Planning Commission approves site plans for new spay and neuter clinic and phase two for subdivision

Published 9:03 am Friday, August 4, 2023

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The Elizabethton Regional Planning Commission has approved final site plans for a new community spay and neuter clinic.
Commission members met Thursday during its August meeting to discuss the project, which is proposed by the Friends of the Elizabethton-Carter County Animal Shelter.
Planning Director Logan Engle said the proposed 3,100 square foot building will be located at 131 Sycamore Shoals Drive near the animal shelter. The final project will also include an asphalt parking lot in the front and a gravel lot in the back, she said.
The organization continues to raise funds for the new clinic, which will be built in three phases.
Engle said phase one will include the construction of a gravel parking in the front. Phase two will include the construction of the building and paving of the front lot. Lastly, the third phase includes the addition of the gravel lot in the back.
Engle said there had been some discussion regarding a dumpster at the clinic. It would not have met city requirements because the plan was to place the dumpster on the gravel lot. An agreement has been reached to allow the clinic to use the shelter’s dumpster.
The lot where the clinic will be built is city owned and is leased to the Friends group. Officials signed the 20-year lease agreement earlier this year. The agreement gives the Friends group the option to extend the lease.
“We have been working on this for a while,” said planning commissioner and city councilman Wes Frazier. “This is something that has been needed for the city and county.”
Chris Prince, a member of the Friends group, said the clinic will be owned by the organization and led by a board.
Commission members also approved a motion to revise the preliminary plat for phase two of the Landings at West End subdivision.
Engle said phase two originally was approved to include 13 lots. The revised plan includes nine lots, a reduction in the length of the roadway and a change in utilities due to the decreased amount of lots.
The project’s first phase includes 13 lots and homes are currently under construction, Engle said.
The subdivision is located off Mary Patton Highway.

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