Horse Riding And Rescue

Stable proposal draws interest from both sides.

Plattsmouth planning commission to meet at 7:30pm Thursday (1/17) Among the agenda items will be a recommendation to the city council on a special use permit application for a horse stable on residential property in Swallow Hills north of Plattsmouth. (The property is outside the Plattsmouth city limits but within the city’s zoning jurisdiction.)

The Cassgram reports the public hearing on the application request brought a packed house to the December planning commission meeting.

According to the (pending) minutes of that meeting, Cheryl Dorff, the applicant and the owner of the seven-acre property, said she’s run a riding lesson business at a different location for 14 years and said her business would have no employees and would only take place on her property. She is asking permission for up to seven horses so she can also help the humane society and horse rescue organizations.

The minutes show that more than 25 people spoke at the public hearing.

Several of them were students or parents of students that have been taught by Dorff.

Residents of the Swallow Hills development also spoke.

10 Swallow Hills property owners stated their opposition to the stable application. Some were against any kind of commercial endeavor in the development and others had concerns about roads, traffic, noise and general disruption of the area.

Eight residents of Swallow Hills were in favor of the special use permit being granted. Some said the stable would not tax the water system, would not hurt the roads, and the area where the lessons would take place is not visible from the road.

The planning commission voted to lay over its recommendation to the next meeting. That item is on Thursday night’s meeting agenda along with the One and Six Year Road Plan hearing.

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