re accepted, she said.
Dogs would not be euthanized except in cases of “severe aggression or illness,” Mack said.
The shelter would employ 10 full-time and 22 part-time workers, plus volunteers.
The kennels will be large, softly lit, divided by block walls and enclosed in glass, Mack said. Each dog will have a roofed outdoor run and daily exercise.
Kennels are permitted in Conoy’s agriculture zone. Some residents oppose the plan for reasons including noise and traffic.