Stable Expansion Moves Along

Horse stable expansion to go before Plattsmouth City Council.The commission recommended approval of 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 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 asked for permission for up to seven horses so she can also help the humane society and horse rescue organizations.

The public hearing at the December meeting brought dozens of people to city hall to state their opinions either for or against the permit. A petition against approval was also presented.

The planning commission laid over its decision until the January meeting. The recommendation for approval this month was unanimous.

“The bottom line is,” said Plattsmouth Planning Commission Chairman Marc Nichols, “it met all the criteria in the ordinance.” In rural residential, stables are a permitted use by special permit, he explained.

There were some conditions that the planning commission recommended be attached to approval: no more than seven hooved animals; an 8am to 7pm operation Monday through Saturday with no Sunday operation; client parking on-site limited to 12 vehicles; all stable operations on Lot 23 only; quarterly inspections by city the first year and then annual inspections thereafter; annual veterinarian inspections; the number of clients on-site is not to exceed 12; the permit does not transfer with a sale of the property.

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